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Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Challenge: Postcard (Classic Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: May 4, 2003
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2003


Place: 65 out of 106
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05/14/2003 10:54:42 PM
I think this is a pretty good entry for the "postcard" challenge.

First, the subject you chose (a museum) perfectly fits the theme. It was a good move to photograph one of the usual sights of your city. The composition you chose to illustrate the subject also well fits the theme since it is classic of postcards: a global view of the building. But the trees are definitely too distracting. The angle you chose to photograph this museum is perfect, but couldn't you have avoided those trees? It is sometimes interesting to add something in the foreground, I agree. But this has to be related to the subject and shouldn't distract from it. And in this case I think it does.
The exposure is very good, and you achieve a very good detail and sharp image. Very well done. It might even look oversharpened, but most of the postcards are... Same thing for the sky: the cyans are oversaturated in my opinion, but I think it fits the theme.
Looking again at this entry and thinking of what *I* would have done to improve this pic comes to my mind that the right side of the building is not very interesting. Maybe I would have tried a portrait crop of the columns between the trees. Pretty much with the same angle. Try and crop this one to have an idea.
That's all I can think of. A good picture anyway.

Good luck with your future entries!

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05/09/2003 05:01:00 AM
Good angle, good crop, nice sky color. All around a solid well taken shot.
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05/08/2003 11:50:31 PM
the sky colour looks unnatural, but I love the sharpness and detail on the building..we can see the bricks! Also , there are too many trees obstructing the view..a slightly different angle with fewer of them in the shot might have helped!
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05/08/2003 02:24:00 PM
Almost, but not quite. It's a decently interesting shot, but the composition is strange and an actual postcard-style angle wouldn't have had any trees obscuring the main point of interest. As it is, the eye is drawn first to the triangular pediment over the columns and then to the vast expanse of blank beige wall, leaving the viewer kind of foundering there.
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05/08/2003 12:03:59 PM
I love the color of the sky against that lovely brick. What a great building to photograph! The greens from the trees really add to the overall quality of the photo.
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05/07/2003 01:23:04 PM
That big blank expanse of wall doesn't help this shot - as a postcard, that is. It makes me wonder if the view from 90 degrees to the left isn't better ... and the way the trees obscure the building also doesn't help. Also looks like a bit of over-sharpening has gone on around the top of the building, but other than that a good solid technical shot. can imagine it on a postcard stand - but I wouldn't buy it!
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05/06/2003 12:43:24 PM
chop dpwn some trees
05/06/2003 04:36:23 AM
That is a very impressive building and you've managed to get everything in your image in focus. The trees are stopping you from capturing a full view of the museum but there isn't too much you can do about that unless you got up on a crane or something. It is a very good postcard shot, and that blue sky works as an excellent background for the yellowy color of the building.
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05/05/2003 08:29:48 PM
It appears crooked.
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05/05/2003 05:28:13 PM
nicely shot. good composition and great lighting.
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05/05/2003 11:20:44 AM
Wonderful city.......best food in the US. Ben Franklin! Love your city. I grew up in Cherry Hill, just over the Walt Whitman. This building was every school field trip when I was a kid......great place. Wonderful shot. Very nice work.
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05/05/2003 08:30:45 AM
Very nice capture of the museum. Well done, it isn't easy to take photos of buildings without getting some kind of leaning effect, and you have very little if any lean in this photo. Color and detail of the building are also good.
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