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Challenge: Window View II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Chateau Snaffles' foyer
Date: Oct 11, 2009
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Abstract, Interior
Date Uploaded: Oct 11, 2009

Never said they were on the inside now, did I? Stippled glass around a prism-like diamond set in my front door.

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Place: 57 out of 82
Avg (all users): 5.2424
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 4.9762
Avg (non-participants): 5.3333
Views since voting: 625
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 165
Comments: 7
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11/05/2009 01:52:55 AM
Hey there;
Here's a belated Critique Club visit!
You took a somewhat different approach to a lot of the entries in this challenge, and I mean that in a good way. Traditionally, when one thinks of windows, they think of a void, something which is defined not by its substance but by its boundary. With this approach, the focus is clearly on what is seen, and is almost a concerted effort to subjugate the window itself to an afterthought at best. Instead of this approach, you have put far more emphasis on the window itself by employing a window with both opaque and translucent properties and relegating the “view” itself to a secondary support role (which is doubled upon by your choice of basing your title on said secondary element). I like the slight tilt and angling of the window relative to the viewer, and the manner in which the chimes themselves are broken up by the diffraction is nice too. Had I been shooting this, there are a couple things I might have tried messing with to see the result. First, I would try to align the round portion of the chime with the center of the star in the window. Secondly, I would decrease my DoF and focus either on the chimes or just slightly past them so they are still acceptably sharp but that the window is lurking at the edge of the focus. This would soften the contrast on the stippled glass a bit but still keep things defined enough that the window itself is still a prominent subject. Nice shot as it is though.
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10/23/2009 07:06:35 AM
Edgy, and comfortable, like home. Nice presentation.
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10/19/2009 03:47:32 PM
Susan I like the look of this very much so.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/18/2009 02:08:01 PM
beautiful find. The different textures and the use of the negative space in the photo really brings your eyes right to the sweet spot of the photo. tones are nice and rich as well. Good work.
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10/14/2009 07:02:30 PM
Nice contrasty shot, 6.
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10/13/2009 12:53:15 PM
Intriguing sense of the graphic; not sure if it's to my taste, but made me think at least. The high contrast vibe is certainly up my street, but there's a sense that, in such a regimented and basically rectilinear composition, the distortion of a slightly obtuse angle of shot is undermining your intent. Maybe that was a sense of conflict you were after, but maybe also it isn't carried out well enough to have proper impact.
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10/12/2009 06:32:32 PM
This is VERY nice! I love pretty much everything about this......8
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