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Challenge: Empty Room (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Kitchen nook
Date: Jun 2, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2006

Had another idea, but couldn't find a cello. I know someone who knows someone who has a cello, but I think that particular instrument is worth more than my car. So this is my "I gotta think of something else" shot. My kitchen nook, emptied of the fake tree, table and chairs, metal basket holder thingie, and rug. Love the fact you can heal or clone out all the kitty litter on the floor - easier than sweeping! Cropped to get rid of the two electrical outlets, though I did kind of like them in there - emphasized the "empty" part. Single desk lamp from the doorway into the nook - 'twas not in the room proper.

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Place: 25 out of 114
Avg (all users): 6.1004
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 5.9861
Avg (non-participants): 6.1469
Views since voting: 936
Views during voting: 380
Votes: 249
Comments: 36
Favorites: 0

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04/12/2007 10:43:14 PM
I love the shadow because it emphasizes the depth of the room.
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09/25/2006 09:13:25 PM
I love the earth tones and light in this! Very nicely done!
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07/02/2006 07:39:00 AM
I like this picture. The color and focus are very strong. The lighting seems a bit harsh to me, though. ...I can imagine the table lamp with the shade removed sitting on the floor just out of the frame. A little softer light would have worked better IMHO. I am one of the 94 who scored this a 6. (Interestingly, I chose an earth tone setting for my shot, too. Yours, however is much better.)
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06/25/2006 07:22:33 AM
[[trading post]]

this is a nice shot, composition is good, could use a wider angle.

the lighting is bad though, the harsh shadows are not helping.

try using a softbox ( white bedsheet ) to soften the light, works great for shots like these.

congrats on your top 25 :)
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06/16/2006 02:29:01 PM
Trading Post -

Nice shot overall Deb. You have a knack for these warm, earth tone type shots. Great long shadow and nice overall lighting. Would like to have seen more of the room but this still works well and easily fits the challenge. My eyes are drawn secondarily to the reflections in the window. Cloning those out may have been nice - but probably a very minor point. Good shot and who can complain about another 6.+ score.
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06/16/2006 05:52:13 AM
Nice composition but I'd like to see it a little wider. Not really much to say

Technical stuff (exposure, dof, lighting etc…)
Beautiful lighting, enough to get the nice long shadow which is very important compositionally, but not enough to light the vase too harshly. Seems perfectly exposed, everything else spot on.

Meeting the challenge
Yeah, its wide enough and empty enough to not be a corner so of course

I find the reflections of the frames in the windows distracting. If I were you i'd clone them out.

My personal opinion
If I'd voted on this challenge, I would have picked this out as one of yours. Your shots like this are always so beautiful (as is this one). Great to have a "signature shot" based on fundamental photography skills such as subtle lighting and tones rather than just the content. Pretty impressive that you can score a 6+ and not even make a dent on your profile page!
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06/15/2006 12:17:44 AM
hello again,

this is a very nice shot. well done.

i dont really see anything that would make it better. this is a really pleasing image to me.
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06/14/2006 05:09:31 PM
This was one of my favourite images in the challenge. I really like the warmth of the earthy tones and the great shadows generated by the seemingly single light source. I think you've composed this very well, because there is a lot of "reflectivity" in the picture: the two windows, vase versus shadow, angular floor tiles versus nice curved neck of the vase. I think it was a wise choice to clone out the sockets (and litter). Great shot.
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06/12/2006 06:39:20 PM
Trading Post...
This is a lovely shot. Great warm colors. I love the shadow. Nice placement of your "object". You met the challenge in every way, which your score reflects! BTW - that's 5 challenges in a row above a 6 score. I smell a ribbon soon!
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06/12/2006 04:20:15 PM
Way to GO Deb!!! I think you better give up your seat on that middle club you started. . .you no longer qualify with all these top place finishers!!

Congratulations!!!! You're awesome!!!

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06/12/2006 04:43:58 AM
Great shot as usual, Deb. Thought I would make you my guinea pig for the scoring pro forma I have been developing. Hope you find it useful.

Challenge: Empty Room
Challenge Description: Your challenge this week. Take one thing and your camera into an empty room and photograph it. (Advanced Editing)

A Score re meeting the challenge
{ 0} Does not meet challenge
{+1} Clearly meets the challenge
**{+2} Epitomises the idea behind the challenge
For me, this is an excellent example of how I saw the challenge being realised.

B Composition & Aesthetics
{ 0} No discernible compositional form or merit
{+1} Snap-shot like composition
**{+2} Well composed, aesthetically pleasing
{+3} An exceptional composition/exceptional aesthetics
The tones are superb and the use of the rule of thirds on the major verticals all work well. The cast shadow adds a degree of poignancy to the mood of the picture.

C Technical Considerations
{ 0} Technically flawed
{+1} Technically OK
**{+2} Technically well executed
{+3} Evidence of technical mastery/wizardry
Clean rendition of the shot, in line with the minimalist aesthetic expected of the subject matter.

D WOW Factor
{ 0} Not special/ordinary
{+1} Has some degree of impact
**{+2} Obvious impact
{+3} Slaps you in face
This picture does it for me in a quietly stated way.

Total score: 8
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06/12/2006 12:09:34 AM
I love this... You do wonderful with these clean simple shots, like your tribute to JJ Beguin a while ago.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/11/2006 11:13:41 PM
Nice and clean, yet warm and stylish ...
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06/10/2006 11:00:52 PM
Nice lighting and use of lines.
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06/09/2006 07:49:10 AM
Great image. I can see this in a decor mag.
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06/07/2006 09:06:24 AM
nice attempt ... i liek the textures
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06/07/2006 12:25:56 AM
nice photo. great texture and color in the tile floor and on the vase. I think the room may have been more powerful without the windows, but oh well. Great image otherwise.
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06/06/2006 10:22:14 PM
One of the most pleasant entries. I like that you can't see out the windows.
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06/06/2006 09:07:28 PM
I do not feel the emptiness of the room because such a small part of it is shown.
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06/06/2006 07:46:14 PM
I like the monotone feel. Looks nice.
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06/06/2006 07:17:56 PM
Excellent... Love the tones and clean crisp lines.
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06/06/2006 04:40:09 PM
The colors are nice on this. The lighting bothers me a bit because of the shadow of the vase.
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06/05/2006 11:29:24 PM
This is such a strong photo! The light and shadows are so striking, and those rich brown tones are to die for. This is definitely one of my favorites in this challenge!!
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06/05/2006 10:36:43 PM
I like these colors.
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06/05/2006 08:59:00 PM
shapes and light well handled
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06/05/2006 07:14:39 PM
Very nice shot... cool shadow :)
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06/05/2006 07:10:06 PM
Lovely lighting, very good color
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06/05/2006 05:29:54 PM
nice work
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06/05/2006 05:14:38 PM
I like the lighting and shadow. Nice!
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06/05/2006 04:18:46 PM
Good image for light source....
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06/05/2006 01:43:38 PM
Excellent! The subtle tones, the use of lighting to enhance the subject and the symmetry of the tile all enhance this image.
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06/05/2006 12:43:05 PM
I like this.
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06/05/2006 10:07:04 AM
This had a really lovely warm feeling to it, due to the earthy tones, as they worl so well in this image.....
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06/05/2006 08:29:58 AM
Beautiful color tones
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06/05/2006 01:38:47 AM
Very minimalistic and clean. Single light source makes it even more interesting.
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06/05/2006 12:53:21 AM
ooo, pretty, I love the color tones, 8
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