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Challenge: Deep DOF (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Sony DSC-S30
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: Jun 5, 2004
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2004

This picture was taken at the base of the Sears Tower, looking skyward.

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Place: 89 out of 158
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06/17/2004 09:38:01 PM
After posting my critique, I took another look at the image and realized that perhaps a Levels adjustment to darken some of the midtones would help. I like the effect of moving the midtone slider to the right a bit, to about 0.86; it darkens the building a bit, improving its contrast with the sky. Give it a try and see what you think.
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06/17/2004 09:21:07 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
And welcome to DPChallenge!

The message
This photo does capture the extreme height and interesting shape of this famous building. And getting over a thousand feet in focus certainly qualifies as Deep Depth of Field. Still, the image lacks impact, so doesn't really hold my interest for very long.

Creative choices
The lighting here shows the true colors of the tower, but is rather bland. I wonder how it would look at a different time of day, like sunrise or sunset when the light is warmer and more oblique. I like the contrast that the tree gives, but wish there was a little more tree to make it a more integral part of the composition. I also find the tips of the spires a bit distracting in this view. I like the perspective, and the repeating textures--especially how the same texture has such a different feel at the bottom, middle, and top of the building.

Technical aspects
Exposure and color are great. Focus seems fuzzy, probably due to compression artifacts (DPC allows 150K files; it's generally a good idea to use the largest compression that keeps the size under that limit). I think the tower could use some sharpening (but it would need to be selective sharpening since the tree already seems somewhat oversharpened).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2004 02:24:21 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions on what could have improved this picture. I'm still learning, so every suggestion is very much appreciated.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/10/2004 01:06:47 PM
Its alittle out of focus, and i think that cropping off a little more of the right will make the building centered
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06/09/2004 08:46:05 PM
Maybe it's my eyes but I don't see a lot of sharp details of the tree leaves or of the building (Sears Tower?). I see quite a bit of compression that hinders them. Color and composition are good starts and the bottom could be cropped just a bit to eliminate that odd bit sticking out of the building in the lower right.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/08/2004 09:43:26 AM
There appears to have been some problem with camera shake or focus. Sears can be a challenge to shoot right (I've tried often). I like the blues in this picture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/07/2004 06:35:54 PM
This is illustrating deep depth of field. It's kind of a mundane view, sadly. The tree really detracts from the simplicity a shot like this should have.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/07/2004 10:47:01 AM
I had a very similar shot in mind for this challenge, nice job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/07/2004 01:13:51 AM
Sears Tower Chicago!
TC


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