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Broken Dreams
Broken Dreams

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Street Photography In Color (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Gloucester City New Jersey
Date: Jul 12, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2009

"They're closing down the textile mills, cross the railroad tracks. Foreman says these jobs are going, boys, and they ain't coming back to your Hometown" My dad was laid off from this plant when I was a kid and it always reminded me of a Springsteen song.

Place: 131 out of 137
Avg (all users): 4.0187
Avg (commenters): 3.0000
Avg (participants): 3.6981
Avg (non-participants): 4.1242
Views since voting: 503
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 214
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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07/26/2009 12:40:14 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Wonder whether this is a literal interpretation of the Challenge. I think I understand the vision but don't think it has been realized, especially for this Challenge, more context would be required. The iron at the fore of the image also dominates too much.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Just read your Photographer's Comments - seems like you had a visual of this in your mind before you took the image. Again, I think a little more context, or a different angle/vantage point would have given this an edge and allowed more story to come into play. As is, there seems to be some slight blur issues as well. Looking at your aperture, I would hazard a guess that gaining a deeper depth of field would have suited this image and allowed more textures to also come into play. As mentioned, there are some blur issues so perhaps a tripod (or makeshift one) next time. I say next time, because it seems you are not too far from this building and, with the childhood memories attached to the scene/building for you - it sounds like a good self challenge to explore and perfect.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
131/135 and a score of 4.01 seems harsh, but my guess is that the voters didn't understand the concept and also wanted more of the street photography aspect. Of course, they don't get the benefit of your explanation during voting, but the image should be able to stand on its own at any rate.

Just reading the comments, including yours: excellent stuff that you are keen to learn. This was submitted with a max width of 620, you are allowed 640 in Basic Editing and (quality issues aside for a moment), I'd suggest always using the available screen real estate to showcase your image. As for quality deterioration on resizing, experiment with the compression factor when saving the jpeg and you should be able to achieve a good result with no major visible deterioration. Roughly 10% usually works, give or take.

You've been given some curt, but excellent feedback. Remember that people don't have much time when voting, so comments should be taken in that regard. I strongly recommend voting as much as you can and taking the plunge to comment as much as you can too - it is an invaluable way to learn.

The most interesting aspect being the windows, is lost behind the busy iron at the fore. Potentially an interesting image with the scene and good luck pursuing it in the future.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/22/2009 08:42:57 AM
Thanks for your comments. This is only my second Challenge entry. I'm here to learn and your comments help "newbies" like me. I've noticed on both of my entries that the "submission" photo is wayyyy blurrier (OOF) than the original. I've been told I'm losing clarity in making the file small enough to send. Now I'm working on USM and sending a "clearer" photo. Thanks.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2009 04:02:32 PM
Could be better focus. Kind of busy for my tastes.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/20/2009 07:34:12 AM
More like a nightmare! Good take on the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/18/2009 01:55:44 PM
I dont know what to focus on here. Nothing draws my attention and currently just a jamble of metal and building. Focusing needs to be sharper and light to be worked on.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/16/2009 07:28:02 AM
It's rather too unsharp for my taste
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/16/2009 03:37:16 AM
Not sharp
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/15/2009 03:35:23 PM
out of focus
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/15/2009 03:14:14 PM
The focus seems slightly off here.
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07/15/2009 01:28:17 AM
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