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Challenge: Collections (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
Location: Huddersfield, UK
Date: Nov 28, 2005
Aperture: F3
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1sec
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

I used to collect rocks, and I always loved these ones.

Backlit with a slide viewer!

Place: 35 out of 210
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Votes: 263
Comments: 14
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12/10/2005 03:11:27 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First of all, what a cool photo! I always always without a doubt love photos of translucent objects placed on a light source, especially with such cool colors, as in this photo.

Let's start with composition. Several commenters suggested that you either crop tighter or crop less, which I fully agree with. The fact that this shot is cropped so close at the bottom but so loose at top really throws it off balance and creates an uneasy feeling that just doesn't work well in this particular shot. Outside of the context of this challenge, I would probably have cropped in a lot tighter on the left rock, which would have made for a really interesting macro shot.

Color is great in this shot. I'm glad that you stuck with a color scheme of yellows and browns instead of throwing in a pink or purple rock in addition.

Lighting is okay, but I don't think you used it as much to your advantage as you could have. The coolest thing about these rocks is that they're not opaque, which is why they work so well on the slide viewer. Why not layer the rocks on top of each other, allowing multiple levels of opacity within the photo? Also, there seems to be some darkening going on in the bottom left corner which is really distracting. There also seems to be a loss of sharpness around that edge, and I'm not sure if that's a result of your lens or the aperture. Either way, it should be fixed or cropped out.

That brings me to my last point. Two items does not a collection make. On its own, the photo has a ton of potential, but in this challenge it just doesn't fit.

I hope these comments have been helpful. Good luck!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 09:19:12 PM
lovely colors against the white background make for a striking photo. a visually appealing choice of subject!
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12/06/2005 06:18:23 PM
Great colors and patterns, but the crop is too tight, especially considering the amount of blank white in the image. Crop tighter on the bottom 2/3 or crop less.
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12/06/2005 10:50:11 AM
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12/05/2005 07:23:44 AM
Original. Nice clean lines and colours. 9
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12/04/2005 08:25:01 AM
Good use of lighting here. Kind of a small collection.
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12/02/2005 10:59:12 PM
thats a really cool picture
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12/01/2005 09:56:04 AM
Very nice collection. Great detail and color.
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12/01/2005 12:21:16 AM
dramatic slices of rock. well done
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11/30/2005 11:52:14 PM
Top 3 in the challenge I would hope! Beautiful. Title is great too. 10.
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11/30/2005 09:17:51 PM
wow, that's a nice agat stone
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11/30/2005 08:44:07 PM
I could see this getting a ribbon. Very nice!
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11/30/2005 03:52:50 PM
The colors of this shot are very eye-catching.
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11/30/2005 12:25:46 PM
Beautiful colours
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