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Challenge: Still Life II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Cape Town
Date: May 16, 2006
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 6 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 16, 2006

Was looking for more subtle lighting than this ... but couldn't get it right. That's what happens when you don't take advantage of cloudy days and windows and waste time and do the shooting at night ... in the garage ... because that's the only wall with a really interesting texture.

* Conversion From RAW
* Neat Image - didn't reset the camera from ISO 1600
* Sharpen
* Levels - extreme
* Hue / Sat to almost completely desat

Guesstimated Score: 5.2 to 5.5

Place: 35 out of 338
Avg (all users): 6.0400
Avg (commenters): 7.5625
Avg (participants): 5.9318
Avg (non-participants): 6.1095
Views since voting: 786
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 225
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/31/2006 08:34:22 PM
I really like this!
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05/29/2006 05:10:09 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club. My critiques are generally geared towards trying to help you improve your score within DPC, and not on any true "artistic" merit of the photograph itself, unless it relates to DPC voters and scoring. Please keep that in mind as you read this.

Initial Thoughts
Nice arrangement, and B&W works for this shot, although I'm unsure about the wall.

The assymetrical composition is something I'm not entirely sure of, personally. I'd like to see what happens to this shot with the plates and bowl lined up more centrally. From what I can picture, it'd ground the photo a little more. I also think it might have benefitted from a little more of a portrait orientation instead of square, but that's just me. As it stands, to my mind, it just doesn't feel right.

As you stated, the lighting is harsh on the wall, and tends to take away from your subjects and arrangement. A softer mood would definitely have helped.

Camera Work/Technical
You did a pretty good job exposing for the light you did apparently have, with only the wall in the upper right really being the only bit slightly out of exposure. I'm glad you put in your comments that it was accidentally shot at 1600, or that would have really confused me. hehe. Nice work with the neat image though, I never would have been able to tell.

Digital Processing
As I said, good work on the neat image. Everything else looks really good as well, and the B&W conversion is quite nice, disregarding the over-exposure on the wall.

Fits the Challenge
A good fit for this challenge, as it contains all the elements necessary.

My Opinion of the Photo
As your title says, it really doesn't contain much of what DPC needs to score hugely high, but as you seem to have known this going in, I won't dwell on it. Some tweaking with your set-up though, and it could have had quite a bit more impact. Still, a 6 is never a bad score, so nicely done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/24/2006 03:27:58 AM
Congrats on the good placement Tony! Good composition and nice contrast in textures.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/23/2006 02:39:45 PM
Agree, boring setup but interesting composition. Works well in B&W.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/22/2006 06:35:23 PM
Not boring to me! :) Love the contrast & textures.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/21/2006 05:39:37 PM
I think your title is fitting :). Nice use of only black and white objects to give a different look.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/21/2006 11:38:53 AM
What an interesting boring picture. I like it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/20/2006 02:42:27 PM
Maybe boring, but it is definitely one of the better stills. Like the black and white and the gorgeous translucency of the glass. Nice job. So far this is the only 10 I have given, and I have already voted on 200 images.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/20/2006 01:55:26 PM
I don't think it's boring. I like it :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/19/2006 08:26:22 PM
Not boring at all! I love the black and white choice and the texture. Well done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/19/2006 02:27:58 AM
A Boring....10 Then
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/19/2006 12:54:10 AM
boring but clean, clean, clean
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/18/2006 09:21:36 AM
The stark contrast is good. Ther busy pattern of the surface is a bit distracting. I think I'd like to have the glass not "chopped off" by the square plates. At least you "got it" and this is a true still life.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/18/2006 08:45:49 AM
This meets the challenge its inanimate and arranged. You're not helping yourself with the title. Nice wall texture, nice composition. 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2006 05:06:32 PM
nice b&w
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2006 02:50:00 PM
Should be titled "Simple Elegance" :) The many levels of contrast, in light, textures, shapes and materials, catch the eye immediately and hold the interest as we explore the details. My favourite so far.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2006 02:15:59 PM
Nice B&W r7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2006 12:05:40 PM
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05/17/2006 08:39:27 AM
not at all boring
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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