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Challenge: Why (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
Location: Little Rock Zoo
Date: Jun 2, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2007

Flamigo from Little Rock Zoo, though his head and neck looked like question mark. Adjusted levels, appled Noise Nija and resized in PS C2.

Statistics
Place: 103 out of 292
Avg (all users): 5.6901
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.4242
Avg (non-participants): 5.8571
Views since voting: 654
Views during voting: 250
Votes: 171
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0


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06/18/2007 06:43:24 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club! Thanks for the opportunity to comment on your image.

Pros:

Great bokeh, nice definition on the feathers, particularly on the neck. Lighting is good. Basically technicals are spot on. I also think your interpretation of the challenge was excellent.

Cons:

This is hard, because you have a technically good image that voters liked (scored slighly above average), but didn't love. So why didn't they love it? Well, we enter now into the realm of personal speculation, nothing more. But I hope it's helpful.

1) The color thing. Flamingos are "supposed" to be pink. I can't imagine anyone conciously marking you down for it, but it cuts into the "wow" factor.

2) He seems a little rumpled. Again, it's ridiculous to expect him to preen for you, but it cuts into the "wow" factor some more.

3) There's not an intense connection with the viewed. In my recent spate of farm animal critiques, I noticed the most powerful were the ones where there was a strong eye-contact connection between the viewer and subject. That's not present much here. I think voters saw a technically very good photo with little to grab them, so voted "average".

Challenge:

Your connection to the challenge is rock solid, and highly creative in a difficult challenge. I'm frankly surprised it didn't push you somewhat higher. I think has the image been just a little "grabbier," so people had spent a little longer thinking about it, it could have done really well.

Congrats on a very nice shot.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/11/2007 05:19:34 PM
I love the texture on the feathers, the question mark just adds to the image.
06/09/2007 04:58:13 AM
Amusing and clever take on the challenge (which the image meets completely) excellent sharpness
06/07/2007 07:11:17 PM
I like the bokeh. I wish he was a little more pink though. 7

I am not a good photographer, I do not claim to be better than anyone, any criticism is meant to be constructive criticism......
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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