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Into The Rabbit Hole
Into The Rabbit Hole

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Challenge: What is the Matrix? (Classic Editing)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart C618
Location: Leeds, England
Date: May 20, 2003
Aperture: 3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: May 20, 2003

Will you take the blue pill...or the red?

Place: 54 out of 140
Avg (all users): 5.1168
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 5.2326
Avg (non-participants): 5.0391
Views since voting: 858
Votes: 214
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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06/01/2003 10:39:34 PM
Hi from the Critique Club, Greg!

I hope I can offer you some useful comments on your matrix entry.

Colour, Composition, Contrast:

You were in tough company with the number of red/blue pill shots, but yours was one of the more bold compositions because you included a person in it.

The skin tones here seem a bit red, perhaps due to underexposure? I'll touch on lighting below, but here I will say that I like the placement of your subject and the hands open with a pill in each palm. I wish the pills were more visible, however, as they seem to get lose in the shape of the forward hand, maybe if they were tipped downward just a little more to better present the pills to the viewer? I like the mood created by your composition, however. I would not alter it too much. :)

Focus and lighting:

Here is where I think your shot could have benefitted from a little more work. Its a bit dark, though I really like that one side of your subject is fading into the black. I would have preferred a little more light on the lit side. I like the reflections on the glasses too though, it adds some interest to the face.


This is a good shot that only needed a bit more lighting to bring out the expression of the shot! :)

Happy shooting, and keep submitting!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2003 09:56:09 PM
Looove the composition of this one. Wish the lighting on the pills was a bit better. Still, good job. 7 =-)
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05/27/2003 02:18:49 PM
nice high contrast image, i like how the subjects body dissappears into the black background, good work 5
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05/27/2003 02:41:09 AM
whoa. IMO this really needs some black level adjustment to make the background black instead of grey. it's a nice use of light and dark tho. fits the challenge well.
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05/25/2003 11:15:27 PM
Good image, good portrait in relation to the challenge. It might have been cool if you could have put just a bit more light on the hands to clearly show the red and blue pill significance but keeping the light on the face just as is. Overall i like the darkness and, much to my own loss in a prior submission, i do like dark images :) 8
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05/24/2003 09:56:54 PM
Nice lighting, just underexposed.
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05/23/2003 05:34:01 AM
05/22/2003 11:37:48 AM
The half shadow on the face is good, adds a nice mood, although the slight shine of the glass rim on the left appears in the shadow making it detached and thus distracting. I probably would have liked the shadow to be more centered down the face, or at least as far as removing the light flare on the left glass lens. In contrast, I think the hands and the pills needed more light. They are a little too dark and so do not stand out as well as they should seeing as they are the main focus - the choice. The mood is good, the composition is fine, I just feel the lighting could really bring out the best in the image.
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05/22/2003 02:03:42 AM
Good picture, nice lighting effect. I can't help but think that it's a little too dark on the left side of his face though. No matter, I still rated it high cause it's just good. :)
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05/21/2003 12:32:47 AM
good lighting, altough I wish the catchlights on the glasses were even
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