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Piano Man

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: People/Street/Candid
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Australia
Date: Nov 6, 2010
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/5 sec
Galleries: History, Music
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2010

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Thanks everyone for the great comments (especially 21.gif paulbtlw for truly understanding and the wonderful award).

Many people suggested I should have cropped out the distractions of the wall and foreground. I agree and had seriously thought about doing this. However, this would have resulted in just the pianist and for me would be missing some of the story and effect of his surroundings. He is providing the sound effects in an old theatre from a pit to the side and below the stage. Even though this would not be obvious from the shot I was hoping to show that more was happening than just someone playing a piano. Hence the foreground stage and fancy wall.

He was rehearsing when I walked passed this area and I hastily took the shot (one of the slowest shutter speeds Iíve attempted hand-held with this old Rebel. I felt like I captured a moment which is why I felt compelled to enter for the FS despite taking many shots along one of the touristiest and photographed roads in Australia (the Great Ocean Road) during this month. Thanks again everyone.

Place: 120 out of 264
Avg (all users): 5.7411
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6622
Avg (non-participants): 5.8947
Views since voting: 928
Views during voting: 194
Votes: 112
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/15/2011 04:13:16 AM
Just re-visiting some of your shots, this one is outstanding, I did tell you that, should've rated higher.
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12/08/2010 08:49:52 AM
I love it just the way it is.
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12/08/2010 04:50:18 AM

Awarded for the November 2010 Free Study
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2010 10:55:59 PM
Love the dim light and old-fashioned feel. I might try a closer crop to get rid of the foreground elements and focus all attention on the pianist.
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12/07/2010 10:25:14 PM
touching capture.
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12/05/2010 04:35:53 PM
Nice picture. I think it could have been cropped tighter to concentrate on the man and piano.
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12/05/2010 06:01:37 AM
This has a nice feel to it.
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12/05/2010 03:29:54 AM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: A most lovely portrait benefitting from highly effective lighting. The crisp focus on the hands and the paintingish softness of the rest of the image conspires with the coloration and lighting to produce something quite special.

Critical stuff: I have mixed feelings about the surface at the bottom of the image and the wall moulding on the right - they seem to intrude and detract a little but if I mask them out with my hands the image seems diminished. On balance I think their presence gives context and life to the image.

Overall: An image that gets better and better the more you look at it. So much so that by the time I've got to the end of my looking and writing I feel a need to fav it.
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12/01/2010 03:47:39 PM
Lovely mood! I like the dark and then the subject in the light. I wish that had carried through by either cropping the sparkly stuff on the right out... or burning/darkening it. (not voting)
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