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Sunlight Surprise - "Spirals"
Sunlight Surprise - "Spirals"

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony SAL-50F14 Normal 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens for the Sony
Date: Feb 20, 2010
Aperture: F1.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Feb 25, 2010

Gosh, what a tough month to submit something for the FS! I have numerous snow shots I've considered with all of the weather we've had this month. Then I was in the kitchen, it was fairly early with the sun coming thru a window at a low angle. These shadows caught my eye. Grabbed the camera and captured a few shots of this. When I saw it I knew what I wanted, and this came pretty close. Less than 5 minutes later this scene didn't exist anymore as the position of the sun moved the light away from this area of our kitchen counter. The object in the background is a small animal cage that was cleaned and hadn't been put back in use yet.

Title Discovery:
"Solar Spirals"

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Place: 282 out of 379
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04/02/2010 12:36:19 PM
I gave this a "6"

That number means different things to different people. A picture that does nothing for me gets a 3, even if it is the sharpest, rules of thirdest image in the world. If it is different in some way or has some feeling to it, then it goes to 4. To get a 5, I have to feel like the photo is doing at least something interesting. That brings us to 6. 6 means it's a good photo, just not a 7. 7s are for photos that really come together for me. They are beautiful, they move me, they are subversive, they tell a story, or all of the above.

So, this was a 6. The lighting is gorgeous. It came close to 7hood, and maybe if I were in a different mood at the moment it would have gotten a 7, but I felt that the photo was an exercise. And yes, a highly successful exercise but still an exercise. To put it metaphorically, it's a beautiful cage but there's nothing in it. A lot of it has to do with composition. Your composition is too stable. It says, "ok, here I am!" I want it to say more, I want it to stutter a bit or exclaim.
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03/08/2010 04:47:13 AM
Agree with Spiffy, you were robbed. I loved this and gave it a 9. Abstract and blur of course, do not go over very well in the FS. Pity, they are usually the more interesting entries.
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03/08/2010 01:06:58 AM
You got robbed Barry! Of course we both know how abstracts tend to fare in non-abstract challenges. Got an 8 from me, however. I love the play of light and shadow.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/05/2010 01:19:41 PM
Nice abstract feel to this.
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03/01/2010 01:55:25 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: There is a minimalism that I like in this image, the way you have had faith to trust in simple light and shade. The toning is great and the juxtaposition of the sharpness and blur, accentuated by the orthogonal relationship between the shadow and cage.

Critical stuff: I think the physical limits you have placed on your composition effectively place a ceiling on the amount of interest you can glean from the scene. I think that the image is a little noisy in place and taking down the red channel a little may have helped to minimise the appearance of this (as would have localised use of a specialised noise reduction tool).

Overall: This is an effective image which I suspect off the viewer exactly what you had intended (at least that's the impression I get); there's a lot of merit in that - it offers a created feel that I enjoy in the images I view.
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