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Transparent Ripples
Transparent Ripples

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Challenge: Transparency II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus E-300 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital ED
Location: Home
Date: Oct 25, 2005
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Family, Water
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005


Place: 145 out of 155
Avg (all users): 4.5850
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 4.2143
Avg (non-participants): 4.8534
Views since voting: 934
Views during voting: 318
Votes: 200
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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11/12/2005 01:31:19 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

An unusual and eye-catching take on the challenge! At first glance you assume the person is underwater (cool!) but then it dawns that you've used a transparent dish of some type (still cool!). The comp is pretty straightforward, mostly centered, with a little perspective distortion and a lot of water distortion. The rippled distortions of the face are interesting and tend to draw attention to the center. The left elbow is chopped much more than the right, and the space at the top gives an overall unbalanced feel.

There are a couple of lighting issues that really weaken the photo IMO. First, the awful reflective glare at the bottom right, and scattered elsewhere, e.g., the forehead, are huge distractions and should have been avoided by more careful lighting and subject placement. The second issue is the white balance, which is off causing there to be no really white areas of the image that seem as though they ought to be white (bottom half of shirt). These are enough to decrease the appeal of a photo in a challenge alone. The profusion of bubbles didn't help you either. Rather than pouring water to achieve your rippled effect, I wonder if you had experimented with dropping drops or simply doing a little gentle sloshing with the container you had suspended over the subject? The bubbles pretty much overpower the ripples for me.

Decent visual impact upon initial look, but then the distracting elements begin to take their toll. You're final score of 4.85 most likely reflects the voters concluding as well that this was a photo lacking that punch or pop that DPC challenges seem to demand. Most of your commenters certainly seemed to appreciate your shot - as did I, but many mentioned the same problems I did. This is the type of shot that I believe has great potential if you have the patience to work out the kinks in setup and in post-processing. Eliminate the distractions, perfect the composition - simple and clean, make the colors pop, etc. Good attempt and please keep shooting!
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11/09/2005 06:29:41 PM
Wait a minute, isn't it a photograph underwater? If not, what is it then?
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/06/2005 11:29:10 PM
It's a tired idea, and quite honestly it's been done better before. The bubbles in the top right are distracting. Also, the thought of a kid trapped under water is really unsettling.
11/03/2005 10:45:30 AM
Neat shot!
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11/02/2005 12:04:31 PM
I'm not sure that the bubbles and the bright reflections really help the overall effect.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/31/2005 07:52:48 PM
wild! it looks like he's underwater in his bed!
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10/31/2005 07:48:20 PM
The good: creative.
To work on: 1) the top of the splash is cut off. 2) The reflections detract (use a polarizer), 3) The ripples just happened to distort the face a little too much (this is just a matter of repitition and picking the best one).
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10/31/2005 04:28:59 PM
there are some weird images in this challenge, and this is certainly one of them..
10/31/2005 08:15:59 AM
A freaky photo, but I like it. At first glance I thought maybe it was a photo that was underwater, but then I saw the fingers above his head. Well done.
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10/31/2005 04:08:18 AM
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10/31/2005 02:32:50 AM
Interesting fo' sho.
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