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Year of the Dragon
Year of the Dragon

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Book Titles (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Carmel
Date: Nov 8, 2003
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2003

A novel by Robert Daly about cops and the Chinese Mafia.

Place: 191 out of 231
Avg (all users): 4.7004
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.4242
Avg (non-participants): 4.9920
Views since voting: 890
Votes: 257
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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11/21/2003 06:03:56 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

This is a challenge to critique! I'm having a very hard time trying to decide what to say.

My initial reaction is that it hurts my eyes. It is being very hard to focus on.

I think if you had a less straight on approach, adjusted the lighting to accentuate the texture of the item and pushed it back in the frame it would be more interesting.

Even though I can tell it is a 3 dimensional object it looses some of it's depth, again because of the lighting and angle.

I'm going to assume you used a very shallow DOF in order to maintain the black background. While a good technique, it did eliminate some the detail on the end of the dragons snout and the front claw.

The little bit of green reflection at the bottom isn't too bothersome. A little post challenge spot editing would fix that.

Have you tried playing with the Contrast settings, and levels?

I hope this helps.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/17/2003 08:57:31 PM
Nice picture, the green on the black background almost makes it glow.
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11/15/2003 04:51:56 PM
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11/14/2003 10:30:39 AM
contrast is a bit high - its a little hard on the eyes. Nice color on black, and focus is good. 6
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11/13/2003 10:51:30 AM
The green comes over with a real mint feel to it. The figure is very prominent standing out against the black background. The bottom part is taking some qualtiy away from the image with the grainy green shadow showing out on the black. If this had been pure black the whole way round it would have been awesome, but I know how difficult that is setting up the lighting to do that. It is possible though.

Update: I commented on this on my laptop at home. Looking at the image again on my computer at work, the grainy green at the bottom isn't so obvious. Just goes to show you how different photos look on different monitors.
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11/12/2003 09:47:03 PM
Did your lighting add anything to this dragon? Harder side light would have shown the scales and charactor more
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11/12/2003 01:46:27 PM
Neat idea, neat color.
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11/12/2003 12:24:10 AM
dragon seems a bit overexposed, almost too bright to look at for any prolonged period of time.
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