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Despite Years of Sweat Equity
Despite Years of Sweat Equity

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Failure (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Location: Kentlands, Gaithersburg MD
Date: May 21, 2006
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 7.11/100
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: May 21, 2006

The dream of a simple place with freshly made pasta and homemade sauces

Edits: - slight rotation (can't seem to hold the camera horizontal
- cropped
- change to levels
- resized to fit

Thank you for the comments. The sign says

"Sorry, Pepperonata Pizza is closed
No longer in business"

After it got resized, it is indeed not very readable.

I took some shots with the sign more prominent but then you lost the context of the sign and the picture was boring.

Bottom line: nice idea but it didn't quite work. Does that mean I get an "A" for "Failure"?

All in all, not bad for a first entry.

Place: 98 out of 129
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Avg (commenters): 4.3077
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Views since voting: 774
Views during voting: 302
Votes: 214
Comments: 14
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06/06/2006 05:55:40 AM
Hi From the Critique Club!

Ok, you know what the main problem was here;) I like scenes like this, and the idea was good, but without the sign being legible, the story you were trying to tell got lost.

I too have problems (who knows why) keeping the camera horizontal, and you rotated to compensate, but it still needs a little more?

The colours are soft and muted, with those nice tans, blues and blacks, creating a calm scene. The lack of people and things on the tables adds the feeling of emptiness.

The composition is a little busy, but that's what makes images like this more interesting. I might have cropped the chair back at the bottom of the image as it's distracting.

The lighting seems a little flat, but again that adds to the mood of closure..if only we could have seen those signs;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/30/2006 11:31:23 PM
The closure signs could have been a litte more focused.
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05/30/2006 12:19:02 PM
Probably looked fine at original resolution, but at 640 pixels the signs (which probably read "out of business" cannot be read.
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05/26/2006 03:24:00 PM
Can't tell, is the restaraunt closed to business?
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05/26/2006 12:42:09 PM
I was thinking of doing something similar to this. The empty tables are effective.
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05/25/2006 08:16:08 PM
It would be better if I could read the sign.
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05/25/2006 11:19:47 AM
I understand the idea but the foreclosure signs on the building.
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05/25/2006 10:22:32 AM
Cannot read the sign. Loses all meaning without that
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05/25/2006 01:56:19 AM
I think that I understand the scene, but I can't read the signs. I called the number, and apparently they are turning the pasta joint into a Mexican Cafe. That could be a success or a failure depending on your taste. I do like the image, but I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on one of the small signs.
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05/24/2006 09:32:08 PM
with out the title i wouldnt know what was going on.
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05/24/2006 05:06:10 PM
Nice photo,without the title looks closed for the day.....5
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05/24/2006 02:36:32 PM
erm, can't read the sign which I presume we're meant to...
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05/24/2006 12:38:00 PM
? Don´t get it. Perhaps it would make sense if the wrinting in the window were visible but this shot makes no sense to me.
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05/24/2006 09:16:48 AM
Nice shot. Would have liked to see closer view of the signs.
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