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Marching One By One
Marching One By One

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Challenge: Tacks! (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Kodak DX6490
Location: Pennsylvania
Date: Apr 15, 2005
Aperture: f3.20
ISO: 140
Shutter: 1/15
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2005


Place: 85 out of 137
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04/29/2005 03:05:25 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!
"The sign of a photographer: Take a mundane subject and turn it into art"

This was an unusual challenge in that the object was to take an ordinary household object and create an interesting photograph from it, all within in a time frame of 24 hours.

Your composition pulls the eye right to the main focal point - The Tacks. This accomplished meeting the challenge with a bull's eye. The strong presence of the tacks in the shot keep the eyes from wandering around, being distracted by additional objects in the image. The background, while colorful, is supplemental and not over-powering as the depth of field drops it strongly out of focus.

Your subjects are well lit, and you demonstrated a fine job of placing the sun directly behind one of the tacks with just enough flare on it's sides to recognize what it was, without blowing out the shot. The glow on the tree bark and the colors cast in the background trees balanced this out well.

You have a good handle on your post-processing in this picture. The tacks have a natural color, the sharpness is good and overall the image is not over processed nor over saturated. The simple border applied was complimetary to the shot and the color chosen feels right with the overall look.

I think after studying this for a while, I have found little to suggest in ways to improve this image. One possiblity would have been to change the order the tacks were arranged so the upper tack would have been a darker one and would have stood out a bit more against the bright background.

I hope this was useful to you, and please feel free to contact me via PM if you have any questions regarding this critique or anything else relating to the site in general.

(On a side note, you were the recipient of my very first critique here)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2005 10:48:22 PM
I love how sharp and well lit the tacks are.
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04/21/2005 11:07:22 PM
Nice Focus, bright sun on top a little distracting
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04/18/2005 06:22:52 PM
That's tree abuse bro.... :P
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04/17/2005 09:55:44 AM
I like the feel of this shot-good DOF, and nice crop.
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04/17/2005 01:34:34 AM
this was a winning idea I like the colours especially in the oof background 9
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04/16/2005 10:25:24 AM
ahh. Like ants. Too bad there are no tacks in this image. ;) The color seems slightly off but this is the first image I've come across set outside. Kudos for you for getting out of the house! 7
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