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symmetry underwater
symmetry underwater

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Challenge: Symmetry II (Basic Editing)
Camera: JVC GR-D93U
Location: gloucester
Date: Apr 30, 2007
Aperture: 10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 0.15
Galleries: Snapshot, Water
Date Uploaded: May 1, 2007

i took this photo with symetry in mind. The lighting that i had to set up for this image was from above, so i could light up the face, but i had to make sure that the reflection of the light could not be seen. I am pleased with the final outcome

Place: 246 out of 249
Avg (all users): 3.2628
Avg (commenters): 2.7143
Avg (participants): 3.3019
Avg (non-participants): 3.2381
Views since voting: 1099
Views during voting: 300
Votes: 137
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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05/13/2007 11:42:47 AM
Hello from the Critique Club:

First let me welcome you to DPChallenge. Kind of a rough start for your first challenge entry. I think the primary issue with this entry is that it does not look symmetrical. Symmetry is when the left side of an image looks exactly like the right side of an image (or top like the bottom), like a reflection off water or a close up of someone’s face. Your image almost has symmetry on the diagonal but the face is turned too much to one side and the bubbles trail to the right. Scores are always lower if the voters do not think the subject fits the challenge topic

The second suggestion I have for your next challenge entry is to submit a little bigger image. The rules allow for 640 pixels on the longest side of the image. Your picture is 400 pixels on the longest side. Voters also give a lower score on small images because it is hard to see the details in the image.

Now about the post processing of the image. Not knowing what software you have available, I will give you a few suggestions to try with just the most basic tools. First, there is really no color in this image that is all that wonderful. I would suggest you change this to black and white. Now the problem with using the “Convert to Black & White” function of most programs is that the images will not have enough contrast. Your image will need a bunch more contrast and also you will need to increase the brightness. Once you do this you will see that the bubbles really stand out. And the final step after resizing your image to 640 pixels is to sharpen the image. Most members use Unsharp Mask with a radius around 1. If your program doesn’t have Unsharp Mask, start with the lowest setting for sharpening that you can and bump up if possible.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this critique.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 10:11:39 PM
This is an interesting attempt, but you need to fix the colors. Also it's too small - use all the pixels you're allowed!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/07/2007 03:53:39 AM
Right challenge, wrong image.
05/04/2007 06:04:28 PM
Don't see the symmetry here...
05/04/2007 10:55:21 AM
Looks more like bubbles than symmetry.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/04/2007 10:34:35 AM
this picture just doesn't appeal to me, technically or from a symmetry perspective. did I miss what you were going for?...
05/03/2007 02:47:13 AM
Where is the symmetry then?
I suggest post-processing the white balance and maybe crop it differently, change saturation aswell. -2-
05/03/2007 12:18:52 AM
Picture is on the small side, and I'm not seeing the symmetry in it. Sorry.

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