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"Will you marry me?"
"Will you marry me?"

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Challenge: Surprise! (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20P
Location: studio
Date: Nov 23, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Family, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Nov 23, 2003


Place: 25 out of 57
Avg (all users): 5.5694
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1556
Avg (non-participants): 5.7576
Views since voting: 1432
Votes: 144
Comments: 22
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12/04/2003 10:28:36 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Hi Jon...

I think I summed up my opinion on this photo in my original comment. The composition and idea behind this photograph are both excellent. It's just something about the hands looking dirty to me that makes this photo fall. It makes it feel cold and harsh instead of warm and loving, which, by the title, would be my derivation of the theme you are presenting here. It creates a bit of internal conflict in your image.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/29/2003 12:11:12 PM
Great composition, but too contrasty for my taste
11/29/2003 01:45:59 AM
a bit dark, but I like the darkness of it... it gives it a nice effect...
11/28/2003 11:14:44 PM
This is a lovely thought for the challenge. But the black and white really takes away from the shot for me. There is too much sharpness and contrast between the finders and the background, I can practically take fingerprints off the man's fingers. Too much detail for a shot like this. A 6
11/28/2003 07:51:05 PM
Very crisp picture, and I like the lack of color here...but it doesn't say surprise to me, very much. There's nothing in the picture that conveys to me that it was a surprise, only that I am being told (by the fact that it's in this challenge) that it is. A very nice picture, though.
11/28/2003 02:49:13 AM
Always a pleasent surprise:) Something just did not seem to work out with this shot. seems both over sharpened and way to much contrast. maybe this would have worked better with not so strong a flash? concept is good though:)
11/26/2003 07:06:47 PM
good composition, and the texture is great, there is nothing that really shows the suprise though. I mean maybe it wasnt a supprise.
11/26/2003 12:43:55 AM
Are you asking? A nice surprise for some nice lady I hope she says yes.
A nice Idea but a bit on the darkside
11/25/2003 05:26:54 PM
I like the composition, but the high contrast and funny focus is a bit disturbing
11/25/2003 03:33:19 PM
I have the same idea, but you do it better. Congratulations.
11/25/2003 11:04:50 AM
A bit too dark to me. Great interpretation.
11/24/2003 05:39:49 PM
The fingers are almost as metalic as the ring at this high contrast. You've got some great detail in the finger prints on the left hand. I'd think a larger DOF would work better, bringing the ring finger into focus. While this can be a surprising moment, I don't feel the surprise looking at the hands...
11/24/2003 05:06:26 PM
I'll tell ya this shot has appeal, and I really don't dislike it. What I don't like is that both hands look too masculine. Please don't take offense, and also note I don't have long sculptured nails either. I will say your lighting is very good as are the tones.
11/24/2003 03:44:11 PM
I like the stark black & white of this, but I wish the setup was better. This is a wedding ring, not an engagement ring, so it's not really what would be used for a proposal, and it's being placed on a right hand, not a left hand like an engagement ring would be. Those minor things throw off the "surprise" story and make this look like someone putting a ring on their own opposite hand.
11/24/2003 12:42:31 PM
Curiously harsh treatment of the image (high contrast, hard black tones) considering the nature of the event but I do like it.
11/24/2003 10:51:09 AM
I really like this shot. An excellent idea for the challenge. I like the composition of this photo. The hands are framed well and the focus is on the main subject. Good DOF brings your attention to the action. I think this photo is over saturated, over contrasted and over sharpened. The light is focused on the womans fingertip and should be on the ring.

I hope my comments were helpful and not condescending.
11/24/2003 08:26:27 AM
Excellent choice for the challenge! Nice work!
Great DOF, b&w excellent choice.
The first thing that I noticed was the harsh lines in the fingers .. Its like the contrast is a bit high and its making it look like the fingers are dirty! haha its no big deal, just something that looked "off" to me.
11/24/2003 07:21:38 AM
Great idea. This one is a little dark for my taste, but very artsy.
11/24/2003 05:15:56 AM
i think its beautiful. love the contrast.
11/24/2003 03:37:09 AM
The unusual lighting effect on the skin is very effective. Good work.
11/24/2003 12:29:29 AM
There is something very rustic about this. Almost like this is happening in a coal mine, or something. I love the toning, etc. 10 from me.
11/24/2003 12:09:48 AM
This is a neat idea but the hands look 'dirty'.. .maybe the lighting and the post processing is causing this... not sure...

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