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The shadow makers

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Challenge: Unrelatedness (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: My kitchen
Date: Sep 29, 2006
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125th s
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2006

At first I was trying for a shot with no shadows and discovered that the shadows made the whole thing much more interesting. You live and learn (I certainly do ;-)

Place: 25 out of 134
Avg (all users): 6.1329
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8226
Avg (non-participants): 6.3063
Views since voting: 2221
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 173
Comments: 12
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/16/2006 12:04:54 AM
This is a very strong composition, and I like it alot.

I might have tried three things differently. The strong diagonal lines that are created by both the negative roll and the shadow it casts are great. However, I might have cropped a little tighter on the right side. If you notice just a few milemeters of white space exists in the bottom left, as the negative roll fades out of the frame. In the top right, several milemiters of white space exist. I think that is throwing the composition out of whack, like the photo is too long for it's width.

I also might have rolled the marble a little more into the lower third. Cropping the right side would have moved the marble into a more dynamic position as well, but I think you would gain a seperation from the shadows cast by the film and the marble by creating some extra distance. Never underestimate the rule of thirds. Put that marble on the cross-hairs.

The last suggestion is to tone down or crop out the reflection on the film roll that is creating a sharp bright triangle just to the left of the marble. It definately draws my eye, and almost looks like the film is cut. I think without that competing distraction your unrelated subjects would contrast more.

Very nice work. You get a 7 from me!!


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10/09/2006 12:21:54 PM
Not a bad finish, but I really thought it should've done better.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/08/2006 08:37:35 PM
Great idea. Nice composition. I vote a 9.
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10/08/2006 08:03:51 AM
Very nice
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10/07/2006 02:03:11 PM
Simple, subtle, and arty. I like it. 8.
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10/06/2006 08:59:54 AM
And the challenge said "make some sort of sense out of their combination, photographically speaking." You did this very nicely!
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10/05/2006 01:24:33 PM
Nice - great shot!
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10/03/2006 06:41:46 PM
One of my favorites, even though it relies on the title to help us see a connection (i.e. the "make some sort of sense out of their combination" part).
I just love the clean simplicity and the play of shadow and light. 9
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10/02/2006 07:13:23 PM
Great idea, title, composition, crop, detail = 10
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10/02/2006 02:16:27 PM
like the connection both showing shadows, well done, and using only two unrelated objects, not many of that in the challenge good luck
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10/02/2006 12:52:37 AM
I like the abstract sense of this with that drop of blue. 7
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10/02/2006 12:10:08 AM
The lighting is wonderful, and the spark of color brings it all together.
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