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Prickly Sunset
Prickly Sunset
Gene L.

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Texture (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-2100UZ
Location: Bothell, WA
Date: Jul 20, 2002
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Jul 21, 2002

This is part of a cactus that I have been growing for around eight years now. I waited for the last bit of sun filtered through some trees in the backyard to get the golden color and then had to set it on my deck top rail and turn it just so to get the fingertips lit up the way I wanted. In addition to the great texture, I like how the shapes combine to create several geometrical planes at several different intersecting angles.

Exposure was set in manual mode to achieve the narrow DOF while properly exposing for the highlights. The image was processed in PhotoPaint to boost the saturation just a tad and of course to add some unsharp mask.

Place: 29 out of 218
Avg (all users): 6.0516
Avg (commenters): 7.6818
Avg (participants): 6.0390
Avg (non-participants): 6.0714
Views since voting: 1080
Votes: 252
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2002 02:08:00 PM
Nice job, good lighting, very textural.
07/28/2002 12:08:00 AM
Great lighting and DOF. Good display of texture. - nice fade to black and framing.
07/27/2002 10:29:00 PM
nice depth with light and shadow; background little out of focus (depth of field); good color
07/26/2002 03:09:00 PM
GREAT! it's a 10 for me! It's just sooo cool. wonderful photography and cropping.
07/26/2002 01:41:00 AM
07/25/2002 01:48:00 PM
nice shadows, maybe crop the bottom and the left side so so the brightest and focused part of the cactus comes into the frame from the corner. it will define the texture better
07/25/2002 12:18:00 AM
Nice organization and lighting, but a not very entertaining...
07/25/2002 12:03:00 AM

Message edited by author 2003-09-19 03:13:20.
07/24/2002 04:33:00 PM

Technical Aspects10
Meets Challenge10
Total Score10

For those that are just learning, like me.

Composition: Scoring in this area is based on basic composition of a picture and includes the rule of thirds, balance, cropping, and curved and diagonal lines. Subject matter that does not lend itself to the picture or otherwise unwanted is also considered here.

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Good luck!

07/24/2002 03:37:00 PM
Interesting and dramatic lighting. Very nice.
07/24/2002 11:21:00 AM
This is great... the lighting and shadows cast on this cactus are quite nice... my only critique on this image is that I would have preferred to see a little less darkness across the bottom of the frame. I think that a slightly higher camera angle would have made two improvements here... first, it would have removed the dark band across the bottom of the frame... secondly, it would have kept the top of the cactus from being so close to the top edge of the frame. It is a little too close for comfort at the top... a little breathing room there would be nice :) = 8 - jmsetzler
07/23/2002 11:21:00 PM
I did a similar photo though I like yours better. Nice use of light and dof.
07/23/2002 10:28:00 PM
great play of light and dark andcomposition
07/23/2002 04:41:00 PM
Nice lighting and composition, nice texture. Wish I were a tad bit closer to the subject... but nice job!
07/23/2002 01:14:00 PM
If that is "Texture" i don't know what is
07/23/2002 01:11:00 PM
the lighting in this photo makes it appealing to the eye more than the texture but it is a great shot and the lighting is what makes the texture stand out. great job!
07/23/2002 04:16:00 AM
like the depth
07/22/2002 11:36:00 PM
I love the lighting on this. It is simple, and easy to look at. Not so easy to touch, though. :-) karmat
07/22/2002 10:20:00 PM
oooooh such texture to these.
07/22/2002 09:04:00 PM
You should have cropped this to get rid of some of the empty black space and cactus that was shaded. Good subject.
07/22/2002 07:57:00 PM
I really like this idea, just wish there was a tad bit more light around the rest of the cactus. I think it's really neat!
07/22/2002 07:52:00 PM
Dramatic photo. I know it would have been hard, but it would have been nice if the back cactus were sharp also.
07/22/2002 11:59:00 AM
Creative light, good texture. Kee
07/22/2002 02:04:00 AM
very somber. nice. ~mcmurma
Meets Challenge...8

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