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The Last Marigold
The Last Marigold

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Challenge: Simplicity (Classic Editing)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart 620
Location: My garden
Date: Dec 4, 2003
Aperture: F2.9
ISO: 140
Shutter: auto
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2003


Place: 255 out of 262
Avg (all users): 3.5733
Avg (commenters): 2.7000
Avg (participants): 3.4414
Avg (non-participants): 3.7018
Views since voting: 929
Votes: 225
Comments: 11
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12/23/2003 12:27:30 AM
From the Critique Club

You have some very nice colors here. Unfortunately, your focus is not on and your exposure is off also. The lighting is also very hash, exagerating all the other things that are not quite right with this shot.

When I look at your camera, it looks like a very simple point and shoot type camera. This does not need to be a bad thing, but you need to work a little different then those with really nice cameras. First off, there is a lot of noise in this shot. This makes me think that you used a digital zoom. If your camera does not have an optical zoom system, you will have to get as close to a subject like this as you can. Optical zoom rules, Digital zoom sucks. That's all there is too it.

I'm not sure how to fix the focus problem with your camera. With all the point and shoots that I've seen, you must give the camera time to focus before you push the shutter button all the way down. Otherwise you are taking the exposure before the camera is focused and ready for it. This took me a while to figure out with my camera!

Lighting issues are a little easier to deal with. Basically with an outdoor shot like this you need to try and shoot rather early in the morning, or later in the evening. This will bring the sun in at a lower angle and allow the natural physics of the sky to soften the light somewhat. This will mean that the light is coming in at an angle though so you may need to fill in the darker side. This can be as easy as holding (having someone hold) a piece of white paper or foil on the dark side to reflect a little light back onto the subject. This is called fill lighting and doesn't replace the sun, but will halp make shadows not so harsh and give detail.

I see potential in this shot. You need to practice, but if you persevere you will get better. Just don't let a low score in your first challenge make you discouraged!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/13/2003 09:40:39 AM
This seems way too soft and not very clear.
12/12/2003 05:48:00 PM
12/12/2003 11:37:23 AM
A little blurry
12/11/2003 12:03:17 PM
very unsharp, it looks like the sharpness is on the leaves behind the flower, you can see it on the one sticking out on the left behind the flower.
12/11/2003 09:44:33 AM
Sorry, too out of focus for me.
12/10/2003 05:04:08 PM
Too out of focus.
12/10/2003 02:29:11 PM
not the greates mac shot, out of focus or if you were going for the soft focus look, it just doesnt look right to me. But, hey, just my opinion. Nice try!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/10/2003 09:39:54 AM
This is out of focus and the background needs to be simpler, more DOF is needed.
On a positive note, it fills the frame nicely and the colors are vibrant.
12/10/2003 08:08:19 AM
Overall interest : 0/3
Technical : 0/3 (out of focus, harsh light)
Challenge fit : 1/2 (A simple object indeed, but i've no feeling of the "simplicity" concept)
Wow factor : 0/2
12/10/2003 05:56:24 AM
Focus is a bit off.

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