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display copy only / pop art revisited
display copy only / pop art revisited

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Challenge: Clichés (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Liverpool, UK
Date: Jan 29, 2003
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2003

Just a picture from a recent fashion shoot I did for Reiss UK. The colours are kicked a few times (as you can tell) and the picture has been slightly blurred, to increase the illusion of pop art.

Place: 142 out of 246
Avg (all users): 5.1277
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
Avg (participants): 4.8761
Avg (non-participants): 5.5067
Views since voting: 1066
Votes: 188
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/10/2003 08:17:14 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!...

COMPOSITION... I find the way this shot was composed to be very appealing - shooting low, a different vantage point from usual, can yield effective results as we se here. Also like the steps that lead the eye outward, and the textures on the surfaces - walls and the models clothing. I'm not crazy about being able to see anyone's face, but I surmise that's the point of the picture - makes it look like its the woman who's for display purposes only... I also wonder if there was an alternative angle that would prevent the window "growing" from the man's face. Its really not as obvious as the usual examples we see in this area, but I do think the composition would be better without that window there.

TECHNICAL... I just love the surreal colors applied to the shot! What technique did you use? I also didn't know you could blur things for DPC...I love softening my photos but since I started participating in the contests, I never tried, thinking it was illegal...Some parts look more out of focus then blurry, which definitely would lower your score, seeing as there's a bias towards blurry photos. Of course there is a distinction between blurring and softening your shot, one which may be DPC legal but the other not. I believe in this case you did a straightforward blur, which just made the picture look slightly out of focus. I also find to be too much shadow in the man's suit - no tonal information present in the entire area. I know that sometimes it can really add to to the picture, but seeing how the rest of the shot is not made that way - only the upper wall is in shadows - having one of the main subjects almost enshrouded in darkness just seems a little odd.

OVERALL...apart from that, I think its a very unique shot -> Which might not make it belong in the cliche section, and which might explain a low score despite the originality and creativity of the photo.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2003 04:40:48 PM
face covered by book. HUGE no no here.
02/08/2003 11:56:48 AM
This has a very mysterious look to it.... what's going on behind that folder????? Colors add the the mysery!!!!
02/06/2003 03:40:54 PM
Wow. This is a really strange photo, and it also really captivates the veiwer! I'm missing the cliche bit, but I really like it.
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02/06/2003 12:30:32 PM
Interesting colors. I like the vague absurdity of this image!
02/06/2003 12:49:56 AM
I like the effect. This picture is telling a story, I am just clueless. You did a good job with the framing. Good luck.
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02/05/2003 09:30:37 PM
the colors make this photo for me. It is a well composed piece....the angles of the stairs and windows and railings direct the eyes to the yellow book. Good job.
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02/05/2003 06:18:11 PM
Nice exageration of the colors. Not really a cliche is it? I like it overall.
02/05/2003 03:03:26 AM
looks staged (even if it's not)
02/04/2003 08:34:05 PM
Nice, unique shot and coloring.
02/04/2003 03:20:04 AM
what can I say except awesome? I dont know where you found the clothes, the models, the book, but they are all awesome. Awesome. Awesome job of color management and saturation. I would like to know how you achieved this look so awesomely.
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02/04/2003 01:50:14 AM
Could you send me a message to explain before I score this photo?
02/03/2003 08:48:31 PM
amazing colors - beauitful
02/03/2003 07:20:31 PM
this is such a cool pic. love the velcro shoes - where on earth did you find those? the colors are great
02/03/2003 06:19:25 PM
interesting photo!
02/03/2003 01:54:46 PM
Cool colors but very confusing.
02/03/2003 09:57:13 AM
Wow. The subject and colors are great. Great job.

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