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Getting past a joke now, dial-up and the internet are not a happy marriage.

Just another flower shot to brighten the day.  Hope you enjoy!!

Challenge II - "Shadow" closing date is the end of the month.
Brief is simple, the focal point of the shot has to be a shadow.  I don't want to any pet's called Shadow or a stack of money won on a horse called Shadow...pure and simple it has to be a shadow based shot.  The reason I have set this as the challenge is that quite often we are distracted by the solid subject, whether it be a person or a lamp or chair and quite often we overlook the shadow it has created in either bright sunlight or even strong light.  It can make a interesting composition when considered.

I wish you all good luck and good light and look forward to seeing what you can come up with.

Simple

Getting past a joke now, dial-up and the internet are not a happy marriage.

Just another flower shot to brighten the day.  Hope you enjoy!!

Challenge II - "Shadow" closing date is the end of the month.
Brief is simple, the focal point of the shot has to be a shadow.  I don't want to any pet's called Shadow or a stack of money won on a horse called Shadow...pure and simple it has to be a shadow based shot.  The reason I have set this as the challenge is that quite often we are distracted by the solid subject, whether it be a person or a lamp or chair and quite often we overlook the shadow it has created in either bright sunlight or even strong light.  It can make a interesting composition when considered.

I wish you all good luck and good light and look forward to seeing what you can come up with.

comments (12)

  • alex
  • messy apartment in boise, idaho
  • 11 Apr 2007, 00:27
sounds like an interesting challenge. i'll try and see what i can come up with.
  • Sheeplover
  • Pembrkeshire, SW Wales
  • 11 Apr 2007, 09:35
Really nice shot Simon. Simple works for me
  • mal
  • 11 Apr 2007, 10:08
lovely shot Shadow man and great theme to! Thinking cap is on. mal
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Apr 2007, 23:18
Great pic and detail. So how do I post the shadow - did one today.
BeakerSt: Hi Louis, thanks for the comments.

As regards the competition, you just need to post a link to the shot you want in a comment on my blog by the end of the month. Make sure the link goes to the image and not just your current shot i.e. www.louis.shutterchance.com would keep displaying your new shots. Safest bet is to either include the date or the title if you are not sure. Ideally it should be a new shot rather than something you have posted already as it is meant to be a challenge rather than simply trawling your archive.

Good luck and let me know if anything is unclear.

p.s. there's all the background to the 'judging' here and on the last few blog entries... http://forums.shutterchance.com/forums_posts.php?forum=15&topic=220&post=1
Great picture Simon. Also, how do I enter my picture in your compo?
BeakerSt: Hi Chris, thanks.

As regards the competition, you just need to post a link to the shot you want in a comment on my blog by the end of the month. Make sure the link goes to the image and not just your current shot i.e. www.rotundpictures.shutterchance.com would keep displaying your new shots. Safest bet is to either include the date or the title if you are not sure. Ideally it should be a new shot rather than something you have posted already as it is meant to be a challenge rather than simply trawling your archive.

Good luck and let me know if anything is unclear.

Original discussion on the competition is here...
http://forums.shutterchance.com/forums_posts.php?forum=15&topic=220&post=1
BeakerSt: I'm not a mind reader but I did suspect that you might enter this one wink

Rotund Pictures / Chris Macnamara – “The Business” posted 12th April and submitted against a theme entry of 'Shadow' at www.beakerst.shutterchance.co.uk
http://www.rotundpictures.shutterchance.com/photoblog/71750.htm

Relevance and Creativity
Well clearly there is a shadow and it is fairly integral for the shot. I like the choice of positioning to get such a long shadow. I’ll give this 7 as there are other elements that combine to make the image work. If you remove the shadow the image is relatively unchanged so that’s why I think it’s not purely a shadow shot.

Overall impact
It certainly has impact due the contrasts in black and white. However it looks like you’ve darkened the shadow to give it more impact. Sadly this has made it look false as it has made the shadows look like they have been painted on the floor. I would expect the texture of the floor to still be visible and therefore it is looking slightly false. Gets a 7

Composition
Whilst it certainly has impact I’m not truly convinced about the mix of elements. The man with his briefcase with his leading shadow is a simple and strong focal point. Yet I am then looking at the signposts then I’m looking at the change in pattern on the floor which leads the viewer away from the subject. I think that overall there is a little too much going on. I give this a 6

Quality of image
Very clean and very sharp, scores 8 as there appears to be some slight bowing around the frame edge, ?barrel distortion. More obvious when the backdrop is cobbles or anything with lines.

Total: 29/40
Simple but beautiful !
BeakerSt: jasdg / Jose-Angel – Innocent Shadow of Dec sometime and submitted against a theme entry of 'Shadow' at www.beakerst.shutterchance.co.uk This slipped through the net. In future only new images will be considered so as to be fair to all and to me!
http://jasdg.shutterchance.com/photoblog/46337.htm

Relevance and Creativity
It’s definitely another shadow which is a good thing. Less interest in this one than there is in the one that Louis submitted. I think it’s because of the size of shadow, it is just a lump of darkness really so not very creative. Score 6

Overall impact
It’s just a bit too big and with your arms tucked in (taking the photo) the shadow is a little uninteresting. You could set the camera on timer on the strap around your neck and that would allow you to free your arms up giving a more interesting shadow. The surface of the floor is textured which adds some interest but it’s a bit bright. Score 5

Composition
As I’ve said above the scale of the shadow is overpowering. There is no delicacy in the shot. Score 5

Quality of image
I think it’s been taken ok but processing has made the floor a little over bright. Score 6

Total: 22/40
lol, hated it when i was stuck onto dialup for a bit...
is that cyan fringing or are the tips of petals actually blue?...guess its a dilemma for me because on the one hand i do like the focus you bring into the centre of the flower but at the same time i dont like this shot with the petals clipped...what i really do like is the simple presentation...

ps. in regards to the competition are we allowed more than one entry because i have two that i want to submit...
BeakerSt: I'd like to restrict it to one shot to keep it fair...you have to decide which is best smile

Think you are right about the tips of the petals being artefact, not sure if it's camera or processing so I will look at the original.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Apr 2007, 19:23
My shadow pic for your competition - posted same day that you posted the competition.

http://louis.shutterchance.com/photoblog/67123.htm
BeakerSt: Louis – “Shadowy me” posted 11th April and submitted against a theme entry of 'Shadow' at www.beakerst.shutterchance.co.uk
http://louis.shutterchance.com/photoblog/67123.htm


Relevance and Creativity
Yep it’s got a shadow and I like the backdrop being uniform and textured at the same time. The shadow itself is not particularly strong or interesting though. I can tell what it is just about but it’s not groundbreaking. Scores 6

Overall impact
Hmmm, I think if the sun had been stronger and with a better shadow this would have worked better as the railing and shadow would just work much better. At the moment it’s just a bit weak and blobby looking. I think the clever grass backdrop does make it worth a 7

Composition
I’m a bit picky about this sort of thing. As the shadow is the important bit I think I would have given a little more space at the bottom rather than the top. As the lighter top is slightly larger it attracts the eye up the page. Other than that I think it works. Scores a 7

Quality of image
Sadly it’s let down by the weather, not enough sun, rather than your creativity or ability to execute the shot. I’ll give this a 7

Total: 27/40
BeakerSt: Selling the Drama / PhotoSam – “Passage” posted 12th Feb and submitted against a theme entry of 'Shadow' at www.beakerst.shutterchance.co.uk. Another that was posted a while ago that I should have noticed earlier. In future I guess I need to be hotter on this!
http://photosam.shutterchance.com/photoblog/57823.htm

Relevance and Creativity
It’s a classic image that I think a lot of people will have in their archive, especially with tourist trips at sunset. I do like it though and you have to see the shot and take it which you’ve done. Score 7

Overall impact
Good but not impressive, I’m sure you’ll agree yourself that it’s an amazing scene rather than an amazing photograph. I’m not sure what’s going on with the sky, it looks very uniform and grey which does not improve the overall impact? Score 6

Composition
I don’t think this quite works as the shadows are trailing off behind. The sun has obviously worked against you but this would have been better with the shadows running perfectly up the image. The focal point is therefore a little skewed behind when I would have expected it to be in the middle of the frame. I also note that you took the shot whilst the shadows were across tyre tracks, unfortunate but I would think avoidable as it distracts from the shadows themselves. Score 6

Quality of image
I’m really not sure what has happened to the sky?? It’s an ok shot but the dynamic range is not what I would expect from a sunset on sand. Score 6

Total: 23/40

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