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Challenge: Dead End (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: Home
Date: Nov 4, 2005
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 4, 2005


Place: 51 out of 173
Avg (all users): 5.7828
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.6316
Avg (non-participants): 5.9223
Views since voting: 716
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 198
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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11/18/2005 02:06:43 PM
Hello from the Critique Club

Well done on a great image. This is a well put together image that fits the theme as several commentators have said. The lighting is great, the background is clear and the lighting is well done, particularly the warm glow below the bottle.

Why did such a good image not perform better in the contest?

The multiple reflections are an obvious potential issue. I'm sure some people liked them while others did not. My overall feel is that the image is a bit too cluttered. I'm not sure the cork top adds much to the overall effect (in itself, it's not really an object of beauty) and yet it's quite intrusive in the foreground. Further experimenting with lighting, maybe more side-lighting with the creation of some darker shadows, would have given this a different mood.

As matters of detail, the glass is not a whiskey glass and the liquid in the glass is a different colour to the liquid in the bottle. These are not major points but would probably matter if you were submitting this for stock or something similar.

I suspect that the reason this did not do better is that, while being a very clean, well-executed image, it lacks something to give it an emotional punch as soon as people look at it (for instance, the stronger lighting as suggested above). It's almost too clean - nearly sterile. That may be part of the objective here as you don't want to romanticise drinking in the context of this challenge. But I suspect that this may have held it back leading commentators to say 'nice image' rather than 'WOW'.

Overall a great image which probably should have scored higher.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/13/2005 01:02:33 PM
The clarity here is fantastic. Nice lighting. 9
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11/12/2005 06:50:13 PM
Very well captured image. The bottle neck almost pops out of the photo. Good composition and great lighting!
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11/12/2005 09:08:12 AM
nice exposure.
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11/11/2005 09:58:57 PM
nicely photographed
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11/11/2005 11:14:59 AM
If you're making the point that alcohol(ism) is a dead end, this isn't the picture to do it. It's very classy - I really want some Scotch right now. I like the arrangement and lighting; the half-glass is a nice touch.
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11/11/2005 02:15:48 AM
Technically a good photo and fits the challenge well. 9.
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11/10/2005 08:24:32 PM
Nice. Very clear
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11/08/2005 11:34:49 PM
Nice photo
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11/08/2005 12:07:07 PM
Nice composition, lighting and focus. A good picture, but it does not really give me any feeling of reaching the end even with the fallen bottle.
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11/07/2005 04:37:41 PM
Good job with the reflective surfaces. Nice balance to the still life composition. Lighting is nice. 7
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11/07/2005 12:22:16 PM
Nice photo portraying a depressing theme. The glass looks great.
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