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Scratched Surface
Scratched Surface

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Challenge: Reflections Without Mirrors II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Memorial Park
Date: Oct 18, 2005
Aperture: 6.7
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2005


Place: 56 out of 371
Avg (all users): 5.9094
Avg (commenters): 6.6154
Avg (participants): 5.5943
Avg (non-participants): 6.0939
Views since voting: 882
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 287
Comments: 15
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11/04/2005 01:13:12 AM
thanks! the lines are actually a bit of a mystery for me too; the general concensus here at school is that it was probably waves in the pool, however weird that seems to be over a 20 second exposure time. thanks, Brian!
11/02/2005 10:59:11 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club! :)

Technical Aspects:
From a technical standpoint I think the shot is well done. You have a great contrast between your lights and darks, which is the key in B&W photography and often hard to get.

You did a great job capturing the light poles without letting them overpower and blow-out the shot. They add a nice mood to the photograph.

The image is nice and sharp and it looks like you used a longer shutter speed (you have ‘20’, is that 20 seconds?) which gives the water and the picture an overall ‘smooth’ feel.

Artistic Aspects:
Artistically this photo really tells a story for me. I’m drawn into the image for some reason and it captivates me. And makes me wonder what those lines in the water (?) are.

The mood set by the black and white plays out much better than the color version would have. Good decision to go with b&w

The only issue that I had with the shot was it didn’t really capture the reflection aspect of the Challenge as much as I would like.

The bland rock in the foreground is a bit of a distraction that pulls attention away from the wonderful play of light and dark in the center and it sits in the way of the reflection for which the image was entered.

I would love to have seen the reflection a bit more the focus since that was the aim of the challenge.


This was one of my favorite images from the challenge. A good black & white composition is a difficult shot and I think you pulled it off masterfully! The two downfalls: that darn rock and I had to look back at the challenge title to be reminded of what it was entered for, the reflection was not the first thing that grabbed my attention. Taken apart from the challenge, the image stands up well on its own. Well done!

And what ARE those streaks?....

- Brian

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/25/2005 05:38:21 PM
love how this photo feels.
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10/25/2005 04:09:04 PM
Good iimage.
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10/24/2005 03:21:34 PM
Very nice choice for b&w - good contrast and interesting composition.
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10/23/2005 10:35:26 PM
I really really like this love the black and white and lighting - great capture :)
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10/23/2005 03:53:09 PM
Very nice picture with extreem contrast. I am a little confused as to the source of the scratches. That looks like water... so, Is it your lense/filter? To me it is a bit distracting, but I otherwise love this picture.
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10/23/2005 12:19:40 PM
great contrast
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10/20/2005 11:33:59 PM
The reflection draws less attention for me then the setting around it. More focus on the reflection would make this an excellent photograph for me.
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10/20/2005 10:22:19 AM
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10/20/2005 03:46:37 AM
GREAT!!! 9
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10/19/2005 09:05:26 PM
It reminds me of a model train village... slightly unreal.... Neat shot. What made the scratches????
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10/19/2005 08:42:44 PM
Oh this is really good. It reminds me of a movie set with the set lights left on. With no people, you almost wonder if it isn't a miniature or something. Hmmm - interesting.
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10/19/2005 05:00:15 PM
what created the lines in the reflections?
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10/19/2005 07:16:46 AM
is ice where you live ?
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