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The Madhouse
The Madhouse

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Challenge: Failure (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX Aspherical DG for Minolta
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: May 21, 2006
Aperture: f9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/300
Date Uploaded: May 21, 2006

I couldn't resist, and with approval ratings so low, why should I have?

Shifted the hues more toward blue, desaturated the image, lightened a bit and increased contrast.

Place: 69 out of 129
Avg (all users): 5.0290
Avg (commenters): 5.4706
Avg (participants): 4.4318
Avg (non-participants): 5.1902
Views since voting: 729
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 207
Comments: 22
Favorites: 0

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06/04/2006 03:59:56 PM

::: Critique Club :::

Hi, my name is Kari and from the critique club.

First Impression - the most important one:
You got what you want .... a pile of controversy :)

The fountain hits thirds .. the top of the house hits thirds .. but it still feels centred ... not sure why ...

Does it or not ... really I am from NZ .. and it doesn't do much for me ... but in your country it may.

Technical (Colour and light):
Nice Colours and natural light .. both work well .. .also a good sharp picture.

To grow its vote?:
Do something that says something to all .. .the problem is that this site is not made up of mainly americans .. so it doesn't say much to a lot of people ... and those it does it seems you offended some of them.

I like this as an architechture shot ... which is currently voting and think it would have done ok in there. But is a personal statement and I think worked well for that. Keep it up .. I personally like challenging peoples thinking too.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via
the PM system.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/30/2006 05:25:07 PM
why the back?
05/29/2006 05:24:12 PM
I wish I thought of this concept... =)
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05/28/2006 08:26:01 PM
Not amusing.
05/28/2006 02:19:23 AM
You're referring to the people inside the house and you're allowed to have your opinion about them being all mad, but all I see in the photo is a big, white house with a fountain in front and a flag on top. Your photo doesn't show failure.
05/26/2006 04:44:45 PM
not to get too driven by symbols but i love the shadows and the lighting, When i look at the shadows i get the impression its late in the day, perhaps late in someone else's day as well ;) And the shadows give me a feeling of darkness and gloom which i think is fitting for the subject.
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05/26/2006 01:52:04 PM
Beautiful shot, and I agree. It'll be interesting to see the range of voter sentiments.
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05/26/2006 06:15:06 AM
lol. I dont know if everyone would see the "power house" of US as failure. Is it? 6.
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05/26/2006 05:41:21 AM
nice political comment, true to a point. oh yeah good crisp image too.-7- might be even better as a B&W
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05/25/2006 07:55:15 PM
I absolutly hate when people express their political beliefs with their (challenge)photographs. It sickens me!

Message edited by author 2006-05-31 00:22:44.
05/25/2006 11:27:01 AM
very nice shot, and very funny as well. it could be a little better if the fountian was in the center of the building.
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05/25/2006 10:24:32 AM
Sad bring politics into here nice that its in your opinion. Too high of a contrast on the trees learn to contrast mask areas and control lighting.
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05/25/2006 03:10:47 AM
I just don't like political statements where I go for enjoyment whether I agree or disagree.
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05/24/2006 11:45:04 PM
I see failure only in your title.
05/24/2006 10:24:35 PM
Very funny!
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05/24/2006 10:04:51 PM
too much shading
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05/24/2006 09:21:47 PM
lol! hahaa... awesome pic
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05/24/2006 05:45:03 PM
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05/24/2006 02:39:44 PM
uh-oh, politics...bound to split the vote (pun)
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05/24/2006 01:44:52 PM
hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahha 10 for the best interpretation of failure!
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05/24/2006 05:48:09 AM
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05/24/2006 01:52:15 AM
I can't think of anything that better expresses the concept of "failure". ;)
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