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'Water Under the Bridge' (Cello Bridge)
'Water Under the Bridge' (Cello Bridge)
dsidwell


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bridges (Classic Editing)
Collection: Miscellaneous
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: River Heights, UT
Date: Mar 4, 2003
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Performance, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2003

I live in the high desert, so there aren't a whole lot of fancy bridges here. This is the fanciest I could find:on my daughter's cello. It proved to be extremely difficult to get the right lighting on the strings, backlight the bridge itself, and still have the water sharp and clear and visible. Still learning!
(By the way, I was constantly wiping water off the cello after each shot, just in case you know about instruments and the image made you nervous!).

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 229
Avg (all users): 6.4764
Avg (commenters): 7.3810
Avg (participants): 6.2868
Avg (non-participants): 6.8158
Views since voting: 1773
Votes: 212
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0


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03/23/2003 09:41:17 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club, David :)

Composition: Good. I like the angle you used. There is some wasted space in the upper right corner. It's mostly black and the strings seem to be some kind of visual "barrier" which keep your eyes in the lower left corner, where the light is. There are two brighter spots under the strings in the black area, but I can't really see what they are (it's not the water). That's a bit distracting. Either add more light to the black area or remove these spots. I also would like to see the full shape of this backward "S" formed hole (unfortunately I don't know the correct English term).

Lighting: Like others in the comments said: Gorgeous. I like the mix of light and shadow very much. Good job!

Focus: The focus is good for my taste. The narrow aperture creates a sufficient DOF.

Challenge: In my opinion adding the water was not necessary. But I understand the play of words you wanted to achieve. Anyway, personally I think it's a bit too much "staged" and a more natural approach to the nice forms of the cello would be better.

Creativity: A unique take on the challenge! Good idea!
03/17/2003 02:38:13 AM
Why would anyone give this photo a 1. This was (IMHO) one of the best photos in the race. You know, bridge isn't always something you can drive over. This photo reminded me of the movie "The red violin", a fantastic movie, btw. :)
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03/17/2003 12:22:10 AM
Don't worry, I made sure the cello was okay!

David

Message edited by author 2003-03-19 16:51:13.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2003 05:27:04 PM
Excellent! I love that you didn't just go out and photograph a bridge structure (like I did). Very creative. A few people had similar ideas this week but this is by far the best. This is my favorite pic for this challenge this week. I like the lighting that you have used in this shot and how the photograph fades to black in the upper right corner. With that being said, I also am appreciative that you well lit the bridge so that it is evenly lit. After all, it is the main subject here. Good luck with the challenge.
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03/16/2003 12:42:23 AM
At least it's beading up -- don't want to ruin an instrument for a photo.
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03/14/2003 05:40:37 PM
Great composition. A little bright on the upper left parts, but otherwise, very nicely done.
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03/14/2003 08:33:56 AM
Excellent lighting here, those water drops also do a lot for this photo, good job.
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03/13/2003 10:50:06 PM
Hey, nice idea, good imagination at use here, nice colors, good focus, nice and sharp, excellent lighting, great photography.
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03/13/2003 09:20:26 PM
Nice Pic. Good Job.
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03/13/2003 07:55:51 PM
The most original submit this week!!
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03/13/2003 05:38:31 PM
I actually would have liked this a lot better without the water, but still nice lighting and composure.
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03/13/2003 01:33:51 PM
This is a very nice subject. The water droplets are a nice effect.
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03/13/2003 12:36:03 PM
WOW!!! Nice creativity! Gorgeous lighting! Hope you got that water off the instrument before it damaged the finish.
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03/13/2003 09:19:25 AM
Blood maybe; water on a chello???
03/13/2003 12:45:56 AM
Clever and refreshing! Gorgeous instrument too!
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03/12/2003 03:56:34 PM
I really like the lighting in this image and it is a very original idea.
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03/11/2003 05:51:57 PM
Now why didn't I think of that! Fantastic idea! Nice use of lighting too.
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03/11/2003 10:07:33 AM
isn't that bad for the instrument? very nice lighting.
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03/10/2003 07:43:22 PM
Gorgeous use of lighting. Great angle. Nice composition. Wish you hadn't put "(cello bridge)" as part of the title... but I don't take off points for that.. just saying so.
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03/10/2003 06:50:20 PM
Nice idea!I really like the lighting also.
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03/10/2003 05:59:27 PM
very nice, good thought on the bridge theme
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03/10/2003 02:49:01 PM
I know cellists who'd murder you if you did that to their instrument! Great idea - execution gives 9/10 - I think the dynamic range is too great here, but only just. Highlights are flaring a little, no?
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03/10/2003 01:23:19 PM
I love your color saturation! Nice twist on the subject, too!
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03/10/2003 12:25:41 AM
Clever shot, good execution.
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