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Desperate Phone Call
Desperate Phone Call

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Challenge: DPC Album Cover (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE F200
Location: My Living room
Date: Jul 25, 2004
Galleries: Family, Vintage
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2004

I was desperate! My original plan fell through. I had a sudden inspiration and used old photos of my mom and dad along with a vintage telephone.

Place: 42 out of 122
Avg (all users): 5.7911
Avg (commenters): 7.9375
Avg (participants): 5.8111
Avg (non-participants): 5.7778
Views since voting: 1662
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 225
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/04/2004 02:45:26 AM
Hello Melissa from the Critique Club

You say you were desperate but you have done a lovely job on this.
It shows a lot of thought. (Your mother is a very beautiful lady. What georgous eyes she has!) and yes, your Dad is very handsome also
I like the feel of this and looking at your comments I am not the only one.
The text looks alright to me it almost looks like embroidery which adds to the old sort of look
I am not very technical and I agree with you that photographs are very hard to photograph but you have done an excellent job with this
Your score is a very decent one and I myself think it should be higher
There were a lot of excellent entries, and this is up there with the best IMHO. The only small picky bit would be the little bit of harsh light middle top.
Keep enjoying your photography
Good luck in future Challenges
If you have any questions please feel free to PM me
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08/03/2004 02:09:50 PM
Excellent idea! Wow, this whole theme has so many great entries, so you shouldn't be disappointed in not getting a ribbon.
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08/02/2004 12:37:36 PM
Thanks for all the great comments! It's very gratifying. Especially seeing the average score from commenters. I feel almost like this photo was cheating since I used a gorgeous photo of my mother as part of the composition. Isn't she beautiful? The marine is my dad--a very handsome fellow, IMO. :-D

I really did work hard to find a good angle and cropping. Photographing photos isn't easy, I've discovered.
I used a desk lamp and Home Depot reflector, both fixed with 75 watt Natural light bulbs. To get even more of a vintage feel I slightly oversaturated the color. It works because most of the set-up has neutral or white so only the phone and my mother's photo got saturated. My daughter suggested doing something to brighten the phone a bit, since it appeared drab to her so I used the dodging tool on a corner of it and the tablecloth. This gave the appearance of sunlight spilling through curtained windows, I thought. At any rate, it passed my daughter's inspection.

I didn't know we could add text until almost the last minute. Fortunately, I had a decent area of negative space where I could insert it somewhat believably.

Originally posted by dagaleaa:

I like this....reminds me of an album cover from the 80's....

I thought the same thing. My husband furthered that idea by suggesting it looks like cover art for an 80's single.

Thanks again!

 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2004 10:25:34 PM
Like the picture but not the text.
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08/01/2004 01:46:04 PM
The elements came together just right in your composition - text and font perfect, retro phone works -- one of the best this challenge.
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08/01/2004 11:30:19 AM
Aww, great shot! I love it :)
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08/01/2004 01:24:56 AM
Smart cover and good use of old phone and faded b/w. I voted earlier and I am bumping you higher.
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07/30/2004 01:34:24 PM
07/29/2004 03:00:52 PM
I like this....reminds me of an album cover from the 80's....
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07/29/2004 01:47:35 PM
Very original, I like it very much. 9
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07/29/2004 05:38:30 AM
Absolutely love it. Really has the aged look and feel. Great composition.
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07/28/2004 12:26:21 AM
Great lighting and use of the props. I have two suggestions for making it even better - 1) Put a phone number in the circle designed for it and 2) Make the text all on one line - probab;ly smaller onm the left bottom.
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07/27/2004 10:50:22 AM
Really good. Love the composition and lighting. Great job! 9
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07/27/2004 07:13:30 AM
Wow. I love this. Suggests a story. Image matches the title.
Good focus, exposure, dof.
Love the "retro" feel.
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07/27/2004 06:24:29 AM
i'll let you slide on the 4th word good job
07/26/2004 10:59:47 PM
I like this one, so many storyes can be said by looking at it... verry good colors and composition. I like how you aranged all the pieces to tell this story.
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07/26/2004 12:20:32 PM
Love the colors, focus. Nice one.
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07/26/2004 09:24:15 AM
This one is just stunning. Theres still one thing, the letters in the bottom left corner are too close to the bottom border, the space to the left should be the same as the space on the bottom. If you know what I´m saying. I give it a 9
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07/26/2004 08:17:47 AM
The text should be anti-aliased imo, so it doesn't have the jagged edges. That would make it look better. The photo is great :)
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07/26/2004 02:12:35 AM
Lovely 10
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07/26/2004 12:38:16 AM
I love the vintage feel to this photo. You managed to pull it off so well! 9
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