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Blue Heart Shadows
Blue Heart Shadows

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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 995
Location: Gazebo
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Galleries: Still Life, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002

Shot of a gazebo roof. My favorite thing about this photo is the shadows

Place: 133 out of 243
Avg (all users): 4.9722
Avg (commenters): 6.1000
Avg (participants): 4.9392
Avg (non-participants): 5.0192
Views since voting: 1158
Votes: 252
Comments: 11
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12/12/2002 12:34:41 AM
The Critique Club

I have to admit a bias in my evaluation of this photo—I love wrought iron—it always gives me a feeling of Spain and hot summer nights-and this is what your photo does. The contrast between the blue and the wrought iron and the white and the shadow is what makes this photo sing.

Technically the blue is slightly underexposed because of the camera adjusting to the white wall—but I don’t mind that—the very dark blue adds to the interest of the photo although some may criticise this aspect. The white wall is well exposed with no burn-out and the shadows well shown in detail and the texture of the wall is good—this all adds to the feel of the photo—as you say the shadows are your favourite bit and indeed they are great!

The thorny question of composition—I think you did a good job with a very difficult composition. But the distracting elements are the symmetry and the slight slope in the photo. I think personally that if you start to be symmetrical it is safer to stay that way and make the photo truly symmetrical. The slight diagonal diverts and distracts the eyes as does the slope of the wall- if you went for another angle maybe a greater slope on the wall and almost make this a diagonal and shoot the iron from below at a greater diagonal but I don’t know the structure of the area-as it is your photo confuses the eye by being not one thing or the other.

I rated this photo quite highly—I think it is well observed and atmospheric.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 11:14:16 PM
The wrought iron is nice and clear and focused. I can plainly see the heart. I don't see a complete heart in the shadow. Am I supposed to, for you just refering to the blue heart in the wrought iron? I'll assume that and give you a 7 PTL
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12/08/2002 11:02:25 PM
a good picture, could have been helped a lot by a little bit of straightening. 6
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12/08/2002 09:30:38 AM
There is nothing here that I think deserves the attention that you seek in your focal point.
12/07/2002 12:32:03 PM
I think it would be more striking if it was vertical.
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12/05/2002 04:28:15 AM
There are 2 weak points in this interesting shot. Firstly, your angle of the shot is slightly off. If you had the heart shape bang in the middle, this would have made an intentional interesting symmetrical shot while also portraying the opposite in the shadows on the white wall. Secondly, a further crop on the top till the edge of the heart shape would have finished the composition, creating a deeper impact. Overall 7.
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12/04/2002 08:30:53 PM
Nice curves, however picture seems titled to the left. Jakco. 6
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12/02/2002 10:12:00 PM
good eye on this....... i love the contrast of the shadow and the iron....... the soft shadow repeating the patterns of the stiff wrought iron. Truly enjoy this...... very good picture.
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12/02/2002 11:03:00 AM
The picture looks a little lopsided. The small portion of shadow is distracting. I do like the dark iron against the blue sky, though.
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12/02/2002 08:56:00 AM
the white wall throws everything off balance. and it would have been nice if it was straight, because the crookedness of the line in the middle of heart is uncomfortable to the viewer.
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12/02/2002 12:36:00 AM
Good job on getting the shadows with the blueish tint... this picture would not have been interesting without that! Nice catch. Good luck with this photo! I think it is very nice...
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