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Obama Says:  "Vote Based on the Photography, Not Your Politics!"
Obama Says: "Vote Based on the Photography, Not Your Politics!"
alanfreed


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Beaver, PA
Date: Aug 29, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2008

Barack Obama during his appearance in Beaver, PA, on Friday, August 29. I thought I'd make a little statement in my title since people seem to have a knack for voting shots down just because they don't like someone's politics, blah blah blah. It is a PHOTOGRAPHY contest, not a political one :P

Statistics
Place: 139 out of 487
Avg (all users): 5.9935
Avg (commenters): 6.5789
Avg (participants): 6.0256
Avg (non-participants): 5.8919
Views since voting: 939
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 154
Comments: 25
Favorites: 0


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09/08/2008 03:56:15 PM
"Why does this water cost more than gasoline?"
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09/08/2008 03:37:53 PM
I did not vote on your picture but if I had I would have voted a 6. The main reason is the crop, IMO I don't think cropping or positioning the bottom of the photograph right below the belt line was a good idea. It should of been a little higher and also would have given a little more space above the head.

Even though the right half of the photograph has a good red tone it's overcome by the distraction of the black space that tilts upward at the bottom of the photograph. I know the bottle has nice reflections of light and color but not enough to justify leaving it in the photograph.

IMO I feel the photograph would have been much more appealing if taken or cropped vertically about the same distance from on the right as on the left.

As far as politics skewing the votes in this photograph I feel like that may have happened but not only in low votes but in high votes as well. Your photograph did not deserve the 8-one's but I also find it hard to believe it deserves 6-ten's. I feel no one should vote down or up an image based on their political views but we know some will. In this case it looks like it almost evened out.

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09/08/2008 02:26:02 PM
I think 5.99 is about what this deserved.

It's certainly well exposed and sharp, the shallow DOF helping to isolate Mr. Obama from the background.

Unfortunately, his water bottle gets the same treatment. Also, I don't think anyone mentioned this, but for a campaign news shot, he's totally removed from that context. There's no flags, no cheering crowd of supporters, nothing to suggest that this is not a pre-campaign speech by a relatively unknown Senator Obama at a hometown community center. I also think you could lose the entire right half of the image, cropping to vertical and have a stronger image.

Message edited by author 2008-09-08 14:29:03.
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09/08/2008 02:14:14 PM
MY GOD MAN, IS OBAMA BLACK?
09/08/2008 07:11:27 AM
Funny...eight 1's on what could be an official campaign photo. If only you could have had an American flag waving in the background.
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09/08/2008 12:37:10 AM
Whatever - at least I didn't give you one of those totally unfair 1's. In fact, I scored it much higher but after all, it's not about my personal observations is it?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2008 08:42:58 PM
Bottled water is so wasteful -- how could you promote it in this fashion -- I'm giving this a 1! <just kidding :) This is great -- nice job!>
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09/07/2008 07:52:32 PM
Wonderfully crisp photojournalism shot - great job minimizing the background and highlighting your subject.
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09/07/2008 12:43:25 PM
I highly doubt that's a quote of his. A better photo would be one without the bottled water. By the way: are we aware that his name is Barack (Saddam) Hussein (Osama) Obama and his running mate is Joe (Bin Laden) Biden? Strange...
09/06/2008 11:50:36 PM
Love the title and I suspect you'll get a bunch of ones and tens. However, I'll take Obama's advice.
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09/06/2008 08:09:23 PM
I like the photography and the politics.
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09/06/2008 02:30:46 AM
Very well done. I like the composition, colors, and most of all the crispness of the image. (Now if he only had some more experience...) 8
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09/05/2008 08:16:58 PM
obama says use lower iso to achieve less image grain!!

rofl funny title
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09/05/2008 10:36:20 AM
I think I've seen him before somewhere. Just kidding. Nicely done.
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09/05/2008 12:17:20 AM
my vote of 7 says nothing about who I'm actually voting for ;)
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09/04/2008 07:14:56 PM
go obama, nice portrait of the canidate
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09/03/2008 10:29:39 PM
An OK shot but as far as a portrait goes it's not the best POV
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09/03/2008 06:51:46 PM
Composed well except your subject matter is a little Bla....for lack of better words
09/03/2008 02:19:38 PM
Too bad he doesn't know how to hold a camera. Great shot of the next POTUS.
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09/01/2008 07:38:12 PM
LOL - nice shot of him. The bottle of water balances it a bit.
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09/01/2008 05:51:51 AM
Excellent...this is superb 9
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09/01/2008 05:05:59 AM
That's the ONLY way you're getting a decent vote from some of us! HA! Great title, and yes, a very good photograph.
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09/01/2008 01:20:12 AM
Nice focus
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09/01/2008 12:20:48 AM
you lucky dog!! I wanna see him speak, grrr, so jealous...oh yeah: good clarity and composition. :)
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09/01/2008 12:07:47 AM
I don't go for leading titles but this one's brilliant.

Great clarity and DOF. Exposure seems bang on.
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