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Magnets From Places I've Gone To
Magnets From Places I've Gone To
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Challenge: Collections (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-P100
Location: Kitchen
Date: Nov 29, 2005
Aperture: f 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 193 out of 210
Avg (all users): 3.7491
Avg (commenters): 4.0645
Avg (participants): 3.6235
Avg (non-participants): 3.8065
Views since voting: 605
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 271
Comments: 34
Favorites: 0


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12/11/2005 10:46:31 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

COMPOSITION
The composition is rather ordinary, seems to be facing the refrigerator surface square on. A more oblique angle, or even having somebody hold something up in front to focus the attention (another memento from a trip?) might have helped to add interest. As shot, there are too many similar items competing for attention and no reason for the viewer to remain interested. Another way to accomplish this is to arrange the magnets in an interesting pattern, perhaps leaving some unused "negative" space that adds an element of visual curiosity.

TECHNIQUE
Two things immediately come to mind with this shot: lighting and focus. The light appears to be normal room lights from above, which has created large diffuse shadows that give the image an overall muddy feel. This might not have been bad if it had not been combined with a very soft focus. Given your shutter speed of 1/10 second, it looks like you attempted to hand-hold this shot, which is a huge no-no at those speeds. There's no way you can hold your camera still enough to obtain a sharp shot at anything less than 1/60th or so. Use a tripod or brace yourself against a firm surface and shoot very carefully.

OVERALL IMPACT
Not a very eye-catching photo, and one that is likely to annoy voters due to the technical shortcomings. An ordinary composition like this can work, but to do so it much be technically perfect.

<pause to look over your comments>

Commenters were very fixated on the focus elements, as I suspected they would. Your final score of 3.7 was surely a disappointment to you, but you probably understand the reason for it now. Keep shooting and work on those technical details! I see from your portfolio that you've done some outstanding work. I look forward to seeing more of you!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 09:16:40 PM
i wish the focus were sharper, because this looks like a cool collection!
12/06/2005 06:14:57 PM
seems a bit OOF...or camera shake in a long exposure
12/06/2005 02:49:46 PM
this is out of focus and the arangement of the magnets is not interesting
12/06/2005 10:48:59 AM
Could be focused more!
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12/05/2005 11:50:03 AM
A nice entry although the focus seems to be quite soft. 5
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/04/2005 09:36:29 PM
these are really blurry :/

  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/04/2005 08:54:32 AM
A little out of focus
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12/04/2005 04:57:12 AM
Such a good idea-pity its a bit blurry..
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12/04/2005 04:32:24 AM
good one
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12/04/2005 02:49:19 AM
Good idea, but it needs to be in focus.
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12/03/2005 04:51:08 AM
Not sure if you intended this shot to be blurry, but it is distracting. You probably did not want the BG around the fridge to be in the shot, but you should not have cropped the outside magnets out of the shot. Maybe you could have pushed the together a bit more allowing the composition to be cleaner.
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12/03/2005 12:01:21 AM
Magnets lovley reminds me of one of my grandmas.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2005 08:39:46 PM
Are those all out of focus or do I need a new monitor?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2005 09:41:01 AM
they are so very cute, i wish i had some too ,but why is your pecture out of focus?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2005 01:59:23 AM
Interesting collection, intriguing photo with very strange OOF effects
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/01/2005 11:29:39 PM
oh it seems blurry...
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12/01/2005 02:52:39 PM
I would like this more with better focus.
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12/01/2005 10:49:33 AM
Great shot and collection. Could use a little sharper focus.
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11/30/2005 11:01:47 PM
Nice idea, colors, and arrangement. Too bad lack of sharpness/focus hurts an otherwise nice submission. Non-square magnets are a great plus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 11:01:36 PM
my collection covers fridge and freezer
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 06:37:48 PM
Would be better if it was in focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 05:17:20 PM
out of focus... four
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 03:29:48 PM
Camera shake - use a tripod. Look for more interesting lighting...5
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 03:23:44 PM
out of focus
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 02:51:05 PM
this is a very cool magnet collection. you hace been many places.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 01:41:39 PM
Focus?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 01:00:35 PM
Not sharp enough for this fun collection.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 09:56:29 AM
Doesn't seem very sharp
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 08:49:56 AM
Nice collection, your photo is terribly out of focus though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 07:59:38 AM
Out of focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 07:06:42 AM
Blurred
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 05:34:26 AM
too much bllury photo. you should be using tripod for this. colors are OK, but texas looks like overexposed
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/30/2005 02:23:55 AM
It looks like you had a little bit of camera shake. The repetition of squares and rectangles is good.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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