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Chinese Take Out
Chinese Take Out

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: my house
Date: Jul 24, 2009
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2009

daylight ,outside , wanted to do flowers in a different way .

Place: 358 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.0429
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.1818
Views since voting: 610
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 140
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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08/10/2009 04:05:11 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Ah - I remember this during voting. I wondered how many got the connection of asiatic lily (assuming that is deliberate). I gave this image a 4 during voting.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
I don't mind the concept, but it is a bit 'naff' for me - might work for stock photography, but needs better technicals and a better composition. There is movement issues and while you have done well to get the anthers and stigma in focus, the dof isn't shallow enough to give the added missing element to make this image stand out. It could still work with a deeper dof, but, as is the case even with shallow, the angle and in-situ composition and arrangement needs refining.

The centered composition isn't working - the chopsticks are quite well placed, but the handle on the basket/box is detracting and the way the flower is positioned in the box isn't making it 'the star'. A different angle, perhaps not so 'straight on', would have also allowed some added interest. Lastly, the colors, while similar, are not that complementary and create more of a 'busy' and loud feel in the image.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
358/419 is quite low down the pack, however you made it over 5 with a score of 5.04, which is a small milestone in DPC land. I suspect that the blur/focal issues, lack of presentation and possibly also subject matter, caused the lower votes (including # of (140)) and didn't invite the viewers to stop and linger.

Your one comment you got is very helpful...

Creative concept that just needs refining. Keep experimenting and practice, practice, practice.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2009 08:06:52 PM
The colors and composition are nice, but the subject really isn't that sharp. I think a wider DoF would have greatly benefitted this shot. Overall an interesting shot, keep thinking outside the box, because it keeps us voters interested :)

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