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Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
Date: Feb 6, 2004
Aperture: F16
ISO: 200 equiv.
Shutter: 1/2 sec.
Galleries: Still Life, Action
Date Uploaded: Feb 6, 2004


Place: 114 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.2762
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.2523
Avg (non-participants): 5.3108
Views since voting: 933
Votes: 181
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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02/18/2004 05:09:28 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Composition: I like the composition very much. I notice other comments of people wishing for not so much empty space at the bottom of the image, but I think it really emphasizes the dart to have it in the upper half of the image. I also come from a background of shooting stock photography, so from that perspective, this shot would be ideal for adding text.

One thing that bothers me a bit is the angle of view the image seems to be taken from - below. I find my eyes wishing that it were taken from straight on, so that the main subject did not cross over into the black outside area. And on that note, the black border, which seems to be part of the actual photograph, gives me the impression of being uneven. It leaves me wondering if you had just had the colored targets on a plain white background if it would have improved the composition.

Challenge: You've obviously met the challenge criteria very well. I like that you've chosen to highlight the tail end of the dart as opposed to the point. It appears to me that the other darts are much smaller, which lends effect to really making the one that is in focus stand out. If your camera were focused on the point of the dart, the smaller darts around the edge would be too much in focus and that would take away impact from the main one.

Camera Work: I find it odd that this was taken at an aperature of f16 yet has such a limited depth of field. Since there are not any comments, it makes me almost wonder if the limited depth of field was added digitally. It doesn't appear so, because of the details on the end of the main dart, but I do find it interesting that the aperature wasn't manually set to be more wide open than it was, and wonder why it wasn't? Other than that, it's very nice - sharp where it needs to be, appears to have been taken using a tripod. Exposure is very good - the whites are nice and white - just barely bordering on overexposure in some tiny spots, but the colors are nice and saturated and give a strong graphic impression.

My Opinion: Overall, I like this very much. I'm inspired to do something similar for my stock portfolio. :) I think if you played around with it a bit more, it would have probably scored much higher in the challenge.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

Message edited by author 2004-02-18 17:12:27.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/13/2004 01:32:47 AM
If the photo had something with a soft focus in the foreground to indicate a 'Shallow Depth of Field' I would have given it another point.
02/12/2004 02:37:13 AM
Wonderful shot,
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02/11/2004 06:58:55 PM
Very extreme point of view and DOF here! Had you tried focusing on where the arrow meets the target? Probably. A tighter crop may help to bring even more focus on your subject.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2004 10:42:10 PM
Well done!
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02/10/2004 12:41:59 PM
Great concept and the main subject is very striking, but I wonder if a different crop might have worked better? Or even (this being an Advanced Editing challenge) moving the base of the white target up a bit and then recropping to cut out some of the dead space at the bottom of the frame? I am a big fan of negative space, but this particular area doesn't seem to add anything.
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