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Challenge: Construction (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A75
Location: Festival of the Arts Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Date: Jun 5, 2005
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/1000 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Sky
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2005

I just liked how the Street Light echoed the Crane and Lamppost.

Place: 223 out of 305
Avg (all users): 4.7376
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.7742
Avg (non-participants): 4.7089
Views since voting: 975
Views during voting: 365
Votes: 282
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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06/15/2005 05:27:25 AM
The image is interesting, but IMO falls a little betwen stools. I like the repetition of angles in the roof and the crane, but to effectively featured that repetition as a central element, I would have included nothing but the roof and crane in the shot: the rest of the foreground clutters that part of the image. This may have been impractical (you would have had to have used a different shooting angle - I think probably by getting higher and closer to the roof line. To create a more general image (not focussing solely on the repeated angles), the foreground needs to be better exposed and add interest to the shot. This might easiest be done using the curves tool in PS (enabling you to lighten the dark areas without over exposing the bright areas).

The LHS of the image appears to add little to the photo and the crane is quite central (not always a good thing) - I would have played around with the composition a bit by cropping the photo in various ways to see if I could have improved it.

Overall, the idea is good, but the technical side (underexposing the foreground) and composition (not focussing hard on the interesting element (the angles), and/or leaving too much in the cluttered foreground) move this into the middle to low middle scores for me.

Hope this helps explain one viewpoint! Good luck in the future.
06/15/2005 05:14:34 AM
I have a kitten named Yoda...

Feels too busy, and flat. My eyes are searching for a subject in the image. The crane is right there, but there's too much competition. The yellow light box that obscures a part of the crane, the light fixtures on the right side, etc. The striped, sloped tent makes a nice counter point to the angling of the crane, but the stripes don't quite work. I'd reckon crop in closer to the crane itself, highlight it as a singular object. I actually think there's something interesting that could be done with the triangular black overhanging shape, as well.
06/15/2005 05:04:13 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone. I know the shot was far from perfect, so thanks to everyone that gave me feedback on what they liked or didn't like about it. :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/14/2005 10:49:36 PM
Good composition by taking advantage of the overhang to add interest. Bumping up.
06/14/2005 10:42:32 AM
I think it's a little under exposed...
06/10/2005 07:17:04 PM
Nice Shot.
06/10/2005 04:25:08 PM
Fairly well composed and nice framework with the dark trees and the roof. The red and white striped roof at the bottom is a subtracts from the photo IMO.
06/09/2005 04:33:19 PM
nice lines and natural framing.
06/08/2005 01:10:08 PM
06/08/2005 10:32:28 AM
A little dark in the detail.

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