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Challenge: Giving Thanks (Classic Editing)
Collection: 2003 Challenges
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Cape Cod, MA.
Date: Nov 28, 2003
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: !/500 sec.
Galleries: Family, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2003


Place: 12 out of 56
Avg (all users): 6.2857
Avg (commenters): 6.8889
Avg (participants): 5.6818
Avg (non-participants): 6.6400
Views since voting: 959
Votes: 119
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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12/11/2003 01:11:02 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club John

This is a difficult shot to Critique - I'm very surprised by it's finishing so high in the voting, and I think that's a triumph of subject over technique. There are a few things that strike me immediately: the dead space in the sky - doesn't even count as negative space as it's not adding anything to the shot: would the shot be worse without it? I think it would be improved, rather. Cutting off the feet is a weird choice - especially cropping or framing so low down the leg. It almost becomes the focus of the composition for me ... what's so terrible down there that he wanted to avoid it? Then there's the odd inclusion of that pole with the bird sitting on it, and part of the bridge ... I can't see the rationale for these elements being here.

I think Azrifel's point regarding the composition is very valid, and well made.

Perfectly acceptable exposure, and I like the surprise element of the backs-to-the-camera thing - and there is a sense of caring in the pose of the two figures.

I think you've done exceptionally well to score as you did. Good luck in future.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2003 11:53:50 PM
What a wonderful photograph. 10.
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12/04/2003 11:36:53 PM
Very nice shot, one of my favorite compositions. I think though, since they are facing so much to the left, the shot is a bit too imbalanced with that being out of the photo. If they were looking/facing a bit more right, the comp would be perfect. For this stance, I think I would have put them on the right of the frame.
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12/02/2003 09:04:17 PM
Nice composition, but the shadows, including the two figures, seem to melt together. Could be a matter of lighting, or possibly a different contrast setting.
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12/01/2003 09:40:02 AM
I would have placed the couple at the right of the frame, not centered. This would give the eye more interpretation of what their looking at.
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11/29/2003 08:33:27 PM
Very nice shot indeed, love it. Well composed, great choice of B&W.
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11/29/2003 12:50:19 PM
Certainly a think worth photographing! I like how you are staring away from the camera, as if your love is too large to be captured on film. It would have been nice for the sky to have cooperated with something interesting, but lovely work.
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11/29/2003 10:04:55 AM
great thing to always be thankful for.....nice photo
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11/29/2003 05:08:47 AM
I like the basic setup here, but....

There is the bridge at the left, that's an interesting point in the scene, it breaks the line from the right. Where both these lines cross you have a natural focus point for the human eye. The right side is now a bit empty, does not have a lot of interesting items in it.
Therefore my choice would be to move the two people to the right side of the frame (ask them if they posed, change your own position if this is a natural scene). That way you fill up the empty space and you have an invisible leading line from the point of the people's heads to the crossing of the lines of the bridhe and the rightside river bank. Most times it is better to leave more space in front of people when they look or move into that direction.

Apart from that, nice pic. 7
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11/29/2003 12:51:53 AM
How sweet! Nice shot, a 9
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