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Sea Star
Sea Star

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Light On White II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: My Office, San Ramon, California
Date: Oct 25, 2005
Aperture: f14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250 seconds
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005

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Views during voting: 410
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11/04/2005 05:48:49 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective - very nice application of the rule of thirds. The negative space is balanced nicely with the subject and does not hurt the image in the least. It appears you are at about a 45 to the subject which is a good angle to work with and allows a nice smooth perspective in this shot and keeps the starfish from appearing flat. Well done!

Lighting - kind of hard on this one...there is enough brown in the starfish to offset the apparent glare and give it a very nice texture. However, some of the white areas appear blown out. The brown helps to tone this down a bit. Not sure if this was due to lighting or processing though.

Color - again, the brown of the starfish is a really nice offset to the stark white of the rest of the shot. The gray of the shadow helps to keep the starfish well defined in the edge areas where they meet. Where there is no shadow the edges seem to blend a bit on the white leaving some brown specs 'floating.' But this is minimal.

Challenge requirements - certainly well met. Your choices of subject and background with the shadow effect is a real nice combination. A little bright but that doesn't hurt it overall in my opinion.

Processing - my biggest problem area. Almost your whole background was removed. I realize this had to be done to achieve the effect you wanted, but seems borderline to me. Not my cause here though. I think you applied a very creative technique extremely well. Your choice of glass shows a creative thinking process that you were able to execute nicely. I usually am not a big fan of borders, but this one works ok. It could be a tad narrower in my opinion and would not hurt the strength of the image at all.

Overall/my opinion - to be honest, at first glance during the challenge I didn't know what to make of it. I knew it was a good image, but was torn with the processing. The image quality won though. On the whole this is a very well executed concept that met the challenge in great fashion. The starfish is a much stronger subject than I would have thought at first. A little too bright, but the other strengths make up for it. Well done!
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11/02/2005 04:08:39 PM
love it rikki... excellent work.. the score doesn't reflect the shot... shoulda been a lot higher...
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11/02/2005 07:39:02 AM
hey rikki congrats on the top 50 like everyone else I was fascinated by how you achieved the shadow. Great shot!
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11/02/2005 01:17:15 AM
Hey Rikki, I like this one. Simple but effective.
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11/02/2005 12:22:01 AM
Great shot Rikki!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 05:38:55 PM
Very inspiring.
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11/01/2005 02:31:06 PM
Wow, the shadow is incredible. What kind of glass did you use?
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10/31/2005 05:17:09 PM
Wow, the shadow looks like water. Is it?
This is simply beautiful.
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10/29/2005 09:11:31 AM
I like the movement sense of this. Good framing. The use of negative space is good. This would be great in an old worm eaten wood frame, hanging in a beach house. When you achieve that, I want to come visit. LOL 8
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10/28/2005 05:48:31 PM
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10/28/2005 01:50:56 PM
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10/28/2005 07:23:27 AM
I like the shadow (effect) of the sea star in your photo. I find it hard to tell wether the sea star is in focus or not - could be my eyes!
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10/27/2005 08:40:27 PM
a very good capture... colors and background work very well for me... a good challenge entry... :)
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10/27/2005 06:25:32 PM
Great effect on the shadows. Love the textures and low saturation of the colors.
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10/27/2005 02:25:41 PM
Interesting shadows....
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10/27/2005 01:56:53 PM
cool photo, is the background white sand?
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10/26/2005 06:41:54 PM
Is this considered high key? Love the textures and the composition.
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10/26/2005 06:12:31 PM
Great image! The highlights are a bit blown out but I like the shadows cast underneath the star. How did you manage to get this? I hope not a photoshop edit. The lower right point of the starfish is blown but I do love the simplicity of this image. 10
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10/26/2005 03:03:07 PM
the lower right side arm of the star seems blown out, and overall it seems a LITTLE washed out too, like it overall
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10/26/2005 12:49:36 AM
Oh this is really nice. Love the shadow under the star. Great detail and the border is good.
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