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Challenge: Repetition (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: National Maritime Museum, Greewich, England
Date: Aug 30, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Abstract, Water
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2003


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09/08/2003 01:41:39 PM

This was a different take on the challenge but I struggle to put my finger on why. It seems to me that more people were going for an esoteric feeling of repetition. In looking at your subject it seems that you have a couple of drawbacks here. The repetition of the drill bit teeth (what I assume you were intending to use for repetition) seems to be competing with the repetition of the bricks in the sidewalk as the sidewalk is not only repetitious but symmetrical and more plentiful. That could be a good contrast between the parallel lines in the sidewalk bricks and the teeth on the bit but with the angle you choose to shoot, the red of the drill head and the yellow teeth are already cast into contention with two other textures/colors in the background. The smooth, tannish/light-colored area that slants up from the bottom lefthand side and the activity of the green leaves. These two textures rob the image of the artistic contrast you might have gotten with just the drill and the sidewalk as a backdrop (as shot from higher above the drill). I can see how this image has multiple focii for the viewer to try and take in and it definitely does meet the challenge of demonstrating repetition. My conclusion is that it sadly overwhelms the viewer rather than presenting a powerful message that is present (and that you saw). Good job seeing the repetition in this; the trouble comes in the translation for the rest of us to see. A backdrop would have helped you tell this story or, as I said before, shooting this at such an angle so that the drill was outlined against the bricks in the sidewalk so that the viewer got more contrast between the diagonal repetition and the parallels of the bricks might have helped, also.

Just my $0.02
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09/03/2003 06:25:14 PM
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09/03/2003 12:54:37 AM
Cool take on the challenge 7
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