CHAT - Weekend Competition 11th Jan - 13th Jan 2013 Beautiful/Beauty
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16-01-13, 11:36 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire border
Thanks for the close run competition Dave, in early running I thought you were going to win easily with your great sunset, but thanks to some really appreciated votes for mine, it got close, right up to the finishing line with you eventually being a very deserved winner.
My daughter was really pleased with a photo of her doing so well, and I think she might actually pose for me again in the future now.
My shot was a moment of inspiration that I immediately acted on before I forgot what I was going to do (something to do with my age). It was the second time I'd used my speedlite in a shot (the first being my beer bottles last week), I had to aim the flash 180 degrees away from my daughter, else the shot was bleached out, but it gave the strange eye highlight, which is a picture on the wall behind me in my hallway. I might take the photo again, but I think I'd use natural window light for the catch light. I've also bought a book on using the speedlite and now know how to turn down the flash power
The End Of A Beautiful Affair:
A great idea, and pretty good execution. However I felt that the shot was a little cramped, I'd like to have seen a wider shot, with a bit more of the shirt as it took me a little while to work out it was a collar, and perhaps a little more of the rose bud being in focus.
Signs of beauty:
At first glance I thought this was a one of those ransom notes you sometimes see in films, it wasn't until I went to your flickr site that I read that it was a collage of letters from shop signs that formed the word, so very clever idea and photo title - once I'd worked it out, sorry for being slow. I wonder if it might be better with a thinner border, or more white space between the characters and the border, I think at the moment the border is swamping the letters.
Hopefully you'll read these as light-hearted suggestions and remember that they are only my opinions.
Here's to next week, where I'm sure Dave is just trying to make it harder for us. I, as usual don't have any idea what I can do.
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