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When the Boat Comes in
When the Boat Comes in
Tajhad


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Challenge: Woody (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Newcastle Harbour
Date: Oct 8, 2006
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2006

Taken early morning wandering along the harbour thinking about my submission - when lo and behold - I saw a Woody waiting paitently for his ship to come in. We engaged in conversation.He told me all about his travels and sights he'd seen. I told him about my photo task and he allowed me to take his photo.
I think I made a new friend. Sad isn't it?

Statistics
Place: 79 out of 106
Avg (all users): 5.3709
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.5085
Avg (non-participants): 5.3333
Views since voting: 676
Views during voting: 419
Votes: 275
Comments: 13
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10/23/2006 02:13:18 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Terry,

This is a difficult one to critique. I think much of what I want to say has already been conveyed in the comments you have already received. Nonetheless I will go over the ground to summarise:
- the shot is technically sound - nothing to really say here.
- I like you use of the natural light, to display the woody, and the shadows in the foreground.
- the woody doesn't really stand-out as your primary subject. There are three main reasons for this. The first is the similarity in colour to the rope tie-down, the second is the dominance of the ship in the general composition, and the third is the relatively small size of the woody.
- the post-processing look good. I like the foreground contract on the pier and wood (although the slight blow-out of the wood is a bit distracting). The rope tie-down also looks a bit artificial, although this may just be down to the colour is it painted.

So, what could you do to improve this shot? It all comes down to the composition. I would want to see a diffirent pose from your new wooden friend with a different point of view. Mainly I want more woody! I think a composition with woody on the end of the tie-down with his shadow clear on the pier, with a lower POV showign the ship in the background would have been great.

It is my hope that these insights are helpful and constructive. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique. And please remember to mark it "Helpful" if you found it so. Good luck with future challenges.

Cheers
Paul
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/17/2006 03:00:51 AM
This one is good. Look very OLD
10/15/2006 05:45:16 PM
after review, changed vote
10/15/2006 01:54:06 PM
I bet you got some funny looks... Nice shot BTW!
10/15/2006 04:13:21 AM
This is a great idea. Very cool. Executed quite well. I have a real easy time seeing woody as a seafaring kinda dude. I like this one a lot. Nice job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/13/2006 10:10:08 AM
Or "sitting on the dock of the bay" But that would date me. Nice photo with an interesting DOF.
10/12/2006 09:44:45 PM
I would have liked to seen him by something not the same colour as him. That really is a huge distraction for me. Its a creative idea.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/12/2006 03:34:38 PM
I'm not catching the meaning of your title. There's a beautiful boat (well documented one too I might add <grin>) in the background already. Yet Woody is sitting at an empty tie-down cleat. Did you want us to enjoy the boat in the background (that's the first object the eye is directed to)? Woody seems like a secondary subject. Another unfortunate item is the color of the tie-down cleat matches Woody and keeps Woody from standing out. Sorry if I'm being a pain in the tail...just my opinion. Good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/11/2006 10:04:19 PM
Hee! He looks like he's sitting under a giant mushroom, kinda. Nice "environmental" shot.
10/11/2006 09:13:03 PM
Nice but I'd love to see more DOF if possible because I want to see that boat in focus!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/11/2006 05:33:10 PM
Nice idea, colors, composition. More prominent woody would probably be better. Consider placing woody on top of the stancion, shot with a longer focal length to feature woody in the foreground, with the ship isolated in the background. Probably a case where less is more.
10/11/2006 04:07:01 PM
i think that woody should stand out more.
10/11/2006 10:33:16 AM
i wish he was seperated form the background more. nice shot


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