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Siege
06/15/2009 01:32:46 PM
Siege
by AnasArab

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

i think this is hysterical and i enjoy the image quite a bit. my only suggestion for you would be to play with the angle you were shooting from. even if you couldn't see all of the three faces, i think this would have been fun to see almost straight on, with the barbed wire between the camera and the eggs.

overall, excellent work! good luck in future challenges!

rob
An Offer of Friendship
06/15/2009 01:31:04 PM
An Offer of Friendship
by Coley

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

well, judging from the score and your comments i don't know how much there is to say about this. i think it's a darling photo and very well-done (for whatever you were using it for). the emotion and poses are perfect, as are the costuming. there's definitely a story here and it really draws you in.

the edited version you posted takes care of most of my nitpicks, so there's no need to mention them. overall, an excellent shot!

rob
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Lovers Quo
06/15/2009 01:29:26 PM
Lovers Quo
by Cocolad

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

i'm a huge fan of this kind of "slice of life" photography, so this photo immediately does it for me. what killed your score, my guess, is the fact that people didn't see how it fit into the challenge.

because the two individuals are so blended into the background, it's easy to miss the 2nd person (if not just the first). therefore, most voters probably didn't get the "friends" connection.

otherwise, i think the lighting and composition are great, and i love the black and white coloring. very timeless, very cool.

rob
Rivals Face Off
06/15/2009 01:27:25 PM
Rivals Face Off
by kallison

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

i think this is a good idea for the challenge. what killed you here is lighting.

because you're dividing the user's attention to two subjects, you needed to have two light sources that made each subject pop. like, for instance, if you had a boxing ring kind of feel, a spot on each can separated by some black space would have done it. if you were going for a head-to-head kind of thing, you could light it with one really tight light that showed parts of each can basically posed against each other.

in an image this dark, i don't think the reflections would have had any impact. it seemed like you were investing a lot in that effect when it really seems incidental.

good luck in future challenges!
rob
Photographer found comment helpful.
Friends
06/15/2009 01:24:28 PM
Friends
by KidKilowatt

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

overall, i think this is a great idea for the shot. i'm not sure if you meant anything by having the empty chair there, but it almost feels like a "missing man" formation kind of thing.

i think the thing that is most hurting this image (compared to the 2nd place winner) is that the sunset/sky is so dark that it doesn't really make the silhouettes pop. at first glance, there's nothing that really grabs your attention and draws you into the photograph. you see it once you look at the image for a while, but there's not much instant impact.

it's a good concept and fairly well-done. i just think it's suffering from a lack of "BAM!"

rob
Enemies
06/15/2009 01:22:11 PM
Enemies
by gaurav

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

i like the concept for this challenge. the shallow dof works well. the poor lighting takes away from the image, however, and doesn't provide much impact.

compositionally, i think many users probably thought it was boring. there's not much going on, and it didn't seem to take a lot of creativity or thought in it's setup. while i can see what you're going for, in the end it's just a couple of toys on a smudgy tabletop. :(

best of luck in the future.
rob
Photographer found comment helpful.
OK...Lets Go!!
06/15/2009 01:19:31 PM
OK...Lets Go!!
by danculwell

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

i think this is a great idea for the challenge. as to why it didn't score very well, i'm going to guess two things: lighting and composition.

a photographer friend of mine told me once that the absolute worst thing you can do in an image is unintentionally cut off someone in the shot. like, not capturing the feet of a person standing, etc. obviously you can violate that rule for dramatic effect, but in a situation like this it seems that the half dog in the foreground of the shot is pretty distracting and takes away a lot from the photo. had he been smaller or more in the background it might not have mattered so much.

the concept is great, and the action is wonderful to capture. i don't know if you considered it or not, but if your camera has a burst mode you could use that to get a lot of action shots and then delete those that don't work out. the jumping and the ears of the dogs on the right work extremely well for this challenge -- your best bet would have been to put the focus of the image on them.

finally, the bright sunlight washes out a lot of the detail. while it's not always avoidable, i'd suggest working on bringing out the colors of the photo more in order to give it more impact.

good luck!
rob
Photographer found comment helpful.
It's not just Man or War that are your enemies
06/15/2009 01:15:01 PM
It's not just Man or War that are your enemies
by by-jc

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

your comments, which you seem to have taken in stride, pretty much say it all. compositionally, it's a very complicated image with a lot going on. the biggest issue, imho, is the lack of a single focal point. while you're trying to make a point about what can be considered an "enemy," you're almost presenting the users with a bullet point list of other options. it might have worked better to focus on one alternate theme and take your best shot at that.

side note: to me it almost seemed like you were including credit cards in your enemies list, which is a little confusing in context of everything else.

technically, shots with mirrors are very difficult to pull off well. this might have been better on a plain background. since the shot has so many subjects anyway, it makes sense to not muddy it any further with a complex background.

good luck in future challenges!
rob
Forever
06/15/2009 01:11:17 PM
Forever2nd Place
by Dufus

Comment:
greetings from the critique club!

well, judging from the ribbon there's not much to critique here. technically, it's an excellent photo with great lines, color, and composition. my only semi-negative thought about it is that i can see why some members would not think it appropriate for a "friends" challenge.

i think if the female's foot had popped up ever so slightly above the horizon that it would be more noticeable. otherwise, however, i think the pose is excellent.

overall an amazing capture. excellent work!

rob
Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2009 09:05:10 AM

by nixter

Comment:
fantastic!
Photographer found comment helpful.
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