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2nd Day of Spring in Chicago
2nd Day of Spring in Chicago

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Challenge: Weather (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix A303
Location: Downers Grove, il
Date: Apr 8, 2003
Aperture: f/2.9 (3.10)
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/256 sec (8.0)
Galleries: Cityscape, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2003

This picture was take on april 8th from my apartment window. I have resized the image from
2048 x 1536 pixels to 640x 480 pixels

Place: 221 out of 226
Avg (all users): 3.6092
Avg (commenters): 3.8571
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Avg (non-participants): 3.6404
Views since voting: 1127
Votes: 238
Comments: 8
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04/25/2003 05:28:46 PM
Greetings from the Critque Club!

I concur with all of the comliments below!

In this image, I see, first and foremost, a car with a light blanket of snow, but only on the windshield. I am directed there by its being the only pure white thing in the photo. The rule of thirds, used well here, is used perfectly, and the scene retains its natural qualities. This is almost a still life that has many elements that give it interest and tell a story. Though the challenge is weather, and that is what is most apparent here, I infer from the clues in the photo that it is actually about Chicago itself.

We have some interesting geometric lines going on from the sidewalk to the yellow lines of the parking lot, and you've given us a snapshot of sorts by including the window frame on the left (or is that a building?) which makes it look like you had to shoot fast, or this scene of Chicago life would pass by quickly--good technique, though subtle. The inclusion of the garbage can is also a wonderful detail.

The mood is sombre and almost scientific, but not quite. Like I said before, there is a story being told here. Perhaps you will be driving the car soon and this photo implies a kind of relaxed, resigned dread. The drama is appropriately low, and your soft lines and focus enhance this feeling.

To improve the image, you might try enhancing the drama, even though it appears you want things to be low key. If so, then be low key enthusiastically! Perhaps different light, or a more dramatic point of view--even to the including of more wall/window frame on the left to give a sense of urgency would work. Think of your communication goals with the image, and then ask yourself how to really make this communication clear and dramatic, even if the drama consists of resignedness or cool, scientific interest.

A few voters below mentioned that the image was uninteresting, but I disagree. However, the things that work well for this very complex photo are not to be extracted or understood with a cursory glance, yet that is what most voters here at DPC give images.

In sum, I like this photo, and you should too. It is complex, whether you meant it to be or not, and the comlex elements work well. I'm sure that more people would appreciate a more "exciting" look or feel or mood, but that choice is ultimately up to you.

I hope to see more of your excellent work in the future!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/18/2003 07:10:13 AM
ChiTown!!! ;D
04/17/2003 01:57:06 PM
Creative idea for the concept, but this doesn 't make for a very interesting photo.
04/16/2003 10:50:09 PM
i think this would have been better if you cropped it better.. the wall and dumpster and other car detracts from i.. should have cropped it just so the car shows as well as the parking lot
04/15/2003 04:54:10 PM
Sorry, kinda boring.. Although the garbage dumpster, front bumper of car up top, and window frame on left are nice touches!
04/15/2003 01:59:14 PM
A most uninteresting photo. You should have put more time in it; at least you could have gotten out of the building.
04/15/2003 06:19:13 AM
Don't worry spring will get to you too :-) Good idea for a weather shot here. The pole or frame at the left is a little disturbing though, I would have either cropped it out or leaned more to the right to take the shot.
04/14/2003 02:54:16 PM
<lol> I spent two years there. That's how it is too. Now if you could show the wind coming off the lake....<g> Good shot.

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