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Challenge: Motion Blur II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: coffee table
Date: Jun 25, 2006
Aperture: 22
ISO: 200
Shutter: .8
Galleries: Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jun 25, 2006

Shot this on my coffee table..... just tossed the cards a few hundred times until i got the one i liked. Levels, USM some minor cloning, and a tiny crop.

Place: 102 out of 177
Avg (all users): 5.2073
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 5.0909
Avg (non-participants): 5.2845
Views since voting: 676
Views during voting: 319
Votes: 193
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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07/05/2006 04:01:24 PM
It's nicely captured motion blur, but ultimately the picture doesn't offer too much. It's too simple. Maybe if we had some chips, a beer, cigar, or some thing else for us to wander over with our eyes.

Edit to say I PROMISE I didn't read the comment below. It's just funny that we listed chips, a beverage, and a cigar in the same order.

Message edited by author 2006-07-05 16:02:15.
07/05/2006 12:56:36 PM
---Greetings from the Critique Club!---

First impression - Looks like it was shot on the floor.

This is a good idea that needed better execution. Had you set up the shot on a card table with some chips, drinks, ash trays with cigars, etc, this would have scored much higher IMO.

Picture this with the green felt of the table, a stack or 2 of chips and pile of chips in the middle, some smoke wafting through the air . . .

I can see a lot of potential with this idea.

Technically the shot is very strong. Nice motion blur and sharpness in the non-moving elements. Angle is good, so is the lighting.

All that is needed here is a little more time to set up the shot.

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2006 07:19:50 PM
I'm generally not a fan of the poker shots, but I like this as a motion concept.
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07/01/2006 11:42:30 PM
This is a lovely shot. The sense of the face-down cards being dealt across the table is very strong. Just the right amount of blur.

But the first thought that sprang to my mind was "why would cards be getting dealt out when someone is already showing a full-house?"
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06/28/2006 07:35:13 AM
Hahaha...hmmm....looks like its a fold.
06/27/2006 09:25:37 PM
Great humour. Idea well executed!
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06/27/2006 02:00:06 AM
Nice idea, nice composition, nice use of motion blur to convey the story! 9.
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06/26/2006 10:15:35 PM
playing cribbage? :)
06/26/2006 08:53:18 PM
Nice story and good idea. Effects a picture of motion very well. I expect better lighting might have made the subject pop a little.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2006 07:41:30 AM
Would have preferred a table rather than the floor, good idea though.
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