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Delicate Habits
Delicate Habits

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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Mexico City
Date: Oct 24, 2005
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.6
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005


Place: 166 out of 279
Avg (all users): 4.9298
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 4.8272
Avg (non-participants): 4.9864
Views since voting: 893
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 228
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/05/2005 03:04:14 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

This is your entry into the Delicate challenge and at first I had to smile as I have been trying to quit those evil things!

You haven't included any information or editing details with this image, so I will have to try and guess what steps you may have taken to get the finished result. To start I think you have cropped this quite tightly and used side lighting plus an on camera flash? The side lighting has created a long pale shadow on your background. This does not detract from the overall effect though. The side lighting appears to be a table lamp or similar as it has given the image a 'nicotine stained' brown tint. Focusing is bang on with good DOF. A very good technical image.

The tight crop cuts out any blank or negative space. Although some will say the backgrund is dark, I think it fits the theme here. The eye is lead around the photo.

A harsh, ironic look at one of the worse habits many have, and treated in a humorous way. The focus is excellent, but the one thing that jars for me is the shadow under the skull. The cigarette packet is a neat twist as I assume the name 'Delicados' means delicate...not a very apt name for something that can kill you in the most painful ways!! Most voters would miss such a subtle hint as to the title and I think this could possibly have accounted for the under 5 score. I would put it in the 6 to 7 bracket. I hope this is helpful and constructive.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 07:44:38 PM
ahh, nice one, sarconism.. I like it
10/29/2005 07:28:15 PM
extra point for humour
10/29/2005 03:50:49 AM
Hey these habits i must say are just not DELICATE!!!!
10/28/2005 11:00:52 PM
thank you for not centering the objects. nice lighting. the background appears a bit darker than white but this may have been intended. it works well with the theme.
10/28/2005 02:12:27 AM
perfect picture. 10
10/27/2005 03:39:27 PM
I bet Phillip Morris hates you :)
10/27/2005 12:52:50 PM
it's scary.
i didn't like
10/27/2005 04:38:03 AM
Wow this is a very good picture. It sends an interesting message. The picture is very clear and sends out a good message that smoking is a habit. And how the skull simbolyzes that life is delicate. That is Brilliant! I understand your message but others may not. Next time, maybe try something easier, simpler. Otherwise than that, AWESOME PICTURE!
10/26/2005 04:36:14 PM
Clever interpretation
10/26/2005 12:04:27 PM
liked the irony in this picture..
10/26/2005 05:40:18 AM
Yeah! Very funny idea!
10/26/2005 01:56:18 AM
That reminds me....I need to give those things away.

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