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Total Eclipse

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Challenge: Road Signs Revisited (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: University of Central Florida
Date: Jan 19, 2003
Aperture: 4.8
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Urban, Action
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2003

I got the idea to compose the shot this way walking down the road. I didn't even notice there were two eclipses until afterwards :)

Place: 156 out of 174
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Votes: 193
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01/31/2003 12:59:20 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

COMPOSITION... There are several aspects to the composition that can be improved, and they mainly center on the placing of elements in the photo. The cars overlap and would probably be better at opposite ends of the photo with the sign in the center. Would make more of an impact, with one car moving away from a sign that is pointing in the other direction. I know that shots like this aren't really planned, they just happen, and not much planning can really be done to ensure you're at the right view point at the right time, but then luck will often play an element in photography :)

That said, there is too much overlapping, one car on top of the other, the signpost cutting across both cars. The background is slightly distracting with so many elements in it. On stretches of roads such as these there are probably some areas that have a nice, clear background. Even if you're fixed to this spot because you were capturing the sign, you can try moving to your left and right...sometimes a small adjustment in your position changes the nature of your image drastically.

TECHNIQUE... Perhaps you needed a faster shutter speed, the cars look slightly blurred, and I think the light that's reflecting off the cars is a little to harsh... Not much can be done there, the rest of the image is very well exposed, maybe the timing of day played a role. Its important to shoot at times where the light's working in your favor and not causing any harsh or unintended reflections.

OVERALL... a little luck and a different viewpoint that makes a cleaner composition is all I think it needed. Either than that, you managed to capture an example of very good timing :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2003 08:15:26 PM
01/26/2003 02:32:48 PM
good stop action. lighten the background to bring out detail in trees!
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01/25/2003 05:04:40 PM
Wires are usually a pain but work to good effect here to form a subtle tent-like frame leading the eye to the top of the sign.
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01/25/2003 02:01:41 AM
Neither car is entirely in focus. They both seem kind of out of place in this image. Composition is essentially OK, but overall the photo really lacks a clear subject. 4 md
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01/24/2003 12:48:06 AM
Is that the same car? Please let me know. If so, this is a very good idea
01/22/2003 02:53:27 PM
haha...you should have submitted this to the reflections challenge if you were around then. the sign is too dark in my opinion
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01/22/2003 10:12:11 AM
Those cars look like the same model! Was that a coincidence? Nice idea.
01/21/2003 11:48:31 PM
What can I say here! The lines and tree lead up to the sign.
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01/21/2003 08:13:40 PM
Was this ever a 1 in a million chance for you: 2 eclispes together at a road sign. Don't think I want to say anything bad about this or who ever gave it to you might get me. This is not saying anything bad, understand that, but I would have liked it a little lighter in the background, and maybe a hair sharper focus. But it's still a 6.
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01/21/2003 05:41:25 PM
Cute title! I like the inclusion of the cars, definately adds. I know they are moving, a faster exposure might have made them more solidly in the shot. Sorry about the poles and wires, I know it couldn't be helped, but sure doesn't add to the shot. Very strong focus on the sign, very nice. 7 Swash
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01/21/2003 11:53:43 AM
Unlikely capture... good timing. Road sign is present, but does not contribute to the photo.
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01/20/2003 06:17:54 PM
To much focus and meaning (in the Title) on the cars and not on the sign.
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01/20/2003 05:23:03 PM
Very cute concept =o)
01/20/2003 04:37:00 PM
Nice idea, I think it's a bit of a shame the background was quite dark. Was this taken at dusk?
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01/20/2003 10:30:09 AM
too bad the sun is behind the sign. i like all the wires in the background, to me that was the most interesting thing in the photo.
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01/20/2003 06:51:09 AM
I am guessing that the cars are known as the Eclipse in your part of the world? It's a clever idea, but I think it would have been better if the cars and the sign weren't all lined-up.

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