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Blue Bottle Curves
Blue Bottle Curves

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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Virginia
Date: Dec 1, 2002
Aperture: f2.7
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/20th sec
Galleries: Abstract, Nude
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002


Place: 132 out of 243
Avg (all users): 4.9798
Avg (commenters): 6.0909
Avg (participants): 4.9932
Avg (non-participants): 4.9600
Views since voting: 1864
Votes: 248
Comments: 13
Favorites: 4 (view)

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12/20/2002 07:55:10 AM
this is amazing. should have rated MUCH higher.
12/15/2002 09:45:02 AM
Hello Scott, 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: I don't think it's that hard to see that this is a naked woman seen through a bottle. Well, it could be something else than a bottle but that doesn't matter so much.
There are some speckles which I don't know where they come from. The photo would look cleaner without them but they don't distract so much that they would ruin the photo.
But what I find distracting is the upper right corner. There is too much stuff the viewer can't make out what it is. Especially the glare is too much because it's right in the middle of the black area. So I would have cropped it vertically from the right. Even if that means that you would have to crop more from the bottom or top (because you're already at 427 pixels width). In fact I think cropping more from the bottom would not harm the photo. The hand is nice and helps the viewer to recognise that it is a person standing behind the bottle, but the real point of interest is obviously her bosom (I mean not because of our primitive brains but because of the overall composition and lighting ;-)). This would also get you rid of some of the vast plain black area in the lower right corner. I have a differently cropped version which I could send you.

Lighting/Colours: This really is the best part of your photo. The way how you lit the body to accentuate her curves really shows that it was done by somebody who knows what he did. Great job!
I also love the blue colour here. I think the photo wouldn't work so good with any other colour.
I don't know how much postprocessing you did but a little bit less contrast would help to see more of the body skin and less of the plain black area.

Focus: It's a bit blurry and has a bit grain but in my opinion this works very good here. It adds to the mysterious and subtle/suggestive look.

Art: Creative! This is the kind of photo where I stop seeing technical difficulties and score it very high just because it has an unique style and a great appeal to me. Most of the times I can't really say why I like it, must be some subconsciousness thing ;-) You were very brave to submit such a photo to DPC because this kind doesn't score very high. Your (in my opinion way too much underrated) score confirms that. But please don't stop being so brave and submit photos you like and not the ones which you expect to score high. I like your style. Keep up your great work!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 05:49:03 PM
Maybe to modernistic for me, or something, but I find no appeal in this at all. Basically all I see is 2/3rds dark on the right side fading into lighter blues to white on the left side. I don't believe it is blue bottle curves at all, but appears to be a naked woman. And it's not even in focus. The photo looks crowded, with very little room to breath on the left side. Very poor execution. PTL1
12/08/2002 09:53:51 AM
OK. this is a tad too dark. :-(
12/05/2002 11:43:12 PM
I like your idea. Very well executed. Very subtle, which adds to the artistic aspect of your photo, instead of making it sleazy. Took me a while to see it though. Then I re-read the title, and looked closer. Good job. 7
12/04/2002 06:20:04 PM
Could've been a 9 1/2 with a little better shadow detail....
12/04/2002 02:31:00 AM
It is hard to make anything out in this picture
12/03/2002 08:33:00 AM
Subtle and sexy great shot good luck
12/03/2002 01:33:00 AM
Hard to tell what this is!
12/02/2002 11:31:00 PM
I think I see a boob! hehe Genie ina bottle? Insinuates a pretty woman without really seeing her... I like it. bamaster (8)
12/02/2002 02:27:00 PM
very erotic, 10
12/02/2002 09:53:00 AM
Great title. The content of the bottle is very subtle. Nice effect.
12/02/2002 12:40:00 AM
composition is good..the shades of blue from cool to sensual well done

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