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Reaching out of the blue into a better mood
Reaching out of the blue into a better mood

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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: bedroom floor
Date: Dec 1, 2002
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002


Place: 86 out of 243
Avg (all users): 5.3913
Avg (commenters): 6.1053
Avg (participants): 5.3836
Avg (non-participants): 5.4019
Views since voting: 940
Votes: 253
Comments: 22
Favorites: 0

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12/14/2002 09:55:27 PM
Hello Sam, don't wonder why you get another critique. Your your photo was assigned to me in context of Critique Club. So here it goes:

Composition: Good composition. I think you used the space quite good by placing the arm on the diagonal and filling almost the whole frame.
The thing in your hand is a bit distracting. Do you hold something? Looks like a face but I can't really make out what it could be.

Lighting/Colours: This is not so good in my opinion. First of all the red vs. green is too much colour contrast, it's hurting my eyes! I guess you wanted to use these colours as a metaphor to the "better mood" you describe in the title (with red being danger and green symbolising hope). That's a nice idea but it's not very pleasing to the eye ;-) I think two different shades of yellow would have worked better. Also because that would have emphasised the blue of the CD much better.
I know that's probably impossible but I think the reflections also distract from your actual idea.
Also there are some bumps in your red sheet of paper and there is a small shadow in the upper left and lower right corner.

Focus: Some parts are a bit out of focus, e.g. the bottom left corner or on the red/green edges. Unfortunately you didn't provide any details about your camera settings, but maybe the aperture was too wide and made the DOF too shallow (which in my opinion doesn't work for such a shot).

Digital processing: You used only 96kB file size of the jpeg file. You can use up to 150kB when submitting to DPC. The bigger the file size the higher the quality and the less jpeg artifacts you have.

Art: A creative idea! I guess it took you some time to arrange everything. Unfortunately the blue colour is dominated by the red/green contrast. That's especially sad because the challenge theme was "blue".
12/09/2002 09:52:27 AM
Stunningly original. Those that object to the orange perhaps are not familar with color therory? I tried to imagine other colors like burntorange but it just wouldn't be the same. kudos aelith
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 11:18:33 PM
very ineresting to look at.
12/08/2002 09:41:08 PM
Not my personal kind of picture but it is well done. PTL 7
12/08/2002 02:11:45 AM
12/08/2002 12:37:36 AM
So you're reaching out from red to green through the power of CD-Rs? Not gonna do it for me.
12/06/2002 03:14:23 AM
nice idea but i think the red screws it up a bit.
12/05/2002 09:36:25 AM
Interesting idea. I like it. Focus and lighting are good. Meets the subject matter. 8 waltoml.
12/05/2002 12:09:06 AM
Very cool composition.
12/04/2002 12:39:00 AM
the other colors are just too dominant in this pic for the blue theme to hit home
12/03/2002 03:48:00 PM
Great idea! I would have never thought of this. There is a tad bit of fuzziness at the edge of the orange green border, but the hand and the CDs are wonderful! 9 Swash
12/02/2002 08:00:00 PM
I like the colors and the contrast. Lnede
12/02/2002 07:53:00 PM
Quite artsy! Interesting lines and colors. Focus is good and clear. Grayce
12/02/2002 07:38:00 PM
Very cool! I like the use of color and the reflection of the hand... you definately don't get the full effect in the thumbnail. Nice job, and good luck!
12/02/2002 04:06:00 PM
Will wanna know how you did this one!
12/02/2002 09:49:00 AM
Nice idea. The shot doesn't quite fit the challenge without the title, though.
12/02/2002 09:22:00 AM
i like this idea, but the background colors seem out-of-place. if the red would have been blue and the green would have been yellow, i think this would have been a much better photo. The arm and the CDs though are good.
12/02/2002 08:36:00 AM
Great composition!
Remember to save as close as possible to 150kb, to retain edge sharpeness. 7
12/02/2002 08:32:00 AM
A blue back grown would have been nice . good idea
12/02/2002 07:56:00 AM
red, green, black. But blue? Its a striking photo, well executed.
12/02/2002 07:06:00 AM
Your idea is superb but in my opinion, the contrast background is too strong for this topic.
12/02/2002 05:28:00 AM
This is different. I think I like it. YOu have taken something that I thought was used one to many times and have figured out how to use it a diff way. Not bad.

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