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Mourning dew
Mourning dew

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Challenge: Death II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Montreal
Date: Jul 28, 2009
Aperture: 13
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2009

This tombstone was taken in a cemetary on a very rainy day. I thought it was difficult to get a nice stone while not overexpose the sky. I used the built in flash.
The only changes are related to the light and brightness.

Feel free to make comments.

Place: 64 out of 85
Avg (all users): 4.7483
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.1200
Avg (non-participants): 4.8814
Views since voting: 569
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 143
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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08/05/2009 12:13:09 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

A score of 4.74 isn't particularly impressive in this challenge unfortunately. You have to ask yourself why viewers didn't like this image, and there are several potential explanations that I'll touch on here. The first one that comes to mind for me is your choice of subject. In a "Life and Death" challenge, I would expect to see a lot of tombstones. It's a stereotypical choice of subject for this challenge and it's also an easily accessible subject, so I expect that this challenge was full of them (I didn't vote in the challenge so I don't really know this to be true... It's just an assumption.) With the establishment of a stereotypical choice of subjects, you are forced to provide a much higher level of visual and/or emotional impact. The perspective you chose is interesting, but the light and environment just don't seem to provide any particular interest. The interesting detail in this cross seem to be at the top rather than the bottom, and your choice of perspective doesn't really highlight the interesting part of the subject. The top of the cross also argues with the tree in the background for attention. I'm not sure how to suggest improving this photo other than exploring your compositional opportunities and working with some more interesting light options...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/30/2009 12:50:03 PM
A very cool unique perspective.
07/29/2009 04:31:20 AM
oh, that caption....

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