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Challenge: Motivational Poster (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Oklahoma
Date: Dec 25, 2003
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2003


Place: 74 out of 94
Avg (all users): 4.7627
Avg (commenters): 4.8333
Avg (participants): 4.5156
Avg (non-participants): 4.9027
Views since voting: 981
Votes: 177
Comments: 9
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01/08/2004 09:51:20 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hi! Here to do the indepth critique you requested and I hope I can help.

I really liked this shot during the challenge, gave it an 8 as a matter of fact, now let me try to explain why it didn't get a 10, though it has that potential for me.

First the aspect ratio of the size of the thighs to the shoes is really distracting, the feet look so tiny compared to the thighs in the shot, it's a bit disorienting and hard to look at for any length of time. For a poster to work for me I want to be able to look at all day long if needed or at least want to look at without causing a bit of eye strain. The washed out look on the thighs is also a bit distracting yet works for this shot overall. It grabs your attention and brings you into the shot. If we could get those feet to look just a bit bigger! :)

Also the cropping or angle on the floor is also off a bit and makes me a bit dizzy to look at it for too long. Maybe a slight rotation to balance it a bit would also help with the foot/thigh equation.

I like the lettering and the font but the side borders seem very heavy on this shot. Maybe if you brought them in a bit, left the top font as is and made the lower font a bit smaller (not the same size as the top) so it would fit it would work just a bit better.

Hope all this helps, if you decide to play with this image and take any of my suggestions, I would love to see it!

Good Luck In Future Challenges!

DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions or want to discuss this further!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2004 11:50:06 PM
I enjoy the colour combinations...........
01/02/2004 12:59:32 PM
The wide-angle focal length effectively exaggerates the length of the legs. It also distorts the floor tile, but that's minor. The whiteness of the upper legs is distracting. I don't care for the red letters; it is too intense. I think orange or gold would go better with the message.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/01/2004 02:17:02 PM
12/30/2003 10:05:28 PM
Those look like sexy shoes, but this is not the most flatering angle. I love the red letters with the black and white- 80's very punk album cover.
12/30/2003 07:02:01 PM
Highly quirky but works very well for me. It has a really modernist feel to it - the limited colour palette of just black, white and red is so classic. The image itself is gritty, offers a weird perspective and makes you look and look again.
12/29/2003 07:38:00 AM
The red text seems to "bleed" into the black. Image seems a little over-saturated - too bright near the tops of the legs.
12/29/2003 06:19:06 AM
Interesting viewpoint. Like that it is b&w. The mat is well done, but the red text took it over board. If your text was simply white and a bit less heavy, I would have scored it much higher.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2003 12:38:20 AM
Perspective distortion (?) on the right bothers me some. I might have tried cropping a square out of this, and put it on a vertical layout with two lines of type below, maybe shortening it to
Walk Slowly,
But Never Backwards
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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