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The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden

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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Cape Town , South Africa
Date: Dec 1, 2002
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002

My neighbour showed me his garden hidden behind a huge wall with a blue door.

Place: 68 out of 243
Avg (all users): 5.6545
Avg (commenters): 6.5263
Avg (participants): 5.5724
Avg (non-participants): 5.7723
Views since voting: 1029
Votes: 246
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 03:37:06 PM
the line at the bottom of the image where the wall meets the ground is distracting. if the shot were lowered just a little, it would be much better. also i think it should be just a little bit brighter. not by much though. 7
12/06/2002 12:03:08 AM
12/05/2002 09:19:34 PM
A great idea and I love the off-centeredness (is that a word?) The bluish cast on the white walls is unfortunate, as is the harsh lighting on the wall. Still, overall a great picture that is perfect for the challenge. muckpond
12/05/2002 06:10:15 PM
well done composition..I like the single blue element and the invitation of the open door.
12/05/2002 02:19:44 PM
A simple blue door, who would think I would be drawen back to this image again and again. One of my top ten picks.
12/01/2002 03:07:23 PM
You have captured a beautiful idea in this simple picture. Lovely work!
12/04/2002 08:53:37 PM
I so want to go through that door. Wonderful way to draw a person into a photograph. BAMartin
12/04/2002 07:26:29 PM
One of my favorites this week. I love the colors, the composition, and I must have a *thing* about photos of doors, because I seem to be drawn to them. At first, I didn't care for the darker area at the top of, and above, the door, but the more I look at it, the more I think it suits the photo. It gives it a more mysterious feel. lhall
12/04/2002 12:52:00 AM
lol someone did some checking into the red contest it appears.. I have seen this image before.. but I won't count off for that... if anything an extra point for doing your homework! nice pic
12/03/2002 08:19:00 PM
i like this idea, 2 things I would try maybe a fill flash to get the door evenly lit and open the door wider to show what is behind it...okay 3 things I would try cropping out the lower floor to just start the pic at the white... 7 rll07
12/03/2002 01:28:00 PM
challenge ~ met
composition (content) ~ nice framing by the growth over the wall at the top, and good placement of door to the side. colors are a little more muted than i personally prefer. good detail throughout though. i would've cropped the bottom just a little more, maybe just to the bottom of the blue panels, so that the sidewalk is not visible.
background ~ nice and simple, complements w/out distracting.
camera work (technical) ~ ok
digital processing (technical) ~ photo could be a little sharper through use of unsharpen mask. other than that, the photo is fine, no visible pixelation or anything like that.
my opinion ~ i have a thing for open doors, they suggest mystery and make you wonder what's behind. you enhanced this further by making just a little bit of what's behind the door visible. i don't care much for the signs on the door or the doorbell on the right, they take away a little from the oldfashioned kind of feel of the shot, but i understand you didn't have control over those and couldn't very well remove them ;)
~~ gr8photos
12/02/2002 08:04:00 PM
Too bad it was probably overcast when you took this shot.....Lighting would have enriched (especially at sunset) the blue here...Love the subject though.....Good luck!
12/02/2002 07:36:00 PM
The secret garden was one of my favorite books as a child.
12/02/2002 07:15:00 PM
Eeewwie I like this shot very much. I would of liked the top of the door a bit lighter and you can still do that with levels. The bottom also needs to be trimmed just a hair! WOW this is cool.....The secret garden...Pretty shot. Love it very much. Where ever this is I hope you can go here and shoot more .....!!! Justine
12/02/2002 05:49:00 PM
this should be a postcard :)...makes me wonder what behind the door.
12/02/2002 03:37:00 PM
It's a beautiful picture. I just wish I could read the sign on the door better - "Burrey Lanes?" It's a really good photo. PTL
12/02/2002 10:07:00 AM
This photo would be very nice if you had made it light to read the sign on the door.
12/02/2002 04:45:00 AM
Picture seems a little dark.
12/02/2002 01:18:00 AM
I like it... but what makes it blue besides paint?

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