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Challenge: Collections (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX Macro for Canon
Location: Home
Date: Nov 29, 2005
Aperture: f /5.0
ISO: 1/400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005


Place: 45 out of 210
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Views since voting: 852
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Votes: 274
Comments: 7
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12/11/2005 10:30:09 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective – your angle and approach to the subjects is very nice. Being on eye level and looking level really adds a lot of mood and feel to the scene. Almost makes you feel as though the statue is actually walking towards you. Very well done. The DoF can go either way. As it is it works. Adds to the feel of them approaching and you are focused on the lead guy and the others are just following along. On the other hand, with just slightly different placement and a slight adjustment for DoF, a lot of depth could be added which would propel it farther to looking real and having a 3D quality. The focus is very sharp. The detail of the front subject is excellent. Even the two background subjects show a lot of fine detail. However, a small amount of sharpening and all the fine lines in the face and brim of the hat become very sharp and crisp and really adds a lot of definition. Another strong and natural appearing detail is the placement – with the two faces in half shadow and the one in full light, you again get the feeling that they are moving, as if passing by and something has caught the one’s attention. Very well done and strong image!

Color – b/w, well developed conversion. The subtle differences in tone of the various uniform parts is very well preserved. Not much to say here as the palette presents a pleasing image to the eye. The dark areas/shadows allow the figures stand out.

Lighting – this appears to be a single source from the one side. Very nice relationship to the camera. The dark shadows this produces allows the figures to stand out and gives them a lot of natural looking definition. This is almost a surreal effect as you almost expect them to start moving. I think this whole feel to the image is set up by the lighting. Very well done!

Challenge requirements – obviously they are ‘like’ statues which for the challenge requirements makes them a collection. While there are only three, they make quite a statement in this image.

Overall/my opinion – very interesting image with a lot of very nice aspects. The ‘almost real’ feel to the image is perhaps the strongest which makes it stand out. Really not sure why it didn’t do better. Technically not a bad photograph. A little sharpening is all I would do to it. Perhaps it was not viewed long enough for it to ‘work’ on the viewer. Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 09:19:52 PM
love the composition, dof, and color treatment! very nicely done!
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12/06/2005 06:13:44 PM
The focal depth is just a bit too shallow considering your use of shadows. Try increasing the depth of field one stop or crop less. I feel like I'm missing out on something.
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12/04/2005 11:20:27 PM
I love this.
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12/04/2005 06:45:25 AM
Nice Job with the lighting and DOF. 8
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11/30/2005 04:23:44 PM
neat idea. i love it. nice shot. hope you do well.
11/30/2005 07:02:46 AM
Nice pic, nice DOF.

The b/w lends a fantastic element to this pic, well done.
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