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Challenge: Collections (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak C300
Location: A friends house
Date: Nov 28, 2005
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100200
Shutter: 1/2300 sec.
Galleries: Snapshot, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 202 out of 210
Avg (all users): 2.7054
Avg (commenters): 2.5000
Avg (participants): 2.6118
Avg (non-participants): 2.7514
Views since voting: 1161
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 258
Comments: 39
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04/29/2007 01:48:18 AM
As the critique said, you got the resizing right! Sooo often people will enter a very tiny picture because they don't know better. So it really is a big deal that you did :-)
12/11/2005 12:42:18 AM
Critique Club checking in here!

Welcome to DPC! You have won the ever elusive Brown Ribbon (last place) on your very first entry! Hey, you got no place to go but up now!

By now i suppose you get the idea that the shot is out of focus, huh? If the data you entered is correct, 1/2300 is WAY fast for a shutter speed for 99.9% of things. perhaps 1/230? That might even be a bit fast for this subject matter.

Focus..this looks more like plain old out of focus, but being sooo dark I suspect that camera movement might be more to blame, the without an accurate shutter speed I cannot be sure. 1/2 second? That is too long to handhold for anyone, so use a tripod or more light to allow a faster shutter speed.

Dark - too dark, definitley underexposed. More light, higher ISO, wider aperture or slower shutter speed, or some combination of all of them is needed to fix this.

I see you in the spoons. Once you get past the basic technical stuff, this is the next fun part of photography - looking at more than just the subject (like the background, reflections in glasses, untucked shirts, etc). In this image you can be seen as a reflection in the spoons. Moving the camera to one side or the other would have helped. There is a light reflecting in most of the spoons as well creating hot spots that are not pretty to see. Shiny things are difficult to photograph well.

Hey, on the good side the white balance is good! The composition is rather static and boring. The spoon rest is at about 1/3 down form the top (good) but the spoons are not all in the pic (cut offf handles, bottoms, etc). The one tarnished spoon is very distracting, drawing my eye for what reason? It is just distracting.

I cannot really comment on your post production other than to say you got the resizing part done just fine, not something everyone gets on their first entry.

Again, welcome to DPC, feel free to ask in teh forums about anything, post pics for advice, etc.
12/10/2005 09:57:20 PM
Amy, wow this is really nice for a first entry into the DPC world of constructive critisism, lol. Keep trying, and take every comment given to you, and work it into your next work of art! I can't wait to see what you come up with next! you'll really learn to get a kick outa some of the things people say!
12/07/2005 07:28:32 AM
Amy, I hope you're not discouraged by your first shot's final score. You should definitely keep shooting and keep entering challenges. I look forward to seeing much more of your work here!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 09:44:06 PM
Severely out of focus.
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12/06/2005 09:08:40 PM
memories of my grandmother!
wish this shot were in better focus...
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12/06/2005 02:59:30 PM
focus and lighting need improvement
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12/06/2005 01:21:06 PM
Can not give a good critique due to this being way too soft on the focus.
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12/06/2005 10:48:01 AM
Why are they unfocused?
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12/06/2005 10:23:24 AM
Nice spoons, however, you should be able to read what is on the spoons to make it a perfect picture.
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12/06/2005 10:02:57 AM
Focus is way off. Try a little more light and maybe a tripod.
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12/05/2005 06:49:01 PM
focus focus focus
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12/04/2005 12:24:30 PM
At least make it sharp...
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12/04/2005 02:51:58 AM
Needs to be in focus.
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12/04/2005 01:44:00 AM
ummm.... it's blurry.
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12/03/2005 10:47:09 PM
could this be anymore out of focus?
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12/03/2005 05:11:01 AM
Ummm this shot needs some critic, only so you improve your skill and stop subjecting us to this sort of photography. USE A TRIPOD, or at least a stack of books or anything solid that lets your camera remain stationary as you press the shutter. Also the composition is poor. In this sort of straight forward depicting shot, every spoon should be completly in the shot. Lastly spend a little more time lighting your shot. Epecially when the colours are so drab, you need lighting to destinguish them giving your shot more definition. The only merit points I give you is for having the courage to enter this shot :)
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12/03/2005 04:53:51 AM
really doesn't work for me, lacking composition and the blur doesn't add to an 'old effect' at all. I'd be interested to see if I'm missing something here.
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12/02/2005 11:29:16 PM
I "assume" you wanted the pic to be out of focus? Why?
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12/02/2005 10:05:26 PM
A little too dark and fuzzy for my taste.
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12/02/2005 06:34:17 AM
Bad photo... out of focus, too dark...

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12/01/2005 11:00:31 PM
why out of focus?
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12/01/2005 03:38:17 PM
The focus is too soft for me.
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12/01/2005 01:00:14 PM
Too dark, too blurry. I would suggest having at least one spoon in focus if you are going for affect, and maybe some better lighting.
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12/01/2005 08:39:20 AM
This picture has wonderful potential, but suffers from some problems that will hurt its scoring in this challenge. It looks like you were shooting in fairly dim light, and your camera used a longer shutter speed to compensate. At that speed, it was unavoidable that your hand moved a bit while the shutter was open, blurring the spoons considerably. It's a shame not to be able to make out the detail present at the ends of the handles, for that surely would have been a great point of interest in your photo. Brace the camera on a steady object or use a tripod when shooting in dim light to avoid that motion blur. You can also bring in some brighter lights, shining them from the side to avoid the glare and reflection that would come from lights above or behind you. Keep shooting and entering challenges!
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12/01/2005 08:20:20 AM
Wow, nice picture, its a bit out of focus but I like the way you lined up the shot.
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12/01/2005 07:19:22 AM
This seems really out of focus to me.
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12/01/2005 01:25:47 AM
Needs help with the focus
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11/30/2005 11:55:54 PM
ooo slightly blurry...spoon collections are amazing to look at
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11/30/2005 11:39:06 PM
blurry
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11/30/2005 09:26:42 PM
has alot of potential, but is a little dark and slightly out of focus. i think with a little improvement it would be a stunning shot.
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11/30/2005 06:56:38 PM
out of focus
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11/30/2005 06:07:07 PM
This whole image is out of focus. Offsetting your angle may have been better as well - the reflection in the spoons is distracting - I find myself looking at the photographer.
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11/30/2005 05:52:17 PM
Out of focus!
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11/30/2005 02:53:53 PM
Focus?
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11/30/2005 09:43:32 AM
they r out of focus
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11/30/2005 09:10:34 AM
These would have been beautiful if the camera was in focus..maybe it moved when you made the image? Or perhaps you wanted it out of focus...
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11/30/2005 08:05:31 AM
Out of focus. Use tripod or stronger lighting. Bring it outside, for example.
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11/30/2005 02:41:16 AM
It's so blurry...
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