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Stick in the Mud
Stick in the Mud

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix A340
Location: Blackpool
Date: Feb 24, 2008
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/969 second
Galleries: Abstract, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2008

A lone girder in the middle of the beach.

Place: 435 out of 458
Avg (all users): 4.6667
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 4.7222
Avg (non-participants): 4.5490
Views since voting: 774
Views during voting: 225
Votes: 159
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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03/16/2008 11:04:09 AM
I agree that more detail in the "stick" would have made it more interesting. If it were clearly a true stick -- i.e. a piece of wood clearly recognized as such from the slihouette only -- then it would have been fine. But this is obvoiusly a piece of scrap metal or some other implement with an interesting shape and features, and the fact that you can't figure out exactly what it is is a little disappointing. Also, I agree that the horizon is misplaced. The negative space at the top of the iamge doesn't add much, and when I scroll it off the screen moving the horizon 2/3 of the way up the image, I like it much better.

The blue tassle (whatever that is) is also a little distracting, but I love the textures in the sand (might have brought that out a little more) and the overall lighting.

Oh, it's a girder. I missed that. Still...
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03/08/2008 01:58:01 PM
Originally posted by posthumous:

It's funny to hear people give you advice about how to make a picture of an ugly girder on the beach more pretty. That would be like putting pearls on a pig. Let pearls be pearls and pigs be pigs. This is a glorious ugly pig that got 3 10s, 2 9s and 2 8s. I was one of your 10s. You did very well.

The reason I entered it, was because I thought it was very beautiful. I could have entered a slow running lake or the ocean, but I went for the girder. I'm much more into wabi sabi than common perceptions of beauty.

You rock PH.

Thanks everyone for your comments *hug*
03/08/2008 01:51:55 PM
It's funny to hear people give you advice about how to make a picture of an ugly girder on the beach more pretty. That would be like putting pearls on a pig. Let pearls be pearls and pigs be pigs. This is a glorious ugly pig that got 3 10s, 2 9s and 2 8s. I was one of your 10s. You did very well.
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03/08/2008 07:57:45 AM
Oh, one other thing I should have added. The horizon should "almost" never cross the center of a pic. That said, spome rules get broken for good reason. But in this case I think the centered horizon is a mistake. Use the horizon as a tool to bring impotrance to either the sky or earth. In this shot had the horizon been higher leaving the sky only 1/3 of the scene it would have put more importance on the foreground and the stick. Which seemed to be what you were trying to convey. If the sky has a lot of nice clouds and points of interest then do the opposite and allow it to hold 2/3 of the scene, but know that is whee the viewers eye will go. There are of course exceptions to this rule too.

Enjoy the hobby.
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03/08/2008 07:52:25 AM
The girder is a silouette and has no detail. Fill flash would have fixed that without blowing out the background. Way too much noise, evidenced by all the color dots in the sand. The sky is a bit burned and a graduated neutral density filter could have brought some detail to the sky and left the sand properly exposed. And in general it doesn't look "tack sharp" which makes me wonder if you used a tripod or hand held.

I didn't even look through the open challenge, but you asked for constructive criticism and i hope my thoughts help. Remember, we each see thigns a bit differently and thus shoot them a bit differently. What is right for me might not be for you. My own posts are not the greatest. But the fun for me was meeting specific challenges which pushed me to shoot things I normally would not. Thus increasing my own depth of knowledge in this great hobby.

Good luck.

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03/08/2008 07:20:13 AM
In response to your request for feedback - My first thoughts are that this is blurry and perhaps too much contrast. There is visible noise from pp. Those are the biggest detractors in this image in my opinion, however you may have done those things intentionally, if so, it is difficult to offer an opinion or suggestions, as only you know what it is you are aiming to create. If not intentional, then I think more detail discernible in the 'stick in the mud', so that the viewer can see what it is (hard to tell from this silhouette). I like that the horizon appears straight but again, the position you have placed it in the frame may be intentional, as may be the position / angle that you placed the 'stick' in / over the water. There appears to be some foreign elements in the fore, which if garbage is not appealing, but could be shells. The highlights are extreme too, including the sky - but again I wonder if this was intentional. Having said that, overall it is quite a dark image (including feel) with no real focal point and not abstract enough to give interest. All my opinion of course. I didn't get to this while voting, but likely wouldn't have scored it very high.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/06/2008 11:24:11 PM
such a strange, unlikable yet inevitable image. I love it.
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03/01/2008 09:41:06 AM
what is it?

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