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    What did I do wrong?

    In a recent Weekly Challenge where the subject was "Books" I posted the following picture, a diptych I titled "Married Life":

    What did I do wrong?-book-diptych.jpg

    The first part of the diptych was composed using two softboxes, one to either side of me, and a reflector that acted as a halo light and also lit up the globe, decanter, and bottle of scotch in the background. I clicked an IR remote and then had 2 seconds to throw the remote to the side, grab the snifter, and pose before the shutter fired. That motion took a number of takes.

    The second half of the diptych used both softboxes, but no reflector so as to cut down on glare on the glossy page.

    It took a while to position the lights, the camera, the props, and the reflector. But eventually I got a shots where I was happy with the focus and exposure. I then went online and managed to figure out how to stitch two pictures into one, making a diptych.

    However, when I posted the picture early in the competition it only garnered 2 "Likes".

    I'm really curious about this. In previous challenges my pictures receive quite a few more votes than that, even though I didn't think those pictures were that much better than this one. What made a difference this time, a difference I can't seem to discern?

    I am genuinely looking to learn from this, as someone who only recently took up the hobby. What am I missing here? What can improve on? Did I completely misjudge the lighting and subsequent exposure? Was my little jape at married life offensive, rather than amusing as I intended? Is it that it's a diptych, and so not considered a single photo? Am I really that ugly?? (Ok, I do know the answer to that last one, so don't bother. I'm in radio, not TV, for a reason.)

    So if you have any thoughts about how I can improve my technique when it comes to shots like this I would really appreciate if you could pass them on to me. I'm not concerned about faring well in the competitions. Win, lose, or draw I'm having fun just testing my abilities by trying to get creative with the posted topic. But I would like to improve as a photographer overall, and I think taking advice from the more seasoned members here would be a great way to go about that. Thanks very much!


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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            My guess is it just didn't strike the right note with people,i dont see any other reason.
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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            ​You did nothing wrong. The members liked other photos better. If you look back at other challenges you will see many post with one or two likes.
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                            My opinion is this photo didn't quite capture the subject of Books. The subject is plural, and while there are other books in the background, clearly the subject in your image is someone being captivated by the book. Adding in the second image (in my humble opinion) detracted even further from the subject by placing attention on the info contained inside the book.

                            So for me, your image didn't capture the original subject as well as some of the other photos that simply showed a variety of books.
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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            I get the humor and I like the humor. Also, from a purely technical standpoint, I think you did quite well.

                            From a creative, aesthetic standpoint the shot really doesn't do much for me.
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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
                            My guess is it just didn't strike the right note with people,i dont see any other reason.
                            You might be right there. Thanks, Mike.

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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            Quote Originally Posted by nikonpup View Post
                            ​You did nothing wrong. The members liked other photos better. If you look back at other challenges you will see many post with one or two likes.
                            Thanks, Nikonpup. I guess I haven't been here long enough to see that.

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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
                            My opinion is this photo didn't quite capture the subject of Books. The subject is plural, and while there are other books in the background, clearly the subject in your image is someone being captivated by the book. Adding in the second image (in my humble opinion) detracted even further from the subject by placing attention on the info contained inside the book.

                            So for me, your image didn't capture the original subject as well as some of the other photos that simply showed a variety of books.
                            I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the elucidation.

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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
                            From a creative, aesthetic standpoint the shot really doesn't do much for me.
                            That makes quite a bit of sense. If that is the case, I wouldn't expect someone to give it a like. Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate it.

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                            Re: What did I do wrong?

                            Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Molloy View Post
                            For the topic “books” I’m afraid these didn’t do anything for me.
                            I look for something interesting, whether it’s clever use of light, or positioning of a model, or something.
                            Keep in mind that the topic sets the theme, but your imagination inspires the photo.


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                            Thank you for that, Patrick. I might argue that it took a certain amount of imagination to come up with this photo, rather than something that might instantly spring to mind - like, say, a front-on photo of a bunch of books. But I appreciate that my effort didn't do anything for you, and I very much appreciate your input. Cheers.





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