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Through a Glass Darkly
Through a Glass Darkly

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Challenge: Glass II (with a twist) (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Oslo
Date: Jun 25, 2006
Aperture: f/25
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Jun 25, 2006

Open RAW
Noise/dust & scratches
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Place: 216 out of 258
Avg (all users): 4.5181
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3978
Avg (non-participants): 4.5792
Views since voting: 873
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 276
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/17/2006 07:33:14 PM
The reason I like this photo is for the mood that it envokes. It feels like it could be part of a scene from a movie about gods and goddesses and ancient heros and talking dragons.
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07/10/2006 12:15:59 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

An interesting shot, it really is and I can see the potential here. I like the composition of the shot, though I'm for some reason thinking the ball should be on the other side of the shot, used to things running left to right but this works well.

Don't really understand the title, get the Through the Glass part and the Darkly I'm guessing is the feel of the shot or through a dark glass to a darker world? Not really sure about that but Title is only a small part but it can play in your score in the end.

I'm going to bet, without even looking at the other comments you got hit with comments about the noise in the picture. Hang on, let me check.......yep I was right. And I found out about the title. I can't add much to what wavelength said about the settings on your camera. But if you were going for noise on purpose he is correct in that it works much better in black and white than in color. I also agree with the comment about the reflection in the ball, better focus on that would really make this shot stand out a bit more.

I hope my comments help and Good Luck In Future Challenges!

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07/05/2006 07:40:20 PM
one might wonder why in the world you chose to make this sooooo dark. your settings seem counter intuitive, f/25 and 1/1000th to lower the light, and yet placing iso1600 on to raise the light.. which in effect only raised the noise levels. I think you could have created something using this that still represented the idea, yet did not throw away all sense of proper exposure.

After looking about on the internet, the only thing I could think of was that you were trying to add noise to simulate the film grain of the Bergman film? In that case, black and white may have been in order.

Unfortunately, very obscure references don't really translate to the 2 seconds per vote crowd.
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07/05/2006 12:47:35 AM
Loved it for its hues and abstraction, was a 7 from me.

Oh yes, and next time be sure to make it really smooth, shiny and boring so that a whopping 5.0 score can reassure you of your personal worth ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/03/2006 03:52:02 AM
I like the composition but the noise level is a little too high. Should use a tripod or neatimage to post process it. The reflection on the glass ball is nice but if it can be more defined, it'll be much better. :)
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07/02/2006 02:17:11 PM
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06/30/2006 10:05:14 PM
Maybe just a little too darkly, though I do like how you've placed the ball to get that reflection, and how it's echoed in the rippled water.
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06/30/2006 04:56:06 PM
I like this one. Nice PP.
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06/30/2006 09:52:56 AM
I love this photo, the only problem is that its really grainy.
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06/29/2006 03:46:25 PM
Very nice. I like the mood it projects.
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06/29/2006 10:19:22 AM
Sorry but this is too dark/noisy for my taste, I would have liked it better if the whole image was brighter and more crystal clear.
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06/29/2006 07:10:58 AM
very, very noisy. maybe you were going for that look though. I cant tell.
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06/28/2006 06:48:44 PM
A lot of noise
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06/28/2006 09:39:41 AM
At first I thought there was a bit too much noise, but after looking at your entry a bit longer, I like it! the reflection in the glass ball is great, and the water really fits this photo. maybe you could've put the ball a bit more to the top or bottom to get that 1/3 rule.
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06/28/2006 08:52:22 AM
Wonderful title for the image.
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