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Challenge: Macro (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S30
Location: TV Room
Date: Nov 4, 2002
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 3.2
Galleries: Black and White, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2002

It's been two weeks since I picked up a camera, so I really would appreciate your comments.

Place: 50 out of 301
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Votes: 272
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11/28/2002 04:41:00 AM
Critique Club Critique

This photograph is all about texture. The black and white is a good choice in this regard, I think. It draws you to the tactile nature of the objects. The tonal range produced by the light over the rough edges is much more interesting to look at than one over smooth edges.

Compositionally this works. The close crop is a good sacrifice, in that we're exploring texture rather than the space occupied by the eggs. Wasting space on a background would be ill-advised given the format. The lower-right hand corner satisfies the needs for dark space. My eyes are naturally drawn to the lit left edges of the eggs and then fade over to the right side and into darkness. The choice of including two eggs is also a good one, as there's a definite relationship between the eggs. The depth allows you to show the shape of one and the texture of the other.

Technically I think this could be improved slightly. There seem to be compression artifacts in the eggs, especially in the areas of a more even tone, which causes the true texture to suffer. The tonal separation seems to be a bit harsh, though there are no hotspots and the contrast is good. It might also be oversharpened a bit - the edges of the eggs at the top hint at this. However, it's hard to tell given the nature of the surface.

Overall I think this photograph is a success. I enjoy looking at it and wonder about the story behind the eggs. Ultimately a good photograph can take even the most mundane objects and make them interesting and beautiful to look at. Though these might not be mundane, it is certainly a good representation.

James Davison
11/18/2002 01:37:00 AM
Thanks to anyone that took the time to write some comments. This is actually the first time I submitt anything, so the truth is I'm very proud of the picture. They are actually a couple of Pseudo-ostrich eggs (pseudo meaning they´re fake, they are made of some very real-looking clay. But I thought if I could get a good clean picture of them the texture would look nice.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/17/2002 07:11:00 PM
Cual tipo y de donde?
11/17/2002 12:04:00 AM
Beautiful details.
11/16/2002 08:43:00 PM
say.. what are those anyway?
11/15/2002 11:41:00 PM
Extraordinary textures! Cool idea! Good for you.
11/14/2002 11:40:00 AM
challenge -- met, even though there's nothing there to suggest an actual scale to me, these could be huge. but i am sure they are not. :)
technical -- great b&w, focus, and tonal range.
composition -- i like the positioning of the eggs and the crop a lot. i would like to see a little bit more room at the top though.
-- gr8photos.
11/13/2002 08:43:00 PM
I don't know what kind of eggs they are but the texture is outstanding. Very nice shot. DPz
11/13/2002 07:09:00 PM
I like the b&w. I like the light and the atmosphere obtained in this photo. She is really beautiful.9
11/13/2002 06:18:00 PM
are they small or are they big .. great illusion of macro
11/13/2002 12:00:00 AM
Don't know what these are. For all I know they could be dinasourse eggs. But there are good and sharp. A good B & W. The details in each one of them is very clear and distinct. Would like to know what they are. The photo is a good 7 in quality. PTL
11/12/2002 08:53:00 PM
Those are two old looking eggs. Very well done.
11/11/2002 11:22:00 PM
Nice sharpness
11/11/2002 11:02:00 PM
Texture is great. Lighting is well done. Nice composition. Good luck in the challenge!
11/11/2002 07:26:00 PM
Huevos cracked! Great job! Worth a 7.
11/11/2002 01:21:00 PM
Looks like pretty old huevos to me. Great texture. Jacko.
11/11/2002 01:10:00 PM
Great texture. Would love to see this in color.
11/11/2002 12:29:00 PM
Good texture, light.Justine
11/11/2002 10:44:00 AM
What a pic... am just amazed with it.... i recommend it for the first price.... and if possible an honorary mention and registration to the hall of fame
11/11/2002 08:36:00 AM
NIce picture, I am not 100%sure of the subject so will assume it is a close up.
11/11/2002 06:57:00 AM
Prehistoric Maybe?
11/11/2002 03:53:00 AM
This is not the tits in corset again is it? :-)))))))
Only joking.
But what I do find is that the jpeg compression sadly ruins the detail. I am sure the orginal is so much crisper and detailed.

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