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  #152 View From the Window
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Fragile       ©2015 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       4th place, 212 points
1/100s, f3.6, ISO 200, 35mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Layers (one window in focus, one background in focus) same camera angle, minor clone.       Extra Info: "Show us an interesting view looking out of the window." Looking out from one room into another through an etched glass interior window panel.
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Jade O.
Jan 27, 2015
    My alternate title was, "Leafs fan".

Many thanks for the votes and comments. Relieved to see it made top five with all the technical issues!

Jan 26, 2015
    Well done Jade - glad the renovations are giving you a bit of a break. I love this shot. The etched glass is amazing.
As to M, after 40 years, I'm surprised he doesn't look like this LOL

Jan 26, 2015
    In the TF, congratulations. I like the etching in the glass, maybe you are right about placement. I'm not good at envisioning image layout until I give it a try, then recompose.

Jan 26, 2015
    This was my 1st. It is spectacular. Congrats. It should have done better.

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Jade O.
Jan 26, 2015
    Thanks, Phil. The glass is hand etched and polished - irreplaceable as the craft is all but lost now.

Jan 26, 2015
    I so like this image - so many creative ideas here - the frosted glass foreground was a brilliant idea.

Jade O.
Jan 26, 2015
    dk Yes, missed the tilt. Good to hear the glass worked - I wasn't sure if my idea would come across.

Jan 26, 2015
    fragile, yes. Etched glass adds to emotion portrayed by subject. Very good. Slight tilt needed to make window lines behind subject horizontal.

Jade O.
Jan 26, 2015
    Elyod You wouldn't be speaking of his toes....That is the clear rectangular uncut glass which is a cross bar in the design etching on the glass.

Jan 26, 2015
    An interesting composition and in my TT, but what is the oblong shape around the subjects feet?

Jade O.
Jan 25, 2015
    He only looks too self contained because you've been living with M------ all these years! (O.k. I couldn't resist.) I did think the figure looked like he was having a breakdown or an aneurysm...
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

Jan 25, 2015
    Beautiful job of shooting through the etched glass - the lighting is superb. I'm having trouble with the figure, though. If he is meant to project fragility, I feel that he doesn't. His symmetry makes him appear far too contained and composed IMO. Still a great shot though!

Jade O.
Jan 25, 2015
    PhillipW Thanks for commenting. The off-level is something I missed, unfortunately.

Mepo The floor under the chair is just where the clear glass part of the panel situated; I suppose I could have moved a bit but i agree if I were to put more effort in, I'd address that anomaly. I thought the model looked like he was in the middle of a psychotic melt down but who knows what (evil) lurks in the minds (hearts) of men...

Jan 25, 2015
    Unusual interpretation of the challenge but I think it suits. Well done on the use of layers to achieve the focus and your provided PP and extra info. Maybe a tad straightening would be an improvement. Well done.

Jan 25, 2015
    Right on theme, a window inside works for me. My sense of depth is thrown off kilter by the floor under the model which I think should have been partially obscured by the etched glass panel. The slight tilt doesn't bother me on this shot. I don't understand the pose of the model, he doesn't look at all fragile. Of course it could be the glass that is fragile but that's not the main topic here. OK so I shouldn't pay any attention to the title but I'm simply searching for a reason for the pose. What I like a lot is the concept of shooting through the etched glass and the great soft light. In my favs despite my critisisms mineures. Very avant guarde creation - well done.

Jade O.
Jan 25, 2015
    dave Nope, you are right. I missed the off level.

RolandB I keep exciting you! I'm grateful for your generous compliment.

Neat I was unsure how well the window would be received but so far it's been good.

Jan 25, 2015
    Great idea and image. Nice tones. Just a feel it is leaning but that might just be an impression caused by the two uprights.

On of my Favs

Jan 25, 2015
    Your photo has made me excited about photography again! Shooting through the etched glass is like adding a texture! Really gives the shot character. I love it! (took 3 tries but finally got the spelling correct!!)
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

Jan 24, 2015

Love the window texture, my number 2.
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Jade O.
Jan 24, 2015
    johncomyn FZ-30 as you'll see. Interesting that you don't like the centered composition. The subject in a corner would produce a different effect, I'm certain. I was a little bothered by the posture; on a redo I might try something different.

Jan 24, 2015
    Good depth of field, guess this must be small sensor with f3.6. Like the idea very much, but don't think the centered composition works that well here, think they can work though. A different angle maybe, but that might ruin your glass etching. Your subject placed in the right hand corner might work, but would not know for sure unless I've seen it.

Jade O.
Jan 24, 2015
    Yep, I missed the tilt!

Jan 24, 2015
    This is an interesting and thoughtful composition with excellent technique. I just wish it didn't tilt slightly to the left.

Jade O.
Jan 23, 2015
    eagle1 To be honest, I didn't really think too much about this one. Though the darkness of the figure may set the mood, the shape is probably too indistinct for silhouette and this is only a small step from silhouette so my guess is I should have changed it up a bit.

fc ysal aoc46 I think there are a few potential orientation issues but no matter what choices are made, the lack of exact geometric symmetry is probably the biggest issue (and the hardest to get perfect).

Jan 23, 2015
    I like what you've done. Very "artsy" image. Can't make up my mind if the slightly blown highlights outside the window in the background is a plus or a minus. Still, it's high in my rankings.

Jan 23, 2015
    good use of the internal glass feature.
i would have cropped the fore ground floor to the bottom of the white pillars and this wold make more of a "window" frame

Jan 23, 2015
    Very dramatic shot, effective. The only distraction for me is that the subject is slightly off-center. Feels like he should either be perfectly centered or more off-centered.

Jan 23, 2015
    Very surreal - composition could be improved by a tighter crop on the figure and window, perhaps with the figure closer to the camera.

Jade O.
Jan 23, 2015
    Appreciate the vote of confidence. Thanks.

Jan 23, 2015
    Simply outstanding - what a great capture of despair. High in my favs.

Jade O.
Jan 23, 2015
    Steve You're right about the off-level - arghh how did I miss that? You are right about the too dark too light too. Yes this is composed of two images, the background for focus on the figure and the foreground glass to focus on the glass. I tried shooting it all in one but it made the glass too blurred and instead of looking through the glass, all my attention went to figuring out what was going on with the blurring foreground.

Jan 22, 2015
    Love the image. The barren room and hunched over figure give me the impression of emptiness, anguish. Technically, it is slightly tilted. With such strong horizontal and vertical lines it needs to be perfect. The window is overly bright and the detail in the figure is lost in too dark shadow. Are you saying this is comprised of two separate images for the two planes of focus?
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