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The Kiss
The Kiss
Giles


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Art of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: club 60 sheffield
Date: Sep 16, 2011
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2012

so i should add some detail... the girl Danielle is one of my bestest friends, 10 years ago she was one of my other female friends best mates and i knew her but no where as close as i do now, so i lost 6.5 stone(91lbs, 41kg) in pursuit of this lady...... 9 months of hard work, getting handsome pursuing her and being nice and everything i though she wanted and i made my move asked her out and she said no hahaha lol but i gained so much from it not only health but life experience confidence funnily enough and an amazing friend that we laugh about it all the time, so i hate to disappoint the not convincing commentator but everytime i see her i get a big hug and a kiss from her, she was a rock when i split from my lads mum and was always there for me so im pleased this photo did well :)

thank you to the jury and the favourites :)

Gi x
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the jury's comments

The image is just highly emotional and compelling to me. The "kiss" is quickly leaving the frame and already out of focus. This is just what happens when someone kisses you! I'm just utterly charmed by it now.

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Do you get kissed in the eye often?

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Only by photographs.

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touché!

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It is unexpected. It rebels against convention, though admittedly only modestly: it's not storming the Bastille, but it is knocking a policeman's helmet off. And any rebellion, no matter how limited its aims, usually does everyone some good. The depth-of-field choice carries it forward even further by making an irrelevancy become relevant. The implied yin-yang of the darkside & lightside takes yet another step. It's a mild insurrection but I'm happy to march with it a ways.

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A fleeting kiss. It may linger on your lips and mind yet that memory of a couple of seconds can stay with you for a lifetime. I liked it immediately, yet did not put it in my top group. I can't explain why. Something about the way it is not focused. Our eye immediately goes to her hair, which could very well be what we should see, but I somehow missed an element that I can't quite put my finger on.

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Focusing on the lock is a stroke of genius. Just a perfect moment re-created when you already don't really see her approaching face but your eyes are still open :). One thing that bothered me a little is the sharp line of her shoulder, I would prefer it blurred or darkened

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The kisser was a bit too posey. Had she been more convincing, authentic, this would have been an absolute fave.

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I might like that, too, but in losing the "convincing" we gain a 1940's Andrews' Sisters feel that I find irresistible. I know we are now in the realm of personal and subjective taste (where we always are).

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A little bit obtrusive to me, I can see why the men would love it, though!

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I wish I did not see the title. This is a photograph about silence, vulnerability, heartache, longing and a faint promise of happiness. Beautifully done. The elegance of times past.

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My deep enjoyment of this image is reflected in the comments above. Charmed. Mild insurrection. Perfect moment. Convincing. Obtrusive. Faint Promise.

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I agree that I can see how the men would love it. I see how it's a passing moment caught in an interesting way, but actually this one really doesn't interest me.

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I think it's an interesting shot. I like the rich tones and composition. The thing that I don't like is where the photographer chose to place the focus point. My eye immediately goes to her hair and for me it should be on the lips, especially since the title is "The Kiss". That's where my eyes would be focused if I was embraced in a kiss. This one didn't make my short list.

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The out of focus lips is what's good about the photo -- it gives the feeling of moving in for the kiss, this missed focus because of the movement. I issue is the same issue, though, I don't like the final resting place. Maybe it would have turned it cliche to have an interesting earring, but it would have given my eye a place to rest more comfortably and keep the interest of the soft focus. Right now, the idea is interesting, but the picture isn't.

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I love hair. (as long as it's not in my soup)

Statistics
Place: 62 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.0000
Avg (commenters): 6.9231
Avg (participants): 6.0842
Avg (non-participants): 5.7949
Views since voting: 559
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 134
Comments: 17
Favorites: 5 (view)


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04/08/2013 02:41:00 PM
genius.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/24/2012 09:57:58 PM
I remember when you posted a color version vs. black and white (though I forgot the photographer). I liked it then but this second viewing really knocked me off my feet, probably because I wasn't distracted by having to make a decision. I could just enjoy the image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/22/2012 08:19:21 AM
Very nicely done. Your comments and favorites say it all.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/22/2012 04:19:14 AM
This is what you see and feel. Fabulous image, faved.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2012 11:17:19 PM
I like how the focus is in the most unexpected place. Her movement helps build the moment of anticipation.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2012 09:57:39 PM
What do we see and how do we see it.. a flash of golden curls might be the only thing that could distract from a face like that? Yes. Well done. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/19/2012 07:44:07 PM
The selective focus is very nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/19/2012 12:40:20 PM
There is something very artful going on here. I really like it a lot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/19/2012 12:26:16 AM
This is so dear. Wonderful.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/17/2012 07:43:33 PM
Not sure why the ear and hair are the things in focus. Kinda throws the picture off for me. I think if the face was in focus, and the rest was OOF, it would have worked better. Still, a nice B&W
03/17/2012 11:09:44 AM
Voted earlier coming back to comment now.

B&W definately gives this a classic ol' time feel of the movies of the 40's. While some may be critical that the face and lips are not in focus, I think you hit the nail on the head with what you wanted to present to your audience. The audience is not a passive member looking upon this photo. Instead you have made them an active participate. The motion blur of the lady coming close is like she is leaning in for the kiss. Nicely done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/17/2012 10:10:07 AM
love your tones in this...and I like how the focus is "off"...great job
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/17/2012 03:58:07 AM
Your concentration on the hair is interesting. That and your title really brings this image close.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/16/2012 08:46:40 PM
Faire la bise, wonderfully focused and puckered up, reminiscent overtone.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/16/2012 03:01:16 AM
oh my! : )
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/15/2012 09:24:27 PM
Interesting idea
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/15/2012 11:47:44 AM
I feel like this could be better if it was focused on something other than hair.


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