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Challenge: Symmetry II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Date: Apr 26, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2007

the setup was hard
All I did was the light adjustment

Place: 243 out of 249
Avg (all users): 3.8571
Avg (commenters): 2.8889
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05/13/2007 11:25:30 PM
by karmat

Compositionally, this shot feels terribly off-balanced. It is cut off at the bottom and has space at the top, which gives it a bottom-heavy feeling. Sometimes, that can be good, but I think in this shot, it kinda makes it look like an accident.

Technically, the lack of focus killed you, I think. Photographing glass is incredibly difficult because a lot of cameras "see through" the glass and focus behind it. Also, it almost looks like you were using a mirror, so that added to the difficulty. If you ever wanted to reshoot this, and I think it could make a great picture because all of the facets of the glass would give a lot of detail and interest, I would suggest using a tripod, an aperture setting of around 8 or 11, a slow enough shutter speed, and an iso as low as possible, to get a good exposure and not have noise issues. Also, get down level with the glass, and don't take the shot from up above, unless that is the angle you want. In that case, make sure you "work it" to see as much of the detail as possible. And don't be afraid to crop in close, or use different colored lights (putting a colored napkin or cloth over a flashlight can sometimes give you just enough hue, then in post processing, you can bump it up a bit) -- I bet this would make an awesome abstract.

Best to you in future challenges.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/08/2007 05:30:14 PM
too blurry 4
05/06/2007 08:52:26 PM
I know what it is, it's out of focus.
05/05/2007 05:41:52 PM
the whole thing seems really out of focus
05/04/2007 12:20:46 PM
Just too blurry I'm afraid
05/04/2007 08:46:06 AM
This picture is not in focus. The idea is good but I dont like the composition of the two items. I do like the darker background and the blue in the reflections.
05/03/2007 04:15:50 PM
Plus: Interesting subject matter
Minus: Poor focus, scale of positive to negative space is a bit off, lighting could be improved
05/02/2007 05:00:12 PM
blurry and they are not aligned
05/02/2007 03:06:07 AM
It's something, though not that great to look at. -3-
05/02/2007 01:31:07 AM
Image needs sharp focus on both items for this to work.

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