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Broken Park Bench
Broken Park Bench

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Benches (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Bronx River Walk, Scarsdale, NY
Date: Nov 23, 2008
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 50
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Nov 23, 2008

Adjusted white balance, levels, exposure, contrast, brightness. USM. Faded to 50%. Saved for web.

Place: 123 out of 126
Avg (all users): 4.4648
Avg (commenters): 4.7778
Avg (participants): 4.4118
Avg (non-participants): 4.4945
Views since voting: 1790
Views during voting: 258
Votes: 142
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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12/07/2008 08:09:16 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First Impression: A bit different from most entries with the broken back (I like the out of the box thinking), but the bench is a bit hard to see since it blends into the background.

Looking Deeper: The angle here seems pretty straightforward, and you placed the bench right in the center of the frame. There is some bright overhead sun which created some interesting shadows in the frame, but overall it didn't help the shot. It seems like there is some interesting splintered wood on the left, I wish I could see it more.

Suggestions for Improvement: It looks like there may be some interesting potential here with the shadows and the textures of the broken wood. I think with this bench, I may have tried to get in closer to that shattered wood, while still showing enough of the bench to make sure that voters didn't think it was something else. Or perhaps there may have been an angle to show off the dark shadows behind the bench. I also wonder if anything could have been done with a b/w conversion to bring out some textures here.

After reading the comments: Seems like most voters felt the same as I did, and it showed in your score. I do like that a few voters commented on the feeling that the photo evoked in them, and that one voter took the time to notice that it was likely a fresh break in the wood. Just goes to show that even a photo that places 123/125 has plenty to explore, just that many voters don't take the time to notice the details during voting if the shot doesn't have that initial 'wow' factor to them.

Hope this has been helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to PM me!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2008 11:57:21 PM
Nice photo of an old bench. 10
11/30/2008 09:40:47 AM
11/29/2008 06:23:48 PM
Interesting subject, but the photograph itself leaves something to be desired. Perhaps try shooting this at a different time of day when the lighting is not so harsh, or change the angle, as this appears a bit like a snapshot taken from the standard standing position.
11/28/2008 07:59:24 PM
Appropriate title but subject doesn't make me want to linger. Just makes me sad.
11/28/2008 07:01:47 PM
I'm not sure the framing works here. Consider getting closer to emphasize the damage, or backing up and moving the subject off center to add context.
11/28/2008 12:06:53 PM
It has seen better days - one wonders if it has been intentionally disfigured. Meets the challenge (it's definitely a bench!) with good focus but is a rather plain view.
11/26/2008 10:51:41 AM
how sad for the bench
11/24/2008 09:24:57 PM
that looks like a fresh break- the wood hasnt gotten grey'd yet =)
11/24/2008 07:21:32 PM
is that motion blur? not too apealing imo
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