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Rusted Wheel
Rusted Wheel

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Challenge: Metal (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A75
Location: Backyard, Missouri
Date: Jun 18, 2005
Aperture: 3.2
Shutter: 1/40 sec
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2005

Old rusty wheelbarrow in the grass in my backyard.I was trying to showcase the way that the rust makes the old wheel more interesting, and I was looking for contrast between the rusted metal of the wheel and the green grass.

As my first submission, I just want to see how this goes. Hoping for some helpful composition comments and comments on possible technical improvements.

Place: 292 out of 508
Avg (all users): 4.9753
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 4.8000
Avg (non-participants): 5.2593
Views since voting: 782
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 283
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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06/26/2008 04:28:05 PM
This image has a lot of potential. I have wooden wheelbarrow in our yard. It has been a great source of practice with different light and perspective. This subject is screaming for black and white.
07/08/2005 12:49:03 AM
As with most photos that I have been asked to comment on, this one has some aspects that I like, a few that I don’t like, and others that are in between. On balance, this adds up to a photo that is somewhere in the middle of “I like it” and “I don’t like it.” In other words, the photo doesn’t really move me one way or the other. The voting breakdown shows a similar reaction from the majority of voters, with the preponderance of votes being either a 5, or close to a 5. Does that mean that this is a bad photo? Of course not. DPChallenge has a large population of very experienced and talented photographers, many of whom are professionals that make their living taking photos. With this bunch, to score a 5, or even close to it as you have with this photo, is not bad at all.

The bad:
1. The focus is a little soft. This was probably caused by the large aperture used, but the slow shutter speed may have been a contributing factor as well. Large apertures give a shallow depth of field, and slow shutter speeds can allow camera or subject movement to blur the image. The solution for either of these would be more light, perhaps from a reflector or a flash.
2. The composition doesn’t sit well with me. The diagonal lines of the frame and wheel lead the eye up to the right, but there’s not much there to bring them back into the image. I keep wondering what the rest of the object looks like.
3. The image size is too small. DPChallenge allows a maximum image size of 640 pixels on a side. Using the maximum size is almost always a good idea as it allows more detail to be seen.
4. The grass in the background competes with the subject for attention. It also screams “Lawn Ornament.” A better choice would have been sand or dirt--something that makes the viewer think of an old abandoned mine or something along those lines. A smooth sand background would make the rusty, textured surfaces of the wheelbarrow stand out more.

The good:
1. The colors and texture in the wheelbarrow are very nice. I think this is where most of the photo’s appeal is for me. The colors and texture of the grass are nice too, but as I said, they compete with the wheelbarrow rather than complement it.
2. The diagonal oval of the wheel with the radiating spokes is a good compositional element.
3. The shadows on the right side are nice. Accentuating these by lowering the brightness and bumping up the contrast a little might be an improvement.

Overall, it’s not a bad image. There just isn’t enough ‘wow factor’ to make it a really great photo. A different setting for the wheelbarrow could have told a much more interesting story.

I hope this helps. Just keep in mind that I’m not a professional photographer. This is just the opinions of a somewhat experienced amateur. Don’t get discouraged, and keep working at it and you will soon be winning ribbons.

Good luck in your next challenge!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2005 09:48:33 PM
Nice clear picture.
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06/22/2005 02:20:32 PM
Good subject. Rustic. Comforting.
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06/22/2005 12:32:40 PM
Love this. love the texture that your camera picked up on the wood and the metal. Nice job!
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06/22/2005 11:07:12 AM
Good composition!
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06/22/2005 05:57:52 AM
Good colour and contrast, and nice subject.
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06/22/2005 02:47:25 AM
I like the composition and the subject. good job 7.
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