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Ducky Balloon
Ducky Balloon

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Challenge: Ducky (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super for Canon
Location: New Mexico
Date: Oct 3, 2006
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2006

Taken at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Did a levels fix and then resized, sharpened, and saved for web.

So the day voting began I realized that you were supposed to include a rubber duck, but by that time it was too late. I thought I would see how the photo did anyway.

This really is a duck and not tweety bird. There was a tweety bird at the fiesta. The name of this balloon is Enchanted Ducky.

Place: 123 out of 174
Avg (all users): 4.9421
Avg (commenters): 4.5556
Avg (participants): 4.6835
Avg (non-participants): 5.0675
Views since voting: 1236
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 242
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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10/24/2006 08:44:58 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First off, as far as images go, this is well taken. The subject is sharp, it is composed well, the background has some interest. I think, with just a touch more processing, this image would pop. Right now it almost looks like an untouched RAW file. If the image were mine, I would do a curves adjustment, a slight saturation boost, and then a levels adjustment (I posted a quick edit here: //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=416826).

As far as images go, as I said before, this is well taken. However, for me at least, it holds very little interest. This is more of a documentary shot - showing me something that exists. It doesn't evoke emotion so it holds my interest for a short time. That is not bad in photography; documentary photography is required (I shoot for a paper so I do it all the time). But, The shots that people like to look at tell a story at the same time. The action here, in the basket, is to small to discern. And since all I see is the balloon, I have no context. So you are caught - not close enough to give me some action and not far enough away to give me context. I need one or the other to connect with the image.

I hope that this critique answers some questions you may have. If not, feel free to PM me and I will better explain any questions you have.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/17/2006 12:54:28 PM
Ooh, scary!
10/13/2006 02:21:28 PM
Isn't that tweetie-pie?
10/12/2006 06:18:50 PM
Looks more like tweety bird than a duck. Close enough though I guess.
10/12/2006 02:14:09 PM
Meets Challenge = 0
Technical Stuff = 2
Creativity = 1
Overall Impression = 1
Biased Wow Factor = 0
Sorry, that's Tweety Bird!
10/12/2006 09:14:34 AM
Great take on the challenge. refreshing to see actually. seems a bit underexposed though. 7 good luck
10/11/2006 04:41:01 PM
Great idea and nice looking balloon, but Nylon isn't rubber, thus DNMC

Details: Include a rubber ducky in your photograph this week.
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10/11/2006 02:05:52 PM
i think a little post processing contrast and up the saturation could make this great. you must be a lucky person in abq at the festival.
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10/11/2006 12:49:51 PM
Nice composition but I feel like I have to dock a couple of points for not meeting the challenge.
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10/11/2006 09:33:34 AM
Well, that's actually Tweetie Bird but I'll give you poetic license :-)

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