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Cozy Garbage
Cozy Garbage

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Challenge: Garbage II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 3800
Location: Florida
Date: Nov 4, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/147
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2005

brightness/contrast, clarified, cropped, small frame added.

Place: 197 out of 212
Avg (all users): 4.1946
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 3.9674
Avg (non-participants): 4.3212
Views since voting: 1080
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 257
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/12/2006 08:03:26 PM
Poorly focused. Unappealing box springs the dog is laying on - might consider covering it with something more attractive next time
11/17/2005 04:44:04 PM
Thank you lynn. I know the angle could have been better. I really did very little editing to this photo and didn't even take it for this challenge. Just did a contrast touch I think. I really entered it last minute since it was in the time frame, but thanks for the input. Now I am going to look up the word "juxtaposition". LOL....

11/17/2005 02:24:17 PM
I rated it lower because it looked like the dog was lying on a mover's blanket and the lack of shadow detail in the exposure, particularly around the dog's eye. I rated it higher because the background objects contributed to the concept of garbage lying about out of focus because of the well-chosen depth of field, and I liked the juxtaposition of it with the healthy flowers. The tones of the blurred foliage adds a painterly touch. An angle that would have shown the depth of the mattress would have significantly impacted my scoring.
11/17/2005 12:02:40 AM
nshapiro, thank you for the comment. I do understand the angle could have been better. This is why I had so many I know look at it before I entered it, and without saying anything but that I was entering it in a garbage theme, they got it and loved the idea. So many got it while voting too, so it is a bit odd to me that these questions would occur on that basis alone. But, I think you da bomb!! And thanks for stopping by to comment after the contest was over. You know I am not one for comments at all on photos if you have read my comments about that elsewhere :) But gosh, I wish those that were bagged didn't ask questions I couldn't answer! See you again soon, I'm sure!!
11/16/2005 08:43:18 PM
Rose, I had trouble seeing it too. The problem is that you can't see the depth of the box spring; it almost looks like a blanket has been spread out. It would never cross my mind that the bumps were springs--a blanket on the ground also has bumps from whatever it's on. I think the moral of the story is that, generally, the focal point of the shot should be what cues you to the challenge topic. I've learned that lesson here a time or two myself!
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11/16/2005 12:17:51 AM
WOW, what a WIDE range of scores here! Ok, let me EXPLAIN this to others. The dog's name is not Garbage. LOL...I nearly split a gut when I read those comments because the actual garbage is taking up over 1/4 of the photo. The "garbage" is the old box spring he is laying on.

Since this question was asked several times, I guess this angle was not the best. I thought everyone would be able to easily see this is a box spring, outside, since you can see grass and weeds around it. Obviously no normally clean person just lies their box spring outside. I never dreamed some would not see the garbage in this photo.

I was riding the neighborhood and really was just taking pics of this dog. When he laid on the box spring I took a few shots, but at the time I really thought the box spring took away from the shot. When I realized it was actual "garbage" and good for this contest, and in the time frame, I decided it was not just garbage but it would be cute with the dog in it.

Sorry some of you had trouble. Getting a couple of 10's and a 9, and a wide range of votes above average was a nice surprise. It amazes me how about 1/2 got it and 1/2 did not. :)

Thanks for voting! I just wish more got it than 1/2.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/15/2005 10:47:11 PM
The mat looks too good or too nicely laid out for garbage, or is "Garbage" the name of the dog?
11/13/2005 12:58:05 PM
What a cutie of a dog! For me, it doesn't say garbage as well as other entries, but maybe because I love animals so much and this one really does look sweet. I like the white in the background as it helps move my eyes from the dog to the back of your photo.
11/11/2005 01:15:10 PM
Nice idea, the dog could been in better focus.
11/10/2005 06:59:00 PM
such a sweet shot of that puppy dog! nicely composed, like the softness.
11/10/2005 10:08:24 AM
cute doggie - i don't see much of garbage in this - I assume the doggie is laying on an old box spring - which would make this meet the challenge, - it's not very obviuos though - good luck :)
11/09/2005 11:26:17 PM
it's hard to see what the garbage is in this situation. is it the stuff behind the dog, or the tarp it's lying on? the shot is nice, if a bit underexposed.
11/09/2005 08:57:55 AM
Where is the garbage? Is it the dog's name??

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