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America's Favorite Pastime
America's Favorite Pastime
Tommy 2 Tone

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Challenge: Light On White II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: At home
Date: Oct 25, 2005
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160 sec
Galleries: Sports, Studio
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005


Place: 64 out of 277
Avg (all users): 5.5320
Avg (commenters): 6.4667
Avg (participants): 5.3590
Avg (non-participants): 5.6444
Views since voting: 799
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 297
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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11/04/2005 01:31:31 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

Composition/perspective - good ratio between your subjects and the overall size of the image. The slight down angle to the subjects works quite well here. Lower or higher would have made it hard to look at and still be pleasing to the eye. The DoF really works on this one. If all three were in focus it would lose it spacial relationships. Well done!

Lighting - the shadows are not too dark, yet they help define the individual space each ball occupies. No glares or bright spots to distract from the continuity of the white/white concept except for a small spot on the right most ball. You start to lose definition on the very right hand edge where it begins to blend into the background. However, it appears more than one light source was used which helps to keep the balls isolated and not blend into each other.

Color - the red laces as the only color is good. Kind of like 'a splash' of color. The balls and background are almost the same exact white so the laces really do their job here. The two balls in the background appear a little dirty which I find a slight distraction. The 'light' is so well done and separated from the 'white' that the dirt spots really stand out. I realize with basic editing they cannot be removed, however, washing, bleaching, showing a different side may have helped remove these. Even shoe polish could have been used.

Challenge requirements - there is no question that this image meets the challenge. Your choice of subjects was good and your control over placement demonstrates a good grasp of not only what was needed, but how to present it as well. [Suggestion: if you care, try to align the balls so the laces form their own continuity]

Overall/my opinion - I like the image and feel you did a great job for a difficult challenge. White on white is not easy to do. My strongest criticism would be the dirt spots on the balls as well as the word(s) 'China.' Both could have either been placed so they were not visible or covered with white-out or shoe polish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2005 06:26:51 AM
Wow. Baseballs made of china ... surely they'd smash if you hit them with a bat... ;-)
10/29/2005 05:31:43 PM
I like this picture. Nice lighting and DOF. Would be better if your balls were clean. Sorry, had to say it.
10/29/2005 05:22:05 AM
OMG the hilarity of this picture.... the ball says china on it. Americas favorite pastime. ROFL
10/28/2005 01:19:22 PM
Take me out to the baaaaall gaaaaaame, take me out to the croooooooowds... giving this one an 8!
10/28/2005 12:26:31 AM
Good focus.
10/27/2005 06:08:04 PM
America's Favorite Pastime, made in China. What have we come to : (. The balls seem a little dirty in some spots. Nice detail in the front ball.
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10/27/2005 05:04:29 PM
"America's Favorite Pastime" made in China. Good image
10/27/2005 04:35:41 PM
Nice, very nice...
Is your background not clean or do you need to clean your sensor? There's something like a dustspeck left from the front ball...
10/27/2005 04:06:07 PM
Wassup with AMERICA'S favorite pastime balls being made in China? :) Nice photo.
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10/27/2005 02:58:28 PM
It seems that one of the "favorites" balls of Americans is "made in China"! :))
10/27/2005 01:23:58 PM
I think the black border takes away from this shot.....it "cages" it in too much. Nice DOF.
10/27/2005 09:18:55 AM
10/27/2005 07:25:42 AM
5 - Like the potential of this. Criticism; 2nd thing I saw was the 'CHINA(s)', so attention to that detail (especially given your title) would have made this better in my opinion. The base/background seems a bit 'dirty' and I can just discern 'PIX'(?), so again just minor details. The frame detracts from this shot in my opinion.
10/26/2005 03:47:54 PM
great picture, good DOF - but the big heavy border is quite distracting.
10/26/2005 12:33:18 PM
great DOF. liked this one a lot. 9.
10/26/2005 12:44:18 AM
Interesting that they're made in China. I just noticed that. LOL

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