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Challenge: Chairs (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: My Back Yard, Statesboro, GA
Date: Feb 7, 2010
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Vintage, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Feb 7, 2010

Auto-Levels, Multiple Layers, Convert one Layer to Black & White, Sepia Filter, Stamp Visible, Blending Changes (Including Luminosity, Pin Light & Multiply,) Cropped, Flattened Layer, Resized, Auto-Sharpened, USM, Saved for Web...

I knew that this photo needed something, but I felt that the crop was more needed in terms of expediency than preference, due to the background that I didn't have time to properly "spruce-up."

It seemed a shame to let these great old chairs go without recognition, even though I wish I could have made them pop in "WOW!" Factor!

Place: 90 out of 121
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02/15/2010 09:21:39 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I empathize here because I've shot in a similar fashion, trying to fit as much into a shot as possible. Sadly, it rarely works.

The highlights are blown out on the arm of closest chair and that whole side of it looks quite oof. Crop is very, very tight on all the chairs, lighting is flat, giving entire shot a washed-out look. Compostion is quite cluttered, with one chair piled atop another and that atop yet another chair. Background of fallen leaves just looks drab.

With such a selection of chairs you could have made the pinky Adirondack chair really pop, by putting it between the two metal patio chairs and shooting perhaps another foot or two to your right. This was an Advanced challenge, so you could have used a magnetic lasso (or similar tool depending on what pp program you have) and really blasted the colour on the Adirondack.

An aperture of 4.5 is quite shallow, even just a few stops down (say f.6 or f.8) could have made a world of difference. Going by the fast shutter I'd say you shot handheld.

FWIW: In a word: tripod. Even if you only use it for shots like this it's well worth it, because then you can close the ap wayyyyy down - try f.8 - and leave the shutter open for at least a second.

Hope this helps, and as I learned awhile ago: you have to take a good shot first, because all the pp in the world won't help a poor one.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2010 11:57:46 AM
More subtle lighting might have better shown off the textures.
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02/09/2010 12:30:02 PM
Interesting perspective.
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02/08/2010 04:14:27 PM
I don't care for the crop. 5
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02/08/2010 03:24:46 PM
YES! I like it!
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02/08/2010 04:11:18 AM
They just don't make chairs like that anymore.
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