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The little devill inside you.
The little devill inside you.

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Challenge: Ducky (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: my apartment living room
Date: Oct 5, 2006
Aperture: F/4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1 sec
Date Uploaded: Oct 8, 2006

Set up the duck on a black backdrop and used a shop light as a reflected light source on the right side of the duck to shadow the left. Post processing involved dodging, burning, cloning out some areas on the duck to get rid of glare, level adjustments, curve adjustments, despeckle, and unsharp mask.

Place: 96 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.2265
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1216
Avg (non-participants): 5.2750
Views since voting: 797
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 234
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/24/2006 04:50:11 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club. I have been assigned your photo to critique and here are my thoughts:

Personal Reaction: To honest, Iím not resonating with this photo very much. But the challenge was whimsical and your photo exhibited a nice sense of humor, so letís not take ourselves too seriously.

Composition: Frequently a centered composition doesnít work very well and can feel very static. In this case it seems to work pretty well, I think because the orange lifts the eyes and the horns lead my eye back around into the photo. Youíve got a nice dynamic triangle going with the beak and the horns. So although you have a risky composition, I like it. Well done!

Technicals: Your lighting is very good. It helps me feel the texture of the duck. Your post processing added to the feeling by removing some glare, good job. I see what youíre doing with the side light and I like the definition and dimensionality it gives the duck. I like the resulting black on black contrast. Focus is good. DoF is good.

Conclusions: I can really see this image as the background in a magazine ad, or as the accompanying graphic in an ad. In that respect, it wouldnít compete with words laid over the top and could really grab a readerís attention. So why didnít it score better? Those who commented seemed to like it. In the end, I think the subject (which met the challenge well) just didnít appeal to voters that much. Itís a minimalist photo, not that thereís anything wrong with that. Maybe they were expecting more, or expecting yellow ducks, or Ö well who knows.

You havenít entered that many challenges, but in your portfolio I see some real talent behind your photos. Keep shooting and youíll find your style. Your technical capabilities are evident. IMO you just need to concentrate on subject choice and try to show your audience the subject from a perspective that surprises, or teaches, or entertains them.

As always, this is my personal opinion. Feel free to PM me if youíd like further dialog.
10/18/2006 12:34:57 AM
Thanks for all the comments. Some of you actually understood why it was lighted the way it was and some didn't...or maybe some of you just didn't like the lighting. Anyway, the lighting was done this way on purpose to contribute to the "dark" appearance.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/15/2006 06:47:51 PM
You have done a wonderful job with lighting.
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10/13/2006 03:59:37 PM
I like the side lighting on this shot...it sets the mood well. I have to admit that I find the lettering on the duck to be rather distracting. The colors in the shot look good and the background looks very even.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/13/2006 02:11:21 AM
Cute little shot and the lighting compliments it. Looks a little oversharpened though?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/12/2006 04:51:46 PM
coooooooool. great lighting and mood. a mood not often achieved in images with ducks. good luck! 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/12/2006 01:09:20 PM
It's too dark. I think it needs a lighter background or something.
10/11/2006 11:36:56 AM
10/11/2006 10:14:17 AM
Lighting is a bit too dark on left side if image is split vertically.
10/11/2006 07:46:26 AM
Less noise and a little more light might add to the overall effect.

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