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Challenge: Shapes (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Sony DSC-S85
Location: south hadley, ma
Date: Dec 3, 2003
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2003

no editing other than usual crop, resize, and sharpen, and the one broken needle was not something I could fix

Place: 60 out of 125
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12/17/2003 01:48:01 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This is a lovely shot, very vibrant and the title fits it perfectly.

I'm guessing this is a cactus and in your comments you said there was nothing you could do to fix the broken needle. Could you have pulled it out so it wasn't in the shot at all? Not sure, not a plant person so not sure how that would affect the cactus or the shot.

As for the shot, the overall composition is wonderful, the way the needles lead you in and out of the shot but the cropping seems to be just a tad off. It's too tight on the top, any possiblity of having the black space behind the needles there as well? Would lend to the overall balance of the shot.

There also appears to be a red "rope"<?> type thing in the upper left as well as a blue box of some sort. Is that part of the stand the cactus is in? It's only mildly distracting but if there was some way to cover it with a black cloth maybe to again, lend that feeling of the top of the plant in space because that is the feeling I get from the other sides.

The lighting is very well done, not overpowering and too bright but it seems the lavendar in the shot could pop just a bit more. Hope all this helps!

Good Luck In Future Challenges!

DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions or want to discuss this further!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2003 09:15:55 PM
I like the effect of the needles bursting out, your title is perfect-- the one broken needle is too bad --
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12/09/2003 02:12:33 AM
Great detail of the cactus, assuming this is a cactus.
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12/08/2003 09:42:05 PM
Nice textures and like the lavender color.
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12/08/2003 09:11:45 AM
Beautiful shapes and lighting - what is it?
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12/08/2003 01:27:06 AM
Great shot, I like this, the detail is wonderful
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