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The Weakest  Link
The Weakest Link

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Challenge: Stock Photography (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ED-IF
Location: Home
Date: Feb 21, 2003
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3 sec
Galleries: Studio, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2003

Shot using a simple flashlight to produce the spotlight effect and shadow.

Place: 6 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.7938
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.6923
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 2837
Votes: 97
Comments: 23
Favorites: 0

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04/09/2003 02:40:09 AM
Critique Club

Composition: In general the composition is very good. I might have tried changing the cropping to have the broken link further into the top left corner, and the shadow in the bottom right corner. This would involve re-framing the chain then moving the light to compensate.

Technical Quality: The shallow depth of field works very well to help blurthe shadow, but unfortunately it also blurs the chain at the bottom. Perhaps you could reposition the chain slightly to keep all of it in focus? The lighting is good, but the bottom part of the broken link is too dark to see it properly - the top half of this link is great though. I might have considered having the chain just a little brighter so that it really grabs attention.

Meeting Challenge: You met the challenge well. I could see this image even being used as a book cover, with white text in the darker parts of the image. It's a simple image which conveys a well used phrase - well done.

Creativity: I like your concept for lighting, except as mentioned above. The shadow really helps this image a lot.

Border: No border provided - no border required... Good choice.

Overall: It's a very good image, as reflected by it's sixth place in the rankings. In terms of elements to improve (since you asked specifically for what is wrong) I would say:

* Focus on bottom half of chain
* Darkness on bottom of broken link
* Small amount of "blown highlights" on some links, but nothing major
* Chain a little too dark to grab attention

Good work on a great piece of stock photography though.

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04/08/2003 09:57:59 PM
For the Critique Club

FIRST IMPRESSION : Nice and strong, nice colors.

COMPOSITION/CONTENT : Very nice composition. I like the mix of 'abstract' and 'reality', the graphical aspect of the pictures with it's shapes and textures and lights and the 'reality' .. it's still a chain , we do not know what it's used for . .but it's a chain with its connotation.

BACKGROUND: The circle of light is part of the back ground for me and a very nice way to 'position' the chain in space/3D and within the picture. In Addition to bring the shadow that balances the content.

TECHNICAL : Nothing special in term of exposure and Depth of field .. is it on purpose that the upper part of the chain is in focus and not the bottom ? The eyd has a tendancy I think to follow the chain and go there and leave the picture ... sort of ;-)

DIGITAL : Digital processing not very visible, just some sharpening artefacts on the side of the 'links', but not a lot (it does not 'jump at your face')

PERSONAL OPINION : I like this picture and would have been myself happy to take a picture like that. Very good work .. keep the faith and take pictures !!! Oh and by the way .. to me it meets the challenge


Message edited by author 2003-04-08 22:04:50.
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03/03/2003 09:55:47 PM
Thanks to all who commented and voted. I learned something from each of the comments and I do appreciate them! I enjoyed making and sharing this image. My camera is in the shop for the next couple of weeks (for a through cleaning) but I'll be back in the challenges as soon as possible.

03/03/2003 06:34:51 PM
Your 6th place is not enough to me. Your submission was the best of the week in my opinion (though is only one's oppinion). Is a very good shot (colour, composition, light...) and also has a lot to communicate. For exemple, about today's break in the world?.Meets perfectly the challenge.
DPC is very good in a lot of ways. One way is because we can see pictures like yours. But in other ways, is a little bit dissapoinment with some results. Although, that's the real life. Isn't?.
Keep on rockin!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2003 11:45:06 PM
Could easialy see this one in one of those inpirational ads. Great job, and good use of shadows. Corey
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03/02/2003 11:43:42 PM
Very, very good concept, and well done. The shadow really confirms the concept.
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03/02/2003 02:30:56 PM
The angle of your shot causes the broken link in the shadow to be low in the shot, wiht the actual link being high in the shot. In my opinion, that's what makes this shot great! I think this is a great concept and your composition and angle are perfect. The background is a little bit mottled and murky. A tiny bit more light on the lower part of the chain would have been nice. 8 Nice shot and good luck in the challenge,
JD ANderson
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03/02/2003 10:22:47 AM
Illustrates a concept quite well, and would be useful in a lot of stock photography applications. However, the lighting doesn't quite seem right to me. It's too dark, and the spot on the background seems dirty, in a way.
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02/28/2003 11:03:32 AM
I like the bright spots on this one, it helps show the stark presents of the chain. It looks to me that your focus is a little soft for the effect you were trying to get. 7
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02/27/2003 09:49:56 AM
Excellent shot. Great stock photo. 10.
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02/27/2003 06:23:53 AM
Choice stock photo, it could be used for many occasions. It is exactly the kind of photo you would see in brochures and presentations. The title fits well, and the fact you didn't put a border on this image was a good decision. 8 from me.
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02/26/2003 08:21:44 AM
I really think this would be excellent as a stock photo. The diagonal composition is good, and I like the shadow. The simple background works really well too. 10
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02/25/2003 11:58:33 PM
It looks like you were trying to put the light on the weak link, but it's not strong enough... Should have BLASTED it with light. Cool idea however, I like it.
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02/25/2003 11:21:35 PM
Very nice! I wish the lower part of the chain were more in focus. I love the shadow.
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02/25/2003 07:31:58 PM
Good idea - I wish the lighting was more even.
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02/25/2003 02:16:29 PM
Good stock image, vertical (good for editorial use, which is where most of the stock is used), good colour and contrast. The only thing I would change, is remove the shadow; it takes way from negative space which is very valuable in stock.
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02/25/2003 03:08:18 AM
enjoying this challenge...alot of wonderful pics....another great one
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02/24/2003 08:54:07 PM
interesting use lf lighting on this one.. the shadow adds a very nice element... good work :) - setzler
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02/24/2003 03:45:02 PM
Good. Really nice lighting.
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02/24/2003 02:50:42 PM
Great idea and great job. I really like the purple background and the shadow makes the photo for me.
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02/24/2003 05:12:41 AM
I like the lighting and the shadows. Good choice of background colors as well.
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02/24/2003 12:43:35 AM
Well, this is at least going in the top ten. Nice focus, setup, composition, lighting (maglite?)... Good shot.
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02/24/2003 12:11:29 AM
I love how the weak link is in the hot spot of the photo. Very creative and nicely done.
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