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Rocking chair of my Grandfather
Rocking chair of my Grandfather

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Challenge: Chairs II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Canada, Montreal
Date: Nov 22, 2014
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Date Uploaded: Nov 22, 2014

This rocking chair of my Grandfather has been made by him. He was an exceptional carpenter. I am proud to propose his rocking chair to this challenge.

Hope you will like this photograph of the rocking chair of my Grandfather.

Place: 21 out of 59
Avg (all users): 5.9400
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.7879
Avg (non-participants): 6.0149
Views since voting: 165
Views during voting: 169
Votes: 100
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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12/03/2014 07:40:17 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

So, we meet again, Mr 21_N.gif Clickodak...Muwahahahahahaaaaaa...*rubbing hands together in Dr Evil-like glee* ;-)

Ok. This is a lovely image that tells us a lot about your grandfather. I can see the weatheredness in the wood and the use of a cap that may have once been his is a nice touch. There is a subtlety to the tones, with the texture of what looks almost like a stucco wall behind, that offset the smoothness of the wood and seem to mesh in the woven texture of the hat. Personally I find the elegant, delicate carving of his name to be absolutely amazing, known it was done by hand. That shows care and love and dedication to his craft. I bet he was an amazing carpenter.

So why didn't this image do better than it did? Sadly DPC is a very literal site, and a Chairs challenge means that the voter is expecting to see at least one chair, in its entirety, in the entry. Look at what ribboned and this becomes apparent.

On a slightly more nitpicky note, the lack of a WOW! factor - it is a good shot, very well done, but it doesn't quite have the kind of eye-grabbing elements of a shot needed to win the high votes of DPC voters. The deep dof may have drawn voters too much into the bg details and texture, and away from the chair...or they might have thought it was noise.

I'm guessing you may have had to use a low ISO and f.16 to mute down some source light coming in through a window; if this is the case, you may want to invest in a 5-in-1 reflector, in which the main 'core' of the reflector is simply a giant diffuser sheet which can help reduce light.

Hope this critique has been of help, and keep up the good work! Feel free to PM me with any questions.


Message edited by author 2014-12-03 19:56:08.
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12/03/2014 08:25:50 AM
This was one of my top rated photos. I thought it would have at least been in the top 10. Nice work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2014 11:47:07 PM
Absolutely perfect processing for this image, well done.

Bumping this up in the last few mins, it tells a story.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2014 08:46:02 PM
Nice. The hanging hat is a great touch and the grittiness fits it well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2014 01:44:32 PM
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