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Life Through Aged Eyes
Life Through Aged Eyes

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Challenge: Darkness (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus D-580Z / X-400
Location: Home
Date: Jun 14, 2005
Aperture: F5.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2005

This is my interpretation of what those going blind due to age see. I cannot think of a much darker event than losing all the color and definition, not to mention beauty in life and being unable to do anything about it.

I think it represents darkness especially as it is someone who can and has obviously been able to see somethings previously, so their loss of sight is keener than perhaps one who has never had sight before. Like a long dark cover being pulled over their vision..

I do not doubt that people will assume it is just a happenstanced blurry photograph with no thought behind it, but it was intentionally composed the way it was and frankly, I like it. I wanted to give a blurred/out of focus image, devoid of color but with a hint of some definition as if the person with the old eyes could identify the shadowy shape of a person, but not much else.


6-14-05 #6

Place: 324 out of 373
Avg (all users): 4.1720
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 4.2800
Avg (non-participants): 4.1005
Views since voting: 690
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 314
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2005 09:16:33 PM
I see what you were going for here, but it doesn't work for me. Would like to have a tad more focus to make out the figures a bit more. Just my opinion though.
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06/20/2005 11:19:12 PM
2nd pass to make comments...great take on the challenge. i dont usually care for noise in a photo but in this case it adds to the image. excellent use of B&W.*9* voted a 10 for above reasons and a bump for creativity
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06/20/2005 11:05:00 AM
Concept for the challenge is good but the composition might not make it with the voters. Good full range of tone from black to white.

Excessively and purposely grainy images typically do not do well at DPC. That is because voters tend to think that is done more so to mask poor quality image than to make an artistic statement in an abstract way.

It won't be because voters do not "get it" but rather that they do not feel that you put much effort into the composition and that it is not 'true' high quality that they give it a lower score.
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06/18/2005 10:54:46 PM
Nice concept. Hope you don't speak from experience.
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06/17/2005 10:22:20 AM
i like the idea.....but without the title it mean little
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06/17/2005 07:06:33 AM
I understand the blur here, but it is also very grainy. As an image depicting blindness it does a good job but the image needs more smoothing to take away the grain.
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06/16/2005 10:16:07 PM
a great abstract. 8
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06/16/2005 10:05:01 PM
Love the idea - straining to make out what the camera's looking at - but that's the idea of course. As an avid reader this conveys darkness to me;)
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06/16/2005 08:55:44 PM
The sharp border servers to emphasis the blurriness of the photo - well done. 8
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06/16/2005 06:17:32 PM
I'm sorry, but this didn't move me at all.
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06/16/2005 05:18:41 PM
I think the idea behind this photo is great. I do think that if the subject were more recognizable (it took me a minute to realize that it was likely your reflection in some surface) that the photo would be more effective. You earn points for being creative, though - this is one angle I haven't seen till now in my voting. :)
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06/16/2005 03:27:39 PM
I can relate to that, and my eyes are only middle aged. Wouldn't mean anything without the title. I'll give you points for meeting the challenge.
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06/16/2005 09:01:10 AM
This is interesting....made me stop and think....a different way to approach the subject of darkness
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06/15/2005 10:46:13 AM
I really like this! What an awesome idea. Well executed!
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06/15/2005 08:09:13 AM
I get it!! Bumping up!
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06/15/2005 04:15:37 AM
I like the concept but you should not need to rely on the title, maybe an eye shaped border or some way to convey the title through the photo would help. My 2c worth ... 5
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