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05/04/2006 12:42:03 AM · #1
hey,
here's some photos i'd really love some comments on but cant submit in any of the current challenges. leave any comments, good.. bad... constructive...... (destructive?). thanks. here they are:

//i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/threeoclockblues/freefall.jpg
//i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/threeoclockblues/chrome.jpg
//i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/threeoclockblues/water.jpg
//i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/threeoclockblues/zen.jpg
//i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/threeoclockblues/DSCF2012.jpg
//i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/threeoclockblues/3225de95.jpg
//i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/threeoclockblues/michellecopy.jpg
05/04/2006 01:05:24 AM · #2
uhm, I'm not a super awesome photographer, but I do have an artist's eye... here's my feedback from an observer's point of view

freefall: I love the color in this photo, I love the DOF and the texture of the background... almost wish there was a little more clarity on water droplets (& for web, a smaller photo that could be viewed all at once)
chrome: makes me feel upsidedown in not such a good way, so I turned my laptop upsidedown to look at it and decided I like the focus on the knob
water: I really like the colors in this one, it seems there's too much light in top left and not enough in bottom right, but might have worked out nice like that if the focus had been on the light side instead of darker side
zen: great pic, I love how you got such clean black, would be better a little more centered, including text
DSCF2012: again, I like the black and blue contrast, I wish there could have been more focus overall, especially where the bubbles are in the middle right of pic, (ie: if whole glass was focused as well as the bottom left of it is)
3225de95: this is an awesome idea with a lot of emotion conveyed, I wish the girl's expression could have been more like the guy's
michellecopy: this is also a really good photo, if only you could have cropped lower and not cut off bottom of mic stand, shadowing and colors of her face are nice

so there's my opinion.... but nice job! I like your creativity
05/04/2006 01:09:53 AM · #3
Originally posted by amandalore:

uhm, I'm not a super awesome photographer, but I do have an artist's eye... here's my feedback from an observer's point of view

freefall: I love the color in this photo, I love the DOF and the texture of the background... almost wish there was a little more clarity on water droplets (& for web, a smaller photo that could be viewed all at once)
chrome: makes me feel upsidedown in not such a good way, so I turned my laptop upsidedown to look at it and decided I like the focus on the knob
water: I really like the colors in this one, it seems there's too much light in top left and not enough in bottom right, but might have worked out nice like that if the focus had been on the light side instead of darker side
zen: great pic, I love how you got such clean black, would be better a little more centered, including text
DSCF2012: again, I like the black and blue contrast, I wish there could have been more focus overall, especially where the bubbles are in the middle right of pic, (ie: if whole glass was focused as well as the bottom left of it is)
3225de95: this is an awesome idea with a lot of emotion conveyed, I wish the girl's expression could have been more like the guy's
michellecopy: this is also a really good photo, if only you could have cropped lower and not cut off bottom of mic stand, shadowing and colors of her face are nice

so there's my opinion.... but nice job! I like your creativity


Agreed completely! Especially:

Chrome: gave me vertigo (bad)
Water: Very cool abstract
3225de...: love the motion in the foreground
05/04/2006 01:11:36 AM · #4
you could submit the photo of the girl playing guitar in the DPC Cinema challenge and call it:

Dame Plays Classical

Just a thought. Like the photos. You have a good eye. Rich color, which I am a big fan of.
05/04/2006 01:27:39 AM · #5
Freefall - Love this one. The color is great and well saturated. Great composition as well.
Crome - I am not sure about this one. It kind of makes me want to lie down for a minute. Perhaps because I am not quite sure what I am looking at and I can't find a focus.
Water - Ah yes, reminds me of being back home in Denmark. Rain, rain, rain. Like it a lot although I would have liked either the light or the "rings" to be centered in the pic.
Zen - Cool and clean. Nice black background.
2012 - Nice rich blue. Not quite sharp...I think. I really would like to focus on the little bubbles.
3225 - Great "movement". It kinda pulls me in. I am sure this is a hard picture to get right - I have yet to "graduate" to subjects post 6 years old!
Michellecopy - I think I would like the focus/center to be drawn up to her face because of the lighting and facial expression.
Please bear in mind that I am just starting up as a photographer and thus the comments are my personal opinion with out any professional insight. Still, I hope this may be helpful :-)
05/04/2006 01:34:06 AM · #6
Not a critic by any stretch of the imagination, but for what it's worth, here's my $0.02.

FreeFall.jpg:

It's an interesting picture. I like the simplicity. I like how you got the liquid to curve a bit; it adds a bit of drama to a simple free fall. I think the impact would have been more pronounced if you were able to get individual droplets, sort of like the Gatorade commercial if you've seen it. I like the interesting green reflection in the liquid as well. The thing I don't like is the contrast, or lack thereof. I would have preferred a different background color.

chrome.jpg:

I don't get it. Not quite sure what that is a picture of. Not a whole lot of chrome and the white balance appears to be off; there's a yellow tint.

water.jpg:

I really like this one. The overlapping and colliding ripples create such an interesting texture in the picture. The lighting was just perfect to allow for the texture to jump out at the viewer. Looks like you used just one light. I would have liked the lower right corner to be slightly brighter and the left edge to be less over-exposed.

zen.jpg:

Not much to be said on this one. It's an interesting neon glow effect, but makes no impact on me.

DSCF2012.jpg

Hmm. This one didn't do much for me either. It's a very static picture to me. Even the few bubbles in the glass appear to be stuck to the side of the glass. An Alka Seltzer would have added some drama. A glass of water is just a tad boring and motionless I think. And the glass appears to be dirty.

322de95.jpg

This one is nicely done. The subject in the back is well lit given the conditions you had to work with. I wish the other partially blocked person next to the girl model were not there; it's slightly distracting, but not too much. It's wonderful effect. Have you thought of standing in the middle of the crowd and taking the same picture? The subjects would take up more the frame, which you may not like, but it puts the subjects into the action rather than just being an observer on the sidelines.

michellecopy.jpg

Beautiful model - definitely does not hurt the picture. :) I would have cropped off the floor. The huge reflection draws too much attention aware from the face of the model, which shows such concentration and focus in what she's doing. There's this very distinct line right in the middle of her face where the shadow begins. That line is too sharp. It could have been soften. Plus the other half of her face can be better lit as well. A low-power fill flash would have been nice.

Hope that helps.

-Allan
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