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Her hands lie idle now
Her hands lie idle now

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Challenge: Desolation (Classic Editing)
Collection: challenge shots
Camera: HP PhotoSmart 850
Location: My home
Date: Aug 9, 2003
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2003

This is a photograph of my mother's old sewing machine.She was a skilled seamstress, I wanted to convey the emotions I feel whenever I see this old machine covered in dust lying idle in a corner.

Place: 223 out of 232
Avg (all users): 3.7946
Avg (commenters): 3.6667
Avg (participants): 3.5980
Avg (non-participants): 3.9590
Views since voting: 1014
Votes: 224
Comments: 17
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2003 01:14:48 AM
Without the title this shot would not meet the challenge. Everything is out of focus and I assume that's the way you wanted it but I don't think it helps this shot IMO.
08/19/2003 12:46:46 AM
I like the composition, although I'm not sure it says desloation to me. I do, however, find your lighting to be way too harsh as it obscures the main subject, the sewing machine, with glare to it's body, which blocks interesting detail, as well as, the shadow cast on the background, which confuses it's shape. I don't see any evidence that this machine has not been used in a while, unless your intention was to achieve that effect with the high grain image you've acheived.
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08/18/2003 03:50:30 PM
a camcorder photo?
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08/17/2003 02:36:44 PM
i like your idea here, but the picture quality is really bad. hard to make out all the details.
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08/17/2003 12:34:21 PM
You ought to give your PostProgressing a small amount of time, there are some good tutorials on DPC, check them out... this is almost to pixelates for me to see....
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08/15/2003 09:36:16 PM
My mum had a sewing machine like this one, you had to pedal to sew. I worked great! It's interesting how this picture looks "old". I like the tone and the composition. It seems to me though that you might have resized from a smaller picture to a larger one? To my eyes it looks pixelated. But I like it. ~7
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08/15/2003 07:12:55 PM
I like your approach to the challenge. I like the choice of subject and the arrangement of the objects. The title is essential to properly interpret the photo which will bother some people, but I like it. The obvious pixelation adds a fuzziness to the image that adds to its character and enhances its message; this is a uniquely digital technique that I think should be used more often. But you need to watch for diagonal lines like the shadow on the left that gives a stair effect with large pixels. This photo would be a lot more effective if the overall tone was darker and the lighting was softer (the glare across the sewing machine, which should be dark, is especially distracting). A more interesting background would be helpful as well.
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08/14/2003 10:19:36 PM
it looks too blurry.. :S
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08/14/2003 03:38:10 PM
The image is badly pixelated and it does not appear that anything is in focus. Also the lighting is very harsh on the front of the sewing machine.
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08/14/2003 12:22:07 PM
I´m sorry but the image quality is pretty poor and grainy. It detracts a bit from enjoying the picture for what it is.
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08/14/2003 12:35:28 AM
A bit pixellated, I think
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08/13/2003 05:05:41 PM
the composition is very good. I like the folds of the material contrasting tne glasses and sewing machine and threads. The colors are good but not well focused. Oversharpened?
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08/13/2003 03:34:54 PM
Touching theme and wonderful title. The shot might be a bit more effective though had you managed to light it a little differently to soften that large shadow behind the machine. Also, the resolution does not seem very crisp on my PC. It's not that it's out of focus, it looks to be more of a digital problem.
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08/13/2003 12:22:49 PM
lots of pixelation here... does remind me of my grandmama though... 6.
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08/13/2003 07:34:46 AM
Is very noisy (too much zoom or compresion). Really hard to distinguish the details
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08/13/2003 03:18:43 AM
I like the idea -- the photo seems overly compressed though, leaving things jaggy and pixely.
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08/13/2003 12:55:08 AM
Really poor resolution for some reason - the result is that the shot is extremely pixelated. It's hard to tell if this would be a good picture, due to the pixelation problem.
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