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stone face

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Geology (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Location: Montijo
Date: Jul 14, 2009
Aperture: 16
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Macro, Textures
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2009

I used a paper a glass and put they on the top the ead light.

Place: 58 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.2167
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 4.7576
Avg (non-participants): 5.3197
Views since voting: 568
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 180
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/24/2009 09:26:37 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Nice collection of 'stones'. Second thing I looked at was your title, which made me look for a face - I thought I saw one, but then the 2 other stones/rocks/crystals/etc threw me. Maybe the face was within one of the 'stones' - I think I saw something there, maybe. I gave up and looked at the image as a whole, within the context of the Challenge. It came across as a fairly static, straight up image of a collection of crystals/etc. The OOF (out of focus) upper left one lessens the overall quality of the image.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
If I interpret your Photographer's Comments correctly, it sounds like you put effort into your lighting and setup - which has produced a nice effect, but it slightly softer, with a smoother gradient effect, would enhance the image (and subjects) better in my opinion. The reflections are not strong enough to feature and too subtle and oddly placed that they almost become a distraction, but fairly minor.

Compositionally, it doesn't have strong balance, especially for a horizontal framing.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
You have two especially good and helpful comments that I agree with. 5.21 is quite a good score for this Challenge, and the placement not bad, but given some of the other scores, I might have expected it to be a little higher ranked.

I like the way the colors are showcased against your backdrop/lighting and like the choice of crystals, just wish I could see more detail in them. The upper right one is the most intriguing, to me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/23/2009 12:39:18 AM
I miss all the textures a rock contains in the from. The light could be better and the composition more balanced. Any way, great job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2009 09:14:41 PM
Your lighting on these silica based crystals really does a fine job fine job!
My interest is in the amber colored 'inclusion' (perhaps?).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/20/2009 03:03:03 AM
Shooting from directly above, with the light behind, for me does not show off the rocks in the most interesting way. Shooting so that we can see the different shapes, and the light resulting in different shades would have worked better. The placement of the rocks also does not seem to really appeal
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/19/2009 06:08:10 PM
nice lighting and colors
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/19/2009 07:29:59 AM
Wonderful lighting
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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