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Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in

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Challenge: Wheels (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus D-560Z
Location: Millgrove, Ontario
Date: Apr 6, 2004
Galleries: Rural
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2004


Place: 159 out of 283
Avg (all users): 5.0714
Avg (commenters): 6.1000
Avg (participants): 4.9016
Avg (non-participants): 5.2153
Views since voting: 709
Votes: 266
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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04/20/2004 12:13:36 PM
*** Greetings from the Critique Club ***

Hi there. A few words on your photo:

Submission meets the challenge as the wheels are the dominant factor in the shot. I would have liked to see a little more work on it though to make it more interesting, it's a bit lifeless for my taste.

This factor is a bit weak I'm affraid, this angle makes the fence look a bit cluttering and uninteresting for my taste. Positioning at a right (90°) angle would be better, the small angle standing a bit nearer the leftmost wheel is a awkward. Better yet, shooting from one side could produce some interesting results. Shooting from the left corner showing both sides of the fence could be nice, or shooting from a few inches away from the fence along with it making the wheels more dominant. Making the cattle more a part of the image could have been good too. In situations like these it's best to use a digicams biggest advantage and shoot a whole bunch of shots from different angles and deleting the less interesting ones. Try everything that falls into mind, often this ends with really good shots that you didn't belive in at first but gives something extra. Crop is rather tight as well, the rightmost wheel is just on the edge and the leftmost one is too tight as well. I would have included either more or less of the sky, often it's better to put the horizon either two-thirds up or down, middle seldom works best.

The lighting is smooth, cloudy and even. Your exposure did good (it's often the best weather to shoot outside photos)

Camera work
Very nice, no blurring and the dof is wide enough for this type of shot.

Image looks little or not processed in Photoshop or similar software, good thing, this type of shot does not need much processing. How ever a few things could be better, working with levels a bit (not too much could boost the rater dull colors up a bit (you can do it more easily with saturation). Sharpening a bit could do good as well.

Title and Info
Title is good, but the info isn't very informative. It's a good rule to always include aperture, ISO and Shutter settings and preferably something about how the shot came about and how it was done in the "comments" area.

Overall (my opinion)
I think you could have made a more interesting shot out of this, it's rather monotone and the composition isn't very striking, needs the so-called wow-factor, something unusual or striking. Your final score indicates though that many people like it, and maybe it's just my taste.

Hope this helps (excuse my english, I'm Icelandic)

Best regards, Tyrkinn
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2004 03:03:54 PM
very original fench...
04/10/2004 02:11:38 PM
A strange and ingenious fence.
04/09/2004 10:35:52 AM
oh, this is very very nice, love the ambience... i would've probably cropped more off the bottom... 7.
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04/08/2004 11:37:22 PM
nice subject... i think u could have exploited it better...
the composition does not seem to have any ... meaning... :(
i love the way the cattle is seen thru the first two wheels... i i think i would have tried that approach...
also i can't say i understand very well the title...
what a pity
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04/08/2004 08:32:27 AM
Very nice - I like the cows chllin' in the background too
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04/07/2004 02:00:34 PM
This shot looks like it has potential, but photographed from this angle, it seems too busy to get a real focus on the wheels, I don't know where to look.
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04/07/2004 01:27:39 PM
perhaps taken from another angle would have garnished better results..nice shot though
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04/07/2004 01:13:16 PM
Can you tell that one cow to move a little to the right?
04/07/2004 01:03:21 PM
The hub that blocks the cattle is, unfortunately, what draws my eye. Perhaps a different point of view would benefit this subject.
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04/07/2004 12:49:32 PM
I like the color here.
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04/07/2004 11:27:53 AM
not enoguht contrast. wheels blend into the busy background. perhaps a lower angle shot with them silhouetted aginst teh sky?
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04/07/2004 09:01:11 AM
What a great shot.
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