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Challenge: Shoes (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-F77
Location: Rome
Date: Aug 29, 2005
Aperture: 2,8
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/30s
Galleries: Abstract, Fashion
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2005


Place: 25 out of 465
Avg (all users): 6.0892
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 5.9130
Avg (non-participants): 6.2745
Views since voting: 1248
Views during voting: 537
Votes: 314
Comments: 35
Favorites: 3 (view)

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09/12/2005 02:57:19 PM
Hello, and greetings from the Critique Club. I am your critiquer, Artyste, and I'll try and do my best to bring some intelligent discourse to your photo.

Initial Thoughts

What the.. oh.. hey, clever.

Composition / Content

A very unique view of shoes, which is confusing at first glance, but then slowly grows on you. The curves you've gotten are really quite nice. If I have one issue, it is that the setup seems slanted to the right, a little offsetting, but minor.


Nice and clean, and compliments the coloring well.

Camera Work / Technical

First thing I want to touch on is the lighting. Mostly, it's done well, subtly, but I feel that the right side of the right shoe being in full shadow needed to be corrected. The image in my mind would have benefitted if the lighting on that side was the same as the lighting on the left. Falling off into shadow there unbalances the image for me, and contributes to that right-leaning slant I mentioned earlier. Also, your focus seems just the *slightest* bit off at the top of the back of the shoes. I personally love the shallower DOF, putting straps in front OOF.

Digital Processing

You didn't mention any processing, but I think that maybe working on selective colors to try and tweak the muddy burgundy/brown into something a little more dynamic would have also boosted the look of this photo. Just a suggestion though.

Fits the Challenge

While it definitely fits the challenge, it *does* have that initial "what am I looking at here?" thing that can result in turning a 6 or 7 vote into a 5 from people that are in a hurry. Just something to think about. Abstracts really take a certain something to do really well on DPC, I find.

My Opinion of the Photo

Despite the initial confusion, it's a photo that grows on you as you look at it. I like the creativity and simplicity. I'd have liked to see a little more color to it, perhaps more glow in the background, but it works as is too. Good work, and good luck in future challenges.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2005 09:49:24 PM
Beautiful (almost) abstract composition, well balanced which suits the type of shoe. The lighting catches just enough to make the texture jump out, And the very elegant movement and weight in the lines really captures the essence of such a shoe. A tiny flaw, and I'm nitpiocking at this point, is the reflection of the room caught in the left heel. Otherwise I love this pic. 9
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09/06/2005 09:47:12 PM
Wonderful composition--this would do very well in B&W
09/06/2005 09:43:14 PM
A strong attractive visual. 8
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09/06/2005 06:29:09 PM
Great image... perhaps whole image should have been in focus... but that's a matter of preference... well done
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09/06/2005 02:57:43 AM
excellent original composition. Cheers!
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09/05/2005 01:12:17 AM
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09/04/2005 11:32:41 AM
Beautiful lines and composition. I like the tones too. At first I didn't like the DOF and the fact that the front of the shoes weren't crisply in focus, but it's grown on me and now I think it wouldn't look right any other way. Great job!
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09/03/2005 02:11:59 PM
This is very linear and has perfect symmetry, when done so obviously, works. This would make a great poster. I like the light and dark of it as well as the geometry of the straps. This is clever and after 2nd review, I'm upping my score. (:~p)
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09/03/2005 01:29:47 PM
Great symmetry, almost looks architectural!
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09/03/2005 11:55:55 AM
a split subject doesn't work for me`
09/02/2005 11:55:28 PM
Would be cool to have everything in focus, but a cool concept. B&W or duo-tone would be a nice effect here.
09/02/2005 04:46:23 PM
think lighter background may have worked better
09/02/2005 03:45:58 PM
I don't see a shoe here! ;-)
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09/02/2005 08:56:05 AM
i like it, this is really nice
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09/02/2005 03:29:42 AM
Oh wow. Great light, DOF and composition. If you'd straightened it up I'd have given it 10 - 9
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09/02/2005 02:51:48 AM
very solid image. excellent symmetry.
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09/01/2005 07:32:42 PM
the background is so close to the heel color on the shoe thats it almost blends in. nothing to exciting.
09/01/2005 05:05:21 PM
Reminds me of a couple of pints of guiness... but then there are those wonderful curves of the fronts. Not sure I like the symmetry - I think one single shoe and negative space beside it may have been stronger for me. Can you walk in those? WOW! :o)
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09/01/2005 04:40:13 PM
nice use of light and contrast
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09/01/2005 11:41:29 AM
I feel good looking at this photograph! It is a stylish, stimulating and uniquely accurate abstract design that also works on a communicative level as well as an aesthetic level, but I don't think that is why it is so much fun. I know why. The high and low linear quality is like a photographic roller coaster. The jumble of light tones at the bottom, a loop-de-loop. This is fun because it an amusement park .... not a pair of shoes. One of my top ten picks for this challenge. 9.
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09/01/2005 09:23:58 AM
Hard to tell what subject is, except for challenge is "shoes". Nice contrast, but the heels could've used a little more light.
09/01/2005 07:21:08 AM
wonderful composition and lighting---has good graphic appeal
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09/01/2005 05:47:35 AM
Nicely lit and cool composition that gives this pair of shoes a little bit of interest, one of the few shots that had just shoes in it that I gave more than a 5, it got a 7 from me.
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08/31/2005 11:31:22 PM
Interesting how you took the heel, not the side view like most other people did. Creative. However the border seems a bit excessive--the black outline of the white border bothers me.
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08/31/2005 08:44:58 PM
wow..I think if you had something else reflecting on the heals. Nice approach though.
08/31/2005 08:23:05 PM
o0o i like, i like a lot,
cool perspective
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08/31/2005 06:05:23 PM
I WANT THESE SHOES!!!! Very cool! Great job!
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08/31/2005 03:42:39 PM
good composition,colours. love the curves,would have marked it higher if highlights down the heels had been a tad sharper.
08/31/2005 11:15:03 AM
Those are huge!!!! Great idea....finally some creativity!!!!!
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08/31/2005 09:50:50 AM
nice shot
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08/31/2005 07:12:27 AM
very nice isea. 7.
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08/31/2005 06:23:19 AM
very nice photo; crop is a bit tight on the heel side
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08/31/2005 02:01:15 AM
I would have liked to see a deeper depth of field so he front of the shoes were sharp too. 7
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08/31/2005 01:04:11 AM
Good seems like a advertising pic
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