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A repair joint where cyclists' wheels call home
A repair joint where cyclists' wheels call home

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Home Sweet Home (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon Digital IXUS V
Location: Beijing
Date: May 26, 2003
ISO: 400
Galleries: Urban, Candid
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2003

Home of the cyclists in urban Beijing, taken from a van while caught in a traffic light at night

Place: 145 out of 175
Avg (all users): 4.4047
Avg (commenters): 5.5833
Avg (participants): 4.1856
Avg (non-participants): 4.5847
Views since voting: 907
Votes: 215
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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06/13/2003 02:35:28 AM
Must express sincere appreciation to all who commented on it, particularly Karmat of the Critique Club for the time spent on sharing valuable viewpoints. Needless to say, I benefitted a great deal from all the opinions and hope to be able to improve upon my future picture taking - the new hobby.

Again, thanks and best wishes to Karmat and 13 others whose names are herein.

06/10/2003 11:14:42 PM
by karmat

I really like how the light shining on the tire grabs the viewers attention, and then, looking around, the viewer sees that everyone in the picture is looking at the same spot. I like the "slice of life' that you have captured in this.

I know that there wasn't a lot you could control in this shot, so considering the attempt, I think you did very well. I will try to comment/suggest things that are independent of your shooting situation. It is a bit noisy, which is probably due to the high ISO. NEATIMAGE, used very carefully, might take some of that out. Also, I find myself looking at the pole. Perhaps a crop or framing so that it is not included would help the attention rest on the people more. Such a crop would also eliminate the bright lights on the left.

As far as meeting the challenge, I could see how it met, but judging from some of your comments, several of the voters must have thought it too much a stretch. Sorry about that. Frankly, I don't think it is just a "jump up and grab my attention and make me stare at it for ages" photo, but it is a neat "this is what happens here day to day" kind of shot.

Best to you in future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2003 09:22:21 PM
Nice job on the lighting...
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06/03/2003 04:45:27 PM
I like the spot light on the wheel. It makes the wheel the unmistakable focal pint of the picture.
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06/03/2003 02:40:48 PM
Could be home, but doesn't look too sweet :-(
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06/03/2003 01:37:43 PM
Nice image, but the lighting is too dark and grainy.
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06/02/2003 08:32:29 PM
the lighting is really interesting on this, as is the fact that everyone seems so captivated by the repair.
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05/30/2003 04:23:21 PM
I like the story the picture tells and the light on the wheel, but the majority of the picture is just too dark for me. Or maybe I'm going blind.
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05/29/2003 10:24:56 PM
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05/29/2003 04:07:29 PM
5. Fits the theme well enough, and there are no blatant 'you suck!' flaws to it, but neither does it really grab me for any reason at all. For reasons of composition, cropping, or subject choice, it's just a photo, and doesn't do especially much for me, aesthetically.

The deeply-saturated color everywhere but in the flashlight beam makes the rest of the image recede, blending into itself muddily, and what's framed in the white light isn't compositionally coherent. Maybe a little more post-camera tweaking to adjust the color/contrast might have made it pop more.
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05/28/2003 11:25:45 PM
May I suggest I syntactically correct title: "A Repair Joint Cyclists' WheelsCall Home". Still, a complex title...

The light, except for the flashlight near the wheel, is too unnaturally red. Otherwise, this could be a reasonable study, given the attention of the onlookers.
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05/28/2003 08:57:45 PM
An interesting shot, but the link to the theme seems rather stretched.
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05/28/2003 02:09:04 PM
The overall photo is too dark for me to tell what I'm looking at.
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05/28/2003 04:58:56 AM
very nice use of different lighting mix. gotta love this shot.
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05/28/2003 02:00:01 AM
Good subject, bad lighting. I always love people shots but the lighting could have been so much better for this one.
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