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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Persidio San Francisco
Date: May 5, 2008
Aperture: f4
ISO: 1/1000
Shutter: 1/1024
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2008

Stilwell Hall, part of the Persidio of San Francisco. Taken early on a foggy morning.

Place: 159 out of 194
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05/24/2008 08:48:58 PM
*Critique Club*
Hi Barbara!! Russell here to answer your request for a little critique on your photo. I can share some of your vision here, the cannon has some great color and texture, a great subject overall, unfortunately I think a better angle would have worked alot better.

Anytime your subject is placed in the middle it needs to fill as much of the frame as possible giving the viewer the chance to "see" it too, with no major distractions. It truely BECOMES the subject (and this cannon could fit the bill with the color and texture).

If you want to include the background (the arches and lettering ARE pretty cool and gives an air of the "old days") maybe an angle that includes the front and part of the side of the cannon with the lettering and arches in the background and taken from just below the barrel so it gives foreground and background intrest.

Since I have not been to the Persidio since my days in the Marine Corps, I don't know if the rules have changed about getting close to the guns, if they haven't changed then get close, if they have, shoot portrait style from a low angle and use the telephoto.

After looking at your photo in PS CS2 I see that the arches are a bit "blown" hitting 255 on two channels (especially the red channel) kind of makes things a bit distracting. Watch your ISO and shutter speed, seems a bit high on the ISO for an outside shot.

You definately have an eye for photography, as seen by your portfolio (loved your "leading Lines" entry!!) if you get another shot at this cannon, or anything similar, take the time to shoot it from alot of different angles (hard to do when time is short - believe me I know) then check them when you have had some time to relax.
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05/19/2008 10:57:08 AM
Echoes of days long gone is what I see. Looks like it was indeed a lovely morning.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 12:35:19 PM
I wish there was another element in your photo to add more interest. It's not a bad photo, but simply doesn't keep my attention.
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05/16/2008 11:47:19 AM
not feeling it, and technically unimaginative. could be a tourist shot. 4
05/12/2008 03:03:56 PM
I would like to have seen more space in from of the cannon.
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