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Challenge: Backlighting II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus C-8080
Location: Home
Date: Jan 4, 2006
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1,6 sec
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2006

Backlighted & slightly lighted from the front. Cigarette smoke for ''foggy'' feeling...

Place: 168 out of 324
Avg (all users): 5.1424
Avg (commenters): 6.1429
Avg (participants): 5.0631
Avg (non-participants): 5.1902
Views since voting: 705
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 295
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/23/2006 04:22:24 PM
::: Greetings from Critique Club :::

Hi, as requested, here is an indepth critique of your submission.

First Impression - the most important one:
Interesting... wild colors.. but maybe a bit more forward lighting is needed.

Centered, it's ok. I'm not real fond of dead center compositions. I like photos that play with the rule of thirds more.

Subject is strong and definitely stands out clearly from the background.

Technical (Colour, focus, and light):
FocusL Sharp and crisp.
Light: AS I stated earlier, you perhaps need more lighting from the front. What you end up with is a slightly under-exposed Santa with blown high-lights around the edges with this lighting setup.
Colour: Not sure why, perhaps WB issues with multiple light sources, but the blues in the beard and coat bottom are disturbing to me.

To grow its vote?:
Well, I can start b saying that DPC voters aren't real fond of "doll" shots. So, generally they don't score real well.

Was a good effort, I believe you are capable of more, especially after seeing that wonderful waterdrop shot (btw, DPC love water drops).

Hope to see more from you soon,
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 11:51:20 PM
omg it's radioactive!
01/16/2006 10:50:25 PM
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01/16/2006 06:46:41 PM
very interesting picture. although the subject is a bit strange, and not in a negative way, i think it is the best example of back lighting. nice work.
01/15/2006 08:51:57 PM
disturbing and beautiful
01/15/2006 03:39:57 PM
This shot is OK, but I think that the figurine's materials are upseting the balance you want here.
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01/15/2006 08:23:07 AM
The lighting is great on this photo, but the subject is something else. Not because it is santa, but because it is a nick-nack and therefor uninteresting to me. However, I'll bet if this photo was used to sell this santa statue on e-bay, you'd get more than your asking price!
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01/14/2006 09:29:04 PM
cute and sinister all at once!
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01/13/2006 06:01:12 PM
I have given you a 9 as you have found somthing other than fruit to shoot and I like the lighting:)
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01/13/2006 10:34:26 AM
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01/12/2006 05:05:19 PM
Something about it seems over the top. Not sure. I can see your definite backlighting, but it seems like too much light. Maybe adjusting to half or even quarter power (that is if you used strobes) would have given this a nicer less harsh light. Just my thoughts.
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01/12/2006 03:51:44 PM
This looks more like a phobia. Yikes!
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01/12/2006 03:20:34 AM
One of my faves!
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01/12/2006 01:33:42 AM
I saw this browsing through the entries at first. I am still convinced santa will haunt my dreams. :)
I like how the backlighting resembles headlights in foggy weather.
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01/11/2006 06:47:19 PM
this is simply bizarre. about made my eyes pop out with its garishness.
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01/11/2006 04:12:31 PM
Wow - definitely backlit! Not fond of the subject, but the technique is very good!
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01/11/2006 09:41:26 AM
Evil Santa!! Scary image for a child to see I bet. "You've been bad!!! I am coming!!"
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01/11/2006 06:01:41 AM
nice shot! but can we put the Christmas Decorations away now?!
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