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Little Pink Houses
Little Pink Houses

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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak DC280
Location: Macon
Date: Apr 5, 2003
Aperture: F 3.8
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2003


Place: 207 out of 295
Avg (all users): 4.7299
Avg (commenters): 5.5152
Avg (participants): 4.6408
Avg (non-participants): 4.9130
Views since voting: 828
Votes: 211
Comments: 34
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04/16/2003 11:04:13 PM
What I like most about this photograph is the subject matter. "Color" is certainly the first thing that comes to mind so you've certainly met the challenge. ("Garish" happens to be the second thing that comes to my mind!) I'm glad you found this subject and that you shared it with us.

Some ways to improve the photograph ... first, as many people have mentioned, try to turn off the date feature of your camera or compose your pictures so that you can eliminate the date when you crop and resize the picture. (I assume that you've got the date format set to European format of day-month-year.) If you have trouble doing this, I'm sure that asking a "how-to" in the forums would quickly find an answer from others who have the same camera.

Next, cut down the exposure some so that the picture, overall, is slightly darker. I think this would have brought the colors out even better and kept some of the areas from being pure white when we should be seeing detail. Although it's hard to say without having been there myself, a vertical format might have worked better in order to include the chimney and to eliminate the distractions to each side of the house. I would also have tried to shoot this straight-on although architectural photography is quite difficult with SLR cameras.

Finally, although it isn't always possible to choose the time of day when we get our best shots, I would have tried this either early morning or late evening. Can't say that it would have improved it but the generally warmer lighting found at those times might have helped.

Looks like you're fairly new to DPChallenge so I'll just add a "Welcome" and I hope to see more photographs from you in the future.

Regards ... from the Critique Club,

Bob Mahan
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2003 02:39:22 PM
interesting, not my particular taste in house colors, but interesting none-the-less. i think your date is set wrong on your camera. this is only April, not May.
04/13/2003 01:05:27 AM
did you alter the colors or is that real? hehe
04/13/2003 12:42:46 AM
That's quite a house. Who lives there, the Gingerbread man?
04/12/2003 10:04:29 PM
What an interesting house. Nice picture. Is that the date you took the picture in the lower right hand corner?
04/12/2003 08:54:41 AM
oh, my word! who ever lives here must be a very happy soul! LOL
First tip: turn off the date stamp on your camera. I think most cams can turn that off... see if yours can.... if not.. frame your subject so that you can crop it out.
04/11/2003 01:39:54 PM
good job, nice colors
04/11/2003 01:31:15 PM
Wow! That is a really colorful house.
04/11/2003 11:47:03 AM
This picture looks like it came directly out of the camera with no post work. I would have cropped out the rest of the neighborhood as much as I could to have the colorful house fill the whole picture. Then worked on brightness/contrast and sauration to bring out the colors better. The top of the house appears slightly washed out. Also, would be best to turn off the date print on your camera. Very interesting and colorful house. Good subject matter for the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/10/2003 04:50:42 PM
How would you like to live nextdoor to that? Wow!! You have definitely met the challenge with this photo!! I do have to deduct for the fact that the house is crooked and that you have left a date stamp on it - very unattractive.
04/10/2003 10:53:33 AM
I don't know how anyone could paint their house like this! But for you it was a good find, good one!!! The date at the bottom is a little bothersome though - Gary.
04/09/2003 05:56:52 PM
A Wagner Power Sprayer would work wonders .....lol
04/09/2003 01:43:47 PM
good job
04/09/2003 11:05:17 AM
Great house
04/09/2003 10:28:35 AM
Wow that's a cool house. I wish it were more straight on. Nice work!
04/09/2003 10:26:54 AM
very nice
04/08/2003 03:29:53 PM
Good colors. An ugly house, but good colors.
04/08/2003 03:08:24 PM
Awesome! Where is this at?
04/08/2003 03:00:20 AM
There are several problems with this image: it is too bright; the date on the bottom is a big no-no; it should be cropped to show only the house and not the distracting irrelevant background; and the photo should have been taken in front of the stairs so that all horizontal lines of the house are parallel, unless you are trying to achieve a photo with more of a perspective view on the house. Good choice for colour though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/08/2003 01:22:01 AM
Not a bad image, but the overexposure and especially the date in the lower right catch my attention....did you have the date on purposely? To me it really gets in the way
04/08/2003 01:01:37 AM
Is that color real???
04/07/2003 09:48:45 PM
This is a cool picture, I canít believe someone painted their house like this! I do, however, find some of the lines to be disturbing. Particularly the way the fence appears to be at a slant with respect to the awning over the patio. It might have been better to crop away the bottom part of the picture to avoid this. The top part of the house and the roof appear to be blown out also which detracts from the photo. If you use a little negative exposure compensation you can prevent this. Slightly underexposing the picture should also bring out the colors more. Compositionally I would rather see the house not smack in the middle of the picture and I would like to see more sky about the house. I find it uncomfortable that the chimney is cut off. Finally, I would strongly recommend turning off the date-stamp function for challenge pictures. This is a very good picture for the challenge and with a little more work it could score very well. As it is now I gave it a 3.

  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/07/2003 08:04:22 PM
Wow, lots and lots of color in this photograph. composition is good. Certainly meets the challenge. You should remove your date from the photograph though, it spoils it tremendously and in MHO you\'re going to lose points. Lighting is okay, what can you do in natural daylight? Visual impact is interesting to say the least with all the colors and all. Good luck in the Challenge. (when cropping, could you not have cropped off the telphone poles on the left hand side, and you cut off the chimney too close?)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/07/2003 07:40:45 PM
Cool house, I love the colors!! One thing is it's tilted to the left.
04/07/2003 06:37:28 PM
this is unbelievable, what a great find! something is going on the porch roof - is it noise? result of re-sizing maybe? i still love this picture - 8
04/07/2003 06:30:26 PM
seems a little dull. could be a little brighter.
04/07/2003 02:35:34 PM
wow, I hope that's not your neighbour's house. ;) It looks like a runaway from a candy shop!
04/07/2003 01:15:35 PM
Ain't that America somethin' to
see baby Ain't that America home of the free Little pink houses for you and me ... Oh yeh. lol
Great find.
04/07/2003 09:34:19 AM
yep i would say thats alot of color
04/07/2003 07:48:32 AM
A very colorful person lives here I am sure, lol beautiful 8
04/07/2003 07:10:10 AM
Does someone actually live here? Are they blind?
04/07/2003 03:19:35 AM
And you didn't photoshop these houses? Cool! The date on the bottom right is very distracting.
04/07/2003 02:46:12 AM
I would cry if this house was in my neighborhood.

Can you take the datestamp off your photos? It's pretty distracting.
04/07/2003 01:53:36 AM
where was this taken?

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