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The Light of Faith...
The Light of Faith...

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Challenge: Collections (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Catania, Italy
Date: Nov 28, 2005
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 320
Shutter: 5 sec.
Galleries: Humorous, Traditional Art
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

I took this shot in my father's room. He has a very big collection of byzantine icons. The walls are full of icons...
Adobe Camera RAW + Swadows/Highlights (+5/+5) + Brightness/Contrast (+10/+12) + Hue/Saturation (-3/+10) + USM (125/0,5/0) + Crop + Canvas size (borders) + Save for web

Place: 75 out of 210
Avg (all users): 5.3127
Avg (commenters): 6.6250
Avg (participants): 5.0581
Avg (non-participants): 5.4286
Views since voting: 988
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 275
Comments: 10
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12/12/2005 06:38:53 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club! : )

My first impression is that the lighting is harsh for the image. As other voters noted, the shadows detract from those amazing icons. I think that using a scrim would help reduce shadows, soften the lighting for the shot, deepen the darker tones and give an amazing glow/sheen to all the gold on the icons.

In terms of composition, the light switch is in a great place, hitting both a line for the rule of thirds and a golden mean point. The shape of the light switch is a good repeat for the shapes of the icons, and works well being included in the image. It also plays nicely off the title. Because there is so much amazing detail to be discovered in those icons, I would be curious to see how a tighter composition (as a portrait instead of landscape format) would have turned out. Additionally, the image could have been presented closer to the 640 pixel limit to allow for a better view of the detail(although I note that you're close to 149K as it is, so that may not have been possible).

In terms of focus, it may be due to the lighting but I feel like the entire image could benefit from being in sharper focus. In looking at the entire image as a whole, the focus point seems to have been the icon to the upper right of the light switch. All other icons, as well as the light switch, appear to be a bit fuzzy. In post-processing you could apply an unsharp mask, but sometimes that leaves the image with a pixilated feel. That's one for you to decide...

In general, I found this photo to be one of the more creative ones for the "Collections" challenge. The concept and composition are very appealing, and I really feel that sharper focus and scrimmed lighting would have really propelled this image forward in the challenge.

If you have any questions/feedback about this critique, please feel free to send me a PM. Thanks for such a creative image, and keep shooting!


 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 09:18:30 PM
love this idea, but the light of faith appears to be a bit overexposed to my eye (particularly on the left side of the image). like how the light switch plays off of the title. looks like you have an amazing collection of icon images, too!
12/06/2005 07:06:06 PM
Hmmmm....The shadows seem a bit harsh. Try dimming the lights a bit or difuse them off the ceiling.
12/06/2005 06:28:30 PM
why two switches for one light??? very nice photo, 9.
12/04/2005 06:56:18 AM
Nice collection... My only comment is that the shadow near the switch is kind of destracting.
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12/01/2005 01:41:29 PM
I like the additional element of the light switch combined wit the title.
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11/30/2005 11:56:10 PM
cute, but you need to do something about the shadows
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11/30/2005 11:38:25 PM
the light of faith works very well
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11/30/2005 08:37:41 PM
Cool photo. The color and lighting are great. Nice going.
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11/30/2005 12:24:35 PM
Very nice setup.
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