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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2009 at 19:39
Pegelli,

Thanks for the comments.
My intention in taking the picture didn't really include a conscious effort at ROT, so does it still pass - I hope, I hope?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2009 at 21:36
Rules are rules, but we certainly appreciate you fessing up.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 December 2009 at 01:19
Here is #2; starting to see a trend with birds (or fake ones). It is still raining here but I hate being inside. I am thankful for clear shower caps swiped from hotel rooms. This one was shot with my favorite prime: a Minolta 50mm f/1.7 purchased at a pawn shop for $20 this past spring. It does pay to scour the local pawn shops every few months! Lee
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 December 2009 at 05:51
Maybe the winter is the time to do this. I was thinking about ROT when composing this shot and the in focus part of the flower falls on the top left ROT intersection, though looking at it without guidelines, it feels too far to the left.

The only PP is resizing and sharpening/noise reduction during raw conversion.

[EDIT - to put the photo in, duh for me .


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Edited by p_man - 06 December 2009 at 05:56
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 December 2009 at 09:51
@ LeeOsenton: Not only a very clear ROT pass but also a very nice shot. The composition with the big areas water/ground/trees sits very well and then the 2 birds placed there make it all come "alive". Well done and enjoy yor next assignment.

@p-man: Another clear pass for me. I don't think ROT neeeds to be mathematically exact and the slighly oof outline of the white petal supports the placement of the yellow stamen and subtly enhances the non-central (hence goldem mean character) character of the composition. Looking forward to you contribution in another assignment.   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2009 at 05:24
Will this one work then?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2009 at 07:13
@JS: A BIG pass with a BIG smile

Hope you enjoyed your dinner and do enjoy your next assignment
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2009 at 17:34
Thank you! BTW, LOVE the pig icon - very appropriate.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 December 2009 at 21:22
Good evening, here is my next try, and I promise that I was thinking a lot about this assignment, when taking the photo!
Hope you will like it... from the football match this weekend.
My English... sorry, but... couldnīt we speak Czech? :)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2009 at 06:56
@ kubuthor, can't say this in Czech but would Dutch do?

Maybe safer to stay with English. For me a nice ROT pass, placement of the face as well as the line from the posts is right on target. It's only a pity his face is so obscured by the net/poles and it would have been nice if his face would have been on the left behind the net (at the other ROT point) with all the rest the same. However I understand you can't stage everything, so pls. enjoy your next assignment and show us what you can come up with.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2009 at 08:59
@ pegelli, well English may be a little bit better... :))
Thanks for pass, because this photo is not as good as I hoped when shooting it... a little bit unsharp and eye is also partly hidden... but from those I did for ROT was the best, so I am really glad you let me pass! Have a nice day! :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 December 2009 at 21:19
Here we go then - my first attempt at an assignment

Attempt #1


Attempt #2


I did brighten #2 as the original was a bit dark, but no other pp

Thanks for looking
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 December 2009 at 22:14
@Comin: Allthough some ROT points are used in #1 I don't think it's a pass. First of all I think there's "too much" in the picture (cat, sculpture, sign, park..) and certainly the application of some ROT didn't pull them together. Secondly the most eye catching feature of the sculpture (the hole) is vertically positioned right in the middle, and breaks down the slight ROT character even further

The second shot is much better, but judging by the aspect ratio it's cropped (and the rules say no cropping). However these rules were made a long time ago and since I don't think every shot looks best in 3:2 I interpret this as only crop in one direction, to achieve a ROT in an aspect ratio you want. I think it's a reasonable picture with a dynamic composition enhanced by ROT. The laptop and the lines from the railing are all nicely placed. So if it's only cropped in one direction I'd say it's a pass, if it's cropped both horizontally as well as vertically I'd say come back and show us more. You tell us .

Btw, glad it's not my laptop. Is it yours or just a "found object" you spotted.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 December 2009 at 22:30
It actually isn't cropped. It was taken with an old manual cz50 f2.8 and being a not very wide path it was difficult to get the composition as I wanted it, so I can see why you think the aspect indicates cropping.

I didnt notice the big gaping hole bang in the middle!
The laptop was just as it is in the picture (you cant see the river behind it ). Most likely it had been stolen and thrown in the river (its not deep, up to your knee at that point) and recovered by someone looking to see if it still worked. There were fingerprints on the power button

Thank you very much for the pass and I'll now look at another assignment. These are fun!

Edited by Comin - 12 December 2009 at 22:33
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