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Failure to Conform
Failure to Conform

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Challenge: Failure (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-S600
Location: School Garbage Can
Date: May 18, 2006
Aperture: 1:2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40 s
Galleries: Emotive, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2006

After finishing up at school one day, I happened to glance in the garbage and saw several things that caught my eye including a test like this one. This, of course, is a set-up, but still represents how many students (and teachers) are sick of the "multiple guess" tests that attempt to pigeon-hole people. As an educator of fifteen years, I have seen too many of these tests destroy the creativity and ingenuity of young men and women.

I took this photograph with my brand-new Sony DSC-S600. I'm just learning so bear with me. I used the basic Microsoft photo editor to sharpen, crop, and resize the image. Of course, I have seen (thanks to this site) that I have a lot to aspire to when it comes to improving my basic photography and editing skills.

I want to get Adobe Photoshop, but it's so expensive. If anyone has any cheaper alternatives that are user-friendly for a relative novice, please let me know.

Place: 87 out of 129
Avg (all users): 4.7083
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3878
Avg (non-participants): 4.8024
Views since voting: 875
Views during voting: 298
Votes: 216
Comments: 5
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06/04/2006 05:05:06 PM

::: Critique Club :::

Hi, my name is Kari and from the critique club.

First Impression - the most important one:
I am good at multiple choice .. its the one type of test where learning my rote works well.

There are so many elements in this picture .. and I think they are all needed .. the broken pencils and the tests and note books .... but they don't help to take it to the next level .... I think that having a search on the rule of thirds may help when setting up this kind of shoot. This is more learning and more rules .. but there are only a few in photography .. and they all help.

Meets the challenge, but I am not sure what the title adds to it. I did not feel this was a failure to confirm ... it was a failure to learn by that method ... not many learn by multiple choice. I would think that conforming was another issue ... oh well failure as with success is self determined .. and it is about getting the right message across.... so its just about trying and finding what works for you.

Technical (Colour and light):
I think this works well .. the DOF is good ... not being able to read the papers beyond the f is good .. and lighting seems to work ok.

To grow its vote?:
Think about how others see the shot ... take a look at the rules of photography as these also help.

Good work .. a nice improvement on your first entry ... you are going in leaps and bounds.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via
the PM system.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2006 03:07:16 AM
Nice idea, but this one is a bit too busy. I like the texture that you created with the wrinkled test, but I think everything other than it and the pencil should have been excluded.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/24/2006 09:29:38 PM
nice angle
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05/24/2006 12:23:09 PM
Well done. For some reason I feel it would work better rotated... perhaps just me.
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05/24/2006 09:13:57 AM
don't see any sense in rotation of the picture
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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