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Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones

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Challenge: Perspective II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Cala Codolar , Ibiza
Date: Sep 9, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.1000
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 13, 2005

Little stones at Cala Codolar

Place: 92 out of 544
Avg (all users): 5.8593
Avg (commenters): 6.0769
Avg (participants): 5.7606
Avg (non-participants): 5.9752
Views since voting: 870
Views during voting: 373
Votes: 263
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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09/26/2005 10:36:01 PM
Hello, and greetings from the Critique Club. The critique you are about to recieve is tailored for DPC challenges alone, and is not intended to be seen as an artistic critique per se.

Initial Thoughts

Nice shot.. where did you find boulders like that?

Composition / Content

Compositionally, I'm not sure that having the stones so heavily on the one side works as well as having them more centered, in this case, would be. Something to try anyway. I love how you give the illusion that these really are huge boulders, when in fact they are little stones. Good job there. Another suggestion would be to shoot the stones from a higher angle, to eliminate the background. This would allow you to use the shadows more as an element.


I personally don't like the background here.. the dark line of the hills really distracts from your subject and the perspective. Also, the sky is very noisy, and that really hurts a DPC challenge entry.

Camera Work / Technical

Nice control of most of the technical aspects. A good exposure, nice depth of field, good focus. If you had a dSLR with more lens options, I'd suggest trying to shallow up the depth of field so that the last rock is just going out of focus, and the background totally out of focus, but I'm not sure how the F707 handles elements like that. You could experiment though. If you're unsure, depth of field is controlled by these aspects: focus distance to the subject, focal length (amount of zoom), and aperature. The closer you can focus to a subjet, the shallower the DOF. The more zoomed in you are, the shallower, and the larger the aperature, the shallower. So a combination of all three of these elements in different adjustments are what you can experiment with.

Digital Processing

No information given here, so I cannot comment on what you've done. I can however, point out that the noisy sky probably led to much lower scores, along with the darker spots. However, with perspective being an open challenge, there was nothing you could have done about the spots.

Fits the Challenge

Definitely fits, but could have been a little stronger with a couple of compositional and/or point of view changes to make the shot a little more dynamic and clean.

My Opinion of the Photo

An excellent idea, I love that you've convinced the viewer that these stones are much larger than they are, an excellent form of forced perspective. Although I don't like the background, it's a pretty good photograph, and got a deservingly high score. Good job, and good luck in future challenges.
09/21/2005 06:25:53 AM
Thanks everybody, the stone are really small about 20 to 30 cm each.I put them myself in this order. I"ll clone out the sky, looks better! Thanks for the comments.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2005 11:18:04 PM
nice perspective and cool idea nice lighting nice title
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09/20/2005 10:00:11 PM
What a collection. 7
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09/20/2005 09:54:40 PM
Pretty neat. After the challenge I would clone out some of those blotches in the sky.
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09/20/2005 05:26:43 PM
Interesting subject - great shadows - great choice for black and white!
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09/19/2005 08:51:49 PM
Are these pebbles, stones, rocks, or boulders.
Only the photgrapher knows. Good example of perspective
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09/19/2005 07:39:50 PM
really nnice shot, and ecxellent perspective. Good job!
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09/18/2005 08:07:05 PM
Beautifully captured and presented. An unusual subject which illustrates very well the notion of perspective. Where was this taken?
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09/18/2005 07:37:58 AM
In concert...
09/18/2005 01:38:23 AM
Very interesting! Like the BW and the contrast.
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09/17/2005 10:04:53 AM
Good Job! Nice image with good perspective. Like the shadows.
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09/15/2005 09:54:49 PM
dust spots are bit distracting
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09/15/2005 06:03:21 PM
Great perspective shit.. Clean your senor :)
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09/15/2005 11:37:14 AM
Your DOF seems to be a little off, maybe a smaller aperature. getting level with the subject was good. im not going to judge the noise in the picture because im not sure if you did it deliberatly or not, sometimes noise is good, but its the photographers choic,
good shot. 6
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09/14/2005 06:57:51 PM
Very interesting capture, great composition and nice shadows too. Sky seems to be a bit noisy and flat though.
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09/14/2005 10:42:22 AM
Very dramatic. Would have liked a brighter image, especially in the sky. I also see some spotting in the sky. When I have this problem, it is usually because my focus was off when I took the photo. Adjustments to settings include exposure compensation being + 1 or so, tripod, and maybe a different time of day.
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