BeakerSt

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Knotted

There's not an awful lot to say about this other than it pays to look up now and again.  I guess it's easier in photogenic places such as Manhattan but if you walk around with your head down you're certainly going to miss some opportunities.  With this shot I wanted to use the knotted curtain as the focal interest but also use the balconies, wires and shadows to frame the curtain with some interest.


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.

Knotted

There's not an awful lot to say about this other than it pays to look up now and again.  I guess it's easier in photogenic places such as Manhattan but if you walk around with your head down you're certainly going to miss some opportunities.  With this shot I wanted to use the knotted curtain as the focal interest but also use the balconies, wires and shadows to frame the curtain with some interest.


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.

comments (6)

I kept looking up and down again. Like this picture. Good you tell me how to enter the shadow challenge? Thanks.
BeakerSt: Hi Frank, I'm pleased you like it. To enter the challenge you need to post your submission on your own blog after the challenge is announced (in this case April 11th) and before the closing date (in this case the last day of the month). You then need to post a comment on my blog and link to the shot that you want considered with either the full url (including image number) and for safety sake the name or date of the shot. I will then review them and reply to the comment with the review details.

Hope that makes sense.
Simon aka BeakerSt
  • Sheeplover
  • Pembrkeshire, SW Wales
  • 18 Apr 2007, 12:00
I really like this. it works for me smile
Love the way the eye is drawn to the knot..
BeakerSt: Cheers Andy, lighting is all natural...guess that's why I noticed it too!
  • Petra
  • 18 Apr 2007, 12:17
great one again Simon...(where is the chair?)
Petra
BeakerSt: Behind the curtain wink
Your eye for the mundane has no equal, but I don't see the attraction of this particular image, Si. Some nice detail and the tones are certainly worth looking at, but other than that, I think you're reaching a little on this one.

My entry for the challenge is this

http://www.25sept.com/entry/20070330
BeakerSt: Fair comment, what works for one does not necessarily work for all smile

Now then, your submission throws up another problem for me. I was never expecting anyone submitting from outside the Shutterchance community but I hadn't considered a SC'er submitting an image of their own that is hosted outside the SC environment. For me this is a bit of a problem as one of the aims of the challenge is to promote the work of other SC'ers. Even though you are a SC'er I would be promoting another site/platform and I'm not sure about that sad Could you post your image on your Drewble SC blog or is that something you don't do?

Psychodudu / Drewble – “Shadow Skeleton” posted 30 March and submitted against a theme entry of 'Shadow' at www.beakerst.shutterchance.co.uk
http://www.25sept.com/entry/20070330

Relevance and Creativity
Very creative or should I say very observant. I have to quote what someone else has written “a beautiful tree…twice” Score 8

Overall impact
Yes I think it certainly does have some wow factor. It’s a very dynamic image and the shadow is clearly a shadow but gives the impression of an additional tree as it is so crisp and well defined and suitably close to the tree as to suggest they are growing together. Score 8

Composition
I think it’s very good. The tree is positioned very nicely in the frame with it’s shadow. I have one concern and that is around the composition at the bottom of the image. The fence is quite intrusive and masks some interesting detail of the benches which are a not used to their best advantage. I think that a better image may have been achieved had you either taken the shot through the fence or if possible from the other side of the fence. Score 8


Quality of image
It’s good but the tonal range is a little shallow with not a lot of detail around the items on the ground. I think that it’s important to set the strength of the shadow against the rest of the image and with limited detail elsewhere the image suffers just a little in my opinion. I think that there’s good darks and good lights but not a lot of range in the middle. Score 8

Total: 32/40
nicely framed
BeakerSt: Thanks G smile
I like this, Simon ! smile

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