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Retro Glow
Retro Glow

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Challenge: Off-Centered Subject (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-P7
Location: Outside Finkl's steelworks, Chicago, IL
Date: Jun 10, 2003
Aperture: 2.8 f
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/30 s
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Jun 13, 2003

I hope I find something better than this to shoot, but if not, at least I'll have SOMETHING in the competition. Welcome to my obsession with nighttime shots (even though my camera can't handle it well). I have no idea what those two specs above the streetlight are -- cottonwood fluff, maybe? Suspiciously symmetrical, if so.

Place: 131 out of 138
Avg (all users): 4.0583
Avg (commenters): 3.6667
Avg (participants): 4.1294
Avg (non-participants): 3.8857
Views since voting: 1045
Votes: 120
Comments: 6
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06/26/2003 03:58:37 PM
That would be this, uabresch :->
06/26/2003 03:44:42 PM
FROM THE CRITIQUE CLUB (the official critique :)

Hello, Eloise,

First of all, I agree with your commenters below that the two light spots are probably lens flare. It's a pity you couldn't edit them out for the challenge.

First impressions: The off-center nature of this shot is, IMO, off-center to satisfy the challenge, not because it adds to the picture. You are too far away from the subject.

Light / focus: It's difficult to take good night pictures, especially with a not so good camera. The yellowish cast is harsh. The focus seems off, nothing in the picture is crisp and clear, but the photo is not sufficiently "out of focus" to create a foggy or nightly/ghostly mood (something like that).

Composition: This is where IMO your picture suffers most. You need to get closer. Did you start with a larger image? IMO the shot could be cropped a long way and possibly be better. You also could straighten the lamp-post, parallel to the side of the pict. Also IMO, this particular pict would work better either in b/w or colourised. I played around with your pict a bit (hope you don't mind, and remember I'm starting from a small image) and am sending you result by email attachment (I don't know how to put it in here).

Overall: Not a bad idea, but the execution could be better. Keep going! If nothing else, you do have a lot of "spunk"! Take care,

Ursula (uabresch)
Complaints, comments, questions ... feel free to email me.
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06/23/2003 02:08:43 PM
Unofficial Crit Comment

First off, I agree that it looks like lens flare.

Second of all, you broke 4, so you passed the "anything is better than Mav's 3.9" mark.

Third - the lights seem off center for the purpose of being off center, not because it adds to the picture.

Happy shooting!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2003 03:30:24 PM
yes off center but does not draw person into pic 4
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06/19/2003 12:53:24 PM
I think there is too much negative space in this shot that does little to emphasize your subject which is bright enough without all the contrast.
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06/16/2003 10:24:15 AM
I actually tried something similar with a stop light this week, and I also encountered the same lens flares. Too bad we can't edit those things out, eh?

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