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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Studio
Date: Nov 28, 2002
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 200
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002


Place: 131 out of 243
Avg (all users): 4.9880
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.8986
Avg (non-participants): 5.1165
Views since voting: 931
Votes: 251
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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12/09/2002 04:18:39 PM
~~~~Critique Club Comment~~~~

Composition (content)

The composition is a bit centered in the middle, not pleasing to the eye. I don't say that you should go with the rule of thirds, but some creativity with the stream of water would have been nice.
There are also some distractions, like the blown out spot in the upper left corner, the wiggly blue bits in the upper right and some excessive reflections from the ripples.
I like how the water behaves (shutterspeed) and one thing that I find stunning is that there seems to be a part of a face in the stream of water, just above the center.

The blue/green/jade background has some damage that distracts a little bit. Again, try to get rid of that blown out spot in the corner.

Camera Work (Technical)
Good DOF, focus ok, sharpness ok, good choice of shutter. Might want to try a polarizing filter for the reflections. Exposure is good except for the bright spot (it is really that annoying).

Digital Processing (technical)
Looks ok. Remember that the limit for submissions is 150kb, your picture is 100kb. A higher jpeg quality means better detail sharpness and better color rendition.

My opinion
As it is, a bit boring. The face/eye in the stream of water is interesting.
12/09/2002 12:35:22 PM
I went with the crowd and gave your picture a 5. The color is nice and the focus is exceptionally fine. Perhaps it would have done better in the stopped motion challenge. Overall its not a very captivating picture. Obviously is it water but it is impossible to tell where the water is coming from and where it is going. The dry area on the upper left is particularly confusing since at first glance it looks like a deep pool that the stream is falling into. What is going on?

Composition wise this does not fit into the categories that the human brain seems to find pleasing. The main focus of the picture is the water, which is centered left right, and where it hits the pool is dead center. Perhaps if you had tried the rule of thirds. I would have put it in the upper left third and taken more advantage of the ripples that the water makes. Also my brain likes to follow the lines in a picture. An effective composition had some sort of pleasing flow. Here there is a strong sense of movement from the top to the center where it goes pffft. Again if it had been moved to the left and up a bit, I ould follow the water in from the left and the ripples out to the right. Of course, you don't HAVE to follow the "rules" and sometimes breaking the rules makes a striking image. I don't think your image is strong enough to stand as a rule breaker.

The glare on the upper left is distracting, was it a flash? Overall I think you should repeat the shot, Maybe you have an out take that is better? you have done a wonderful job of capturing flowing water and the color of the picture is just lovely. The picture could have been sooo much better if it had been framed differently and the ripple emphasized. Could have been a winner instead of falling dead center in the voting range.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 05:10:14 PM
I'm sorry but I don't know what I'm looking at so I can't tell if it is a good photo of it or not. Almost looks like maybe something being pulled out of paint. Nothing eye catching or appealing. Sorry, but that's just my personal opinion. PTL 3
12/07/2002 12:38:10 PM
The definition of Jade in my dictionary is "The green color of Jade". However, since this looks like kind of a greenish blue, It passes for the blue challenge. I'm not sure I like the blown out area near the upper left, but the flow of water, and the focus are both very nice. good luck in the challenge.
12/07/2002 12:21:26 PM
Good work. try cropping out the upper left. It detracts.
12/07/2002 12:14:46 AM
12/05/2002 04:50:47 PM
Nice water effect, love the shadow. I'm not too crazy about the glare above the water, but the rest is so very nice. 8 Swash
12/02/2002 06:32:00 PM
i like it...but, the pool of water should have extended the length of the photo in my opinion. the dry spot in the top left sort of takes aways from the illusion and distracts the mind a bit. without the dry spot i think it would have given a nice illusion of infinte depth.

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