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In the Line of Fire
In the Line of Fire

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Challenge: Movie Titles (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Location: Space Needle, Seattle
Date: Jan 9, 2005
Aperture: F4.5
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2005

A perfect sunset on a usual clowdy Seattle day. Got the perfect view atop the Space Needle.

Place: 86 out of 328
Avg (all users): 5.5988
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4653
Avg (non-participants): 5.7000
Views since voting: 738
Views during voting: 448
Votes: 334
Comments: 15
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01/25/2005 09:54:50 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First off, Welcome to DPC! Glad to see you started to submit. The following is a critique done by a group of users called the Critique Club who are dedicated to critiquing the works of other users. In my critiques, I tend to be as honest as possible without candy-coating, so nothing I say is a personal attack against you or anyone, it is just my feelings on the image. :)

The initial appeal of this shot is the warm color of the sun. You have captured this beautifully, and the clouds just seem to glow. The exposure is fine and the sun is acceptably blown out for a photograph like this.

The big problem in this shot is the composition. It is clear that the focal point of the shot is the boat in the "line of fire" but there is just too much empty space for the eye to travel to. There is nothing necessarily interesting in this space and to me it detracts from the image. I would start by cropping 1/3 from the left and the right of the shot making it almost a vertical panaramic, per se, at first. I would then crop out most of the clouds leaving you with a more compositionally appealing shot. The viewer's eyes would be immediately attracted by the bright sun, and then using the leading lines of the warm sun, the viewer would recognize the boat.

Depending on your camera's capabilities, this might have been the closest crop you could have done in-camera so this just seems to be a little nitpick of post-processing. It is still not a huge problem, but one to look into in future works.

Thank you for submitting --- what a great start! 74% is a rockin' way to start off your DPC career. Hope to see more of your work in the near future!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to PM me from my profile.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2005 04:00:44 PM
Horizon should be up or down --- never in the center --- I would show more of sky since it is more interesting. Same with boat and sun --- it is almost dead center. Putting it to the left would make it more interesting and give the boat space to move into.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2005 02:22:12 PM
Looks like Puget Sound, good idea.
01/16/2005 04:52:08 AM
Very clever take on the challenge. I would suggest cropping out the top third of the shot would have mabe added more impact.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2005 10:41:27 PM
Nice picture and title combination. Good technique
01/14/2005 05:22:51 AM
Fitting title for a clever shot, Well done !
01/13/2005 05:22:48 PM
nice timing on this shot. while the sun and the boat with its shadow are interesting, theres a lot in this photo that doesnt do much for me - i wonder how it would look cropped and with a vertical alignment to keep that long reflection of the sun on the water
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2005 04:57:07 PM
nice job with the exposure
01/13/2005 04:01:33 PM
Great capture and nice reflection of sun on the water. Just wish the composition wasn't so centered. The eyes don't wander and makes for a boring photograph, not much else to look at.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2005 10:57:31 AM
Great photo but I guess I would have to know the premise of the movie.
01/12/2005 09:57:36 PM
Wow....BUT i think it could have used a little cropping.
01/12/2005 05:50:49 PM
Stunning sky, and great framing.
01/12/2005 04:17:36 PM
creative and lovely colours
01/12/2005 12:48:55 PM
Impressive with colors both vivid and stbdued. The shadows are breathtaking.
01/12/2005 12:13:36 AM
you found a movie to title this photo didn't you? great shot!

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