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Feeling Helpless
Feeling Helpless

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Challenge: Yellow (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Washago, ON
Date: Feb 13, 2003
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Feb 16, 2003

Photographed in color, adjusted curves and levels, and desaturated all channels except the yellow channel.

Place: 31 out of 252
Avg (all users): 6.0640
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0588
Avg (non-participants): 6.0746
Views since voting: 1329
Votes: 203
Comments: 23
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03/01/2003 05:43:18 PM
Critique Club Comments by Grayce
I think that desaturating all but the yellow works very well for this image, making the yellow stand out very well.
The focus is good, with excellent texture in the rope as well as the hand, with effective depth of field.
I like that you expressed a feeling and in a simple, uncluttered manner.
The diagonal of the thumb and arms acts as a nice vehicle for the eyes to ride along, as one explores this picture, making the composition and framing fine. I would prefer to see the entire thumb in the picture though.
Your lighting is pretty perfect. Bright enough, but somewhat subtle too. Very nice!
Good job overall.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2003 10:41:32 PM
Iike the color contrast in this photo.
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02/23/2003 09:41:02 PM
This is a nice image. Nice lighting and expressive. 8
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02/23/2003 02:33:04 PM
excellent composition... the color of the rope is very strong here and the diagonal orientation of the arms intersecting with the rope makes the composition very strong.. nice work :) - setzler
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02/22/2003 09:42:40 PM
I've been trying to figure out what it is about this photo that is bothering me and I think I finally figured it out. i'ts to closely cropped. This makes it look crammed in there. Pull back a little and put a litle more light one it and it's right on. I like the crystal sharpness of the focus - the details of the hand. Very good. Pulling back would add at least 3 points in my opinion. As is i can only give it a 6.
02/22/2003 07:35:32 PM
A great idea ! Like the way you captured the hand wrinkles which are very much in keeping with the bound theme. The dark shadows heighten the mood. There is a surreal tint to the flesh tones that might be objectional to other folks. Getting in close and narrowing the visual elements to the basics is working here. Could I suggest a few things ? Frayed old rope instead of new rope might express more character ( although you did well with what you have ). I would also like to see more palm lines and wrinkles fighting against the rope tension. And less body hair as that element (for me) distracts from the texture of the rope and hands. I like the chunks of dark shadow pouring in from the edges and the accent of yellow frame, too. I wouln't mind a little more thumb inside the frame. A good level of creativity and thought is evident in this image. Reasonable technical standing as well.
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02/22/2003 07:24:45 PM
Nice. I like these yellow rope's tying people up. I guess I'm just a sucker for the imagery. Very nice. Good dof and lighitng/shadows. 8
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02/22/2003 06:12:37 AM
Nice photo, I like the darkness in it, 8
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02/22/2003 05:28:19 AM
thought-provoking image! i've felt like this many times...good work!
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02/21/2003 11:18:54 PM
Great lighting and composition/cropping. The title might be heightened had you used less depth of field here and focused on the rope. The thumbnail and arm hairs are distracting me a tad.
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02/21/2003 10:29:02 AM
Lovely use of colour carried into the frame. 9 - floyd
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02/20/2003 12:22:59 AM
Focus is great. The lighting is interesting - almost too harsh and shallow, but kind of adds to the mood you seem to be creating. The left corner of the rope is almost too bright though.
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02/19/2003 11:54:44 PM
Maybe show more of the hands.
02/19/2003 08:35:15 AM
Excellent! How'd you do that!?!
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02/18/2003 12:57:20 AM
looks like something I did... try doing the desat a few times to really get all the color out of your hands.. darkening the yellow helps too
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02/18/2003 12:10:20 AM
unusual design
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02/17/2003 10:13:18 PM
looks familiar.....someone used a mouse for this before
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02/17/2003 06:49:11 PM
Nice lighting, contrast, & composition, expresses it's title well.
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02/17/2003 06:18:45 PM
Very good photo......almost great. :) I like this. Very 'r e a l'.
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02/17/2003 05:00:38 PM
Nice idea. I like the gold tone too. Thumb nail is a bit icky, which detracts from the picture.
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02/17/2003 12:59:41 PM
Really nice photo. The lighting is moody like the photo. This would be good for air next weeks challege as well:)
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02/17/2003 12:58:16 PM
Well done! Lighing and composition are near perfect in my estimation. Subject matter is a bit "grim" and speaks to me of bondage, but a 7 nevertheless.
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02/17/2003 01:44:50 AM
Needs more light from the top. Good, creative idea however... 7.
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