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Feeling Blue
Feeling Blue

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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: my livingroom
Date: Apr 3, 2003
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/10 sec
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2003


Place: 160 out of 295
Avg (all users): 5.0769
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 4.9928
Avg (non-participants): 5.2464
Views since voting: 799
Votes: 208
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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04/19/2003 06:09:37 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Perhaps I'm way off the mark here but this looks to me like a picture with a message. A message perhaps about the middle east - perhaps the wars in Afganistan or Iraq. There's the middle eastern style of dress with the covered face (burqa?), the blue which to us westerners suggests sadness and the subject's pose which is, to me, reminiscent of Mary. This all leads to thoughts of the plight of common people in those countries, particularly as the west makes war on their leaders. If I'm right this is a VERY strong concept for your submission and an excellent interpretation of the challenge and I applaud you for it.

Technically I think there are a couple of things that could be improved and both are related to your lighting. First of all it's very dark. I believe you were trying to get that lovely kind of glow on your subject's skin but I don't think you've exposed the shot long enough for that. The other thing is the strong shadow in the background which is rather overpowering. Or perhaps it's supposed to be there and I've not figured out why. Removing the shadow would have meant moving your face lighting higher and more to one side and perhaps having another light shining across the background.

This also leads me onto the setup of your shot which seems excellent all except for the green patches on the blue cloth which look too modern and as one of your commenters said 'break the mood'. However, you really did capture some lovely shadows and highlights on the cloth there.

Overall I find this a *very* interesting picture. I really hope I've interpreted your picture correctly. I always award extra marks for a photo that shows some intelligence or intent and this scores very well indeed in my book. Well done.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2003 09:43:21 PM
. . . well not me! The patches of green broke the mood. How about a crop of just a bust shot. Might have made it even more mysterious. Like the softnes of the shot.
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04/12/2003 03:37:57 PM
Nice picture, good composition, but the colours need to be brightened up, or, the subject needs to come out of the shadow.
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04/12/2003 02:35:17 PM
I like your idea here, but to be honest, I have to strain my eyes to see the picture because the photo is so dark the blue and black blend into each other a lot.
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04/12/2003 12:18:29 PM
Nicely done.
04/11/2003 01:38:39 PM
good job, nice colors
04/11/2003 06:51:30 AM
Very blue indeed! Good shot, congratulations.
04/10/2003 04:12:07 PM
Great lighting, Great subject, Great colors!! keep up the great work 10 all the way
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04/09/2003 05:38:26 PM
If only the face was showing and none of the arms it would make for a much better picture in my honest opinion.
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04/09/2003 02:28:22 PM
04/09/2003 02:07:51 PM
Very unusual pose for the model and I think it has worked well. The lighting is terrific.
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04/08/2003 02:21:09 PM
good job, nice photo.
04/08/2003 01:53:42 PM
I don't think it's bright enough, but I like the subject, pose and color choice.
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04/07/2003 01:44:02 PM
this is a good image, nice work
04/07/2003 01:32:00 AM
nice, but a bit dark
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