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Blue Ivy
Blue Ivy

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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S30
Location: on the floor next to a slider door
Date: Dec 1, 2002
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002

Ivy in an old blue bottle on a piece of red poster board on the floor of my back room. Natural light coming in through the slider on a cludy day.

Place: 91 out of 243
Avg (all users): 5.3480
Avg (commenters): 6.4118
Avg (participants): 5.3423
Avg (non-participants): 5.3564
Views since voting: 1170
Votes: 250
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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12/14/2002 01:16:16 AM
...from Critique Club...


Where's the blue?

I am not a big fan of centered subjects...sorry. Placing your subject to either side of the frame (probably to the left) on a horizontal oriented frame would show more of the shadow (try the shadow at a diff angle, too) and make for a more interesting comp...IMO :(

Focus is pretty good. Lighting seems to be a problem, as you have overexposed the left leaves quite a bit. I would try diffusing the light. :(

I think I understand what you were trying to achieve and I think it's a great creative idea. I would...for this challenge...try a more neutral background though, as red is the predominant color and not blue :)

I didn't find this photo to be good at all (sorry :( ...mainly because of the composition and lighting.

12/09/2002 01:07:12 AM
Just wanted to say that i like this image. The lighting isn't so great (blown out on the ivy), shadow is nice but would have been more interesting at a deeper angle, and it would have been better if the red of the background would have been uniform in tone. But i do like the strong colors, the interesting, understated composition, and the props. You shot this as a portrait with the subject right smack in the middle. And that's fine. If you had moved the subject over much more off-center and give a lot more negative space, the image would have become more intriguing and more zen-like (keep in mind this is coming from a zenner ;). Your score probably suffered somewhat from you picking a red background instead of going for more blue but i'm glad that you went for the red. Besides, the bottle is blue and the Ivy is indeed Blue Ivy :) so that should be enough but dpc voters love overkill. Congrats anyway on a very fine attempt. Journey
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 08:55:44 PM
This is a beautiful bright photo. One question. Where the shadow is is there a fold in the field it is sitting on. It sure looks like it. Wish you could have gooten this without any shadow. Everything else is so crisp and clean with nothing else but what you have. Understand? My eyes keep going to that shadow and fold. Bothers me. But still beautiful picture. PTL 9
12/08/2002 01:06:43 PM
First off not a bad idea. Light is a bit too harsh and the shadow would be more impressive on a 45% angle. This is not a human potrait but a portrait none the less. I think This would have fared much better with a lighting such as that. I would have used what is known in style as a Rembrandt Light Setup. which casts the shadow on a 45 degree angle.
12/08/2002 11:40:16 AM
Good composition and colour. Maybe it would be better without the long shadow (I'm not sure!)
12/08/2002 08:51:04 AM
I think the lighting was too intense. Perhaps a diffuser, or backing the lighting away a bit would help that. Limited interest, but good set up otherwise.
12/07/2002 11:11:59 AM
Beutyful, very Zen.
12/06/2002 09:54:37 PM
Lovely colours. Slightly over exposed on the leaves, but an overall great shot. jacko 8
12/06/2002 06:32:33 AM
lovely use of contrasting and complementary colours-anz
12/04/2002 09:10:10 PM
I love the simple composition of this, although I love the red background, you could have used a different shade of blue to make it more appropriate to the challenge. The light on the left side of the Ivy is a little harsh.
12/04/2002 05:34:53 PM
great focus. light's a little harsh but i like it
12/03/2002 06:14:00 PM
lighting is a bit too bright on a couple of the leaves. Nice color combination, just too much light.
12/02/2002 09:41:00 PM
nice composition. the light glares a little on the shiney surface of the leaves washing out the color on them. it appears to be a single light source. could have put some kind of reflector on the right side to help balance the light. looks like you metered on the blue bottle and that caused the rest of the picture to be overexposed. tough subject with a dark bottle like that, maybe try again metering on the leaves and see what you get.
12/02/2002 09:28:00 PM
Little over exposed but I admire your shot. The composition is nicely done as are the colors. Justine
12/02/2002 12:18:00 PM
I think I would like this more if the vase were set a bit off center and more lighting on the bottle to bring out the blue rather than on the leaves.
12/02/2002 12:00:00 PM
Nice still life but the hot spot on the ivy is distracting... good use of color and space... I like the shadow coming off the bottle. also the colors are pure and lovely. Good luck!
12/02/2002 11:22:00 AM
Nice color contrasts.
12/02/2002 08:56:00 AM
great colors.
12/02/2002 02:06:00 AM
the light looks like it needs to be a bit dimmer... or perhaps use a shorter exposure

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