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Oliver Twist

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Challenge: Classic Novels (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Lens: Canon 12x IS USM (S3 IS built-in Lens) -- 36-432mm (35mm EQ)
Location: Concord, California, USA
Date: Oct 15, 2013
Aperture: 3.19
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/318
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2013

-Handheld, Aperture-priority mode
-FL 51.6mm (35mm EQ)
-Channel Mixer > monochome mode
-RGB Curve
-Crop to square
-USM at 12%/48 dia/TH = 0
-USM at 200%/0.8 dia/TH = 5
-USM at 88%/0.6 dia/TH = 5
-Slight local burning to reduce sharpening halos
-SaveAs JPEG at 100% quality = 264KB

File: Oliver_IMG_8711sq-DPC

Place: 29 out of 86
Avg (all users): 6.0000
Avg (commenters): 6.1364
Avg (participants): 6.1489
Avg (non-participants): 5.8986
Views since voting: 1375
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 116
Comments: 23
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2013 03:59:37 PM
good bw tones, but not a wonderful composition: the modern spoon troubles me, as does the clean white cuff. I do like the grungy right hand. However very little speaks from the picture as a whole: rather than a supplication, this is more a presentation of incongruous tableware. 3
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10/22/2013 01:20:58 PM
I like the composition and lighting of the photo.

Gave it an 8
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10/22/2013 11:06:31 AM
You MAY have some more. Some more SCORE that is
an 8
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10/22/2013 12:47:59 AM
Wonderful, well done tribute. I might have wanted just a tiny bit of gruel left in the bowl :-)
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10/22/2013 12:23:36 AM
Great stuff.
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10/21/2013 10:33:39 PM
Comment Challenge: Please, sir, may I have some more? The creative angle and focus on the empty bowl make this shot. The fingers on the left side of the image look funky and are somewhat distracting. Perhaps a less fancy spoon and the bowl looking like it had been recently used (liquid or wet bottom or like it had been scraped bare and then the last bit drunk from it) would increase the impact of the picture. To me, the person holds the bowl seems to be an adult, and not a child - not sure what visual cues I'm picking up for that. Overall, a very nice image, and a great connection to the novel.
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10/21/2013 06:53:00 PM
Nice. But the bowl and spoon are far nicer than any orphan would have, or at least nicer than I picture when I read the novel, as is the rather nice shirt... And those hands do not speak to me of poverty.

With that being said. The image is good, if too grainy and just a touch over-sharp in some places (look at the thumbs)

Fits the novel well enough, but not crazy well. Composition leaves something to be desired.

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10/20/2013 10:34:37 PM
Very nicely done. The image is appealing and well processed. It is also the first entry I've come across that I knew what the book would be before seeing your title. 8
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10/20/2013 09:19:11 PM
I like the grungy feel, maybe a wooden spoon would have been better. Has potential though. The fringing is a little distracting, as is the white dot up top, and the blotchy finger is strange ;) I like the film effect you've produced, looks like a 60's Life magazine shot.6.
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10/20/2013 12:30:56 AM
The neat haircut and mature brow don't suit the street urchin. Technically, the foreground oof area doesn't work either. Arguably, you may be trying to draw attention to the sharply focused spoon but it doesn't work as technique because other elements would have to be similarly oof, especially his cuff, ear and the aforesaid brow. 5
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10/19/2013 06:55:39 PM
all the details of the photo are comfortable middle class, which underlines that this photo is only an exercise (seeing some dirt on his right hand just makes it seem more contrived). on a positive note, I like the composition of dark shapes protruding from the background. It gives a sculptural feel to the image. 4
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10/19/2013 01:19:50 PM
Good image but missing that little bit extra - he's meant to be asking for more porridge so there should be some hint of residue in the spoon and bowl.
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10/19/2013 12:06:29 PM
Good idea. The hand on the left side looks odd and a bit distracting but still alright 6
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10/17/2013 10:24:02 PM
4...Oh I wish I could give you more, because I do like your idea, and the fact that you did more than merely search out a title to match an image. This tells me you know a bit of what's going on between the covers. I've handed you a 4 becasue I think this is poorly crafted. There is that weird little hot white pixel above the left side of his head. There is also a grayish one right above the left thumb. Maybe it's stuff on the ground, but it could have been cloned or healed away.There is also a haloing around some edges, perhaps from over sharpening. It's also noisy. I don't mind some natural looking grain sort of noise, and sometimes digital noise works, but for this image I don't care for it. Lastly, the B&W conversion is quite flat. I think a simple levels or curve adjustment might help that. Simple little technical fixes would make this quite a nice little photograph.
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10/17/2013 05:57:09 PM
Too bad that you did not find a boy to hold the bowl. There are a few inconsistencies here determined mostly by the awkwardness of the sitter. I would be happy if you will revisit this idea. I would like to see the result.
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10/17/2013 06:35:56 AM
Too dark, hackneyed poor image.3.
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10/17/2013 12:31:48 AM
Excellent job on the b&w processing.
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10/17/2013 12:08:25 AM
There are some excellent shots in this challenge that really reflect not just the title of the book, but the content as well. This is one of them. The second I opened this I could hear his voice in my head politely asking for some more, please. Bonus points for doing this as a grainy dark black and white. 9
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10/16/2013 07:05:44 PM
Just a perfect shot for the chosen book! Really love the b&w treatment and the unusual perspective! Nicely done! Wish the background was solid black though, the mottled look is a touch distracting/
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10/16/2013 02:28:13 PM
Excellent! Fits the novel beautifully, love the dirty hand. Not sure of cutting off the fingers on the bottom and the negative space. I think I like the negative space, but would have liked the fingers? I would have cloned the white speck up on the background, as well (doesn't hurt the score, just a critique). -8-
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10/16/2013 01:03:08 PM
powerfully presented. I can hear the cockney lad's voice "just another ladle of gruel, sir?"
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10/16/2013 12:41:39 PM
I like this shot... but it seems a little rigid(?). Not quite sure about the word I'm looking for.
But the outline of the boys hands looks odd.
Still, I gave it a 6
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10/16/2013 12:29:24 AM
Beautifully processed. The bit of grain/noise is an asset for the mood here. The separation of the head from the background is skillfully done. For my tastes, the crop is bit too tight on the bottom.

As far as relevance to the novel, "Please sir, may I have some more?" is the obvious reference, and it does work, but a couple things keep it from being as strong as it might be, for me: the spoon's too nice, and the bowl and spoon both should show evidence of a first serving consumed. Also, somewhat parenthetically, the white cuff is too clean and too white, if you think about it.

But, in the main, very nicely done. It goes in my 7 group for now, may get bumped or not depending on what else I find in this challenge :-)

Message edited by author 2013-10-23 00:12:25.
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