|Hi! I'm here from the Critique Club. This is a great shot and I love the cup! I do remember Burma-Shave signs on the highway from when I was just a baby mind you, LOL!
I like the set up of the shot, the razor, the towel, the cup and brush to spread the cream which is just coming over the side. An excellent set up overall.
Now for what doesn't sit quite right with me, the lighting, seems a bit dull and the back drop is cloth. In a situation like this I would expect ceramic or tile and I know that can be very difficult to come by in some situations but perhaps some white board or white poster board would offer a better reflection for the light and really make the picture pop with color and life. The shadows on the right are also a bit of a distraction to me, if they were behind the cup or offset by another light on the right so they weren't so dark. Also, the sheet looks like it's been ironed which is good but maybe also if it was pulled tighter so you didn't have any creases or folds in it?
The focus is good through out most of the shot, the backdrop is a bit blurred as it should be in a shot like this but so is the cup handle. It seems just a bit off from the rest of the shot.
The cropping is also well done except for the towel on the left, if the whole towel had been in the shot or cropped slightly tighter on the right to balance it out better. And a reddish/orange towel to match the cup would really make this shot pop.
Overall this is a very good shot, just a few tweeks and you would have a great shot. I liked this one during the challenge and like it even more coming back to take another look.
Good Luck In Future Challenges!
DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions or want to discuss this further!
Message edited by author 2003-11-17 22:55:10.