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Intense Fretting

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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Location: Home, UK
Date: Sep 3, 2005
Aperture: 8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 15
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005

Colour balance, Tripod, desaturate and high contrast.

Place: 217 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.1983
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.5281
Views since voting: 611
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 237
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/17/2005 10:41:39 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

Unusual viewpoint and very close presentation are the strong points of this composition. Weaknesses are the very blown area on the lower right, underneath the neck of the guitar. Less troublesome are the soft blurry objects visible in the upper left. The angle of attack is interesting, as the guitar strings and fret bars make interesting intersecting lines throughout the photo. The way the strings converge in the upper righthand corner is attractive and gives the photo a well balanced feel.

My two chief complaints are the shallow depth of field and the reflective glare left by the position of the light source. The shallow dof leaves only the center portion of a few strings sharply focused near the center of the photo; everything closer or farther away is blurred. This would not be a bad thing in many photos where, for instance, there is an object of interest at the focal plane which the shallow dof can lead the eye to. I think this subject needs a greater dof, accomplished by jacking the f-stop as small as possible, or more ideally, backing the camera off a little and using the greatest available zoom to macro in on your composition. Keeping the fret-boards, wood-grain, and strings in the sharpest focus possible would have given this photo a lot of zing, IMO. Lighting a subject like this is tricky. Usually, diffuse sources are best; softboxes, or bright lights behind a sheet, or reflected off a white board/wall/ceiling, etc.

The result you've achieved with this photo does have a very high contrast appearance, but the various elements have a haphazard feel and probably don't present enough initial visual appeal to make the average voter stop and stare. Your score of nearly 5.2 is around average, but probably left you feeling a bit frustrated. The voters who bothered to comment generally liked your photo (though some mentioned some of the points I've raised), but you probably got a lot of quick "vote 5 and move on" responses.

Keep working on the composition and technical elements. You've clearly got a good eye. I enjoyed studying your photo for this critique!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 06:25:12 PM
Some good contrast and nice point of view.
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09/10/2005 08:50:48 AM
Nice shot. I like the lines, and the tonal range. I would prefer to see the focus slightly further from the lens. 9.
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09/10/2005 01:25:20 AM
Nice angle, good lines.
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09/09/2005 12:44:02 AM
Definitely a nice black-white tonal range, though the blown out white is a tad distracting. The subject has some good lines which help add interest and it seems to meet the challenge to me. I'm not entirely inspired by the subject matter, and I would personally prefer a wider focal range. That said I think its a good example of high contrast. I gave a 6.
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09/08/2005 10:21:27 AM
This is a nice shot, but a greater DOF may have worked better. All the strings being out of focus distracts me a bit. I like the look of the wooden frets.
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09/06/2005 10:12:03 PM
Definitely like it. I enjoy seeing photos like these; macros of objects, in B&W. Instant favorite.
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09/06/2005 10:08:29 PM
Ahhh very classic picture of guitar. Well done but not one of my favorite in this challenge.
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09/05/2005 01:57:25 PM
very nice work...9
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