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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

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Challenge: Classic Novels (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Date: Oct 15, 2013
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Oct 15, 2013

One of my favorite books of all time. Great book if you haven't read it.

Place: 26 out of 86
Avg (all users): 6.0280
Avg (commenters): 6.3636
Avg (participants): 6.0233
Avg (non-participants): 6.0313
Views since voting: 344
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 107
Comments: 22
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2013 11:12:53 PM
I'm not wowed by this, but it's working reasonably well to establish that mood of poverty and hopelessness.

6 from me.
10/22/2013 08:00:28 PM
A perfect fit to the book - could be it's cover.
10/22/2013 10:47:44 AM
great detail on the decrepit looking building.
makes people stop and look, to see what lies beneath
a 6 from me (is what lies beneath)
10/21/2013 11:19:16 PM
Comment Challnege: Love the texture and tones in this. The wires in the upper part are a bit distracting. Interesting contrast between the metal armored windows and the empty / open doorway.
10/21/2013 06:58:11 PM
Initial Reaction: An interesting old building entrance, unsure of book.
Suitability for Challenge Topic: Wiki tells me this is a book about poverty, and while this does appear more commercial than residential, I think it fits, at least to a point. Nothing here really compels me.
Aesthetic: A bit too high contrast for me, while still not really making anything go 'pop'.. Perspective is really quite off, and needs correcting.
Needs Work: Perspective, concept
Final Thoughts: Not bad, but it doesn't really have the impact I would want for this book.
Score: 5
10/21/2013 03:20:34 PM
6...great textures and a nice snappy B&W conversion. The distortion of the parallels bothers me a bit, but things like that can be remedied in PS.
10/20/2013 08:42:09 AM
Excellent portrayal of decay, I get the spirit of the writing in this shot.
10/19/2013 08:50:15 PM
okay, so McCourt overdoes it too. 6
10/19/2013 07:00:10 PM
I hate to nitpick topicality but the book is neither a novel nor can it be considered a "classic". However the image seems suitable, say, as a possible dilapidated building where the author might have lived. As to the image itself, I enjoy the collection of textures and spaces, even the random wiring that characterizes such a run-down urban residence. But visually the problem is that there is so much going on that the viewer is quickly overwhelmed with too much information, especially with the texture-amplifying processing. Personally, I'm drawn to the deep blackness of the door, but distracted by the surrounding activity. I think a tighter crop on the window and door would make the impact much stronger. It's a tough subject and the image reminds me of many I've taken myself but disgarded because I couldn't decide what to do with them. So your effort is commendable but I can't go above a 6 for the reasons above.
10/19/2013 01:15:09 PM
Nicely captures the tone of the novel. 7
10/19/2013 12:43:45 PM
Well, I like BW. This one looks a bit too processed. Seems that is something missing, a cat, a person. The image also appears distorted and its bothering a bit. 5 Good luck
10/18/2013 11:01:38 AM
This is exactly how I picture the cover of the book. Black and white works so well for this. The attention to detail is perfect. In my top 3. A 9 from me.
10/18/2013 09:01:18 AM
One of my favorite books. I see the poverty and like the tones and textures. That really seems to be the only tie in though. 7
10/18/2013 05:18:36 AM
Good image and some connection to the title.7.
10/18/2013 12:31:07 AM
Great shot!
10/17/2013 07:27:38 PM
I get the poverty in the picture as a reference to the book.
The thing that keeps me from scoring this higher is that the image feels to distort a little and leaves me feeling a little off balanced. I would also like to see a little more contrast overall.

Gave it a 4
10/17/2013 04:28:47 PM
I'm tired of this genre of façade photos. The textures are nice, though. This place seems more condemned than poor. I wonder if some perspective correction would have made the top of the photo work better. I like the bottom. 5
10/16/2013 09:30:52 PM
What a lot of character in this ruined building, from the broken door to chipped plaster on the windowsill, to the holes in the boards in the window. Definitely has the feeling of something in decay...which fits the theme of poverty prevalent in the McCourt's memoire. (upping vote from previous)
10/16/2013 06:50:13 PM
The processing, quite heavy, works here on the account of the subject (ashes, sand)
A good image
6 (for now)
10/16/2013 02:01:06 PM
Interesting shot and a wonderful place, but the walls seem over processed, imo. I actually think the doorway is the most interesting part, and the processing of the walls distracts from the wonderful moodiness and loneliness of the doorway. I think the story is there in the doorway, but the trappings of the rest are taking over the story. -6-
10/16/2013 12:39:03 PM
Lovely black and white. Great detail. Nice composition.
I think this would have done well in the Doors/Windows/etc. challenge as well.
10/16/2013 05:34:16 AM
Has the grunge, gives the feel of poverty and degradation. Would have been good to have a child in there, it feels empty, but maybe that's what you wanted.5.

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