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This photo was submitted by Jay Camus. The irony of the cars parked in front of the no parking warnings is funny, but it's not enough to carry this photo due to the other shortcomings. The exposure is dead-on for the textures and tones of the center building, which is nice. But again, there's just too many small nitpicks with this photo to have it really stand out as more than a disposable one-trick pony. Nothing is level--it's all askew.

This photo was submitted by Jay Camus. The irony of the cars parked in front of the no parking warnings is funny, but it's not enough to carry this photo due to the other shortcomings. The exposure is dead-on for the textures and tones of the center building, which is nice. But again, there's just too many small nitpicks with this photo to have it really stand out as more than a disposable one-trick pony. Nothing is level--it's all askew. With architectural shots, something should be at right angles, even if there is keystoning along the other axis, have a defining vertical or horizontal line (or take it to an absurd extreme of disjointedness with a dramatic tilt--otherwise it just feels like sloppy shot-leveling)

Power lines are generally a scourge upon the land--consider re-shooting this tighter, at a different time of the day (for less shadow-throw on the words.) Try using an ultra-wide lens and stand near the "No Parking" warning in the right of the frame and build this as a forced perspective foreground, with the cars and the rest of the building and other warning falling away. And stop down to keep it all in focus. Let me know if you resubmit a follow-up shot and I'll make sure I see it.
_—Jack Howard
Online Technology Editor
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This photo gets one star on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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