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    Even though it seems as if the Photo Challenge may have died on the vine here, I've uploaded a couple more to my set. I'm done now... and this time I really mean it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
    Even though it seems as if the Photo Challenge may have died on the vine here, I've uploaded a couple more to my set. I'm done now... and this time I really mean it.
    You think it's dead?

    I'll be getting to a critique post this afternoon, and I'm processing some final images for my set right now.
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    Default Some critiquing...

    I thought this would be a tough Challenge, and boy was I right. Judging from my own lack-of-enthusiasm and the low participation (relative to the last two Challenges), this might have been the most difficult one for everyone to deal with. Sorry about that. Hope people had fun, anyway.

    I'm finally able to sit down and head through the thread to get some critiquing done, so BOHICA.

    PuckMonkey;

    Creative and clever, once again. The titling is what kills me, half the time.

    In "X Hoops Powerhouse," the visual element is definitely there, but that big white expanse is distracting to me and I find it drawing my attention as if it were the subject of the image instead of the balls or the netting.

    Putting Tickles McGinty on the Tilt-A-Whirl for "X Marks The Spot" was a brilliant idea! I love the composition and depth-of-field of this shot, and her expression helps convey an emotion in the image. Brilliant!

    Hockey skate laces. You got to them first. I had a premonition they'd be a common subject in this theme, and it turned out to be true. Nice lighting in "X Beer League Goonboots". I like how the left side of the image is almost totally dark, but not quite dark enough to hide the dimension of the boot. The orange-ish glow of the yellow reflector gives the boot an "extra-old, extra-used" feel.

    "Paganini's Sonata" was well-composed, but the color-temp of the lighting looks strange to me. That might be my monitor, though. Good example of "small thinking" when trying to find visual elements that fit the theme.

    "Shop Light" is a neat abstract shot. Another good example of seeing even the smallest theme elements.

    "Incensed" blew me right the **** away. Nuff said.

    "People v. Mitchrock" - That's an "X" in my book. Besides, .45 ACP is a better round.

    "Screw This Challenge" was an idea that I'd had, but hadn't gotten around to doing it before you'd already put it up. Good on ya for the fast work! The lighting is what makes that image, and I like the coppery contrasty feel you achieved.

    "X-Wing" is cool. I'd never have seen this! Then again, I don't go around checkin' out bird's asses. A perfect image, in my opinion. The subject is very obviously the crossing wingtips, and I like the highlight/shadow areas that make them really pop off the page.

    "Mother Nature" - Was this as you found it? Awesome eye! I like the saturation of the green colors and the shading to the top right corner.

    "Has anybody Seen My Brother?" is another one I never would have seen.

    For the life of me, I can't find the "X in there somewhere."

    NICE contrail shot for the last one. I looked and looked and looked for something like this.

    Otto;

    All good images. To me, the problem is that you've got the same subjects in multiple images. Great subjects for the Challenge, as all show an X or cross of some kind in the image, but I'd have liked to see seven different subjects in seven different images.

    Rat;

    Great idea to get the visual X element by zooming as you expose! The X is very subtle, but it is definitely there! Nice work!

    The white picket fence has the visual elements, for sure. But it looks like a quicky snapshot. There HAS to be a way to light the subject so that it isn't so stark and stand-outish.

    Good use of fill-flash on the x-treem trees shot!

    The hockey goal netting was a great find! Both good shots.

    DRice;

    Good eye! Not sure what kind of camera you're using, but those images look alright to me. Maybe play around a little more with perspective in the second one.

    Love2Laugh;

    Great job finding visual elements for this theme! Not sure what kind of camera you're using, but I see that some of the images are very sharp in the center and some are out-of-focus. Get that depth of field under control and they're some pretty good images! Nice start!

    Unruely;

    So are you going to get a better camera? Good eye noticing all the x's in your hockey equipment! That second one would have been better had the foreground been in focus and the background been out-of-focus. And that dog's X is very noticeable once you point it out!

    MotherPuck;

    <Puts on the kid gloves since he's gotta live with the repurcussions>

    FANTASTIC JOB SWEETIE! BETTER THAN EVERYONE'S! DON'T MAKE ME SLEEP ON THE COUCH TONIGHT, OKAY?



    Big Joe;

    Great play on words, there. Yeah you got that little bastard, for certain. Way to go!

    And thanks for showing me where the X was in your image. Don't know if that was intentional or not, but it's there.

    Blurker;

    Love the microphone shots! Interesting lighting and lots of contrast. Aside from those, the rope was my favorite. Lots of x elements suggested in that image, and I like your control of depth-of-field.

    Watti;

    Great use of the X visual elements in "Extremely Metal." That's a great little macro shot, right there! Dust off that fretboard!!

    Good eye in "Excremental Waste." I never would have seen that pattern! Same goes for "Exotic Fruit" and "Extra Baggage." I really really like the lighting of the pineapple, and the chocolate bar is really given some good depth by creating those big dark shadows.

    ImA1032;

    How'd you get him to do that for you?

    ValleyFan;

    I'm having a difficult time evaluating the images because of the strange perspective the lens gives. "Trash," "Trellis," "Bird Bombs Away," and "Tread" are the most easily recognizable as conforming to the theme. All the images are visually interesting, though.

    DeaderFan;

    That D300 does a nice job in low-light/sunset, to say the least. "X Kids" is remarkable. Great exposure control in those shots!



    Gotta take a break here. I'll edit this later.
    Last edited by FBJ; March 2nd, 2008 at 05:18 PM.
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    Okay, be gentle. For some reason I wasn't able to find my creative flow on this one as I'd have liked to. I can now see x's everywhere, but most are nothing special. Here's what I've got so far:

    POS Car:



    This is ice on my windshield from inside my car one morning. Yes that is a crack in the windshield, thus the title. Hopefully you people are Adam Sandler fans.

    Daddy color?



    Simple enough. My kids colors, and that's what she asks me every time she sits at her table, as if I could say no...

    (Untitled)



    Same morning as the first. If you look, and not too hard, you can see an x where there is no ice. Again, sorry for the lack of creativity.

    For whom the bells

    Bare with me. I've got three shots of effectively the same. Two are nearly identical. I can't figure which to post, so tell me which of these two you prefer and I'll remove the other.





    All your base



    Why the title? I don't know, it just seemed to fit. Same wind chimes as the above two, same night, different angle.

    And finally, and with all due respect...

    To honor:



    Self explanatory.

    Like I said, be gentle. I'm already humbled by what has been put up before me.

    EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot. Nothing was done to these, save cropping.
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    This challenge is not dead. It's just resting.

    I got a chance to spend a few hours walking around Yosemite Valley with my camera this weekend. It's hard NOT to take nice scenic shots there. I wasn't sure if the X challenge was done or not so I didn't really concentrate on that. But now I'm going to have to go back through my shots and see if I can find any Xs in them and post any that do.


    PuckMonkey: I concur with much of what FBJ said. I wish I had your imagination for these challenges as well as your photo skills. Nice job.




    ++++ Photos from Yosemite now posted above ++++
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    FBJ: I have no choice but to get a better camera. My son decided to go all myspace self portrait and ended up busting my ghettocam. :(

    On the upside, I got brilliant stuff to humiliate him years from now when he forgets about it...


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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    I thought this would be a tough Challenge, and boy was I right. Judging from my own lack-of-enthusiasm and the low participation (relative to the last two Challenges), this might have been the most difficult one for everyone to deal with. Sorry about that. Hope people had fun, anyway.
    I thought the subject for this challenge was fine, but the trade deadline has a way of killing momentum in good threads across the board.


    Otto;

    All good images. To me, the problem is that you've got the same subjects in multiple images. Great subjects for the Challenge, as all show an X or cross of some kind in the image, but I'd have liked to see seven different subjects in seven different images.
    Thanks for the feedback, and I totally agree. I'd intended to put up several more images which should have made these seem not so redundant. But in test shots the other stuff I had in mind was too uninteresting to post. They had X's alright, but no life. A few in the camera still but it may be too late for this one. Hopefully work eases up and I'll have more time to contribute to the next challenge.

    I certainly enjoyed everyone else's stuff though. I liked yours Unruely, and am looking forward to seeing what you can do with a different camera. And cute kid btw. Reminds me of my nephew, but I'll bet your little dude is NEVER devious...

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    I would say he's a really great kid aside from the occcasional bouts of being a typical 9 year old male, but the little punk broke my camera so now he's going to St. Catharines!

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    Default HeShootsNScore's Photo post!

    I'm back in!

    (when does #3 end... anyway?)

    I'll try to post more as the week goes on.

    Spoon with me


    funky light in my fiance's parent's house -- consequently a white balance adjustment was needed in CS3. f/4.0 - ISO 1600 - 1/15 -- lighting by the lamp that should have been replaced after 1986. Handheld.

    Random crap in my future in-law's house


    conversion to grayscale, f/5.0 - ISO 1600 - 1/20 -- I also bumped up the blacks and the clarity in the RAW converter. Run of the mill kitchen flourecent lighting. Handheld.

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    Some very good shots here guys, good work.

    1st is a plasma cutter.



    2nd and 3rd are the inner dome at the Portal.




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