DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
Challenge Entries
Portfolio Images
Golden Years
Golden Years

Order a print of this photograph!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Past (Classic Editing*)
Collection: Still Life
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Studio
Date: Aug 20, 2003
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 20, 2003

Used the wrong white balance and slightly over-exposed on purpose, to try and give it an old fashioned feel, without going for the duotone cliché.

I used a shallow DOF because I was expecting this no editing challenge to produce a lot of snapshotty photos, and I wanted mine to have something to it.

I would have no problem with entering this as it is into a normal challenge, with maybe a little unsharp mask.


Just so I remember which file it is, should I need to give proof :) I have lots of almost idental ones from when I was experimenting.

Place: 6 out of 115
Avg (all users): 6.4679
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 6.4478
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 1873
Votes: 109
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

Please log in or register to add your comments!

09/03/2003 04:09:58 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Lucky me! I get to critique this photo, which was one of my favorites during the challenge. Yippee!

Perfect photo.

Thanks for the opportunity! See you later!

...Just kidding, although I do have a hard time finding anything wrong with this. You deservedly received lots of positive comments. I guess I'll just mention a few things as to why this succeeds:

First, photography, as you so consistently demonstrate so well, is all about light and how it bounces around things and reveals things and textures and moods. This photo uses light very well. It is appropriately dim and has a lovely color to it that goes well with your title and helps build a cozy mood. The little spot on the record is perfect for revealing its texture in a dynamic way.

The depth of field you use is also very appropriate. The focus is on the record's label, which works well because the whole image is evoking sound. The label itself helps to bring out the feeling of olden times. I enjoy how the focus gets softer and softer as it goes back, mimicking memory and time and evoking the past.

Your point of view is also effective. It is close up and intimate, and helps to bring out the intimate feelings of the foxtrot and of when music like this was played--at dances. Your point of view also helps the composition as the round lines of the record take our eyes all over the frame in a delightful way.

To improve the shot . . . hmmmm . . . I suppose that MAYBE you could have turned the record to give it just a slightly bit more tilt in relation to the frame to give a more random look to the record's movement? I'm stretching here! Don't change anything! Please! I beg of you!

This is a soft, wise, and intimate photo that does what it is supposed to do: make us feel something. The fact that there was no post processing shows your great skill at image-making with a camera. Congratulations and thanks!

  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/29/2003 02:44:06 PM
congrats ben on your top 10 finish
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/28/2003 02:37:23 AM
Beautiful lighting + focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/28/2003 01:33:29 AM
This was one of my favorites for this challenge. Very nice work! Again!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/28/2003 12:09:37 AM
Ben this is an amazing photo... very artistic and awesome... wonderfully done especially because there was no post processing... wow! Adding the photo to my favorites now :-).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/28/2003 12:03:46 AM
Ben this is an awesome photo! I can almost smell the vinyl. Great job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/27/2003 11:48:32 PM
Perfect lighting and focus for a shot like this...a memory-lane sort of feel. Very nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/26/2003 09:38:54 PM
Beautiful image. The lighting and color saturation really pull together to give it a nostalgic, from the past feel.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/26/2003 03:33:09 PM
Great idea. Nicely done, focus and compostion is great.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/26/2003 12:26:11 PM
Ooh. This is my favorite. Wonderful colors and lighting. Definitely a feel for the past. Excellent work! A ribbon winner in my opinion. Good luck!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2003 10:35:38 PM
Too red.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2003 08:44:02 PM
nice shot, like the depth of focus, and the nice composition.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2003 02:57:25 PM
Truly beautiful image! I especially love the rich colors and subdued tones-- it really creates a mood suitable for the subject. --10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/24/2003 04:24:58 PM
Nice colours and depth of focus. Also very good composition and contrast, which you have done well to capture with in the challenge rules. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/22/2003 11:03:21 PM
I like the way the arm of the record player wraps around your focal point drawing the eyes to the record label. Nice colors. Unique shot. 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/22/2003 10:32:19 PM
I think who ever shot this must think like me. Good composition and a great subject as well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/22/2003 09:00:36 PM
The colors really make this shot feel authentic. DOF gives a sense of motion.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/22/2003 06:20:12 PM
challenge met, composition is good, dof is good, overall a well done shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/22/2003 04:13:20 PM
Wow. That's a great image! Just a bit too red for me, sorry. I still really like it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/22/2003 02:54:10 PM
Memories come flooding back! Great shot...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/21/2003 12:27:24 AM
Beautiful rich color and tones. Composition is good and the subject fits the challenge and is interesting. Nicely done !
  Photographer found comment helpful.

Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2021 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 01/16/2021 05:15:01 PM EST.