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Xanthophobia - The fear of the colour yellow
Xanthophobia - The fear of the colour yellow

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Phobia (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus C-170
Location: UK, Wales
Date: Dec 20, 2005
Galleries: Abstract, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2005

Not a bad start for a 14 year old, eh? I have chosen the bright, vibrant yellow in this photo to add a sense of drama and danger and the stance of the person in the photograph is very withdrawn, scared and urgent to get away from something

Place: 127 out of 144
Avg (all users): 4.2422
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 4.0678
Avg (non-participants): 4.2870
Views since voting: 2854
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 289
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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01/03/2006 10:05:05 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Hmmm, I started this critique, hit the wrong button, and my message went away! Okay, I'll start again.

You had a good concept here, but I'm afraid the voters didn't 'get it'. I'm assuming you had a strong yellow light in the room playing down on the youngster who is trying to get away from it. Looks as if our photographers immediately went for "ha! wrong light balance setting" and didn't get back to what you were trying to do.

Well, on that one, live and learn, I guess.

As to composition, I think this image could be improved by being a little sharper. And by clearing out some of the background material. That is, try isolating the child so that it's just the child and the light. The busy background, in this instance, seems to compete with the story you are trying to tell. This is where as nice smooth backdrop (inexpensive smooth fabric works well) comes in handy.

All in all, a nice try and it looks as if you had fun doing it.

I wish you well at DPC and look forward to seeing more of your work.

Message edited by author 2006-01-03 22:22:24.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 09:24:50 AM
My first reaction was that he has a fear of being hit, the way he is cowering and covering his head. Makes me think of an old, faded 1960's type snapshot.
12/26/2005 07:29:39 PM
Never heard of a fear of yellow, but I am sure it must be out there somewhere and this must be what it is like.
12/25/2005 08:57:01 PM
Now that is great use of color.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/24/2005 03:12:54 PM
The color yellow could have depicted in a better manner.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/24/2005 11:39:15 AM
Merry Christmas
12/24/2005 10:52:46 AM
Fear of an ugly carpet... Not my favourite.
12/22/2005 05:48:56 PM
Presented in a very nice way, I like it and very well done, Cheers,
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/22/2005 01:57:02 AM
Take away the caption and what do you think this is? A photograph of a squating boy with a badly balanced colour. This just doesn't work.
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12/21/2005 04:28:52 AM
Good idea, however, it would help if something in this picture were in focus (4)
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