Challenge: Construction II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Location: Irving, Texas
Date: Jun 16, 2009
Galleries: Black and White, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Jun 16, 2009
|Wasn't really planning on having an entry for this challenge, but I'm a glutton for punishment, I suppose. I took a few shots of this overpass project when I got to work this morning. I didn't think any of them would really work well, but when I started editing this one, it grew on me quickly.
What I like about it:
-The composition leads my eye nicely to the two people in the lower left.
-The incomplete overpass structure frames them and provides the context of the challenge.
-The blurred car in the background gives a feel for the location on the side of a busy freeway, but being dark, does not distract from the main elements.
-Human interest. Something is going on between the people in this scene.
-The subjects are sharp, with some loss of crispness as the image moves to the background. I like the sense of dimension this aspect provides.
-I like the sense of scale of the people to the structure behind them.
-I'm not a big fan of square crops, but will use them when appropriate. It really was what worked for this one.
Not expecting this to be a killer entry by any means. There are too many aspects of it that will be perceived as flaws, and it does not have a huge amount of the legendary "wow-factor". I anticipate starting off in the 4's and hopefully making it comfortably into the 5's.
The more I look at it, the more I think I am in for a lowball score. Not enough wow factor and too many things that will be perceived as flaws. I might be tempted to withdraw it, but now I have to see if I am right. It's like slowing down to look at an accident.
I anticipate some critiques being:
-Slightly overexposed detail on the bridge. (I agree and it could have been easily dealt with if this were advanced editing.)
-Don't like the crop/composition
-The blurred car
Scored about as hoped for. I knew this was a little out of the box for me and would not have the broad appeal needed for a higher average. It did well to come in where it did.
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