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Fork Lift Chains
Fork Lift Chains
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Challenge: Rusted (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-P72
Location: Meridian, ID
Date: May 4, 2004
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20 Second
Galleries: Urban, Vintage
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2004

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Statistics
Place: 61 out of 443
Avg (all users): 5.8022
Avg (commenters): 6.9167
Avg (participants): 5.6220
Avg (non-participants): 6.0734
Views since voting: 1445
Votes: 273
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0


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05/12/2004 06:35:09 PM
* Greetings from the Critique Club *

You are very fortunate - receiving 20 comments already! But, as is often the case, they don't necessarily agree. Since this is your second best finish to date - you are probably happy, but would still like to determine why it didn't finish higher.

The really strong points of your image:

a) The diagonal composition is superb.
b) Textures in the areas of sharp focus are both interesting and colorful.
c) It cetianly meets the challenge.

There are just 2 areas that I see that could have moved your image up in the standings; one of them has been mentioned in other critiques. That is your Depth of Field. Since this is a "macro" shot, you were fairly close to the subject. That in itself leads to a shallow DOF. But, you elected to shoot wide open (f 2.8) and used a shutter speed of 1/20th second. You could have increased the depth of field by shooting at any correct exposure (f 4 at 1/10, f 5.6 at 1/5, up to f32 at just over 6 seconds.) If the chain was not moving - and you have a steady tripod - try the shot again to see how you like it with more area in focus.

My other area of concern is that the viewer's eye tends to head for the area with the greatest contrast. In your image - that's the 5 white areas next to the dark colors. Two of them (the one on the top left and the right edge) are right on the border. These would tend to lead the viewer right out of the picture. Your border helps mitigate that, but ideally - you could just crop them out.

The othet two - the ones under the main chain need to be toned down somehow. Perhaps you could figure out a way to place that area in shadow somehow. (Since this was an open submission - you couldn't tone it down during post-processing.)

Having said all that - remember these comments are my opinion only - and are NOT saying your image isn't a great one already. These are just my thoughts on how you could make it even better yet.

Keep up the good work!

edit for spelling

Message edited by author 2004-05-12 18:37:37.
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05/12/2004 12:09:59 AM
WOW, I'm shocked to see this fall in at 61st place. This is one of my 10s. It's beautiful.
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05/12/2004 12:05:56 AM
Great shot Matthew! Congrats on the high placing!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/11/2004 09:28:01 AM
Great depth of field control, and very sharp foreground.
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05/10/2004 08:59:14 PM
Does the fork lift still work? Those chains look to be in really bad shape. And very rusty.
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05/10/2004 12:23:57 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background 6
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing 8
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 2
How well does it meet the challenge: 8
Total Averaged Rating 6.00 Dick
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05/10/2004 11:11:19 AM
Good use of DOF.
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05/10/2004 10:48:13 AM
What looks like caked mud really adds to this picture
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05/09/2004 03:59:03 PM
Nice picture. I would have liked a smaller aperture, this picture can handle more parts of it being in focus. Nothing to hide her.

A 7.
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05/09/2004 02:47:06 PM
Would prefer to have more depth of field.
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05/09/2004 02:08:32 PM
Nice shot would be even better without the white showing thru the holes
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05/08/2004 08:46:27 AM
a greater depth of field would be more impressive
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05/07/2004 06:33:57 PM
Maybe changed the DOF just slightly or moved the focus point so that the entire lower left corner is also in focus then drifting off to out of focus. Seems to be more natural that way, but great job none the less.
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05/07/2004 08:58:40 AM
Wonderful DOF with this shot; great macro. Nicely done! 9
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05/07/2004 07:30:28 AM
Great photo!!! Great perspective!!! Great!!! I give you a 9.
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05/07/2004 01:30:14 AM
good
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05/06/2004 08:25:29 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background 7
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing 7
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc. 6
How well does it meet the challenge: 7
Total Averaged Rating(Rounded) 7
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05/06/2004 12:59:14 PM
bright spots hurt a bit ... they draw attention away from the chain ... 8
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05/06/2004 10:00:09 AM
good one
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05/06/2004 08:42:17 AM
Nice shot - like the DOF and how rusty and durty it is.
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05/06/2004 08:16:59 AM
Great rusty textures and composition, Good job :)
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