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A Gift For You!
A Gift For You!

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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-S70
Location: Home
Date: Dec 1, 2002
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002


Place: 43 out of 243
Avg (all users): 5.8750
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8940
Avg (non-participants): 5.8476
Views since voting: 1452
Votes: 256
Comments: 22
Favorites: 4 (view)

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12/09/2002 01:07:15 PM
Critique Club

This composition of this photo is deceptively simple. The large bow catches the eye instantly—such a recognisable object and then with the great contrast between the blue ribbon and the white of the package your eye is firmly held by the ribbon.You have used the rule of thirds for your composition and it is very appropriate for a present. The huge contrast between the dark blue of the ribbon and bow and the gift wrap is very eyecatching—and added to it the shiny nature of the material this makes for an eyepopping picture.

There is no technical information but I would guess that you used either a flash or direct lighting from above as the shadows are quite hard. The lighting has slightly overexposed the wrap as there is no texture—perhaps you removed all colours apart from blue—as the slight blue shadow near the ribbon shows. I think you probably oversaturated the blue as the colour is harsh. But the glitter and reflections are shown clearly.

But the whole point of this picture and what gives it its great appeal is the universal emotion we all have when we look at a beautifully wrapped present—we love it- we want to hold it-- to open it . We all have memories of great gifts and this evokes in the viewer those memories. The simplicity of your picture puts nothing in the way of the viewer and their memories. Well done –you have evoked the child in all of us.


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12/09/2002 03:54:27 AM
i just wanted to say how much i liked this! cant believe it didnt score better.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 09:12:57 PM
Good saturation and contrast. i like it
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12/08/2002 03:39:10 PM
clever idea I like it 8
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12/08/2002 08:22:19 AM
I would've backed off the bow just a bit, but nice pic nonetheless - Inspzil
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12/08/2002 12:39:45 AM
This truly is a gift. Wonderful composition. Very simple but yet very nice. Bravo :-) Light is just a little too harsh for my taste.
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12/07/2002 08:35:06 PM
Good set up. Overly sharpened or colorized, which ever. the blue fades off the ribbon onto the background. Jumps out at you well. Nice job. PTL 7
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12/07/2002 10:34:38 AM
Nice idea. Would have deserved a more subtle treatment of contrast and saturation
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12/05/2002 08:46:21 PM
Beautiful. I can hardly wait till Christmas to see what is in this present. JEM
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12/04/2002 11:59:59 PM
Great idea. Nice crisp and clear. Can I open it now?
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12/01/2002 10:40:41 PM
Great idea, cleverly done :)
Original as well. 9
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12/03/2002 10:35:00 AM
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12/03/2002 03:21:00 AM
looks like you pulled off a good one, even with a flash. (not sure if it was a flash but looks like it could be with the angle of the shadows). good composition, lighting, and color.
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12/03/2002 12:50:00 AM
revenge of the rule of thirds! lol. nice contrast of form and void. points for simplicity. and birthdays/holidays can be the bluest of all. 10
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12/02/2002 08:43:00 PM
Neat colour. Overpowering, but I like it. Good luck in the challenge. Jacko.
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12/02/2002 07:50:00 PM
I like this picture, the composition is great. A bit overexposed but I like it for this image.
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12/02/2002 04:39:00 PM
Nice photo
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12/02/2002 03:41:00 PM
The lighting could have been improved, but nice clean simple photo! Wonderwhats inside this wrapping? <GRIN> Good luck!
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12/02/2002 11:12:00 AM
Very festive and a very good photo. I wish the blue were a little brighter, but it's truly a great pic.
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12/02/2002 09:05:00 AM
Blinding but interesting effect.
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12/02/2002 02:43:00 AM
i love this photo.. whatever setting or editting you did to this (legal of course) was a great choice. This would be a beautiful holiday greeting card. I love the soft look, the vibrant color, and the position of the bow. 10 for you!
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12/02/2002 02:26:00 AM
the over exposure is great. The background is almost completely white which looks fabulous (and is hard to achieve) Overall great picture Well done.
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