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Haunted Walkway
Haunted Walkway

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Challenge: Perspective VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D3000
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: University of Texas at Dallas
Date: Feb 8, 2010
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 10
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2010

This is my first entry on this website, and I'm really excited to be joining the community!

This was taken on my campus at the University of Texas at Dallas at 4 AM after a particularly rainy evening. In the camera I adjusted the blue hue slightly, but it is completely unaltered aside from that. I thought the rain slick covering everything gave a really cool specular effect. The slight drizzle/mist also created some cool halo effects in this and other photos from that night.

I'm an amateur photographer just starting out, so be easy! But I'm very open to helpful criticism or anything that you feel I could have done to improve this photo.

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02/19/2010 09:46:11 PM
** Critique Club **

Hello from the critique club.

While the darkness and lone light do convey a sense of haunting, the challenge goal was to use perspective to create the dramatic effect. Photographs of this nature should be taken from a view not normally seen. This photograph was taken from the same vantage point as anyone who may be walking on the trail. Compare this to the 3rd place winner. How often does a person kneel down by the side of a swing? That is the sense of perspective.

One thing you can do to practice perspective is to follow this exercise:

1) Pick a focal length and stick with it.
2) Pick an object, somewhere, anywhere and walk a distance away so you can cover the object with a finger. Take a photo.
3) Walk a few steps closer to the object. Take a photo.
4) Keep doing so until the object completely fills the frame.
5) Repeat, this time, on your knees.
6) Repeat, this time, on your stomach.
7) Very all the photos on your computer order them on the screen to get a sense of the change of perspective.
8) A week or a few days later, do it all again with another object.

I don't want to spend too much on the technical aspects of the photo because in this case, the composition is the most important. There are many parts of this photo that appear slightly blurry. This may be due to the 10s exposure or the aperture used. At 50mm, a f/1.8 aperture only has an acceptable depth of field of 1 ft at 10ft, 3.5 ft at 20ft, 23 ft at 50ft. Keep aware of the DOF when photographing with such a wide aperture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/17/2010 12:29:16 AM
Originally posted by Trinilos:

I'm an amateur photographer just starting out, so be easy! But I'm very open to helpful criticism or anything that you feel I could have done to improve this photo.

if you are open to helpful criticism then dont just check the compliments as "helpful" you'll learn alot more from the critical ones, i know from experience
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2010 11:54:45 PM
Looks mysterious. Well taken and titled.
02/16/2010 12:49:18 PM
Quite a moody shot that fits the title well but not much feeling of perspective in this image. 5
02/13/2010 07:01:06 PM
I like the dark eery feel of the but not real sure how it meets the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/13/2010 03:43:12 PM
i dont know that the surroundings in this shot convey the feeling of the title
02/12/2010 03:26:35 PM
very nice
02/12/2010 11:20:09 AM
Very good sense of solitude
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/12/2010 10:12:46 AM
neat lighting and colors creates an eerie scene yet the perspective is pretty plain shot straight ahead
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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