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Summery Shop Window
Summery Shop Window

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Selective Desaturation II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Outside Marks and Spencer, Peterborough
Date: May 17, 2007
Aperture: F/8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40 secs
Galleries: Urban, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 20, 2007

The idea of this picture was to achieve a contrast between the summery nature of the goods inside the shop window and the horrible weather outside. When I first saw the scene it was a horrible wet day - that would have been ideal but I didn't have my camera with me. When I came back the next day the sun was shining although it had been raining, it wasn't half as good as it could have been. Oh well...

Place: 407 out of 556
Avg (all users): 5.0390
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9663
Avg (non-participants): 5.2830
Views since voting: 686
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 231
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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06/07/2007 03:14:51 PM
This is a lot better than the score indicates - I like shots like this. Even though it wasn't raining, you got your point across quite well, I think, using the desat to emphasize the dreariness outside with the colorful "sun" theme in the window.
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05/28/2007 08:21:23 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

My first impression was that it was a nice shot... a bit snapshot-like in it's composition, but the selective desat felt unique.

After reading your comments, I can see where you were going with the summer vs. blah weather, but the weather outside the store just doesn't feel all that blah. The rain or some umbrellas would have really helped. Your vision was probably right on with this shot, time just didn't cooperate. At least one of the commenters got what you were going for with the jackets.

After looking at the shot some more, the composition still feels odd. I think it's the tilt. The top of the store window is leveled, but that leaves the sidewalk with too much lean for my tastes. Perhaps not leaving the top or bottom of the store window level would work, if you know what I mean?

And now, for my favorite part, and what this challenge was all about... the selective desat! I like the way you pulled this off. You could have chosen just the items, but I like that you left the warm summery glow around the display, yet it tapers off to the edge of the backdrop in the window. The colors are vibrant, almost on the verge of too saturated, but I think you're just under that line which would be too much.

Overall, I think you had a great idea, and processed the desaturation nicely. The downfall of this shot with the voters was most likely the lack of some spectacular scene (voters don't always take time to think about the shots and make the connections, especially with so many in the challenge), or else "snapshot" feel.

Hope this has been helpful! Good luck in future challenges!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2007 03:30:22 AM
Nice concept. I particularly like the contrast between the image and the jacket wearing pedestrians. Think summer!
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05/22/2007 07:14:48 PM
nice 6.
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