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My bridge

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2010-12 (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: Como, Australia
Date: Dec 30, 2010
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Dec 24, 2010

A last minute entry that replaces a shot that I liked but came across as a reject from the Contre-jour III challenge. My three year old on his first ride of his scooter with all the necessary PPE. This is a busy pedestrian bridge but I got lucky with the bridge being empty so I took the shot. The reflection on the helmet will probably cost me votes but I liked its effect, as well as the lens flare. I only had about half an hour to PP so Im sure it could be done better but these are the steps I took for this shot (if anyone is interested). Oh, and my prediction is for this to finish 5.1xxx with little interest from commentators.

Raw converted to JPG
Channel Mixer Monochrome R+24/G+52/B+26
Levels RGB
Curves medium double
USM 100/2/30
Topaz Detail & DeNoise Moderate
Border 20pix / 80%
Image Size - 1600
USM 100/1/40
Image Size 800
USM 100/1/40
Save for web 97%

Post voting

Glad to be proven wrong. This did get the interest I was secretly hoping for and it even scored higher than I had predicted. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments.

Place: 156 out of 275
Avg (all users): 5.5769
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 5.6111
Avg (non-participants): 5.5000
Views since voting: 547
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 156
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2011 10:21:05 PM
for looking at me that way...

for letting the sun into your brain...

I'm putting you in my Posthumous Art Gallery.

  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/06/2011 07:08:27 AM
nice leading lines and i love the light off his helmet
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/05/2011 09:39:08 PM
Bonus for that wonderful star on his helmet!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/05/2011 09:26:19 PM
ahhh...see there I found it...for me this makes for a great candid/snapshot picture...it's a great family moment...I take it that is your son and he's so proud to pose for you...here is what I see that IMO could improve this (mind you it's JMO)this is where a fill flash/fill on your RAW processing comes in handy...it can tickle out the shadows around his face...which I would love to see better...your focus is good he just has the sun at his back and thus creates a strong shadow on his face...but on the other hand if you are going a Contre-jour style picture...I'd say you nailed it...sorry about missing you the first time around...my bad...and poor you, you get a very long winded comments...lol
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/04/2011 12:24:51 PM
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 : Super composition, love the lens flare and the catchlight in the helmet. I really enjoy the arches too and the way the white dashed line guides the eye along the full depth of the 'Z' axis. The boy himself is perfectly placed in the frame and offers an engaging subject.

As I look more, other features become more prominent, the shadow patter, the highlights catching the mesh of the fence.

Critical stuff: The structure is so well shown that the boy is a little lost - perhaps that was your intention? Some may prefer a tweaked edit to bring him out a bit more.

Overall: A very nicely made image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2011 08:46:01 AM
Nice use of vanishing point to make this bridge seems like it extends forever. I also like the reflection off his helmet.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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