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06/23/2004 10:25:34 AM · #1
I had fun getting the shots for my choices entry...so it was a little "unoriginal" but I thought it fit well and there were three or four others who obviously have great minds as well! Thanks to those who voted and commented...I appreciate you and am pleased with my finish. ;o)

Anyway...here are a select few of the ones I thought about using. Some were too heavily processed and I thought they would really sink, but I had a blast learning more about Photoshop in the process. That's what it's all about, right? Comments and suggestions would be most helpful, as always. :o)

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06/23/2004 11:27:14 AM · #2
*one shameless bump and then I'll stop*
06/23/2004 11:29:58 AM · #3
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Now get back to work! LOL :P
06/23/2004 11:30:32 AM · #4
I'm on vacation for the next three or four weeks...the joys of working in public education!!!! ;o)
06/23/2004 11:38:38 AM · #5
I really like the first two, but I agree with your thought that the that's-not-a-photo brigade would be up in arms about them. Personally, I don't find the crayons themselves that interesting; the photoshop work adds some much needed texture and is just odd enough to really draw my eye.
06/23/2004 11:48:15 AM · #6
Going from left to right:

1) Nice artwork graphically, but my feeling is that's its too much of a departure from photography for a challenge. It would work well as a poster.

2) Again - a bit too much deaprture from photography for a challenge. This one has a strange effect on me, as it is - it makes me feel like it is unbalanced - and the crayons are about to fall. But - if I crop off most of the bottom - just leaving the "traffic cone" shapes of the top - I really like it!

3) Now - back to reality photography. It's a good image but not terribly exciting. My biggest problem is all the very dark colors clustered at the left front. Secondly, the area of focus is a bit bothersome. For me, it's "in between" - by that I mean it should all be in focus - or it should be only the front in focus - letting the focus fall off as you recede.

I think side lighting would help #3 a lot.

Finally - there is a whitish blotch inthe upper left corner.

#4 is my favorite of these - it's graphically pleasing and interesting. Here my suggestions for making it better:

1) Focus on the very front crayons and let the it fall off as you recede.
2) Take the three purple crayons from the front right. Maybe match color opposite left and right (like a blue on left and yellow on right type pairing.)
3) Shoot it on a different non-textured background.
4) The center of the rows is right down the middle - try it with a 1/3 - 2/3 placement - or maybe a bit diagonal.

Hope this helps - and you take my ideas as constructive.

BTW Thank you for all the time you take to help others...
06/23/2004 11:57:25 AM · #7
Thanks for your suggestions and comments...I'm glad I went with the one I entered instead of these. I almost entered the 4th one, but my husband told me he liked the other one best. So there you have it. I agree about the PS edited ones...too much. But I'll never learn that stuff if I don't use it. ;o) Thanks again, and thanks Tom for your great critique. It is much appreciated and canin some ways be applied to other things I am working on right now, actually! ;o)
06/23/2004 01:01:38 PM · #8
Originally posted by laurielblack:


Great choice of subject matter BTW.

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Agreed on too heavily processed. Pop art poster maybe...

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Agreed on too heavily processed.

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Composition not dynamic and a bit too dark/lacking contrast & detail. A tighter crop with less background may help too.

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Not a bad shot. Only beef is (nit pick one at that) a couple of the crayons should have been rotated to hid the paper "goobers" and maybe point of focus started from the front, working back with just a little more DOF. Re-arrangement of the colors may have helped a bit too, with not having one pale color in front (pink) and the dark purples on the other side. These need to jump off the page.

Just my 0.02¢ worth.

06/23/2004 01:05:27 PM · #9
an excellent idea would be to have 'an unused choice' for a challenge.

i like the one you chose orininally.
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