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Challenge: Complementary Colors III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-H1
Location: Mokra Gora, Serbia
Date: Apr 25, 2006
Aperture: 3,2
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/320sec
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2006

Not what I actually planned to enter...I discovered that I can make pretty shallow dof with my P&S if using full zoom and corresponding distance to the subject.And that\'s the biggest achievement of shooting for this challenge.

Statistics
Place: 73 out of 287
Avg (all users): 5.7665
Avg (commenters): 6.1364
Avg (participants): 5.8846
Avg (non-participants): 5.7151
Views since voting: 1003
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 257
Comments: 25
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05/07/2006 06:08:59 PM
hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective:
Composition is very well done. The ends of the barbed wire cut almost exactly at thirds lines which places the subject at a very appealing angle to the eye. The placement of the barbs is also very well done. The angle of approach to the shot seems well placed. The background is solid to the theme keeping distracting elements out of the shot. Well done. Appears a bit grainy in the green, but not distracting or taking away from the image. The DoF is interesting though. It appears your main subject is the spider on the wire. It may have been stronger if both the barbs were within the DoF (obviously including the spider) which would have set up a sort of 'trapped' element to the shot. Overall composition is very well done.

Color:
The colors are very strong and consistent in the shot. The variations seem natural and not forced by processing. Both the main colors are very strong and well preserved throughout the image.

Lighting:
This seems to be a weaker area to me. The setting seems totally natural but the lighting doesn't. The bright spots on the wire take that element away. Some appear to be due to oversharpening, others appear to be either direct light or flash that when coupled with the DoF of the shot seem out of place. A softer light on the wire may have helped.

Challenge:
Definitely met the challenge criteria. The color scheme is simple yet effective. Two strong colors that complement each other well. I like that you chose rust as opposed to a more general red color. The tonal contrasts are stronger and less harsh to view. Well done!

Overall/my opinion:
The DoF being a strong point for this composition is also a weak point. I really feel it would have been stronger with both barbs in focus. The composition is very appealing and the balance is well placed. The spider adds an element of 'surprise' to the shot that could have been better served if it was not the only focused point (that and a little of the wire in front of it). Also, if you meant to focus on the spider and not the barbs and just use the wire for the color, a different angle to bring the spider into a more prominent position in the shot would have helped. Overall a well done composition with a lot of appealing qulities.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2006 10:11:31 PM
Simple effective. The detail in the rust is great, I might have liked to see a little more DOF. Nice shot
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05/02/2006 10:09:13 AM
see now this is very creative....10
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04/30/2006 06:25:12 PM
I do love this picture, it says a lot.
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04/30/2006 04:50:33 PM
great shot, the focus is perfect
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04/30/2006 03:24:16 PM
I think this might do better with one of the barbs in focus, but I love this idea. 5 for me.
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04/30/2006 02:18:02 PM
Good use of depth of field and strong colors
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04/30/2006 08:30:35 AM
colors fit the challenge
lighting and focus could be a bit better i would have perhaps placed the babrwire for it to be fully focused and not jsut a spot of it to give a more striking effect.
i like the title
7
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04/30/2006 06:21:34 AM
neat idea! just like to see a bit more DOF. 8
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04/30/2006 05:54:59 AM
Hmmmm. Interesting. I like this photo, althought I think the focus should be on the first set of spikes rather than the wire in the middle. Good coulours though.
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04/29/2006 11:57:01 PM
Excellent title! Beautiful photo!
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04/29/2006 03:33:14 PM
I think focus on the left barbs would have been more effective. - 6
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04/29/2006 02:49:21 PM
great macro! love it!
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04/29/2006 01:11:21 PM
*I am only commenting, and not voting on this challenge*

Yikes.. that looks painful. While you chose to focus on the spider (I think that's what it is), I think you'd have been better to focus on one of the barbs instead. The spider is almost lost, and the "2 second to look at a photo" voters are going to entirely miss it. The color play is great though.
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04/29/2006 08:37:10 AM
great title..
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04/29/2006 07:38:50 AM
Great idea to paint the barbed wire red.
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04/29/2006 06:44:56 AM
This picture is very original. I like the crop and the focus. ANd it is related to the challenge.
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04/29/2006 12:23:16 AM
Nice macro effect
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04/28/2006 05:19:17 AM
Cool and subtle.
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04/28/2006 01:47:39 AM
Great title! And nice DOF.
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04/27/2006 09:15:56 PM
7 - Like this, including the title. Like the simplicity and the vivid colors. 'If only' the focal point either on one of the barbs, else just a little 'wider'.. bringing in a little more detail and color, make this even better in my opinion. Up to 7 from 6.
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04/27/2006 12:40:57 PM
good idea pity about the focus
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04/27/2006 08:06:10 AM
the rust really stands out bright.
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04/26/2006 11:13:59 PM
good shot
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04/26/2006 05:22:50 AM
lovely depth of field and great colours...I like this
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