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Challenge: Into or Out Of the Frame (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 35-70mm f/4 MF OM Zuiko
Location: Battle, Hastings
Date: Oct 10, 2009
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 500
Galleries: Military, History
Date Uploaded: Oct 13, 2009

Taken with my weary E-1, using an Olympus OM Zuiko manual lens, at the Battle of Hastings recreation over the weekend.

Just this:
Saturate slightly
Brightness up & Contrast up slightly.

Any comments welcome, please - my first entry :-)

Place: 89 out of 113
Avg (all users): 4.9179
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.5909
Avg (non-participants): 5.0061
Views since voting: 686
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 207
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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10/27/2009 05:24:04 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

My thoughts on the image: You did a fine job meeting both ends of the challenge. You captured the into and out of very nciely. I also like the subject matter as it has a very different interest from images usually presented here. I also like your depth of field use in an attempt to hold the viewer's eye on the primary subject. There are, however, some technical and compositional flaws that I'd like to see addressed to make this a stronger image.

My ideas for improvement: Again, I like the subject matter, but I'd like to see the presentation just a bit different. The object at the bottom right of the frame is terribly distracting to my eye. I definitely need that cropped a bit better. Also, I would personally like to see a just a slight bit more space between the frame and his nose. Cropped as it is feels very tense. I also believe that the composition would have been a great deal stronger with a slight rotation in your point of view. I'd like to see the soldiers at the rear bleed over and off of the frame on the right side. Your lighting is also reversed from what you need it to be. A fill flash would have greatly helped hp;d my eye onto the primary subject rather than the brighter, busier background.

Where I would have/did score this entry: I did vote in this challenge, and this one hit me right in the middle of the road. I was one of your 71 5s for this one. There was a great deal of interest, and you did a fine job meeting the challenge well. There were just too many execution flaws in my mind's eye to pull a much higher vote from me. I think that the image, as it is, was scored fairly appropriatly by the voters.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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10/21/2009 02:40:21 AM
Also, BIG thanks to those voting 9s 8s and 7s - you're very generous people!
10/21/2009 02:26:47 AM
Thanks for the comments - obviously need to go for something a bit more interesting/dynamic for this sort of thing next time!

boyhuntsforbliss: yes, it was taken at a weekend devoted to recreating the Battle of Hastings, of 1066. Loads of people dressed up in their own armour and weapons, and as they were staging the battle over both days of the weekend, they had their own authentic camp, with roasting meats, bubbling stews, yawning dogs and meandering children.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/18/2009 09:52:36 AM
Sorry about first comment and the low first rate. I just misunderstood rules of the contest about having or not peoples in the frame...Anyway I will fix my mistake. Thanks for you understanding
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10/15/2009 08:44:09 PM
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10/14/2009 06:48:06 PM
A Renaissance fair?
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