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Milk and Eggs
Milk and Eggs

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White in Color (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Birmingham Alabama USA
Date: Jul 23, 2006
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4th sec
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 23, 2006

I forgot the bread!!! Still life shot on White background. FLash bounced of ceiling. Over contrasted.

Place: 66 out of 263
Avg (all users): 5.6988
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
Avg (participants): 5.5632
Avg (non-participants): 5.7716
Views since voting: 1054
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 249
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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08/08/2006 10:14:15 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

The first three parts of this critique are written based purely on examination of your photo. "Final thoughts" is written after reviewing your score, photographer's comments, and voter comments.

Though you want to have shadows in this image for texture and relief, it seems to me you've under-lit the scene rather badly, losing all detail in the bowl and cup. This low key effect can work in some images but I think your white surface works against you. If the surface had been black, and the dark cup and bowl just blended in with the background, leaving only the cream and eggs as white, it may have worked better. As shot, it just feels like an inadequately lit scene. There's some odd texture in the negative space at top right and elsewhere as well.

I like the placement of the subjects, forming a nice diagonal arrangement. Good crop too.· BALANCE: Is the image aligned correctly or is it crooked? Your shallow depth of field leaves the cup of cream slightly defocused. I'm not sure this is a good thing since your title seems to give them both equal weight in the composition. It's a nice still life arrangement, very clean and simple, but the technicals leave it feeling deficient.

Had you supplied more detail for the eye to feast upon (textures in the eggs and bowl/cup, or alternatively, gone with the low key effect, I think the image would have been more impactful. As shot, I don't think it grabs at the imagination or draws the viewer in to its world.

Your commenters pretty much stayed with the lighting and liked the comp, as did I. I think your final score of 5.7 is about right for this shot, though I have to say I didn't participate in this challenge, nor did I do much voting, so I don't know how others interpreted the theme. I like your image, but think it could have been much stronger with a more thought out lighting strategy.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2006 08:42:29 PM
everything in this shot looks like its made from stone, which I really like. Dont know if its just my monitor, but the levels on the bowls might have been brought down too low, there isnt any differentiation between the bowl and its shadow
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07/31/2006 01:03:19 PM
You need better lighting.
07/30/2006 03:52:33 PM
Yum...where's my spoon!
07/29/2006 09:53:49 AM
nice and minimal. maybe just a hair dark? But otherwise quite nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/29/2006 05:53:54 AM
Some definition between the bowl and cup would have been advantageous, but overall, nice tones, good compo, good use of DoF and interesting subject.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/27/2006 12:47:55 PM
composition and lighting is nice.
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07/26/2006 09:38:16 AM
Needs more light. But nice :o)
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