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Challenge: Dance (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D3000
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Sherman, Texas
Date: Feb 21, 2010
Aperture: F/14
ISO: 800
Shutter: 13.00
Galleries: Performance, Action
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2010

Took some gorgeous fire spinning shots with my fiancee. No lighting used other than the fire itself. I would've loved to have had a rear flash go off to capture her pose, but when you're in a neighborhood at 1 am spinning fire, you don't want a bright flash attracting attention, heh. There's a bit of fuzziness that I don't like due to the high ISO (I'm still a noobie, forgot to flick it down a few notches), but aside from that I thought it came out very pretty.

Place: 26 out of 55
Avg (all users): 5.5071
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 4.7742
Avg (non-participants): 5.5976
Views since voting: 1073
Views during voting: 508
Votes: 282
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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03/03/2010 11:37:21 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

First Impressions:

Is that there is really a bit too much going on in the shot.

Technical (Comp, lighting, color, focus, Processing):

Your center framing works well for the composition on this but the background only distracts. This shot would be well served on a clean, black background. If possible I would suggest composing the shot so that the background was mostly empty space.

The lighting, aka the fire, gives off a bit of an odd color to the ground and background, perhaps a long shutter speed coupled with a rear curtain sync flash would help that. The image is a bit noisy and I think you could have dropped the iso down quite a bit since you were using such a long shutter speed.

I would suggest not as long of a shutter speed, 15 seconds is a really long time and 3 seconds would have been plenty and you could have gotten smoother light trails and the whole image would flow better (example here ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/894/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_702141.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/894/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_702141.jpg', '/') + 1) . ')


Meets the challenge but it doesn’t scream “dance”. If this wasn’t entered in a dance challenge I am not sure I would think this was a photo of dancing but regardless I like your take on the subject and it was interesting.


This has all the makings of a really artistic shot but for me some technical work takes away from that.


Not a bad finish at all for your third challenge and great job on a personal best. This shot scored very well for the challenge and you received some excellent comments during voting, all in all I would say it is a success.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2010 03:34:31 PM
Looks like an "8" to me...
02/27/2010 11:19:42 AM
Marvellous! I hope you didn't burn yourself..7
02/26/2010 07:35:14 PM
Very creative
02/26/2010 02:17:26 PM
Perhaps too many swirls?
02/24/2010 08:39:34 PM
i had to look closer to see if what i see is noise rather that details. i decided to give it a 7. :D
02/24/2010 07:31:47 PM
02/24/2010 03:44:52 PM
Nice lighting the slow shutter speed caught the movement very nicly.
02/24/2010 02:06:53 PM
great idea
02/24/2010 12:42:16 AM
Cool shot... I think you'd have been better off with a shorter exposure, as well as an external flash to make the figure clear.
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