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Tennis anyone?
Tennis anyone?

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Challenge: Shapes (Advanced Editing I*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: NJ
Date: Dec 6, 2003
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2003

Photo of a tennis ball in the sunlight, I added some contract and crop the photo. My camera doesn't record ISO speed.

Place: 64 out of 125
Avg (all users): 5.5000
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
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Avg (non-participants): 5.4714
Views since voting: 799
Votes: 150
Comments: 9
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12/21/2003 12:40:38 PM
From the Critique Club

There are many compositional elements that I like in this shot. You have a couple of great contrasts here. Round/Straight, Light/Shadow, Smooth/Fuzzy-Textures, Black Letters/Light colored ball.

There are also a couple of elements that I think could be improved. A B/W shot like this I am finding come out with more impact if they have a little more contrast. This would help to further define the roundness of the spere. If you had a (very slightly) deeper DOF you would also accentuate the sperical qualities and also bring out even more of the fuzzy texture. Also I'm sure you noticed as did several commentors, your shot is slightly crooked. This is an easy fix in PS.

All in all a very nice study type of shot that with a little tweaking could be a great one!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2003 09:44:54 PM
i would have done this shot with a less worn and weary looking ball.

i like the lighting but i think the W should be less in the dark.
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12/14/2003 09:08:27 PM
Like your shadow background-- good effect
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12/10/2003 09:32:52 PM
Very nice black & white good tones. Good job!
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12/10/2003 06:20:36 PM
I like the lighting and your idea here. Only thing to add would be to try to straighten the horizon.
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12/10/2003 03:57:44 PM
Ball and diagonal lines contrast nicely!
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12/08/2003 11:51:19 PM
Great use of lighting. I don't know if is caused by the shadows, but it look as though there is a slight slope going left to right on where the ball is resting.
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12/08/2003 05:05:06 PM
I just don't think the focus is sharp enough on the ball. I wonder how this would be in color? I hope you will show us later.
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12/08/2003 12:11:09 PM
Great use of light and shadow! Nice composition too and placement of text on ball also strong.
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