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Snow, What Snow?
Snow, What Snow?

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Challenge: Perspective VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Date: Feb 7, 2010
Aperture: f1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Snapshot, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2010

This was taken after the 2nd consecutive snowfall, and 3rd of the season, in Richmond, Virginia which typically never gets any snow. Snow totals from the three storms are over 2 feet! The parents are getting restless with the endless school closings, children have been out of school for over a week straight, and cabin fever with all the closed roads.

Place: 138 out of 163
Avg (all users): 4.5514
Avg (commenters): 4.4000
Avg (participants): 4.3651
Avg (non-participants): 4.6475
Views since voting: 550
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 185
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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02/21/2010 08:57:44 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Until a year ago, my son lived in Richmond going to school at W&M. We've visited there and like it, mostly. But I digress. Congratulations on your first DPC entry. At this point maybe you're a little disappointed in the score. Don't be ... you should see my first entry. I hope you'll stick around, enter often, and make the most of an opportunity to get substantially better at the photography thing!

Regarding your photo, there are things I like about it: 1) Good control of depth of field; 2) Good exposure; and 3) The subject.

And there's something that bugs me: Tilt - it seems to be tilted just a bit to the right. I have found that this is a personal pet peeve and that not everyone shares it. But I think if you're going to tilt, tilt a lot, or don't tilt at all to avoid an impression of sloppiness in your capture.

Why did this get a 4.55 score instead of a 6, say? Voters here are pretty strict on the notion that a photo conform to the challenge theme. I didn't, and I think most voters didn't get the relevance to the challenge theme. If they can't more or less instantly figure out how a photo fits the challenge, they tend to vote lower. Occasionally an off-theme (shoehorn) entry will score well, but it is usually a stunning photo that succeeds in spite of the theme. Each time you enter, think hard about whether there is an obvious connection to the theme. If not, consider reshooting from a different point of view, with different lighting, a different lens perhaps ... or consider a different subject.

I'm not sure this helped at all, but at least it lets you know how I was thinking.

If you'd like to discuss this more fully, just send me a PM with specific questions. And I'd be happy to act as a mentor reviewing future challenge candidates before you enter. But only if you think it could be genuinely helpful.

Best of luck in your next, and future challenges.
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02/17/2010 08:20:39 AM
Thanks for the great comments! This was my first submission on DPC. For those that didn't get the perspective, I had placed comments in as I posted the shot to help set the stage. I've now realized that the comments don't show up unless you hover over the little page icon. That I need the image and title to really stand on it's own. Oh well, lesson learned. Looking forward to more challenges.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2010 10:45:18 PM
Doesn't take much out of that bottle to give you a warped perspective! Nice shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/16/2010 12:50:23 PM
Very nicely done advert like take on the perspective theme. 5
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02/14/2010 02:15:29 AM
alot of shots in this challenge that really don't seem to get into the spirit of the challenge description, this, i am afraid, is one of those shots
02/13/2010 06:57:26 PM
Finally a good use for snow.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/12/2010 02:04:29 PM
it's hard to take snow pics; you did a fine job
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02/12/2010 11:26:44 AM
Perhaps you're too drunk to see it?! :-) Nice shot.
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02/11/2010 09:20:18 PM
A nice ad, but I really don't see the perspective in this.

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