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and now doth time waste me
and now doth time waste me

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Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II for Canon
Location: bedroom
Date: Mar 5, 2006
Aperture: f 10.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 sec.
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2006


Place: 234 out of 369
Avg (all users): 5.2644
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1533
Avg (non-participants): 5.4789
Views since voting: 669
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 208
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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03/19/2006 05:49:00 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

The first three parts of this critique are written based purely on examination of your photo. "Final thoughts" is written after reviewing your score, photographer's comments, and voter comments.

Focus is great and depth is handled well, adding a nice three-dimensionality to the image. Works very well, IMO. The tones seem to be very mid-range without a lot of true highlights which gives the image a fairly gray feel, but I like it because it fits with the feel of old books and pages. I can almost feel the dustiness and smell the age. Nicely done technically.

It's an interesting composition, and I think it works. Books resonate with me and you've chosen a perspective for your composition that is unusual and not often seen. It highlights an aspect of books that is very dear to me, and captures very well the texture of the pages even down to the dust and fiber. Your pic makes me want to run my hand over these books; cradle them in my palms and feel the weight of the ages. I love your title too. Very poetic and thoughtful. I'm usually not a fan of borders, but yours is nicely understated. Usually the best I can say about a border is that it doesn't suck, and yours doesn't suck. Good job. ;-)

As stated, this image connects with me. I like it. Would the average voter respond in kind? Without some type of splash or pop, probably not. This is like a very narrow kind of study. Unless the average voter is a bibliophile or has some reason to connect with a close-up of well-aged books, it might not have sufficient impact to be a standout in the field.

Two thoughts: first, the lack of any photograher's comment from you is frustrating. Having spent time studying and trying to critically evaluate your image, it's disheartening to find that you didn't even supply me with any of your own thoughts; what were you aiming for? What feel were you trying to achieve? What is your connection with this image?? Please, when you request a critique, at least do us the honor of leaving your own feelings/frustration/etc. Second, your final score of 5.2 is a little disappointing; I would have thought this would have scored a little higher. You only gathered a few comments, making me think that most voters passed lightly over this one. One commenter (e301) did spend some time though, and touched on some of the same themes that struck me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/09/2006 09:03:03 PM
never a shoot be a waste of time, though i'm still not sure what to make of this. perhaps it doth need a solid white border added, the single black one pulls the eye away from the focal point.
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03/09/2006 03:55:09 PM
mmmmm great texture
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03/08/2006 07:59:18 AM
Interesting textures, though perhaps your depth of field is just too shallow, and your processing or control of light also lets things down a touch - the topmost edges seem to drift into overdone highlights. The composition looks promising however, and you evidently have a sense of light - just needs that touch more control either in set-up or in post-processing. I'm really not a fan of that border thing - pushes the image too far towards a simple graphic and away from photography for me.
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03/06/2006 02:51:34 PM
Cool, love the "colours". Not sure about the framing. All imho obviously. Good luck!
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