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Challenge: Destinations (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Zurich
Date: Sep 15, 2005
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/100s
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2005


Place: 43 out of 191
Avg (all users): 6.0550
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.4545
Avg (non-participants): 6.4309
Views since voting: 688
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 200
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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09/26/2005 02:48:19 PM
Hello, and greetings from the Critique Club. The critique you are about to recieve is tailored for DPC challenges alone, and is not intended to be seen as an artistic critique per se.

Initial Thoughts

Oo, nicely done. Love the lighting and a great angle.

Composition / Content

A rather nice composition here, it has some great symmetry while also being rather asymmetrical. The shine of the individual signs is great.. I assume they were lit from within? Nicely captured anyway.


While most of the photo is nicely black.. there's a little spot in the lower left where we see background lights. While a minor thing, I'd suggest keeping an eye open for little things like this and cloning them out when you can. It just helps keep your photograph tidy and really helps it with voters, who will always find *something* to nitpick.

Camera Work / Technical

A great job capturing the exposure of these signs. They are nicely exposed, and that's not an easy task with self-lit subjects. Your focus is also great.. nice and crisp.

Digital Processing

You included no information on this, so I cannot comment. However, I do have another cloning suggestion. See the black spots on the "Chur" and "City" signs? Again, tiny little minor things, but cloning them out would have helped a lot I think. Remember that voters are a rabid clan, and tend to grasp "imperfections" big-time. Tiny little things like that can actually cause a full point or two difference in a voter's vote. Also, on the "Affoltern" sign, there's a black mark on the bottom that, with careful cloning, could also have been fixed.

Fits the Challenge

This fits the challenge in a wonderful way. A great choice, and very well presented.

My Opinion of the Photo

This is a great little photo that is pretty clean, well shot, and strong on the challenge. While the subject matter may not be exactly awe inspiring, it isn't boring either, and the light and color really stand it out from something that may have been more mundane. Great job, nice score, and good luck in future challenges.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2005 01:12:08 PM
09/25/2005 01:49:50 AM
A couple of these in the competition and both are well done. I like yours best because of the lighting and the various colors. --10--
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09/24/2005 03:32:23 AM
Nice. Would have cloned out the amber lights in the background, though.
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09/21/2005 01:03:28 PM
Cool - nice take on the challenge. I like the lighting. I might have clones out the orange spots on the right hand side, but nice photo. Good luck in the challenge.
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09/20/2005 12:00:51 AM
I like the bright graphic sense of this. Great lighting.
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09/19/2005 08:30:02 PM
I love the tilt but the crop seems a bit close?
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