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Greenwich Time Ball
Greenwich Time Ball

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Challenge: Time (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Date: Mar 22, 2003
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Vintage, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2003

Erected in 1833, the Green Time Ball was one of the world`s first visual time signals. The ball, which drops daily at 13:00, was used to check marine chronometers by sailors on the Thames.

Place: 121 out of 209
Avg (all users): 4.7708
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 4.8174
Avg (non-participants): 4.7013
Views since voting: 974
Votes: 192
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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04/05/2003 07:57:26 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!...

COMPOSITION... Perhaps a little static in this area. (subject is dead center, no leading lines, not filling frame, etc.). I would also say the tree is a distraction in the photo but if you remove it then there's not much else to look at - I think a closer crop altogether that would just focus on the tower and the vane may be interesting - how about an extremely narrow (panoramic if you will) vertical composition which crops out the other tower head and the tree and basically just presents the tower and vane?

TECHNIQUE...Exposure and image quality are good. Only thing I think you could do is try this shot at a dramatic time of day (morning or evening) or on a day with scattered clouds and a polarizer to give a dramatic backdrop to your photo. Other than that everything is good...

OVERALL... I tend to have also the same opinion as you, that many people didn't "get" the image and subsequently gave you a lower score than you would have normally gotten otherwise. But I would dissuade at the same time from not submitting a shot you really like or even fulfills the challenge on a personal or abstract level... If your aim is solely to win, then yes, the tie to the challenge topic needs to be more explicit... But if you're participating for fun and for learning to improve photography, I wouldn't worry too much about satisfying the masses :)
03/31/2003 01:36:46 PM
I think a lot of people didn`t "get" this time signal. I should of stuck with the clocks :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/29/2003 05:33:56 PM
I feel that the tree on the right is unnecessary, and the photo may have been cropped or framed to eliminate it. Nice colors otherwise.
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03/28/2003 07:27:09 PM
Hehe, I nearly took this shot myself - though in the end I had a fortunate day in Greenwich. I wonder how many of the other voters understand what the thing's for, despite the title?
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03/27/2003 11:12:17 PM
Is this really Greenwich? Never knew what it looked like.
03/27/2003 12:00:37 AM
Intriguing! I didn't know a Greenwich Time Ball even existed! I'm not even sure of its function. but I do like how the tree on the right counterpoints the tower on the left.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/26/2003 08:29:24 AM
The first time I see it.
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03/26/2003 02:01:20 AM
A WHAT? Sorry, I don't know much about "Greenwich Time Balls", I guess I should go look it up in the encyclopedia! Very nice photo though, I hope you do well with it!
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03/24/2003 08:15:45 AM
This IS time.

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