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HM - Unpleasant Answer
HM - Unpleasant Answer

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Challenge: Unanswered Questions (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-P7
Location: Laflin & Taylor, Chicago, IL
Date: Jul 3, 2003
Aperture: f 10.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160 s
Galleries: Urban, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jul 3, 2003

A former pigeon, on the street in the morning sun. The way the wing was just up, that way, drew my eye, and I dodged cars to get as close as I could to snap this shot. I suppose the question is obvious enough to give a quick answer to: "What happened?" "A car hit a pigeon." But somehow to me it implied a sort of natural drama.

Place: 81 out of 88
Avg (all users): 4.4375
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3594
Avg (non-participants): 4.5000
Views since voting: 837
Votes: 144
Comments: 18
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07/14/2003 12:06:16 AM
I'm glad you tried the HM title. I should do this too. I like the comments you got - I think they are helpful for sure! :)

 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/13/2003 10:57:44 AM
Bird is out of focus -- but maybe that's a good thing.
07/13/2003 01:38:32 AM
A rather disturbing photo - one that's sure not to score well here. Also, your lighting is way too harsh. The wing pointed up is a "nice" touch.
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07/12/2003 10:18:42 PM
Really unpleasant photo... I'm sure I won't be the first to say so. As a photo... the focus isn't very sharp, and it could do with a levels adjustment in Photoshop, there doesn't seem to be enough tonal contrast. Don't like the shadow running mid-way across. The top half of the photo looks carelessly composed. I don't like the way the pavement cuts the picture in half. 3
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07/12/2003 06:17:59 PM
I like the contrast of the drama and emotion of the dead bird with the random everyday items behind. It gives this image a sense of meaninglessness. Nice work.
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07/11/2003 04:46:45 PM
Okay, I'll hit you...Not sharp enough, bad lighting, disgusting sujbect matter. =) Wow, I've never been that forrward in commenting. It feels like I"m being a jerk.
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07/11/2003 03:16:31 PM
The concept is OK. Colours are rather dull, greyed out, almost softish. It seems to me that for this concept you'd need either a strong duotone/bw presentation, or better colours. Also, I think the vertical format doesn't do justice to the picture: all the distracting elements to the top are "distracting". The flower pots in particular give a sense of peace and tranquility that doesn't seem to go with the dead bird. I guess, what I'm trying to say is that in general a good photo addresses one concept or issue squarely, no distractions (remember, I said "in general"), and in this case I don't see why breaking this general guideline helps.
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07/11/2003 01:23:42 PM
Is that his backbone poking though the entrails. 7
07/10/2003 09:59:50 PM
I like the composition (though the subject choice doesn't appeal that much), but the exposure seems off somehow. It is bright enough, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of "detail" visible. (Of course, that might be a good thing)
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07/09/2003 07:37:42 AM
Gimme something a little more interesting with some visual impact. You need to Hit me more than this.
07/08/2003 02:43:34 PM
No question, it's dead. The gross subject matter makes me lose interest. 4
07/08/2003 12:01:42 PM
The upswept wing is dramatic, but I keep wondering what the relationship is with the fire hydrant or the planter.
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07/07/2003 08:52:18 PM
HM ok this should be fun ;) I think its too flat needs some more contrast and the picture itself I would like to see it taken from another angle mabey turn the camera landscape or something I dont know .... the stuff above (red stuff, dont know what its called) is a little distracting from the bird. Anyway Thats all I could find to say. Good luck ;) - 6
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07/07/2003 07:29:28 PM
This one's a top "gross"-er. The splat is too unfocused (intentional?) that it makes me want to probe the picture more closely to know if it'sreally what I'm thinking.
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07/07/2003 06:43:16 PM
My eyes are not sure where to look. The curb divides this into two separate shots for me - both not holding a lot of interest although I tend to lean toward suggesting a crop about halfway and just using the upper portion because I have a bit of an aversion to dead animals. Focus seems a bit soft - but I imagine you were in the middle of the road trying to snap this pretty quickly. Overal this is ok but doesn't hold my interest = 5
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07/07/2003 11:46:37 AM
I see you have HM in the title so I assume you are looking for a non-surgar coated critique. Well, here goes, the image is very graphic in color, I would suggest B/W to tone it down a bit. The focus is soft on your subject, and the background objects are distracting. I think if you were to change those items, it would be a more compelling image........
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07/07/2003 07:36:16 AM
The title suggests that the Questions have been answered. Also, it doesn't raise any questions in my mind. So I don't think that it fits the challenge well. A bird was hit in the road. Also a very not pleasant subject. The lighting looks poor, and thank goodness, the focus also seems soft taking away a lot of the detail of your subject. The background is quite too dark, and overall just not a pleasant shot. ~Heather~
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07/07/2003 02:14:30 AM
nice colour. great find (so to speak)

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