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Dream's Pale Castle
Dream's Pale Castle

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: DPC Cinema II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: Hardwick, NJ
Date: Oct 18, 2009
Aperture: 1.4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Blur, Birds
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2009

manual settings to expose for the crow feather and let everything else blow out... achieved through trial and error. PP: I just put some curves on it, to darken the darks, and I dodged the stone near the crow's beak.

Place: 78 out of 82
Avg (all users): 4.2558
Avg (commenters): 3.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3056
Avg (non-participants): 4.2366
Views since voting: 687
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 129
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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10/29/2009 03:19:11 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
I like this. Really like the perspective, especially when taken of a bird. At first glance I wondered if the bird was alive, as the feathers seem a little 'unruly', however the pose/position of the beak makes me think he/she is indeed alive and well in a Dream's Pale Castle.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Difficult, as you obviously had a vision here and kept experimenting until you captured an image as close as possible to it. For me, I like the very shallow DOF and like the focal area/point, but do wish that either a fraction wider to allow more of the crow in, as well as the surrounding stone, or else, just shifted a little, in lieu of the stone and to get more crow. I like the 'blown outness' of this. The main thing that bothers me is that dark area (roof?) at the top of the image. Maybe just less of it (perhaps cropped), or else none, maybe. It competes against the crow too much for attention, especially because it is the only other dark area in the image.

I like the placement within the frame, especially with the direction the crow is looking/facing.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
80/81 is too harsh in my opinion, but what can you do. Same with the score of 4.25 - I'd expect an 'artistic' style image such as this to score low, but maybe closer to the 5 mark. I'd hazard a guess it was the overexposure that burned people's eyes and made them score low - without lingering to 'get it'. Of course, maybe they 'got it' but it just isn't their thing.

An average score from your commenters of ... 3 is telling and does match their comments, which seem honest enough.

For me, whilst this could be a movie poster, I don't gel with the title befitting a movie - a book or poem, yes, perhaps. Otherwise, a unique image and vision. Just wish the crow didn't compete with the stone and that other dark area, 'somehow'.


Message edited by author 2009-10-29 15:21:51.
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10/26/2009 10:51:05 AM
Two honest-to-god poets snag bottom 2. Pity I couldn't make it 3-for-3....
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10/26/2009 04:58:27 AM
You beat me by one. Or did I beat you by one? We own this end of the spectrum and all of alternative cinema.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/21/2009 10:31:44 AM
Not a movie poster.
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10/20/2009 12:44:28 AM
Hurt my eyes... physically.
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10/19/2009 04:52:23 PM
Good credible title with a matching image.

Very bold POV but if I'm honest the blown highlights are a little distracting .
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