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Vinyl Reflections
Vinyl Reflections

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Challenge: Off-Centered Subject (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: My Kitchen in Bradford
Date: Jun 15, 2003
Aperture: f7.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6 seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2003

Favorite things besides my camera. Dylan albums and my guitar.

Place: 118 out of 138
Avg (all users): 4.8583
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8675
Avg (non-participants): 4.8378
Views since voting: 950
Votes: 120
Comments: 7
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06/28/2003 04:36:21 PM
Greetings From the Critique Club:

Hi Cole,
I noticed that you are new here. I want to welcome you to this addicting photography site. I hope that you are finding it fun as well as informative.


Challenge: It is obvious that the subjects, the record label and guitar reflection, in your photo are off-center. Therefore, you have met the criteria for the challenge.

Composition: I am impressed with the thought that you put in to taking this photo. It is a nice symbolic way to represent Bob Dylan by not actually having him in the photo. I think the symbolism was lost on some people...thus your low score. I'm personally not a huge fan of Bob Dylan, but I do know that he is a singer, a song writer, and guitar player. The reflection of the guitar on the vinyl, to me, reflects the kind of guitar music that would be playing if we could hear the record being played. Very nice and inventive.

The thing that mostly bothers me about this picture is the color. Like I said above, it is such a good idea, but I do believe that it would be so much better if the record label were a different color, one that contrasts with the color of the guitar. Perhaps if Bob Dylan had a record with a label that is blue... or rather any color beside orange, red or brown would work better.

Technical: Technically, you picture is sound. It is well focused and the lighting is balanced. Perhaps, if I were to be picky, the cropping is a little uneven. On the left, you have cut off a portion of the record label, while the bottom portion was left intact.

I enjoyed doing this critique. I hope you found it helpful.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2003 07:33:09 PM
very cool effect. I like the reflection of the guitar in the vinyl, and I love the fact that that's a Bob Dylan record. How authentic, and a very unique and pleasing interpretation of the challenge!
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06/20/2003 03:15:02 PM
like the shadow of the guitar but hard to notice since whole instrument not in picture 7
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06/16/2003 05:07:51 PM
Nice idea and concept, the dust on the album is a little distracting.
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06/16/2003 01:13:25 PM
I might have liked it better without the reflection, actually. It just seems a little unnatural for a guitar to be suspended above a record, I guess...? Was this shot upside-down, by chance? It has a weird angle effect to it that makes me think this was shot upside-down and rotated...?
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06/16/2003 11:28:54 AM
Interesting combination, the record and the guitar go well together. I wonder if it had worked even better if the label had a totally different color to set the label and the reflection apart more. But maybe you wanted to have them similar. Plus, I'm no big fan of Bob Dylan but I won't deduct points for that ;)
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06/16/2003 12:23:28 AM
An interesting concept, but not a very attractive execution. The dust, the washed-out and out of focus areas, and the odd composition all detract.
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