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Moccasins
Moccasins
David Ey


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Challenge: Shoes II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: Earth
Date: Feb 21, 2010
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Vintage, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2010

4965-1
natural light and flash
iso200
f16
1/60
curves
contrast
sharpen
crop
re-size
Very few ps changes 'cause I don't know how to do it properly. Not exactly advanced editing, but I liked the topic for once.

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Votes: 165
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03/02/2010 05:07:46 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,
The first thing that strikes me about the photo is your choice of shoes for the shot. They’re interesting looking, and have lots of detail to them, as well as being a bit different from the rest of the subjects in the challenge. In terms of the actual photo itself, it feels very flat to me, which is probably because of the aperture you used (16). Because everything is within almost the exact same amount of focus, the distance is compressed and the moccasins fail to pop from the blanket. The way the shadows are falling, I’m assuming that your flash was on camera too, which increases this flatness of lighting because the shadows on the subject are decreased from the viewer’s point of view. Foregoing the flash and using something to support your camera may have worked to your advantage (though I don’t know what your ambient lighting was). Compositionally, I wonder if centering things would have made things feel more natural, in order to include the blanket as a subject. If you wanted to emphasize the moccasins more instead, I’d consider shooting from a lower angle and placing one shoe angled in regard to the camera, and one on top of that facing with the beads toward the camera. The lower angle makes the blanket less distinguishable, and the lower angle will accentuate the features of the shoes. Shooting this next to a window with sunlight streaming through could work pretty well, I think.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/26/2010 03:48:30 PM
good mocs and a great effort; however the photo doesn't do much to show them off; maybe if the blanket had been drapped over something so the mocs were on sitting only on the white part. As it is here they blend in too much with the phoenix/firebird. The beadwork is prominent which is good but no other detail can be seen.
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02/24/2010 09:07:24 PM
I love the composition, color and texture.
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02/22/2010 09:46:40 PM
The composition is a little off as this feels somewhat imbalanced. This could use a bit more light on it to help punch up the colors which I think are important in this scene.
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