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Challenge: From Above (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak DC4800
Location: Home Office/studio
Date: Mar 16, 2003
Date Uploaded: Mar 16, 2003

At the last minute, I finally had a moment to take a picture for this challenge. Wanted to all week, but much too busy.
Here it is...my dead flowers. I still like the vibrant color!

Orientation: Upper Left (1)
X Resolution: 230.00
Y Resolution: 230.00
Resolution Units: Inches
Exposure Time: 1/8
F Number: 4.00
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
Date/Time: 2000:01:11 06:04:29
Date Digitized: 2000:01:11 06:04:29
Shutter Speed: 1/8.00
Aperture: f/4.00
Exposure Bias: 0.00
Max Aperture: f/3.61
Subject Distance (M): 0.54
Metering Mode: Average
Light Source: Tungsten
Flash Fired: No
Focal Length (mm): 13.30
Color Space: sRGB
Exposure Index: 100.00
Sensing Method: One chip color area

Place: 129 out of 203
Avg (all users): 4.6313
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 4.5238
Avg (non-participants): 4.7527
Views since voting: 891
Votes: 198
Comments: 14
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03/24/2003 05:41:43 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Initial reaction:
Pretty, vibrant colors. Unique but ultimately not effective composition. Fails to hold my eye.

Meets the challenge fine, since it's fairly obvious that it's shot from above.

This is where my strongest criticism lies. You have this shot at an interesting angle - the diagonals of the board carry throughout the entire picture. However, the placement of the flowers so that they follow the planks of wood detracts from their impact. A really simple way to increase the visual excitement of your picture would be to position the flowers differently. For example, laying them perpendicular to the main diagonals would provide contrast and more excitement to your composition.

The grain of the wood provides a nice texture to offset the flowers. This is good and I like it, but there isn't enough of it for my taste. I'm a big fan of using negative space to really enhance a subject, and this would have been a great opportunity to do just that. This would have given you the chance for a more exciting position of the flowers within the frame as well. Right now they dominate and don't leave anywhere for they eye to travel. With more negative space you'd have the grain, color, and lines of the wood dominating the picture, then you'd have the splash of color with the flowers.

The colors are rich and vibrant, they almost pop out of the picture! They give the flowers an almost surreal quality which I like.

Good, but not great - mostly due to the composition.

Hope this helps! Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/23/2003 11:07:38 PM
Very strong color saturation! Composition works well, in my opinion.
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03/23/2003 05:10:52 PM
The odd perspective and composition really works here with the flowers coming DOWN from the top rather than from the bottom. Nice colors, too.
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03/21/2003 02:00:58 PM
nice pic. good job.
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03/21/2003 12:28:05 PM
very colorful
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03/21/2003 09:53:19 AM
Great color.
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03/20/2003 05:58:17 PM
That's too bad. Lovely colored flowers, nice photo, good dof, great lighting.
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03/20/2003 05:25:22 AM
This a fantastic shot. i love the colors. It is so sharp and crisp
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03/19/2003 07:40:56 AM
With the flowers so centrally framed it's a little less of an image than I think it might have been. Colours a great though - on the boards as well as the flowers.
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03/19/2003 01:56:40 AM
Nice colors...
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03/18/2003 02:28:25 PM
nice use of color and i like the wood behind it.
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03/18/2003 06:23:23 AM
the flowers are not together as unity so the theme isn't not cerried out, IMO. It should be composed.
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03/17/2003 09:06:49 AM
Great colors! Is it enhanced a little? Beautiful natural shot!
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03/17/2003 08:39:33 AM
very nice color... I like the strong diagonals of the woodwork also... nice shot :) - setzler
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