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Challenge: Leading Lines III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Shawnee, OK
Date: Sep 16, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Sky
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2006

Crop, slight curves, usm, save for web

Taken at a kite festival. Loved the way the kite strings were attached to the parachute and the black/yellow against the blue sky. I think this is my best challenge entry yet.

Place: 67 out of 294
Avg (all users): 5.7778
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 5.6104
Avg (non-participants): 5.8929
Views since voting: 1168
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 189
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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09/07/2007 04:50:35 PM
Very cool!
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10/02/2006 02:30:05 PM
Congrats on your personal best. I do agree with the crop at the junction point as well. It would be a kick ass optical illusion if you did!
You've come a long way since Frosty's Little Brother ;-)
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09/29/2006 06:24:05 PM
Way to go on the PB man! It is a kick ass shot!

Man we have to get you another Nikon ...
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09/29/2006 06:15:05 PM
Hey, just found this. Congrats on the personal best! Just look at all those 7-10 scores. :)

I agree with the other folks who've suggested cropping it right at the junction point. Other than that, the clouds are a bit bright.

But it's a very nice image, and you should be proud of it!
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09/28/2006 02:42:39 PM
Critique Club Review:

Lighting, contrast, color, brightness hue, and saturation are all excellent.

Focus is lazer sharp, and depth of field is fine.

I like the colors, the contrast of the sky against the kite.

My only complaint, and maybe my eyes are just backwards, is that my eyes follow the lines away from the kite to to pint where they converge, and then off the page to the left. The kite plays optical tricks. At first, and at times it looks like you are viewing the kite from behind. Then you notice the lines continue into the kite and you are actually seeing the inside or front of the kite.

When seen as from outside or behind the kite, the distraction is extremely strong. When seen as inside or in front of the kite, the effect is still there, but not as strong. Even from the front my eyes as they follow the expanding strings, tend to want to slide back down to the junction of the strings and away from the subject.

Overall a very good photo.
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09/28/2006 07:23:40 AM
Great job! Excellent score and placement on this one - and it's a great shot, too! I do like the lines, and really like the color play of the yellow/black against the blue. While I'm sure the camera helped some, it's a whole lot of you just seeing things well and capturing them. :-)
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09/27/2006 09:05:01 AM
I did not have time to participate in the voting of the challenge but I saw the thread and had a look see at your entry. First off the very bold colors and patterns of the kite really grab hold of the attention. Color clarity is wonderful. But once a viewer gets past the bold color and patterns is there anything else to the composition to hold the attention? In my opinion (others will differ), I don't think it does. But it does have potential. Your companion/competitor who took a similiar shot had an element of composition that played well with the title of the piece. "Tethered" had the crop come right up to the where the lines of the kite met AND it had them meet in the bottom left hand corner of the composition. Your crop has too much of the single string that meets up with the joined ones. I think a closer crop to that meeting point would improve the composition because it is one element that does not help strengthen the composition. The first look at your image I had this mental image of a great big eye - matter of fact with those leading lines that spread out from the kite to meet at a point made me think of those diagrams one had had to do in health class when learning about the parts of the eye and it's function. Hmmm, that concept could possibly help your composition if you titled it with something refering to an eye - that would have been yet another hook for viewer's to stop and take a longer look - showing/telling the viewer yet another way to look at something. I don't know if the next suggestion is feasible or not but perhaps if there was something else that could have been captured in the frame off to the right that the 'eye' could look at. For example, a bird, a plane, etc. - but not something so big that it would detract attention away from your main focus. One other thought on composition, if it were possible, would be to have this kite on the left hand side 'looking' to the right and another similiar kite on the right hand side 'looking' to the left such that they appear to be 'staring' at each other.
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09/27/2006 07:49:12 AM
great score. guess that camera showed what you are capable of:)
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09/27/2006 07:15:21 AM
nice photo and score. It's so clear and colorful it looks unreal. GREAT JOB!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/23/2006 05:42:44 PM
vey joyful :)
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09/21/2006 11:09:42 AM
I like this! Simplistically clean! 8
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09/20/2006 02:33:41 PM
This is a really cool picture!
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09/20/2006 01:51:09 PM
cute idea!
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09/20/2006 10:54:15 AM
A very similar one in the challenge, this is very good, a bit more of a diagonal composition might be better.
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09/20/2006 09:15:35 AM
Simple but spot on.
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