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Pick Me, I swear I'm Low Maintenance!
Pick Me, I swear I'm Low Maintenance!

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Challenge: Pets and Their People (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Olympus C-4000Z
Location: Home/Indoors
Date: Dec 18, 2004
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 207
Shutter: 1/2
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2004

I took this photo indoors, after picking up arts crafts supplies. I have 4 cats at home, but I decided to go for the "non-traditional" route by photographing a pet rock. Not everyone has pets, but surely you remember being a kid and selecting your very own pet rock. I chose to keep the fingers slightly out of focus, because I wanted most of the attention on the pet rock, the fingers were placed in the photo to maintain that childhood feeling of having any choice at your disposal, much like the paths we take in life. So, behind the simplicity of it, there lies a greater meaning.

I chose my title because I think it's something most can relate to, in addition to the humor. I think when most select a pet, they are looking for something a little low maintenance.

I decided to maintain the simplicity by just cropping & fixing up with neat image, there was no need to go over the top with any fanciness.

This being my first challenge submission, I welcome any & all critiques.

Place: 116 out of 126
Avg (all users): 3.9327
Avg (commenters): 5.7273
Avg (participants): 3.5070
Avg (non-participants): 4.0508
Views since voting: 755
Views during voting: 463
Votes: 327
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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12/30/2004 08:27:36 PM
I like this shot, a good start in DPC =). It's all a learning experience, learning to be a better photographer. Your aim is straight on here.
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12/29/2004 12:44:43 PM
That's ok Skiprow, I appreciate the undeserved 10!

I probably shouldn't have attempted an indoor shot, seeing as I had difficulty in discerning what exactly was appropriate light, and how it "should" look. Perhaps if I took the shot outside, the light play would have been easier- but with much snow around here, I'm sure I would have had difficulty adjusting to the light being reflected off the snow.

Yeah, thanks all for the critiques, I agree with all of you. I did use a tripod- however the picture seems rather "fuzzy". I am guessing that my camera wasn't screwed onto the tripod tight enough, which may have caused movement when pressing the shutter. I've always seemed to have trouble getting any pictures taken on my camera, in focus, not sure if it's my handling or the problem lies in the camera itself. Next challenge, I'll pay close attention to the tripod- and hopefully that problem will be resolved.

Bear music, I agree, I didn't like how the finger overlapped the rock- but I had little to go on since this was really the best of all the images my camera produced. Next time, I'll go with gut instinct and when I think it doesn't look right, I won't quit until it's exactly how I want it.
12/29/2004 12:10:38 PM
well, my challenge comment was basically idiotic, without much tact. sorry about that. you have received some good tips that hopefully will help point you in the right direction. and i did mean what i said about imagination, creativity, and scoring it a 10. good luck going forward!


Message edited by author 2004-12-29 12:11:26.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2004 07:47:58 PM
Lol. I recall the craze with pet rocks. However, you should take advantage of the full size. Voters pass over images that are small. They have no mercy. I am giving you a 6.
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12/28/2004 12:50:46 PM
Very Clever
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12/28/2004 07:44:02 AM
basically, this is a crappy photo. the composition is ok, the lighting is horrible, and the focus is off. can't wait to see what camera shot this. all the same, it shows imagination and creativity. in the spirit of the season, you'll get a 10 from me! good luck, and keep working at it!
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12/28/2004 03:41:47 AM
bad focus, nice light. wheres the pet's owner?
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12/26/2004 07:29:03 AM
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12/24/2004 10:26:15 PM
This is a little blurry. The idea seems original, maybe the composition could be improved a teensy bit.
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12/24/2004 03:58:37 PM
very very creative, i like that you did something other than a picture of someone and their dog
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12/23/2004 01:42:36 PM
pet rock, I get ir. a bit too grainy though
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12/22/2004 04:29:32 PM
Haha! funny! is it he or she? the con is its shadow
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12/22/2004 10:19:12 AM
awkward composition, especially the overlap of finger with stone upper left and the empty area lower right. Depoth of field inadequate, point of max sharpness looks like it's BETWEEN fingers and big stone, nothing is quite sharp...
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12/22/2004 08:45:46 AM
sharper focus needed, but nice idea
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12/22/2004 02:09:31 AM
Nothing appears to be in focus to me.
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12/22/2004 01:10:18 AM
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