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Shadows on the wall
Shadows on the wall

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White Still Life II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony Alpha a77
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD with Piezo
Location: Prosser, WA
Date: Jul 13, 2014
Aperture: 32.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2014

Tripod mounted camera inside an abandoned building with morning light filtering through exposed floor joists.

Place: 80 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.1111
Avg (commenters): 10.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8367
Avg (non-participants): 5.5313
Views since voting: 186
Views during voting: 158
Votes: 81
Comments: 3
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/26/2014 04:39:14 PM
Hi. I am happy to provide this critique as part of the critique club.

It appears from looking at the scores that your image was rather divisive - there were a lot of high scores and a number of lower scores. I suspect this stems from some comparing your image to what might be a classical description of B&W Still Life - a black and white image taken of an object (likely on a table or platform) taken using light to obtain a nice dynamic range and soft/pleasing shades of gray. Since the challenge description did not limit images to photos of an object, your image, at least in my opinion, does meet the challenge description. But your image is certainly unusual and non-traditional, and in challenges with lots of classical examples available for comparison, the non-traditional isn't always universally appreciated.

As I spend time considering you image, I certainly find it interesting and very artistic - almost abstract. There is a wonderful diagonal pattern of light, and there is some nice texture on the surface being photographed. The spots (damage?) also add interest to the image. What the image is lacking for me is a solid subject, or framed composition where I can focus my attention. My eyes kind of wandered around and enjoyed what they saw, but I felt myself looking for purpose. The uneven white areas were spread out enough that they just didn't strike me as a focal point for a still life photo.

Your image was black and white, however the transitions were somewhat harsh. It appears that the highest scoring images in this challenge had very smooth transitions from blacks to grays to white. That is not to say that your image is not good, indeed I enjoyed it very much, and I appreciate the creativity and artistic vision of this image. Hopefully you were pleased with the two 10's that you received.

Thank you for your entry. I hope to see more of your work.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2014 11:23:07 PM
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07/21/2014 11:04:31 AM
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