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A Beautiful Phobia
A Beautiful Phobia

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Challenge: Oxymoron (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak Z650
Location: Newport, South Wales, UK
Date: Oct 14, 2006
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2006


Place: 138 out of 155
Avg (all users): 4.5596
Avg (commenters): 4.8333
Avg (participants): 4.3944
Avg (non-participants): 4.6165
Views since voting: 741
Views during voting: 451
Votes: 277
Comments: 13
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/24/2006 09:11:14 PM
Beautiful! Great inspiration for a newbie, like myself--thanks!
10/24/2006 01:45:44 PM
could never find a spider beautiful :-)
10/24/2006 10:56:58 AM
Great shot, but it would benefit from a tighter crop. At least enough to remove the red pole at the right and the sky above the roof line.
10/22/2006 01:35:08 PM
I think this would have looked better if the spider was not so central. Maybe you could have cropped the bottom off and the left, for example, so the spider was in the bottom left of the picture to give a nicer balance. Good picture of the spider, though and good colours. 6
10/22/2006 01:06:42 AM
Yeeeeep! ..... yeeeeep. Eeeeeep.
I maybe would have prefered a tighter crop, to have the spider be even more (shudder) prominant. I like the "pose" of the spider.
10/21/2006 06:02:21 AM
I love spiders! Unfortunately you did not get the focus right, she is a little blurred. It is also good to try and get the backgroud to be less distracting. Maybe hold a cardboard behind the critter or something.
10/19/2006 09:28:13 PM
Nice colors, and the flies are a plus.
10/19/2006 07:10:59 AM
Not an oxymoron, IMO, to be afraid of beautiful things. Quite possible! Like the focus on the spider but would prefer a little more sharpness to really highlight the details. Even though I hate spiders ;-)
10/19/2006 03:09:02 AM
Meets Challenge - 2
Lighting/Processing - 2
Composition - 2
Overall Impression - 1
"WOW" factor - 0
Score: 7
10/18/2006 12:51:29 PM
middling to poor oxymoron. nice spider, but centered composition and flat lighting work against you quite a bit. 4
10/18/2006 11:09:31 AM
It's fun seeing the small flies caught in the web. :) As for your spider, I think it's not focused quite sharp enough and since that's what your main subject is you could also bring it in substantially closer. The spider has some excellent color in it that would really pop if this was shot as more of a macro image (and exposure moved up a notch or two). The background is distracting. Yes, it's blurred some by the DOF, but it's still identifiable and takes the viewer away from the core subject. Again, a tighter macro type shot would eliminate the unneeded background. JMO of course. Good luck in the challenge.
10/18/2006 01:46:27 AM
I've not heard of that oxymoron. I think this image may have benefitted from a tighter crop
10/18/2006 12:43:15 AM
Spiders are hard to shoot, and spiderwebs are even harder. This isn't especially sharp, and the background's pretty distracting. The lighting is also pretty dim. Keep trying this kind of thing, though - it takes a lot of shots to get a good one! :)

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