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Challenge: Book Titles (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Home
Date: Nov 11, 2003
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Snapshot, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2003


Place: 190 out of 231
Avg (all users): 4.7258
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4472
Avg (non-participants): 5.0000
Views since voting: 886
Votes: 248
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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11/25/2003 11:47:26 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I really like the different aspects coming into play in this photograph. I find the contrasts very nice, the composition to be great and I think the lighting is good as well. On the other hand I think the focus and cropping could use a little tweaking. Let's go into more depth:

The cropping issue I think is very minor, its more of a personal preference for me. I think that corner in the top left should be cropped to right where the book starts because the other side has a nice consistant blackness and the two tone background on the left gives it a bit of an off-balance. I also think a less close crop at the bottom - allowing the area just below mode to show so the wording isn't crowded at the bottom of the photo would give a more finished look.

Your focus choice is great, I really like the DOF use, but I have to agree with some of the other commenters in that I think a slightly longer field would have been better. Certainly I don't think the whole image should be in sharp focus, but I think allowing the eye a longer area of crispness would improve the image a bit.

The lighting is great. It really highlights the sharp focus on the left and helps create that nice shadow trailing into oblivion on the right.

The composition is excellent in my opinion. I know others wondered about having the book in the photo, but I found it a great reference as a viewer because I have no clue what your title (CCNA) would have stood for or how it would relate to the photograph without it. I think keeping it out of focus was also an excellent idea because it then doesn't become an obvious focal point for the eye, but instead merely a reference point.

Finally I love the contrasts, both in the muted colors shown on the electronic components against the bright red and white of the book and also the contrast between sharp and soft focus, and I especially like the subtle contrast with the play of the light on the left against the shadowed area of the right.

I think this could have been a very flat photograph but you've brought out enough contrasting elements and added some other interest points (as mentioned above) to give the image a nice bit of oomph. I notice a few conflicting comments below and I think the subject matter may have hurt your score, but I find it to be a nice solid image. Nicely done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2003 05:25:19 AM
Great idea. Looks a tad unbalanced. I think the point of focus is a little too far to the left?
11/14/2003 08:49:52 PM
I like the way you brought the subject across, the focus becoming out of focus toward the end of the picture is a nice touch. I would have liked to see the book alittle more in focus.
11/13/2003 04:56:26 PM
Good Depth of Field. I like the colors.
11/12/2003 09:51:55 PM
Good use of shallow DOF (I think that's what it is called, when one point is very clear and all in front or behind are out of focus).
11/12/2003 05:31:45 PM
I think the DOF is a bit to short...
I shot lot's of photos like this one where I used to work... when I got bored working =)
11/12/2003 04:50:02 PM
LOl i thought of doing something like that but i did not think may would have heard of the TCP/IP study guide. 7 for the good idea.
11/12/2003 03:18:23 PM
a little extra DOF would really help imho.
11/12/2003 06:26:27 AM
Manuals... creative!
11/12/2003 06:24:31 AM
The blurrish is a bit disturbing. Perhaps a litle more or a little less focus on the book
11/12/2003 01:48:51 AM
why did you have to put the book in the photo?

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