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Challenge: Cold II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: NY
Date: Feb 1, 2010
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2010

so this is my first entry wooh! i wanted to do something a little bit different, but it wasn't executed exactly how i hoped :/ i'm not used to photographing myself. i wanted that look of breath on the glass and to convey that feeling you have when you're stuck outside in the cold, fumbling for your keys or when you get locked out (like my parents do to me all the time by accident! haha)

Statistics
Place: 139 out of 154
Avg (all users): 4.3575
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4107
Avg (non-participants): 4.3377
Views since voting: 493
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 207
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0


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02/14/2010 07:59:13 AM
Hello from the Critique Club and welcome to the site!

It’s good that you’re considering the idea of cold as a whole and not just “lets take a photo of a pile of snow or an icecube,” but remember that voters are relatively direct in their interpretation of subject matter. I think this is part of what docked your score. Beyond this and in regard to technicals, you have good focus and your saturation is good, but there isn’t much color in your photo. Also, considering the pose you were in, I think it would definitely have been feasible to decrease your shutter speed to knock down your ISO, and all the noise with it (which is pretty apparent). Noisy photos are not always well received even if the noise is used appropriately with the subject matter and almost never if it doesn’t have some clear relationship. The doorway is also a bit skewed, and this could have been alleviated a bit by a more careful placement of the camera.
I agree with 21.gif Yo_Spiff on his point as well- emphasizing the breath on the window would make for a closer relationship between Cold and your chosen subject matter by concentrating on the portion that is cold, and not the aspect that is locked out.
Try to also think about how you weren’t able to accomplish what you set out to- understanding how to achieve your vision is, after all, just as integral as having an interesting idea.
Keep at it, and I hope to see more of your photos in the future.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/08/2010 07:07:29 PM
Locked out...in the cold? Doesn't work for me, nice idea though.
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02/08/2010 01:36:50 PM
Rachel should have known that her Facebook post making fun of dad's musical preferences for Hannah Montana and Selena Gomez would backfire.

Serious stuff:
The scene outside the door comes across to me better than the rest of it. All the image area inside does not really seem to add anything else to the image for me. If you cropped in closer to the window it would add a lot of detail but the context of the scene would still be clear. JMO, your mileage may vary.
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02/03/2010 12:03:30 PM
interesting shot but not really cold
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