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Silk & Thorn
Silk & Thorn

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Conflict (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Catania, Sicily, Italy
Date: Feb 24, 2004
Aperture: f9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Emotive, Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2004


Place: 97 out of 202
Avg (all users): 4.9213
Avg (commenters): 4.6250
Avg (participants): 4.7412
Avg (non-participants): 5.0055
Views since voting: 897
Votes: 267
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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04/15/2008 09:46:56 AM
I like the play of light and dark, and the silk vs thorn. There seems to be some detail lost in the flowers though
03/09/2004 11:47:32 AM
Critique Club

Hi. I'll start by pointing out a couple of reasons why I don't think this broke the 5 score barrier.

1) The focus seems soft.
Sometimes it can work, but here I think it is too subtly out of focus to look like it is meant to be. It may just have been soft from resizing down to 640x513 without applying unsharp-mask, in which case a quick USM would do the job. Most of the time, DPChallenge voters like a photo to be perfectly crisp, that's just the way it goes.

2) It's a flower shot.
Flower shots are the most hates of cliché's on this website, after kids. Some people see a flower and automatically vote it down without looking for it's qualities. As your connection to the Conflict challenge seems to me to be quite weak with this photo, even with the thorn, I expect many people voted you down for that.

I think this photo could also be improved by cropping in closer on the flower by the thorn, and leaving out all the dark black area around the edge which seems to have no purpose. This would make more yellow so the photo would be more appealing to the general audience.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2004 12:25:48 PM
Nice picture.
03/01/2004 08:09:57 AM
I see no conflict here. Nice flowers though.
02/28/2004 03:29:35 PM
nice photo, but i don'see conflict here, this is complement
02/28/2004 01:59:42 PM
Silk and thorn is really more of a contrast than a conflict, isn't it? Flower exposure is good, but most of the rest is too dark. Composition is pretty good; the yellow flowers capture your eye, and lead you down to the thorns (aloe?).
02/28/2004 12:02:47 PM
Nice idea and great shot.
02/27/2004 09:21:18 PM
I like the nice little yellow flowers but the thorns are not very prominant
Nice colours and a nice overall shot
02/26/2004 01:04:28 AM
A little too much dark area but othewise good photo.
02/25/2004 10:26:10 PM
I like this photo no need for a title and it explains itself...nicely done...
02/25/2004 02:17:52 PM
the thorns need more emphasis - lighting.
02/25/2004 01:38:42 AM
I like the colors in this and the saturation. Makes for an interesting contrast.

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