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Painted Apples
Painted Apples

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Challenge: Painting with Light (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Sony Mavica CD400
Location: California
Date: Jan 25, 2004
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8"
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2004


Place: 38 out of 120
Avg (all users): 5.5803
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.2771
Avg (non-participants): 5.8091
Views since voting: 1615
Votes: 193
Comments: 15
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02/08/2004 09:40:27 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This was one of my favs from the PWL Challenge. The overall composition of the shot is very well done.

But the negative space on the right is a bit too much for my personal taste, the rule of thirds is not in play here and the shot looks almost cut in half. The light that was used is perfect for the apples but perhaps a third apple slightly to the right or a more frontal approach on the apples.

I really can't find anything that I don't like about the shot except the balance issue. It's well done, the light is very well done and the apples look very delicious as a result!

Good Luck In Future Challenges!

DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions or want to discuss this further!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2004 11:49:03 PM
Very Nice.....7
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02/01/2004 09:03:51 PM
i would have cropped this differently..there is too much black space below the apples..they look like they are just floating there, which is odd.
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01/28/2004 10:38:02 PM
I love the color and light!
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01/28/2004 05:13:23 PM
A striking composition. Simplicity works well here, particularly given the lighting.
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01/28/2004 06:25:14 AM
Very nice use of light.
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01/27/2004 08:55:06 PM
Nice classic painting with light still life. I like it. :)
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01/27/2004 03:29:20 AM
nice soft touch to it. I would liked to have little bit more detail on the forground apple and less on the 2ed one.
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01/26/2004 11:53:55 PM
Unusually good shot of an often overdone (and badly done) subject. Possibly a little too much black on the left - I would be tempted to crop it but still keep the apples out of the middle.
Here is a comment I have put in some others which will explain my mark.
My only concern is, as you may have guessed from the amount of discussion on the forum re "painting with light" is whether it is painting with light.
Having been lucky enough to judge what is now a few hundred competitions in the last 30 years I feel I should say the first thing that happens is that they are sorted and any that do not immediatly seem to fit the category are dumped (hard but a fact). This is why so many competitions also run an "open category". Your picture, as impressive as it is, would, I feel have been rejected at this stage. "Painting with Light" has a fairly tight definition in photography but still allows a lot of lattitude for creativity.
I suspect that your scores may not reflect what the picture is worth which is a great shame. I believe if I was judging in another category I would have marked higher.
I do hope you understand my reasons for marking it down

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01/26/2004 06:02:09 PM
The apples seem like the moon hanging in the night sky. The effect works well. The apple seem a little gray or dusty - you'll think I'm crazy - perhaps the colors on the apple need more contrast because the contrast between the apple and the black is so great? I like the placement of the apples in the blackness too -
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01/26/2004 04:38:39 PM
Nice composition and great color. A little noisy, but very good job.
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01/26/2004 01:51:18 PM
Beautiful shot. Really well done. Nice colors, composition, and fade to black. Congrats.
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01/26/2004 01:43:15 PM
good use of technique - subject could maybe use a bit more interest ? (slightly cliched but maybe some water/ condensation or similar ?_
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01/26/2004 06:40:54 AM
Good composition, the colors could be a bit more defined and sharper though..
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01/26/2004 12:58:13 AM
Beautiful color, could have use some cropping of the black part, it is a little overwhelming
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