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Challenge: Chinese Zodiac (Advanced Editing I)
Collection: Learning Experiences
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: house
Date: Jan 23, 2004
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.00 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2004

Handle of Chinese basket in front of scroll. This picture was traken in natural light. I made minor adjustments to brightness and contrast in Photoshop Elements.

Place: 50 out of 77
Avg (all users): 5.0530
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8814
Avg (non-participants): 5.1630
Views since voting: 842
Votes: 151
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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02/05/2004 03:05:53 PM
A Critique Club comment: I already commented on this during the voting period but will try to add some constructive details to this post. The rythm is great, the bamboo and the handle/dragon on the left and leaning towards the right, balanced by the red chops on the right and the open space in bluish gray. I still think the lack of focus on the chops is distracting and not just because I read Chinese. I think it's because it weakens the right side of the image a little bit and takes the eye away from the central subject. Perhaps blurring the background further would have worked better since if the chops were in sharper focus they would take over the image. The clarity of the handle and dragon head are good but the highlights on the dragon's body (near the top) and 'mane' are a little distracting also. Overall, I think it's a good image which would benefit from a little more focus on the dragon without changing it's location in the shot.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2004 02:18:46 AM
Interesting and creative approach. I like it. The blurry chops are a little distracting (but I don't know if that's pertinent - it might be because I'm trying to read them and can't).
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