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Fender Stratocaster
Fender Stratocaster

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Challenge: Music (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Sony DSC-T1
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: Oct 26, 2004
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40s
Galleries: Black and White, Studio
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2004


Place: 51 out of 124
Avg (all users): 5.5141
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 5.1690
Avg (non-participants): 5.7453
Views since voting: 1599
Views during voting: 237
Votes: 177
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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11/14/2004 04:53:13 PM
Critique Club

Initial thoughts
Nice choice to go black and white, interesting study of small detail area, nice use of shallow DOF.

Composition/ Content
I like the content here very much. Knowing nothing about guitars I would not know what this was without the title (and, to be truthful, still don't entirely know what I'm looking at) but that doen't matter at all. I particurly like the inclusion of the text showing the manufacturer, model and origin of the item. It makes this feel like an attempt to really share with me the details of something precious to someone.
I think the high contrast black and white works very well, especially where the strings show so strongly against the darkness behind. Detail in the texture of the surfaces is also picked out nicely by that high contrast.
Composition is reasonable but doesn't really resonate (no pun intended). The knob at the top centre is what makes it feel a little unbalanced to me. The partial knob in the upper rightof the frame is fine and feels more balanced by the solidity of the text and shadow at the lower left.

I like your decision to spot light only the area being shown to us and leave everything else in dark shadow. It instantly creates a more intimate ambience to the image.

Camera Work - Technical
I'm a big fan of shallow depth of field and I like how it's used here to throw out the foreground text and the furthest knob.

Digital Processing - Technical
Nothing that stands out in terms of the image itself.
Personally Iike the border and find the thin white inner border and thicker black outer border work well with the content of the image.

Fits The Challenge

My Opinion On The Photo
I like it very much but would be interested in slightly different angles/ compositions to see if one of those changed it from a "nice" to a "wow".
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11/08/2004 02:11:05 PM
In retrospect to my comment, actually it's not that obvious :-s
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11/08/2004 02:10:00 PM
Originally posted by graphicfunk:

Nothing like a fender strat. bumping up on good taste. lol

It's the headstock, duh. :-D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 07:38:38 PM
returning for comments.
Nothing like a fender strat. bumping up on good taste. lol
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11/07/2004 01:52:27 AM
I hear most of the "original" Strats have ended up in Japan (in the hands of collectors) as well.
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11/06/2004 01:08:12 PM
the lighting is great. but the composition is not very pleasing. after a lot of thinking, i think it might be due to the presence of a large number of lines which are not unified (the fender line, the stratocaster line, the line of the strings, and the line of the knobs, they all go different places). also the border has the clean straight white lines which further emphasize the other lines.. maybe it would be better with a plain border. also the knob bang in the upper center of the picture is not pleasing, changing the angle from which the picture was taken might have helped the composition.
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11/06/2004 01:59:50 AM
akkk sacrilgeous! the best strats are the ones made at Fender's USA factory... :o) ask any musician interesting shot though
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11/05/2004 04:28:26 AM
Nice DOF and an interesting thake on the challenge.
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11/02/2004 11:24:48 PM
I like this alot! One of the better ones I have seen so far. Good dof.
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11/02/2004 06:15:57 PM
Nice POV
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11/01/2004 09:40:51 PM
But it is made in JAPAN> Just kidding.
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