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Water On Fire
Water On Fire

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Challenge: Abstract (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: PhaseOne LightPhase
Location: Studio
Date: Apr 27, 2004
Aperture: 22.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 100
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2004

It is just my sun glasses placed on a make-shift reflector. I used a mirror to bounce in a little light from the top. Hope you like it.

Place: 29 out of 208
Avg (all users): 6.0747
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9600
Avg (non-participants): 6.2297
Views since voting: 1509
Votes: 174
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/16/2004 09:51:26 PM
Hi Nick and *Greetings from the Critique Club *

Although I already commented on your image during the challenge - it's nice to see what others have said and see if we can come up with a consensus.

First - it's a great image - coming in 29th in a very competitive challenge. The major things that pushed it up there are: a) Superb Colors, b) Superb textures, and c) Perfect exposure.

On the downside, a few commenters, including me, had some difficulty with the composition. I don't know if you've had any "art theory" classes, but they have actually "measured" viewers eyes to see where the eyes "go" inside an image - and the path to get there.

In America, and other countries where they read from left to right, the studies show that images which have a "lead-in line" starting at the bottom left or so - then take the viewer into the image - rate higher more consistently than those that don't. Of course that's not a hard rule saying there should "always" be one. (The study I am familiar with did not comment on countries that read right to left.)

So - since you do have a lead in there - note that it takes you diagonally up and to the left - and out of the frame. That's why I commented earlier that if you included the bottom of the lens shape, it would do better.

I know I've used a lot of words to say very little, but when the image is as close to "PERFECT" as yours, sometimes it's nice to know the theory behind what commenters are saying.

In any event - keep up the good work - and I definitely predict you'll be on the ribbon list(s) very soon. I loved your entries in Still Life and Proportion.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/09/2004 10:40:26 PM
I like the glossy sharpness and the color very much, but the composition feels a little awkward to me. The lines draw your eye out of the photo instead of keeping you focused in it.
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05/09/2004 10:20:03 PM
Oh yeah! nice abstract!
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05/08/2004 10:16:38 PM
wonderful concept - I love the feel and the colours ..... a 10
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05/08/2004 09:33:14 PM
can't tell what it is, soo I guess that's good, I do like it though
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05/08/2004 09:19:16 AM
Super Realism, yet an unknown subject. Texture and colour are the strong elements. Wonderful image.
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05/07/2004 02:25:20 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background 8
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing 9
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 10
How well does it meet the challenge: 9
Total Averaged Rating 9
one of my favorites this challenge
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05/07/2004 01:57:11 AM
Great 10.
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05/06/2004 08:10:43 PM
Since you're having so much trouble with this shot, I thought I'd stop on in and comment. First off, I'm not a huge fan of abstracts. That being said, this one is alright. The color is what does it for me. I like the texture and patterns along with the color. Had I not gotten some inside info from the DQ request, I would not know what this is, but that's ok. Maybe that's what makes it interesting. The way you have positioned the sunglasses in the photo makes for a nice balance with the reflection and colors. Good luck in the challenge. ~Heather~
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05/06/2004 12:14:19 AM
Great texture that nicely contrasts with the smoothness of the arch. Great colour range. Very artistic.
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05/04/2004 03:10:40 PM
Well-phtographed, but a bit recognisable. Interesting result. The refelction in the mirror is like sand ripples on the beach.
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05/04/2004 09:50:15 AM
the colors in this shot are very appealing.
nice job - good luck.
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05/03/2004 06:13:38 PM
The colors are marvelous asare the textures. Compositionally it is a bit unnerving for me. I think I would be much happier about it if I could see the rest of the large gray/silver shape at the bottom. It may also be stronger if the grey/silver shape were positioned a bit more CCW in the image. Overall though - this is a very stong submission, it should do well.
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05/03/2004 03:05:51 PM
Great colors and contrast. Really well done.
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05/03/2004 12:35:21 AM
Very interesting. Did you use the chrome effect in PS? I like it, whatever it is.
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