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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-W1
Location: my friends bedroom
Date: Oct 23, 2005
Aperture: f 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005

i finally found use for my birthday present (the condom) from my cousin =P

Place: 254 out of 279
Avg (all users): 4.0730
Avg (commenters): 6.1250
Avg (participants): 3.7654
Avg (non-participants): 4.2368
Views since voting: 640
Views during voting: 386
Votes: 233
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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11/05/2005 11:42:46 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

The challenge was 'Delicate', you had to take a photo that conveyed your idea of delicate to the viewers and voters. Virginity, as in your title could be classed as delicate, however it doesn't work for me. Regardless of my opinion, let's discuss the photo.

Depth of field is good, it covers most of the items included in the setup. For on camera flash, everything has been exposed well, with no blown highlights. The condom packet looks to be of a reflective material and you did well not to bleach it out as it is the closest item to the camera, hence the flash. You have adhered to the Rule of Third and the use of portrait format was the right one for this photo. There is no information on any processing you did, so I would have to assume that there was minimal or none except for saving for web. Perhaps a little sharpening was used also.

Rule of Third used with portrait format. Composition is a bit too cluttered and it takes a bit of time to work out what was going on. An open and empty packet would have worked better IMO, unless of course the subject of the title remained intact.

Too busy, less items would have conveyed the message a lot quicker to the voters and hence your score would have been higher. Most voters do not spend much time trying to work out the message, they make a choice very quickly. The focus on the condom packet is spot on and the red underwear - 'G-string?' - is really eye catching and I hope that wasn't worn with the pink bra :) Not a bad attempt for a first challenge entry and I am sure you will move on and upwards from here. Try to keep your backgrounds as simple as possible, your lighting, focus and composition are fine. I hope this is helpful and constrcutive.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 06:45:20 PM
Very clever idea--yes, virginity (or the loss of) is definitely a very delicate subject. I like the concept, and I see you've put thought into the photo. It may be more effective though if you the photo simple...keep the prophylactic and maybe one or two articles of clothing but maybe a different (solid) background. Just a thought, but like I said, clever idea. Good luck to you!
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10/31/2005 04:30:35 PM
Good theme. A couple of feet peeking out from the edge of the covers would have really made the shot for me.
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10/28/2005 12:24:38 PM
Nice sense of humour here. Original idea. Would have been interesting to have the empty packet on the bed....!
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10/28/2005 03:41:43 AM
Honest truth, I don't like it.
10/28/2005 02:09:34 AM
Oh I'm sure your getting some good comments on this one! Nice job here. Good lighting, interesting shot that pulls the viewer in to see what's going on. 8
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10/27/2005 10:13:11 AM
Interesting message - certainly appropriate for the challenge theme, and clever at that.

The story is a bit muddled. It's evident that somebody is missing some clothes and something sexy is going on. But, did they or didn't they? If they did then tsk-tsk on them as the condom package is unopened. If they didn't then why are the clothes still there?

Point I'm trying to make in a VERY long-winded manner...the package should have been open and empty with the way this is currently setup. JMO of course. And something to indicate a man is present (discarded clothing - maybe a tie) would help also.

Technically the image is fine. The condom package is focal and positioned using ROT. Lighting and focus is right on.

Good luck in the challenge.
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10/26/2005 11:15:54 AM
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10/26/2005 12:44:02 AM
Haha...good take on the challenge. I like pictures that make me laugh....good work.
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