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My Dad's Toy
My Dad's Toy

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Challenge: Best of 2002 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Kodak DX4330
Location: My Dad's House. Bryant, Arkansas
Date: Nov 29, 2002
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: Unknown
Shutter: 1/8 Sec.
Galleries: Black and White, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2006

My Dad's hobby is building model train sets. He was just getting started in 2002, and we were having some fun with my brand new Kodak DX4330! It was awesome to have a 3.1MP camera back then.

Only editing done was Resize and Save for Web.

Place: 150 out of 201
Avg (all users): 5.1486
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.8721
Avg (non-participants): 5.4157
Views since voting: 871
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 175
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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04/30/2006 03:13:00 AM
This has the potential of being quite a good shot. couple of issues though: the framing of the trees in the foreground where they should have really added to the dynamic of the scene have actually significantly detracted from it because of DOF. Also, a little more of the subject, the train, would have really added to this also. But the sharpness of the train is super, colours/tonal range is great, too. So part are there, just not quite.
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04/29/2006 08:37:05 PM
The red doesn't bother me... I can't get past the out of focus bush on the left, so I never concentrate on the red. The part of the train that is in focus is good. I agree with the comments about DOF in this one as well.

I think in all 3 of your pictures you this [ ] close, but they have several weak elements that throws off the rest.

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04/29/2006 02:32:14 PM
Once more, MAJOR DOF issues here. IN photographinng models like this, you usally want more realism, not less. The train is admirably sharp, but the vegetation is so OOF that it is extremely unpleasing to look at. You also have a figure/ground issue at the front of the locomotive, where it is merging right into the shape behind it. Careful attention to lighting can solve this problem.
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04/29/2006 02:31:33 PM
Good emphases and framing techniques are used!
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04/29/2006 02:00:33 PM
cool image - nice angles and the train looks like one of mine :) I too have a problem with the red... i know that It is something in the scene but it looks out of place in the image
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04/29/2006 01:25:39 PM
I like this one a lot. I think only two improvements would be in:

1) Move the train just slightly to the left. The out-of-focus bit that is just to the top-right of the train keeps distracting me. Don't get me wrong, I *like* it there - the OOF parts really help focus your attention on the train. I just think that one piece is a little too close to the train.

2) The bit of red in the image lacks explanation... it's there, but why? Probably best to physically move it out of the frame, or else clone it out in post.
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04/29/2006 11:23:11 AM
Nicely done. This is an excellent model railroad shot in that it fools the viewer for a moment. I'd love to see thic cropped just to the left of whatever this is that's out of focus on the right side of the foreground.
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04/14/2006 07:17:34 PM
You were robbed, should had scored higher. Great composition and angles, the forground blur works.....should had finished in top 100 imo.....ace
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