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Vine Lady
Vine Lady

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Jul 30, 2009
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Floral, Street
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2009

Street performer on stilts, opened in ACR, adjusted exposure, clarity and vibrance. Levels adjustment, darkened corners, converted to sRGB.

Place: 403 out of 419
Avg (all users): 4.4797
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3909
Avg (non-participants): 4.7368
Views since voting: 644
Views during voting: 243
Votes: 148
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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08/11/2009 10:38:49 PM
Thank you. My eyes must have a problem, since I don't really see the blur issues. Perhaps there is too much spread in the top to bottom correction in my glasses.

The top crop is a great idea. I had already experimented with it some. Actually almost no processing; just exposure and levels to spread out the histogram. A little clarity and vibrance in RAW because that seems to help all images.

This is my first real attempt at street photos, it was late evening and with no flash needed lots of light somehow. I'll have to go back and experiment some more.
08/11/2009 05:19:37 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Hmm.. good potential, but snapshottish feel to it and blur issues. I gave this a 2 during voting.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Tough - with the image as is, I'd hazard a guess that either going for a very surreal and 'out there' kind of image: blurred up and processed heavily, or otherwise, maybe toning adjustments, as the greens clash. A shutter speed of 1/50 for street photography, is an unusual choice, unless you were aiming for some motion effect, in which case I think this needed more/slower shutter speed. But with an ISO of 500, it doesn't seem that that is the case.

Compositionally, I'm not sure what to suggest. I think definitely a big trim off the top would help, otherwise depends what you had to work with originally.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
403/418 - is low down, and your score of 4.47 is also telling of the reception of the image. I think it was both the subject matter, but also the way it has been portrayed (not focussed). As mentioned above, I think there is potential, but the model is not able to be directed by you and you take your time capturing an image, so you're left with trying to capture a street candid that requires a faster shutter speed and/or a variation in context/framing/etc.

You received two helpful comments, one of which extremely so.

Possibly good potential, but you need to be quick in these situations. Portraying your vision in an image is sometimes very difficult to do. Your viewers weren't there and all they see is a 'fresh take' on the 'frozen moment'.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 12:51:59 PM
I'm assuming you didn't set this shot up and she was made up for something else? It's a great setup for a shot and a good concept but the execution is not good, it's very out of focus and she looks mid blink. So much potential.
08/06/2009 10:37:15 PM
San Diego zoo ?
08/03/2009 11:35:50 AM
man, this is cool, too bad about the focus, nice idea, 7.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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