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05/28/2003 11:46:40 PM · #1
I had a lot of computer problems yesterday, so my entry never went through. //lorettaoz.d2.net.au/home.jpg is what I was gonna enter. Please tell me what you honestly think, and what scores you would give. I know its gark, and probably not the best focus either. My camera died when taking it (was definitly not my day lol) thus it was what I was going to go with.

The title would have been "Key to my world (my home)".

05/29/2003 12:08:28 AM · #2
I think you have critiqued you own photo pretty well. Dark and out of focus sums it up. Definately set your camera down on something to try low light shots. That way you can steady it better, and if available, try to use the timer or remote as well. Definately helps to avoid camera shake and cause blurry shots.
I think that the angle is a little strange as well. I'm leaning to see the shot right.
The color on the desaturated background is good. I think that works nicely. Had the focus been a bit sharper, this would have been really effective.
It's not an overly thrilling shot, but the desaturation effect makes it more than 'just a snap of a key in a door'. Definately needs that little flair to hold my interest.
Hope this helps.

Message edited by author 2003-05-29 00:09:37.
05/29/2003 10:31:43 AM · #3
First of all, your cam needs more help than any of us can explain. LOL Second, try taking this same shot from outdoors 90 mins before sunset - looking onto it from that light will actually provide enough light for your cam to almost handle. Third, I wish the key was straight and the colors were solid.

Loz, can I corrupt your post for a bit?

Not everyone may have seen my post in Matrix outtakes - so I want to add again here that I do NOT believe it is proper to post outtakes of a currently being voted on or currently being submitted on challenge. If anyone wants to post Matrix outtakes, color outtakes, glass, etc...now is the appropriate time. If people wish to post liquid outtakes, sound outtakes - that time is NOT NOW.

Same goes for 'discussing the current challenge.' When Matrix started, Fiver said "There is no spoon!" He ruined a good entry or three. Dr. Jones posted his Matrix outtakes of a female model, looking matrixy, in triptych and edited form. This resulted in someone saying to me post-challenge "You'd have finished better if he didn't post his outtakes." Thanks.

Is it really SO time sensitive that people must post their outtakes during the challenge? Or that they must discuss their ideas and use up every possible variation BEFORE we see the pics?

If you need crits on a picture, go to //www.photocritique.net Try posting it at photo.net, photosig.com, deviantart.com or photographytips.com forums. Hell, if you miss a dpc deadline, check with dpcontest. Just QUIT already with posting outtakes and discussing the myriad of available shot choices.


Thanks loz ;)

Keep shooting
05/29/2003 03:04:25 PM · #4
I agree that it is too dark and out of focus. The best investment I have made is a tripod. It will do wonders.
As for the lighting, a different time of day when the sun was in your favor would be good. In place of that a soft flash would have made this a better picture.
05/29/2003 05:06:48 PM · #5

Dark and out of focus? Indeed.

Cranking up the light and steadying the cam? I dont think so.

Frankly, this shot is boring.

This isn't meant to be rude. But have a look. Is the key or door distinctive in any way? No. Does it tell us something personal about 'your' home? I dont see it.

You've chosen to accentuate the key by desaturating all but the blue. Thats ok, but why not just cut out all the useless info, zoom in or get a macro shot of that key or something? Maybe make the key interesting by showing us details that arent normally recognizable to the humane eye. Maybe pull back and show us your entry way, something we havent seen before. Give us a UNIQUE LOOK at 'something'.

As it stands this is just a shot of anykey, anydoor, USA. And fixing the technicals wont improve the shot much.

Hope this helps...

05/29/2003 06:47:05 PM · #6
The problem with my camera is that it does not have a zoom, it does not have a macro lens, the flash is too bright even when defused, and it can not be used with a tripod. (does not have the place to screw one in).

Thus I find it very difficult to light my subjects. This idea was a last minute one, all my other ideas for the topic failed, so I was in a rush with it.
05/29/2003 10:45:13 PM · #7
loz, I find the shot way to centered and unbalanced. A tighter crop, IMO, would have improved this a lot.

05/29/2003 10:53:05 PM · #8
Could be worse, you could have entered it just to have a great idea two days later! WARNING: Don't look at this if it's going to piss you off or mess up your scoring process, but I just had a wonderful, suck-up idea for the hsh challenge....

06/04/2003 02:03:28 PM · #9
Hmmmm... having no macro lense is a slight bummer, but all that means is you dont get to be a specialist in macro shots! Remind yourself that the great photographers of old didnt have any macros either. Nor did they have zooms, at least not in the style we're accustomed to. I dont use the zoom on my cam too much, preffering instead to just get reposition myself for close-ups. Are you able to turn off the flash on your camera? I hope so. I NEVER have my flash on, and prefer to use what daylight I can to light my subjects. As far as artificial lighting is concerned, you should experiment with this. You can achieve suprising results even with ordinary household 60watt bulb lights. Play with the positioning, and take LOTS (!) of shots. This is whats cool about digital photography; it allows you to experiment and learn without having to spend 10 bucks a roll on developing. As far as tripod placement is concerned.... get creative! You can make one just by sitting your cam on a stack of books, or propping it up against something. If you don't have a tripod screw you can get a medium sized clamp and affix it to your camera, and then attach that to several items. Maybe all this sounds too 'amateur', but I've done this several times, with great result.

Above all, dont get discouraged with what technology you might be lacking. As mentioned above, respect the kind of shots that your 'elders' were able to squeeze out of poloroids, and such. The cool thing about photography is its kind of like an old hollywood movie. It doesnt matter whats going on behind the scenes, all that matters is that final image!

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