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Challenge: Education (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Zoom
Location: Montenegro
Date: Mar 9, 2006
ISO: 64
Galleries: Abstract, Action
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2006


Place: 142 out of 145
Avg (all users): 3.5775
Avg (commenters): 2.8261
Avg (participants): 3.2698
Avg (non-participants): 3.6769
Views since voting: 915
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 258
Comments: 27
Favorites: 0

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08/01/2006 03:37:37 PM
Greetings from me!

Hi, I see you never received the critique you requested on your picture so here goes. ;)

I see a lot of the comments ask what this had to do with education and honestly I had to ask the same thing. So for the sake of the picture, I'm betting you got a lot of Does Not Meet The Challenge votes. Now if this had been for the footwear challenge, your score might have gone up quite a bit.

So I'm going just comment on the shot itself. Those look like very comfortable slippers, the way the backs are pushed down tell me they are used usually in a hurry and probably for only short periods of time. Judging from the floor their are on and the stains and markings I'm guessing mostly in the garage or outdoor patio area.

The picture has potential overall but a few things got to me right off. First all the negative space, it seems really top heavy and the darker cement is more a distraction than an asset to me personally. It could work for you if you came from a different angle, taking the corner of the dark area inside and either pinpointing it in the center top, using it like a type of shading or border. Then you could re-arrange the shoes in differnt patterns and play with the overall composition. Remember that things don't always have to be centered as long as they are still balanced to a point, the rule of thirds is a wonderful thing, you could set up a slipper up on the upper and lower part of that.

Don't be afraid to experiement and play with a shot when shooting it. It's amazing some of the stuff that will pop out at you when you least expect it. That's the best thing about digital is you can't waste film! :)

Your lighting also comes off just a bit dull, a slight levels or curves adjustment could fix that.

Again, the potential is there, looking at your profile, don't quit trying!

I hope my comments help and Good Luck in future Challenges!

03/28/2006 05:44:56 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

Since you didn't post any comments or settings or thoughts of your own on this photograph, I don't believe it warrants a critique. The comments you received during the challenge sum up the reasons this photo didn't score well.

John Setzler
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2006 10:42:17 PM
I voted on every single image in this challenge EXCEPT for this one because I suspect you may have meant for it to be in the Footwear challenge :)
03/21/2006 11:25:39 AM
Was this for the Footwear challenge?
03/20/2006 04:17:58 PM
In the footwear challenge, this might win, but in the education challenge, I can't figure out what the connection with education. Sorry. I love the composition and colors though.
03/20/2006 09:06:12 AM
Nice image of shoes but how does it speak to the subject of eduction???
03/19/2006 07:39:51 PM
A bit of a stretch to fit it into this challenge.
03/19/2006 09:43:24 AM
smashed shoes? - maybe try getting wet footprints to leave behind - and crop out the wet pavement above to cut down on distraction? The black absorbs too much light and doesn't leave much detail.
03/17/2006 04:28:06 PM
an education in entering the right challenge? :) well, I like the picture!
03/17/2006 10:31:20 AM
nice idea
03/16/2006 09:11:27 PM
what am I missing here?
03/16/2006 04:06:08 PM
Was this supposed to be for the "footwear" challenge?
03/16/2006 11:34:01 AM
?? Footwear challenge, maybe? Seems so "snapshot-like". No real definition.
03/16/2006 11:25:48 AM
What does this have to do with education
03/16/2006 11:20:26 AM
Not really sure how this fits the challenge, but I do not deduct for it anyway. Looks like you entered the wrong image here.
03/16/2006 12:40:31 AM
was this entered in the right challenge? try the footware one next time, not sure what it has to do with education?
03/15/2006 12:55:02 PM
I think you submitted this in the wrong challenge.
03/15/2006 12:43:35 PM
Did you mean to put this into the footwear challenge?
03/15/2006 12:19:12 PM
I don't see the link to education
03/15/2006 12:10:56 PM
Sorry, but I just don't get the "education" connection.
03/15/2006 11:54:44 AM
03/15/2006 10:29:03 AM
wrong challenge methinks
03/15/2006 09:39:15 AM
I think this is in the wrong challenge... looks more like a footware entry.
03/15/2006 07:29:59 AM
I have spent a far amount of time trying to understand the education meaning behind this image, sorry I cant work it out
03/15/2006 05:35:02 AM
are you sure you entered the right challenge???
03/15/2006 02:44:19 AM
I'm guessing you entered this in the wrong challenge?
03/15/2006 01:06:11 AM
Hmmmm.... wrong challenge perhaps?

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