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Challenge: Enemies (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: England
Date: Jun 2, 2009
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.3
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2009

I dug out my old lego toys and tried to be creative with a unusual submission for a theme which only had a few entries at the time. Fingers crossed!

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Post voting - Thanks for comments, and would have liked to hear from the 1's and 2's what they didn't like about the image.

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Place: 23 out of 56
Avg (all users): 5.1527
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2581
Avg (non-participants): 5.1337
Views since voting: 879
Views during voting: 362
Votes: 203
Comments: 6
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06/16/2009 11:32:59 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Compositionally, you have a very strong entry, I think. The "subjects" in the shot wrap around from upper left down and through the bottom right, generally. This gives it a sense of balance and movement. The small amount of negative space also pushes the viewer's attention down into the action.

Technically, it is also well done. The exposure allows for good details, and the blurred foreground sets up good depth of field.

So, it is a well done photograph, with little that could be improved upon; however, I have found in the 7+ years at dpc, toys as subjects don't tend to score well, generally (there are some very noted exceptions, but overall. . .). I'm not sure if it is because adults don't connect with toys in general or what, though I suspect it is more a case of having higher expectations -- if you are shooting toys you have control over everything in the shot, therefore it needs to be perfect and/or very dramatic. Don't know if that was the case here, though I suspect it may be.

And like one commenter noticed, the white guys are just too happy to be killing their enemies. :)

Good work, though, and best to you in future challenge.s

Karma
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06/10/2009 06:16:15 AM
the white guys seems disturbingly happy, but I'm sure that the black ones were really really bad guys.
Love the DOF.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/09/2009 09:30:16 PM
This is awesome. I love the motion blur of the flying fighter.
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06/06/2009 04:28:49 PM
Ha! Title fits great! Fits the challenge wonderfully but also adds a little humor! I like the DOF.
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06/03/2009 05:49:31 PM
lol brilliant
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06/03/2009 12:10:12 PM
great use of legos. if only others would do the same.
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