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Delicate Music of the Bells
Delicate Music of the Bells

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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Plantersville, Texas USA
Date: Oct 22, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Performance, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005

Taken at the Renaissance Festival, Houston, Texas. This is the 5,000 pound carillon (sp)Cast in Bronze.

Place: 230 out of 279
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Avg (commenters): 4.0000
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Views since voting: 754
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Votes: 237
Comments: 7
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11/05/2005 01:52:44 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective - there are a lot of elements in this picture that by themselves could carry the image. It is very busy and somewhat distracting when viewing due to the odd angle of the shot and all that is going on with the wires. A tighter crop on just the bells would have made a good subject; a different perspective to eliminate all the cables perhaps; a different angle of the camera to 'straighten' the slant that appears to be part of the structure as opposed to your actual positioning. The image appears to be slightly out of focus which causes the eye to wander looking for a sharp part and there is none. The blank space above the frame is a distraction as well.

Lighting - this appears to be natural lighting only and that part of the structure is exposed to more light than the rest (left side) making the frame on the left very dark. Cropping that out may have helped. There are no strong reflections or flares/glares in the bells so you had good control on that aspect.

Color - there is a limited palette and that itself is very narrow. A boost in contrast may have helped to bring out the natural variances that exist in some of the bells as well as letting some of the textures on the bell tops to come through.

Challenge requirements - without the title I honestly would make no connection to 'Delicate' in this shot. All the elements of your subjects are hard surfaces and it is hard to make that soft/delicate. If we could hear the music perhaps, but we cannot. Also, the connection with your title, bells are by nature very hard and dynamic sounding. Especially ones meant to be heard from a distance.

Overall/my opinion - I honestly feel that a better effort could have been made here. The focus is the biggest distraction in the shot. The subject matter could have been presented in a much more pleasing fashion. The angle and busyness just make it difficult to 'relax' while viewing. (I have viewed your portfolio and can see that you are capable of a much better photograph...perhaps you were having a bad day.)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 02:17:53 PM
Interesting subject, but the composition seems a bit busy.
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10/30/2005 01:05:44 PM
Interesting but a little busy. Needs a bit of sharpening or so it seems. Just my opinion...
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10/28/2005 03:50:07 PM
This could have a bit more focus and contrast...
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10/27/2005 04:17:34 PM
This portrait could use a little more focus :)
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10/27/2005 04:02:08 PM
This is a little blurry.
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10/26/2005 02:29:31 AM
In my honest opinion this could have been a much better photo, I feel that there are quite a few things that could be improved. First of all I am having issues with the focus... I can't tell whether it's bad focus, possibly poor lens quality, or extreme cropping, but either way, it's just not sharp. Also I think that the way it is set up leaves a lot to be desired, I think you might have been able to get a better angle on this subject... I do however like the blue and brown stripes at the top... I just maybe wish the bells took up more of the frame? All of the wires at the left take my eyes away...
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