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Old Blue-Eye
Old Blue-Eye

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Nov 27, 2002
Aperture: 8.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2002

Photo of my dad's right eye. Available light was very poor so I had to use the flash.

Place: 223 out of 243
Avg (all users): 3.9878
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 3.8980
Avg (non-participants): 4.1224
Views since voting: 960
Votes: 245
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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12/09/2002 06:07:06 PM
Dear Isaac
I bet your dad was not too happy about my comments?
Good luck in the next challenge!
12/09/2002 04:57:39 PM
~~~~Critique Club Comment~~~~

Composition (content)

The composition is basically OK. It is just that the subject itself isn't very appealing. It might have been prettier to make a portrait of both eyes.

There is no background.

Camera Work (Technical)
The flash was not a good decision. First of all, this picture didn't need the F8.6 aperture, you could try to open it up to F2 / F2.8 . It could of course be that you have no control over it.
It creates a nasty glare from the skin, not nice at all. Try to get more natural light or let someone hold a table lamp ore something. Don't use a flashlight/torch as that light is often to bright, you want the diffuse light from a "low" Watt bulb or the tinted glass of a bulb. What works is a flashlight diffused by a piece of transparent (the kind you can use to draw the stuff that is on the paper below it) paper. You could even put that between the subject and your flash. That too diffuses light. It would have made the skin much more pleasing, now it looks a bit sweaty.
The skin that isn't affected by the flash looks very natural and the hair has detail, which is nice.

Focus and sharpness are good.

Digital Processing (technical)
Nothing to mention.

My opinion
Interesting choice of subject, but I don't like the picture because of the sweaty look created by the flash.
12/09/2002 12:15:59 PM
His eyes are definately blue, but this picture doesn't make them look very pretty, does it? If I were your dad I would be mad that you made me look so old. But I think the oldness is what makes it a good picture. The focus is very nice, and even thought you used a flash, the colors came out good. Sometimes the flash makes the colors look washed out or pale. The light is a bit too bright down on his cheek There is a lot of detail in your picture, every little hair shows up, I like the way his eyebrows curl.

To make the picture better, I think the compostiton could have been better. It might be more interesting if the eyeball was looking at the viewer. But then, of course your Dad would have had to look right into the flash and you might have blined him. and gotten "red eye"....so maybe that's not a good idea. How about if you had remembered the rule of thirds and put the eyebal just a bit lower in the picture. I think that would have made it more interesting because the human brain likes to look at things that are about a third of the way on a picture. Yours is one third from the right but it is centered from top to bottom.

A nice portrait of your Dad. Keep up the good work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 01:53:34 AM
The effect of the flash on the skin in the lower part is a bit harsh. Having the specular highlight overlap the pupil instead of the iris would be better, although it's nice and small. Good focus, detail.
12/08/2002 12:08:21 AM
One of only a couple to get it in focus. My eyes hurt though, helping him hold the eye open so wide. It evokes that. When a photo can do that it is good. PTL 9
12/06/2002 06:04:46 PM
Try old hairy face!
12/06/2002 09:51:49 AM
I don't wish to offend - but this is not at all attractive to look at. I had to make myself look again to score and to comment because I thought it only fair to comment when giving a low score.
This shot highlights very oily skin (needs dabbing with a tissue or something), blood vessels in the eye whites, and what seems to be pretty greasy hair.
I doubt the model comes across that way in real life but with such a close we can see more than we might notice in RL.
I have tried to state my thoughts politely but since what I am saying has the potential to offend, please feel welcome to write and ask me to delete the comment before the voting finishes if you so wish.
12/06/2002 12:30:28 AM
12/04/2002 07:03:20 PM
Hey old man! (At least your eye brows aren\'t aging!) Really good shot! Somehow, I see that as a grey eye, but that would be picking nit. Fab shot, and easy 8. Swash
12/03/2002 01:18:00 AM
12/02/2002 08:15:00 PM
One of many Blue Eye pictures, but I like the character of this one. Very sharp. Makes me want to see the whole face! Lnede

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