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Christmas Bunny in the Snow
Christmas Bunny in the Snow

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Challenge: Shadows V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax Optio W30
Location: Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Date: Dec 23, 2008
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2008

A cake for Christmas.

Place: 124 out of 124
Avg (all users): 3.5246
Avg (commenters): 3.5000
Avg (participants): 3.4524
Avg (non-participants): 3.5461
Views since voting: 1232
Views during voting: 304
Votes: 183
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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12/31/2008 10:48:48 AM
Welcome to the world of DPC challenge participation. Although a basic camera may impose limits on the technical aspects of exposure (range of aperture, ISO setting, available focal lengths, and flexibility with flash equipment), elements of composition are mostly independent of the camera. If you get a chance, take a look at “The Photographer’s Eye”, a wonderful book that will change how you look at all kinds of artwork, including your own.

Actually, in this case, the cake is nicely exposed, with detail preserved and the white not blown out despite use of flash, and the important elements are in focus. Unfortunately, in a topical challenges image that really hammer home the theme tend to do better. So a strong light from the side might have moved the shadows over enough to be a bigger part of the image.

But the biggest opportunity is with the background. It really helps to take a close look all around the edges of a posed image just before activating the shutter. A slight shift in position would have eliminated the distracting back edge of the table. A moment to smooth the tablecloth would have eliminated those folds in the upper left, that don’t contribute to the composition. Perhaps changing the cloth to a solid color would have made the subject much more attractive (the repeating white lines in the cloth clash with and distract from the simplicity of the square white platter).

Keep taking pictures, keep entering, and keep learning everything you can from the comments and the discussion threads. Also, try voting in some challenges too. I find that is a good way to make me slow down and seriously consider all the different aspects of each image and how they contribute to the final product. Great way to learn about images and about yourself.
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12/31/2008 09:43:19 AM
Woohoo! Last place! (I guess if I'm going to do badly on my first go, I'd better do it properly)

I just thought I'd share this photo for Christmas - I don't have a good enough camera to be a contender, here, but that's ok.

Happy Holidays everyone :)
12/31/2008 03:48:31 AM
Ditto what kandykarml said, Sarah. Don't let the bunny-haters get you down. ;-)
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12/31/2008 12:17:57 AM
Hang in there !!! Check out the forums for idea's on how to improve your shots and you'll find that you do better and better each challenge you enter !!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/30/2008 08:11:36 AM
Needs more interesting shadows
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12/29/2008 08:47:45 AM
hmm... I think I recognise this :)
12/26/2008 02:02:12 AM
While there are some shadows here, don't really feel this qualifies.

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