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Tumble Dry on Low
Tumble Dry on Low

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Challenge: Humor (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak DX3900
Location: The dryer in the laundry room.
Date: Jan 12, 2003
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/16
Galleries: Humorous, Snapshot
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2003

My son just after waking up being thrown into the dryer for another of Daddy'd photos.

Place: 20 out of 53
Avg (all users): 5.7619
Avg (commenters): 6.9091
Avg (participants): 5.8537
Avg (non-participants): 5.7031
Views since voting: 1548
Votes: 105
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/21/2003 12:02:51 PM
Hello from the Critique Club - As I promised, I am back to review your photo. I'm sorry that this is the picture I have to critique, cute as it is, because some of your other work is so stunning. I think the lady in the faucet is the best picture ever posted here. I loved the belly button fisher too.

This is an adorable picture (adorable kid to, but you only get partial credit there). And of course it is funny. The poor kids looks dizzy. I hope you didn't really spin him. Perhaps the picture looks a bit too posed with the socks on his arm. I think the white thing in front could look more like a "blankie" Like you washed the wrong item. Don't tell him that, he looks too old for one of those.

Your composition is nice and simple - Both boy and the darkest spot in the picture (dryer cavern) are in the "thirds" position. All the lines are straight except for the kid and let's call it his blankie. Many of the diagonals point straight at the kid, see the lines of dots on the dryer door, and the baseboard and the blankie. The focus is perfectly sharp as it should be with a squeeky clean kid. Also the color composition is lovely. Everything but the kid is muted beige tones, but he is pink and blue. Even his hair matches the beiges. This helps to unclutter the picture, not that it is cluttered. My next point is how uncluttered it is. Everything that is there belongs there. You paid careful attention to everything you included, either in set up or cropping, probably both. That is your trademark, the careful set up, attention to detail and lack of extraneous visual distractions. Maybe that's why the only fault I can find with this picture is that it looks set up, not quite candid enough for the subject. The sparks in his eyes are great too.

Although this is a expertly done photo, it probably scored lower that it's quality would indicate because it does not have a universal appeal. "Dad takes picture of cute kid, mildly amusing" would be the first reaction. And with DPC voting it's that frst reaction that counts. There is nothing here that anyone could score down, nothing techinically wrong. But it takes a minute or so to sort out the precision here. Keep this one for the family album and don't try to enter it in the same gallery show as the faucet lady.

PS. Someone said that the color balance was off, hands were too pink. I have looked at this on three dfferent monitors, and yes, on my cheapo monitor at home, they were too pink and he had lipstick on too. But here at work the colors are just right. Taught me a lesson!!! My editing from home has looked awful. I won't submit from that monitor again.

and the disclaimer: Please remember that this critique is just the opinion of one far from expert viewer.

Message edited by author 2003-01-22 09:37:59.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2003 11:03:29 PM
But to you launder on the Heavy-Duty or Delicate cycle?
01/17/2003 02:30:43 PM
This is technically very well executed. Nice job!
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01/17/2003 01:11:51 PM
This is a perfect picture! He looks so angelic in the dryer. How ever did you get him to hold still long enough to take this?
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01/16/2003 09:52:55 AM
He's so cute. How'd you ever get him to give you that expression. Love it. As for the photo. Good focus, nice centering and cropping. Color is off, he's too red or pink. Need some adjustment there but that's all. Good work.
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01/15/2003 05:25:59 PM
That's funny. The look on his face and the wild hair makes it look like he was actually being tumbled by the dryer. lol.
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01/15/2003 04:27:30 PM
Funny shot and great idea, but I think iit would have been hilarious if the hair of the boy would be rough. That way it would give a better illusion that he really was in a turning dryer.
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01/15/2003 12:14:27 PM
Quite a few children and pets have died trying this.
01/15/2003 10:49:48 AM
If he only had a wet cat in his hand! 6
01/15/2003 12:02:08 AM
Looks like he needs a dryer sheet. ;-)
01/14/2003 05:21:04 PM
Here's a spooky thought....I considered doing this same shot!! My grandsons are too big and wouldn't fit! This is a great idea..if I do say so myself. You did this very well. His expression is soooooo cute and the blue of the shirt adds to the effect. Good focus, light.
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01/14/2003 12:05:03 PM
Hope he doesn't get into a habbit of hanging out in there.. :)
01/14/2003 10:59:14 AM
He looks ill. LOL! This was quite funny. Reminds me of the photo in the 7sins challenge of the ill looking boy on the floor eating the whole bag of cookies. The colors in this shot are excelent. Very bright, nice and vivid. I wonder how the border would look reversed. Having a thin black line, with a thicker blue line. Something to try anyway. The focus and clarity are great here. An very clean, clear shot. and quite funny. one of my favorites this week. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/14/2003 02:30:57 AM
Great pose. My kids actually did give "rides" in the dryer. I am surprised they survived childhood...
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01/13/2003 10:37:27 PM
Your model's pose is classic... make sure you tell him he did a great job. Funny, funny picture :)
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01/13/2003 08:38:27 AM
Love that messy hair!
01/13/2003 02:02:17 AM
Cute! I love the expression.

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