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Oh No!  And he'll be here in a minute!
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Challenge: Despair (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: Livingroom
Date: Feb 23, 2003
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/8
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2003

A not so serious "despair" submission

Place: 95 out of 200
Avg (all users): 4.9113
Avg (commenters): 5.2727
Avg (participants): 4.8000
Avg (non-participants): 5.0194
Views since voting: 836
Votes: 203
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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03/06/2003 01:06:55 PM
A Comment From The Critique Club

First Impression
I hate sewing! :) I do like the black/red color combination though, and totally understand the feeling!

(1) Composition / Content
I like simple and effective photos like this one. The thread follows the line of the material which leads the user's eye through the photo nicely. The crease in the material on the right ensures that the eye is not just lead out of the photo, too.

(2) Background
Very plain and simple black. Often one of the most effective backgrounds to use for still life / set-up shots.

(3) Camera Work / Technical
My initial reaction looking at that photo was that I like the shallow DOF but would like just a tad more nonetheless, because the red material has such nice texture to add to the photo, and because the thread seems just a little bit soft, but I realize that you used the max aperture that your camera allows already. Would it have been possible to tilt the needle and thread to have it more parallel to the photographic plane and therefore in focus, too? It's not a biggie though, I was just wondering. There's a bit of glare on the needle that you could have toned down with a sheet or two of paper between your lightsource and the needle.

Continued below ...
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03/06/2003 01:06:19 PM
Continued from above ...

(4) Post-processing
The colors are really nice, and the border is just perfect for the picture. No signs of over-sharpening or compression, you did a good job.

(5) Meeting the Challenge
Yes, in your light-hearted way I can kind of see how it meets the challenge, although without the title I wouldn't have made the connection, and even then it is definitely more of a humorous approach and a bit of a stretch.

(6) My Opinion
A really nice macro shot, simple but effective with just minor details that could be enhanced a bit. I like it a lot. I suspect this would've scored much higher in a different challenge. Keep up the good work :)

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this review.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2003 01:07:08 AM
don't understand...
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02/27/2003 10:24:22 PM
neat! I would have never thought to do this!
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02/27/2003 09:39:19 PM
Interesting subject, don't realy understand the message or see the despair....
Perhaps a title of "Just can't thread it!"....... The flaring on the needle is a bit distracting as well.
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02/27/2003 09:02:42 PM
Your title is interesting. I immediately thought of an older woman who is no longer able to see or to hold a thread and needle still long enough to get the two together or even to hold the needle steady enough to sew. Either image --- my first thoughts or those suggested by your title --- are items of despair to me. You've met the challenge very well here and the selective focus is quite nice.
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02/27/2003 03:29:14 PM
I really like the close up of this picture the design was set up very nice. Good Work
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02/27/2003 02:23:08 PM
Nice display of colors and value. I'm not sure I understand how this relates to the concept of dispair. But very nice image.
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02/27/2003 10:11:03 AM
nice job
02/26/2003 10:43:59 PM
Nice pic, but Despair? What am I missing? I know it's hard to thread a needle but the Title is awful. Makes no sense. You still get a 7 because I like the pic.
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02/26/2003 01:47:44 PM
This is an interesting image, but i have no idea what the 'message' is and how it relates to 'despair'. I must be missing your point :( - setzler
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02/24/2003 09:08:40 PM
I love the awesome lighting in this and I like the lighter approach to this deep subject!
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02/24/2003 08:51:04 PM
I don't understand your title... I think you mean it to be funny (is the needle cheating on her husband with the wire?). Never the less, I think it's an excellent photo. I don't know about despair, other maybe with the fact that it's so damn tough to get the wire through the needle. :-) Nice colors! 8/10
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02/24/2003 04:52:20 PM
Interesting macro shot. The title is interesting, but I don't get it.
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02/24/2003 02:16:33 PM
nice photo, i like the colors.
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