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Guiding Light
Guiding Light

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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Location: Reykjavik
Date: Oct 18, 2005
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2005


Place: 173 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.0278
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 4.8991
Avg (non-participants): 5.2254
Views since voting: 750
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 180
Comments: 7
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11/05/2005 09:11:37 AM
Hello from the Critique Club:

A simple image with two subjects in silhouette for the most part. Grain was used to add texture to the background. The objects are related by the title and their general shape. The two subjects are centered against a relatively plain background enhanced with "grain."

I think it's difficult to balance a photo with two subjects. There is some tension as the light and the steeple compete for attention. In this case, the light tends to win because its brightness draws the eye. If this were composed in vertical the subjects might be held together better. The small cross at the top looks cramped for space--given its apparent significance to your topic that's not likely desirable. A vertical composition might have helped free up some space.

The application of grain does create a pleasing texture in the sky where otherwise none would be evident. However, I think photos that scored well in the challenge used grain to directly affect the subject or to give a mood to the entire image. Because these subjects are primarily black silhouettes this image could not make the most advantage of the technique.

The lighting situation appears to have been difficult with the brightness of the light competing with what appears to be a night sky. Trying to expose for both subjects leads to compromise--in this case, highlights barely contained and lack of any detail in the shadow. Perhaps an earlier time of day near sunrise or sunset would have given greater latitude in lighting your composition.

Overall, a fair attempt with a difficult subject.

Keep shooting!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2005 09:55:54 AM
I just love the silhouette of that steeple against that deep prussian blue sky, the glowing amber beacon is a really nice contrast...I like this ialot.
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10/25/2005 10:46:15 PM
One of the very few photos where the grain really makes the image work. And a great idea to begin with, can't believe I never thought of this angle all the years I lived just around the corner from this church. 9
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10/25/2005 08:50:27 AM
Very nice! Love the gradual fade from gray to black. Nice use of space.
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10/25/2005 05:58:57 AM
Interesting approach here. It's got a very gothic feel to it. It's a bit too centered for me. I'd move a bit to get more of the building or the light on a thirds line.
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10/25/2005 12:39:05 AM
As the eye is led to the cross at the top I think it may work better as a vertical composition with a little more space above the cross.
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10/25/2005 12:10:07 AM
Interesting sillhouette and colors in this shot! I like that the black doesn't look grainy, but the sky does...nice effect!
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