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Challenge: Music (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: People
Camera: Sony DSC-T1
Location: Paris
Date: Oct 27, 2004
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Performance, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2004

I took this photo on holiday with my Sony DSC-T1 (in 1 megapixel mode so I could fit more on my tiny card!) as my 300D would have been too big and heavy to carry around all week. It was great having a camera which fit in my pocket for a change :)

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Place: 1 out of 124
Avg (all users): 6.8453
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.6667
Avg (non-participants): 6.9717
Views since voting: 7436
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 181
Comments: 41
Favorites: 10 (view)


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11/13/2004 12:10:38 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Hi Ben...

This is an excellent photo and it meets the challenge with a lot of strength. As you may be aware, I really enjoy photographing live performances. You had some nice light to work with in this image. The lighting is everything in this type of photography. This one has a very nice warmth to it.

There isn't much I would change about this image. I know how difficult it is to get exactly what you would like to have when working in this type of environment. When you consider your composition on any given photo, you have to ask yourself a few questions. These questions can be useful in about any situation.

1. What do I want to show my viewer?

Your obvious subjects in this image are the musicians. You captured them well.

2. What is in my composition that is irrelevent or doesn't add anything to the image?

The only thing I see in this image that becomes irrelevant is the minor bit of keyboard in the lower left corner. There is not enough of it visible to let it be a viable part of the composition. You could probalby crop this out and keep the composition strong. When you are thinking about this, you can compose erroneous elements out in some cases. In others, you may want to crop it out if possible. The most important part of it is to find your strongest shooting point in the beginning and work from there first. Spend some time evaluating.

There is one other element of this image that could provide some extra strength, but it is out of your control. The man with the red-striped jacket doesn't have enough face showing. Seeing a profile of his face would create more impact, or possibly if he was looking more in your direction.

As I read your own comment about using the Sony, I'm surprised you got any good shots in the low light. It may be possible that there is more light in this scene than this photograph shows though :)

At any rate, this is an excellent photo. I have enjoyed watching you 'grow' with your camera. You have come a long way since I first met you here at DPChallenge :)

John Setzler
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11/08/2004 11:08:11 PM
Really amazing.
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11/08/2004 08:43:55 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon! You are amazing!
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11/08/2004 07:06:20 PM
Dude, Ben, as with the stonehenge stuff, mind blowing. You Bastard! How dare you be so good while I suck so badly! J/K (about the bastard part anyway LoL) Great job, and to be honest it's not really that shocking seeing such a moving, awesomely timed, and just plain kick ass photo come from you. :)

-Joe
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11/08/2004 06:11:42 PM
just goes to show, it's not the camera, it's the photographer :)
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11/08/2004 05:40:34 PM
Ben Ben Ben WOW! Congratulations on this amazing photograph. I can't believe the luck you had with the lighting. You couldn't have done better with an arsenal of lighting equipment. Bravo!
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11/08/2004 05:34:10 PM
wow! congrats!!!
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11/08/2004 04:12:12 PM
Ben, congrats, this shot really stood out!
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11/08/2004 01:57:55 PM
Heyhey, about time you were back in the ribbons! Nice one mate!
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11/08/2004 09:15:19 AM
Way to go Ben! Grats on the blue. Ya done good :)
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11/08/2004 07:50:28 AM
Congrats. on a well deserved 1st. This was one of my top 3 picks.
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11/08/2004 07:27:27 AM
A fine shot Ben, congrats to you!
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11/08/2004 07:00:50 AM
Congrats, Ben!!! Awesome shot!!!
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11/08/2004 04:48:20 AM
Congrats Ben, great image.
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11/08/2004 04:47:36 AM
Nice work, Ben. Well done mate!
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11/08/2004 03:13:23 AM
yay punkin! this is awesome--i love swing--just bought the brian setzer swing christmas yesterday! :) great picture, you rock. :)
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11/08/2004 12:54:59 AM
Congrats, Ben. Great photo, great light.
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11/08/2004 12:52:09 AM
well done ben, happy to come 2nd to you :)
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11/08/2004 12:17:01 AM
hey ! super

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11/08/2004 12:16:32 AM
Well done!! Congrats!
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11/08/2004 12:06:19 AM
Congrats, sir. Good job!
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11/08/2004 12:03:45 AM
Congratulations. A splendid capture well deserving the Blue. Enjoy !
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11/08/2004 12:02:01 AM
I knew this was a winner! Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 09:45:59 PM
returning for comments:
Cool capture. Bumping up.
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11/07/2004 03:44:19 PM
Love the moody tones and background here.
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11/06/2004 07:29:32 PM
Who can resist swing? Very warm and inviting.
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11/06/2004 12:42:26 PM
I LOVE the warm tones in this photo, they just make the shot. I wish the drummer had been doing something other than looking away from the camera, but to me, it doesn't take away from the shot enough to deduct any points. My second of 2 tens in this challenge.
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11/06/2004 01:48:44 AM
A very competant image with a lot of soul and feeling, would vote this 6 if the drummer was lookig this way I would have gone an 8.
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11/05/2004 04:18:01 AM
WOW! Great shot!
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11/04/2004 09:51:22 AM
very nice candid. great color, nice random-appearing composition (i don't want to presume that you didn't pose these guys "just so")
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11/03/2004 02:12:02 PM
excellent - good luck 10
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11/03/2004 08:56:33 AM
I think this woulf have benefitted from a deeper depth of field puting more of the drums in the foreground and the middle musician into focus, other than that a very nice entry that should do well
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11/02/2004 10:46:42 PM
Very cool, love the composition and color.
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11/02/2004 11:55:46 AM
Great job! Cool shot!
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11/02/2004 11:49:32 AM
Nice shot, I would have cropped the bottom drum out, but otherwise good work...
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11/02/2004 08:33:44 AM
Something about the musician looking into the camera with that hat -- just right! Nicely composed with the feeling of a "just before the performance" -- one of my ribbon picks this challenge.
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11/01/2004 09:43:36 PM
The colors really give it that rock-a-billy/ blues mood. 8
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11/01/2004 02:42:46 PM
best band shot this challenge
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11/01/2004 12:48:24 PM
great sharpness and colors
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11/01/2004 05:01:00 AM
Awesome shot, my first 10 in this challenge. How on earth did you light this shot? (are those guys wax statues?)
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11/01/2004 12:03:41 AM
Absolutely LOVE it!! Crisp, clean, screams music. Nothing more to say! Definately a 10.
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