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Before the Alter
Before the Alter

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Mother (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus E-300 EVOLT
Location: Malaysia
Date: Dec 26, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Family, Candid
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2005


Place: 67 out of 125
Avg (all users): 5.3791
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.0400
Avg (non-participants): 5.5050
Views since voting: 633
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 277
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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01/12/2006 10:42:46 AM
Thanks Kari, your comments were really helpful and encouraging. The picture was taken with the intention of focussing on the mother praying as the bride looked on. I didn't want to have the bride steal the attention so I was deciding on whether to crop the bride in half or have her appear in full. I figured either would have worked since the bride wasn't in focus anyway. I finally thought it would be more poetic if I had the bride in half giving a sense of "I'm leaving now, half away, as you pray for me.. " Don't know how that sat with the voters. It appeared to have worked half the time. I was also thinking that editing out the colors and putting sepia would add to the dramatic effect. You were right, I should have cropped down further. Thanks.
01/12/2006 01:22:05 AM
::: Critique Club :::

Hi, I am Kari and from the critique club.

I am currently undertaking a critique of your photo "before the alter". I do hope you find this helpful.

Interesting to do a critique on your image but it is difficult if you don't give us any information in your photographers comments. When we do a critique, we go past just the photographic result, that's what voters comments do. The critique looks at what you were trying to achieve, how you wanted it to look and what issues you had in getting the image captured and ready for voting.

First Impression - the most important one:
What an awesome picture and situation - the caputre of both the mother and the bride is lovely and the crop is interesting and putting the focus on the mother rather than the bride.

This is good. My thoughts are that the mother is the subject of the picture, therefore it would have been nice to have her eyes working on the thirds lines a little more. Also the fron object is straight but the doors behind and the ledge above the door is quite crooked - cropping our the ledge may have helped to reduce the feeling of crookedness.

The depth of field here is working really well.

Nice choice of subject matter, which defiantely meets the challenge.

Technical (Colour and light):
This is lovely and balanced picture, I get the feeling that it may be in the black and white overkill ... but it may not depending on the colours that are there in the original.

To grow its vote?:
I don't know completely what you were going for without the comments, so am unsure how to comment too much on this. I would think about the cropping, and also consider if colour would have worked to push it into voters faces a little.

Well done, keep it up.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2006 03:15:05 PM
a stressfull time for all, nice photo, would like to have seen more of the beautifull bride
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01/08/2006 01:46:26 AM
I am so facinated with Asian culture, wheither Christian or Buddist and the long history and traditions and especially the superstition! I like this shot but would love to have seen more of the bride too.
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01/07/2006 12:02:25 PM
Very nice composition. Bumping up.
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01/06/2006 12:51:31 PM
Interesting crop, but I think it works. Great job!
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01/06/2006 03:06:53 AM
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01/05/2006 07:37:26 PM
I just wish you hadn't cut the bride in half. I like the tone of the shot and your vision.
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01/05/2006 07:21:02 PM
Interesting composition, especially on the bride.
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01/04/2006 10:18:18 PM
Very nice. Sublime composition and such a raw emotional impact.
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01/04/2006 03:16:59 PM
very well done
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01/03/2006 10:08:43 PM
Composition is ok. The choice of subject matter is ok. Nice image quality. Has potential of being really creative. - 5
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01/03/2006 09:49:43 PM
Nice depiction!
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01/03/2006 08:59:19 PM
I really like the crop of the bride...putting the focus on what mom is doing.
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01/03/2006 01:13:32 PM
I really like the crop where bride is only halfway in the photo. The B&W looks a little flat. I'd like a tiny bit more contrast. 6
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01/03/2006 09:58:16 AM
Nicely taken..
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01/03/2006 08:46:23 AM
This would be awesome if the bride were intact :(
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01/02/2006 08:19:55 PM
like to see a tighter crop above the mother nice duotone
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