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Eureka
Date: 2007-06-29 01:02
Subject: Variations on a Theme
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Location:Winnipeg
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:audience participation, earth, friday, key and lock, macro, photo, void







As an example of my typical creative process, here are three captures of the same subject, taken at the same time, from different angles and with different lenses. I sometimes have a hard time choosing which to use, and I'm curious to hear what people think of each image.
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vanilla
User: variance
Date: 2007-06-29 06:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like the last one best.
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Eureka
User: eurekagray
Date: 2007-06-29 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And now for the hard question: Why?
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Elisa
User: shmi85
Date: 2007-06-30 00:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
i also like the third one the best. i like the vertical composition better than the horizontal and i almost never like extreme closeups. i also think that the third one balances the right amount of focus on the lock, the stones next to it and the bit of spider web with the unfocused area of the rest of the door. the composition also feels more complete because you've included the entirety of the metal handle bent piece thingy. the fact that it's cut off in the first makes that composition more unsettling and/or interesting, depending on what you want the audience to get from the picture (i.e. "ah, what's that bit of metal? the handle? something else? i can't tell!") but the fact that there's just so much out of focus fuzziness sort of drowns out the interest of cut-off metal.

maybe a good solution would've been to shoot a vertical composition like the third one, but move it up instead of down. so that the metal bit is still cropped off, but the blurriness is also more restrained.

that is all. :)
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Eureka: Eye
User: eurekagray
Date: 2007-06-30 01:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Eye
Thanks for the detailed feedback! In fact, that was pretty much my own train of thought (except that I actually do like extreme close-ups, when they have a purpose. In this particular case, I'm not sure that the lock is a strong enough subject to stand on it's own, hence the variations pulled back.
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rawgirl75
User: rawgirl75
Date: 2007-06-30 03:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I prefer the second one: the close-up.

For me, the subject matter is irrelevant. Im absolutely fascinated with the warm colour of the rust contrasted with the cool blue of the lock.
I also love the texture. Just by sight, my mind tries to imagine what running my fingers across the surface feels like.
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Eureka: Cyberpunk
User: eurekagray
Date: 2007-06-30 05:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Cyberpunk
Interesting perspective. I hadn't thought if it in those terms, but I see what you mean.
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neptunia
User: neptunia67
Date: 2007-06-30 19:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like the first one best. I think it is because of the colors. I also like how sharply in focus the lock is. Cool.
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Eureka
User: eurekagray
Date: 2007-06-30 20:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the feedback :) What is it about the colours on the first that stand out?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-01 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like the third one best. The rock around the edges give it a feel of looking through something at the lock (like a broken window?) and gives it an interesting frame. Because I can't actually make out what the frame is, it leaves me looking at it, adjusting my eyes, and trying to figure it out. I like photos that make me see different things, depending how I adjust my vision. It's more like art as opposed to a picture

- L
xo
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Eureka: Cyberpunk
User: eurekagray
Date: 2007-07-01 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Cyberpunk
Thanks for sharing that with me.
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Drascus
User: drascus
Date: 2007-07-02 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm going to go with the first one as my preference. The extreme closeup has so much of the lock out of focus that it seems muddled. The third image has too many objects that might be the focus of someone's attention, and the in-focus lock is not necessarily where the eye's attention is drawn, due to how the lighting is working.

The first image is very balanced, and my eye is drawn immediately to the lock, and the edge of the door that's in focus, with the out of focus background providing a good backdrop for the whole.
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Eureka
User: eurekagray
Date: 2007-07-02 00:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I really need to bring along my tripod when I'm doing macro stuff. I just can't squeeze enough depth of field out of it and still have a hand-holdable shutter speed.

I still go back and forth between the first and the third. These samples are a little deceptive as the horizontal frames are given arbitrarily more impact because the ScrapBook settings make horizontal shots larger overall than vertical shots. Either way, I appreciate the feedback.
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