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Challenge: Light on White IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Location: DeLand, FL
Date: Feb 26, 2009
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 1, 2009

Taken at Florida Victorian Architecture& Antiques in DeLand, FL

PP Notes:

~ Converted from RAW
~ Curves
~ Levels
~ Border
~ Sized for Web

Place: 158 out of 178
Avg (all users): 4.5076
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.0476
Avg (non-participants): 4.9275
Views since voting: 599
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 132
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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04/04/2009 07:46:39 PM
I really enjoyed this one. I actually was one of 2 8's that you received for this image in the challenge.
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03/15/2009 04:30:54 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I think you did very well to come up with something a little outside the box for this challenge. Sometimes that pays off and sometimes it doesn't. Judging by the score, in this case, it probably didn't.

In my opinion, the main reason this did not score higher, is the lack of a white background. You were being hit hard by the DNMC police.

From a compositional point, this is OK, but could have been improved a bit by a step to the left. Meaning that the main subject would have been at a slightly different angle, rather than straight on. The focus is not particularly sharp, which will hurt. I see that a function of using a slowish shutter speed (1/20) rather than a use of selective focus from Depth of Field. It is almost impossible to handhold and shoot below 1/60 and the longer the focal length of the lens the faster the shutter speed needs to be to avoid camera shake. With your lens, focal lengths between 18 & 60 you can get away with 1/60, but at 135, you would need a shutter speed more like 1/160 to keep the subject sharp. Of course, if your lens has VR (vibration reduction), then you may be able to use slighly lower shutter speeds when handholding.

The next aspect I doubt you had any control over, if you were at an antique venue, but the fact that the taps themselves are rather dirty probably didn't help much. You know DPCers like pristine things!

Actually, now I have written my observations I just read the comments received.

Sorry didn't do better, I think it was a good idea. I didn't vote in this challenge, but I probably would have given it a 4 or 5, due to the above mentioned technical issue with the focus.

Hopefully this short critique has helped a bit.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/08/2009 03:36:36 PM
Nice spot - cool composition, I like it!
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03/05/2009 08:49:09 PM
just needs to be a tad bit more in focus and I think the dirt on the handle is a bit distracting
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03/02/2009 11:50:45 AM
Would be better if you used a white background.
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