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I took this photograph a while back and i think it has really kind of giving me some inspiration for my exam project of chiming.

Camera:Nikon D2X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jul 2012 - 6:06 PM
Focal Length:34mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:+4
ISO:Hi 3200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Inspiration Shot
Username:AliceLuisePhotography AliceLuisePhotography
Uploaded:15 Feb 2013 - 3:28 PM
Tags:Black & white, Flute, General, Instruments
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woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 3:56 PM

I like this very much indeed. Monochrome suits the subject perfectly; the texture of the paper and metal are just right and the gleam of the flute is nicely controlled. The idea of the instrument placed amid a selection of sheet music most of which is out of focus is visually and emotionally appealing. A very good subject for inspiration indeed!

I don't know exactly what A/AS Level examiners are looking for these days; all exams tend to be either a bit behind the times or else excessively trendy. But I have a gut feeling that they would expect the focus to be a little bit forward, i.e. on the embouchure of the flute rather than on Bar 13 of the music! You might find that focusing manually on the embouchure would retain acceptable focus on the stave even at f4. If you are using this image as inspiration you are presumably seeking to re-shoot, so you might wish to try a few different combinations of focal length and aperture before making a final decision.
Speaking personally I rather like the image as it is; but I'm not an A Level examiner!


Last Modified By woolybill1 at 15 Feb 2013 - 3:59 PM

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dudler Critique Team 11211 forum postsdudler vcard England485 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2013 - 8:21 AM

I agree with Bill - this is a great shot, and very expressive. It really stands out in the thumbnails.

Very reminiscent of mt schooldays - though fortunately (for everyone) I was never let loose on a flute!

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