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Autumn Leaves Quietly
3rd PlaceAutumn Leaves Quietly
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Challenge: Book Smarts (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Old Street
Date: Nov 19, 2007
Aperture: f4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Urban, Candid
Date Uploaded: Nov 19, 2007

My title does of course refer to the pages of the book, so top marks if anyone gets that.

This shot could have been clearer but at 640px it's tough to decide to crop or not.

She reminds me of a headgirl from an all-girls school. It's a bit literal with the book but I wonder if people can see it anyway.
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Post result:
Thanks muchly for the comments. APpreciated as ever.

Was puzzled by the off-brief ones though. Was the image obscure or was the understanding of the challenge open to a much narrower interpretation?

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 63
Avg (all users): 6.7254
Avg (commenters): 7.4667
Avg (participants): 6.0938
Avg (non-participants): 6.8208
Views since voting: 6623
Views during voting: 405
Votes: 244
Comments: 50
Favorites: 7 (view)


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01/07/2008 10:08:38 PM
A wonderfully understated take on the challenge - perfect perspective and b&w was a good choice.
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12/01/2007 07:47:17 AM
Bravo. This should've taken first place... IMHO. The depth of field was eclipsed by your depth of concept, both I find irresistible. And using black and white, just helped capture the emotion of a cemetery. I can't help wondering what she's reading. Keep up the good work!

Derek
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11/30/2007 04:14:37 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/30/2007 12:25:43 PM
I too find the food distracting on an aesthetic level but I think it adds to that self-contained sense of isolation: she's got herself all sorted with her book and lunch who needs anyone else?
11/30/2007 08:08:17 AM
It's a very nice photo but I have to say, I find whatever she is eating to be very distracting.
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11/29/2007 10:22:24 PM
Is that a cemetery behind to the side of the lady? Awesome photo!
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11/29/2007 11:17:23 AM
WOW! A big congrats on this one. I'm suprised and happy to see this on the front page because it so goes against the grain of the site. Well done.
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11/28/2007 09:34:32 PM
brilliant, old boy, brilliant
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11/28/2007 08:50:18 PM
very nice composition and application of DOF. kudos!

crayon
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11/28/2007 04:53:28 PM
Congrats. You've shown everything you needed to show but no more. It could have been more clear, more direct in it's message, more staged like, but then it would have sacrificed its reason for being beyond the walls of this challenge.
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11/28/2007 12:13:25 PM
wonderful perspective...congrats!
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11/28/2007 08:51:32 AM
I've missed seeing the subtlety and thoughtfulness of your work. This is beautiful. Nice to see it on the front page.
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11/28/2007 08:18:32 AM
SO pleased that this ribboned. It's wodnerfully subtle. Great b/w. Congrats, Jon.
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11/28/2007 04:59:50 AM
he's back! nice one
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11/28/2007 04:20:04 AM
Gorgeous tones...well done.
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11/28/2007 03:32:53 AM
Congrats on the yellow, very well deserved!
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11/28/2007 02:19:09 AM
ahhh, sweet shot, congrats.
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11/28/2007 01:05:39 AM
always love to see your work getting the recognition it deserves.
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11/28/2007 12:23:43 AM
Excellent pov, dof, and black & white treatment. Congrats.

Message edited by author 2007-11-28 00:24:15.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/27/2007 09:21:17 PM
nice point of view
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11/27/2007 08:35:36 PM
Beautiful, simple, and understated. Outstanding use of BW. Awesome, lonely feel.
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11/27/2007 08:18:18 PM
I really like the chairs in the foreground out of focus. Nice photo!
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11/27/2007 07:02:55 PM
Too much foreground imho
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11/27/2007 06:38:46 PM
Impressive picture, it would have been 10 for me if relating to the topic some more
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11/26/2007 06:55:52 PM
I like the look of this photo and somewhat enjoy the gloomy feel of this image however, I feel like it should have been cropped a bit tighter on the person and the background.
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11/26/2007 10:57:28 AM
Foreground bokeh distracting. Reflection off of chairs in front creates a contrast with dark chair arms and dark fence, drawing my eye to the OOF area. I would have cropped this tighter on the subject.
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11/25/2007 09:46:52 PM
I wish she wasn't taking a huge bite out of that (sandwich?), otherwise this photo would be perfect. A fantastic photo!!
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11/25/2007 11:07:57 AM
Nice shot. Very nice actually. What's it have to do with the challenge?
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11/25/2007 09:57:43 AM
I love the leading lines of the benches - great use of foreground bokeh. Hopefully this will finish top 5 or even top 3.. well done.
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11/25/2007 02:19:13 AM
pretty cool, maybe should've been croped
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11/24/2007 10:59:17 PM
Interesting selective focus.
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11/23/2007 10:06:11 PM
Very, very nice.
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11/23/2007 04:50:30 PM
A lonely scholar. Has a kind of Edward Hopper quality about it.
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11/23/2007 01:25:39 PM
very nice!
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11/23/2007 12:52:14 AM
Can't wait to see the specs on this one, nice shot! 7
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11/22/2007 08:56:49 PM
I like the perspective and composition. I think I would like the shot a bit better if the subject wasn't in the middle of a bite. Great shot though.
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11/22/2007 02:23:08 PM
Ooooooh. ..I love it! With only 61 entries, surely this one should be at the top! I love the composition of her sitting in the distance with the line of chairs leading your eye to her. And it is a great photo for black and white!
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11/22/2007 08:59:30 AM
7 - like the composition - would score higher but the extreme foregournd bokeh is too intrusive for me
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11/22/2007 05:46:38 AM
Technicals: 2/2 - good use of DOF, good exposure
Composition: 1.5/2 - diagonal combined with rule of thirds (almost); border is too bold
Challenge Relation: 1/2 - the book is there...
Originality/Creativity: 1/2
Overall Impact: 1.5/2
7 - among my top picks in this challenge
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11/22/2007 03:31:36 AM
Great shot, b/w is just perfect for it.
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11/21/2007 08:29:42 PM
Excellent
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11/21/2007 05:31:08 PM
nice DOF
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11/21/2007 04:08:23 PM
Nice photo
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11/21/2007 02:33:14 PM
i really like this as bw and i like how the row of chairs leads to the subject. nice take on the challenge
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11/21/2007 12:36:02 PM
This is great. My favourite.
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11/21/2007 11:37:15 AM
Without a shadow of doubt my favourite picture in the entire challenge

Love the POV and a fantastic dof which means although the viewer is some distance from the subject that they can see exactly what she is doing in great sharpness.

The pose looks very natural (if this is a genuine candid then I salute you for having been able to pull this off so well...If it isnt, well it looks like it is and is all the better for that)

Lovely black and white conversion and the border works exceptionally well

Its a big 9 from me
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11/21/2007 11:35:47 AM
Great foreground bokeh...were you a week late? Fits great into this challenge as well.
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11/21/2007 09:08:20 AM
I love the perspective and processing here. A lovely find, albeit a bit eerie eating in front of a cemetary, but that's just me :)
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11/21/2007 07:27:48 AM
This is a really great photo and my initial reaction as soon as I saw it was to give it a really high score, but after a brief pause and consideration I realize that it really doesn't say "book smarts" that much to me. Anyway, giving you a 6.
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11/21/2007 02:04:20 AM
Wonderful image! Great composition and tones!
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