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Land of the prisoned ducky
Land of the prisoned ducky

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Challenge: Rubber Ducky (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Living room
Date: Apr 1, 2005
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 60
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2005

How creative can I get with a rubber ducky? This creative.

The grapes were hard to find but finally we found some from our neighboors (It's Turkey people and definetly not grape season) and then I dipped them in honey to make them shine. Rubber ducky was pricey. The water is dirty. The background is blue. And the f stop is 6.3. Three lights source, one on the left, one on the right, and one up front. So there you go.

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04/14/2005 11:42:37 AM
*Critique Club*

You didn't really get a lot of comments, so I'm glad this one came up for me on the Critique Club list.
There are quiet a few things that I see that I believe could use improvement.
The very first thing that I notice is the darkness. With 3 lightsources, surely areas of this photo could have been brighter. The grapes for example are quite dark and actually hard to recognize as grapes. Definately can't tell if they are green grapes.
I see the strings holding up the grapes and can't figure out the purpose of that. I mean, I realize that you wanted the grapes obviously above the duck, but the strings to me are a distraction. One thing you could try, would be to stick toothpicks into the background (of course you would have to find a background that you could do that with) and then stick the grapes on the ends of the toothpicks. This would give the grapes the look of being suspended in mid air, without the strings to distract from other elements of the shot.
Next, I see that the glass is tilted to the left. It is not only leaning to the left, but it is also closer to the left of the photo as well. I think that straightening that up would add to the shot, and we could then focus on other elements of the shot, rather than the crooked (dirty) glass.
Next, there is a strange reflection right in front of the duckies face. This makes me look at the reflection trying to figure out what it is, rather than looking through the glass at the duck. Another distraction.
He seems like a really tiny duck to fit in a glass like that. I like the idea, and the setup is nice. The shot looks quick. Looks like you didn't spend a lot of time on it. It could be greatly improved by cleaning the glass, straightening the glass and making the lighting more uniform throughout the shot.
Hope this helps. ~Heather~
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04/08/2005 08:00:45 AM
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04/05/2005 05:17:51 AM
The grapes are too dark. They looke like olives. The duck's face needs some more light as well. 5.
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