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Scent of Childhood
Scent of Childhood

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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak LS443
Location: Spring Lake, NC
Date: Apr 1, 2003
Aperture: 4.76
Shutter: 1.8
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 2, 2003


Place: 235 out of 295
Avg (all users): 4.5094
Avg (commenters): 5.3846
Avg (participants): 4.4930
Avg (non-participants): 4.5429
Views since voting: 975
Votes: 212
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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04/15/2003 07:21:35 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

My first impression of your picture relates to the title - which is unusual for me. The very close view of the crayons and the suggestion of scent in the title does remind me strongly of what it's like to play with crayons so well done for evoking a mood and a childhood memory. That certainly adds a measure of charm to this picture for me.

The second thing that stikes me about this shot is that the colours of the crayons dont seem vibrant enough. In fact they almost seem deliberately desaturated. I can't tell if this was intentional but I'm guessing it wasn't. I think during post processing it would have been worth playing around a little with the levels and colour saturation to really make those colours pop off the screen.

Your focus is excellent here and I also like your lighting which nicely shows the shapes of the crayons with just a couple of highlights. The framing is interesting and I quite like it but I suspect quite a few people wondered why there was such a large black space in your shot. Personally I like the balance it gives the picture between colour and black - like light and dark. You've already had comments about the aparrent scratch in the bottom right which is a little distracting.

Overall I'd say you had a very clear idea in mind about what picture you wanted to take and you've been very successful in getting it. Aside from a little post processing and perhaps a tiny bit more setup (maybe roll the crayons so the labels all look the same) I'd say you did everything right. Well done. Deserving of a higher score than what it got in my opinion.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2003 12:41:41 PM
Nice idea, but could stand more contrast.
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04/11/2003 10:39:30 AM
Colors are kinda bland. Not very vivid. Picture is kind of dark. Maybe working with the brightness/contrast and saturation would help. The lint or hair on the bottom left is unfortunate.
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04/10/2003 01:59:37 AM
Love the title but the colors are dull and there seems to be something distracting in the lower right corner
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04/09/2003 05:05:04 PM
This photo seems a little dull, and the little white hair is distracting....I imagine you have a kitty, or some other pet that is distracting too. hehe I love the title.
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04/09/2003 01:44:17 PM
good job
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04/09/2003 05:41:04 AM
I wonder why you turned the blue one...? I like how you offset the picuter.
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04/08/2003 08:37:40 PM
i like that its macro, makes me feel like the crayons are massive, but the whitish scratch on your background in the right corner is distracting.
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04/08/2003 08:20:09 PM
The most pleasing scent know to a child and one of the few scents that most adults recognize from their childhood. The title just makes this photo all the better. Way to go.
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04/08/2003 06:29:31 PM
nice colors, good idea
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04/08/2003 10:34:41 AM
Need to lose the empty area to the right.
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04/07/2003 08:03:51 PM
With me it was the taste. . !
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04/07/2003 04:49:39 PM
Colors are a little under exposed maybe. For composition, I'd have left less empty space on the right, filling it with more crayons and then aligned the crayon tips to make a horizontal line instead of the way they are now.
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04/07/2003 01:06:32 PM
Hum I can smell them now.....a new box is the best!! Cool shot.
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