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Challenge: Ducky (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Sony DSC-P71
Location: Illinois
Date: Oct 8, 2006
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2006

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Place: 150 out of 174
Avg (all users): 4.5171
Avg (commenters): 4.3571
Avg (participants): 4.3418
Avg (non-participants): 4.6065
Views since voting: 651
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 234
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/15/2006 06:21:35 PM
Maybe shooting from street level to give the duck a little larger look. I like his fire outfit though :)
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10/13/2006 02:15:05 AM
LOL! Had a good laugh at this. Very cute!
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10/12/2006 02:32:46 PM
Nice idea. The duck is simply too small in proportion, consider getting as close and as low as possible for a more dramatic photo.
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10/12/2006 11:24:08 AM
Overall the composition needs improvement. First off, your main subject, the ducky, is so small in relative proportion to the surrounding environment which makes up the photo. The ducky makes up only 2% of the photo and is lost in its environment. It gets literally gets lost amoung the street scene. You posed it next to the a sign pointing to the Fire Dept which shows me you tried to insert an element that would strengthen the connection or make a connection of a setting for this Firefigther Ducky. What was needed was to get a closer shot of your Ducky, such that it makes up 35% or more of your shot. It needs to be much more visible. And since you wanted to include another element that would nod to an environment or workplace of a firefighter something other than the sign that allowed you to get closer to your main subject would have been better. One suggestion is that you could have poised the duck next to a red fire hydrant. A close crop or zoom that has a portion of the hydrant that is still recognizable and the main subject,the ducky, dominating the scene could be a good composition. My next suggestion is do not be afraid to approach someone on location if it will help your composition. They might be more friendly than you might expect:-) Of the five different rubber duckys I saw at the store I almost purchased the Firefighter ducky (I didn't purchase the ducky for I had an idea of what I wanted when I walked into the store and stuck with my idea). Had I purchased it I would have taken it to the local fire station, told them my story, and asked if I could pose the duck on the grill of the fire engine or next to the fire hose mounted on the truck. The worst that they could say is "No" Another idea of a background assisting the composition setting is perhaps using a firefighter's helmet and posing the duck next to it. You could borrow it from someone you know has a child who has a firefighters helmet lying in the make-believe box or even purchase a inexpensive one at the halloween supply stores. Any object that can act at a backdrop to help set the scene that allows you to get close to your main subject will be a big benefit to your overall composition. The biggest problem with the photograph as it stands now is that you really need to get closer to your main subject and make it the focal point of your composition.
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10/12/2006 09:43:21 AM
nope I cant prevent them. I take dorky silly shots daily. :P very cute.
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10/11/2006 11:01:42 PM
Not sure what the photo is about. The size may be a part of the problem.
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10/11/2006 07:30:54 PM
..but then we wouldn't have any giggles!

Cute one.
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10/11/2006 06:00:39 PM
the title means that I should vote low? ;) or to comment it?
i would have waited for the sun to go down or to wait for a cloud
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10/11/2006 01:02:21 PM
The title is funny, the shot may have been better if you had the duck on the curb and the shot was from as low to the ground as you can get, trying to look up on him with the sign in the background, maybe he could be sideways walking up the sidewalk . JMO.
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10/11/2006 10:18:21 AM
I think I would have prefered the duck being closer to the bottom of the sign and then a tighter crop where you could barely see the top of the sidewalk thus making one still think he was parking in the street. As it is now, the duck is out of focus as the focal point is the sign and I have to go searching for the duck.
Clever idea though.
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10/11/2006 09:30:56 AM
great location !
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10/11/2006 09:24:32 AM
The perspective is all wrong. You should have tried to get the duck closer to the sign.
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10/11/2006 02:49:35 AM
You lose the ducky due to the small size in this
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10/11/2006 12:54:41 AM
very small duck... the sign seems to be the eye catching subject
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