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Challenge: Book It! : the LevT Street Challenge (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Date: Oct 24, 2015
Date Uploaded: Oct 27, 2015

Is it a street shot?
It was a crowded day at MOMA and I have a bit of a theory, why take pictures of paintings when there is a perfectly taken book, prints, detail etc in the giftshop downstairs. So I don’t walk around with my SLR dangling in museums usually. I didn’t have it out on this day, and as my wife and I finished contorting our faces after viewing the Picasso sheet metal sculpture exhibit- we headed toward the exit. ON the ground floor was this Lautrec poster, and these two taking a selfie in front. I whipped out my cellphone and managed to snap two shots before the throng ascended in front, mucking up the perspective.
My first impression after chimping was “that is a really good scene, I can’t wait to foul it up with processing later…”
Anyway, the shot was rather plain and poorly lit and you can never control the ISO with a phone, so there was lots of Jpeg noise. I just happened to not like any of the pure black and white conversions, All were too blue or the grays were overpowering. This preset added vignette and drama. However, after uploading I couldn’t stand the noise. I downloaded the saved for web version, magic-wanded the noise area and feathered blur, and let me add, in a very shitty way.

I appreciate the comments, the bling, and the magic of my style of amateur photography- which is- the fact that others can see more in the photo than I intended, and point out the serendipitous moments. I do think that just the fact that these people, who mirror the folks in the poster, are taking a selfie, with glee at the technology and the ability to save the moment for posterity.
In fact, a selfie makes a whole lot more sense than a straight on shot of the artwork.

One more thing, LevT himself gave me the high compliment of this perhaps being a Mariuca shot, yet in the very next comment she does not seem to have high praise for this photograph. I find this funny.

Place: 10 out of 53
Avg (all users): 6.3333
Avg (commenters): 7.2308
Avg (participants): 6.3125
Avg (non-participants): 6.3443
Views since voting: 501
Views during voting: 194
Votes: 93
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/24/2015 01:04:46 PM
This is so cool.
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11/05/2015 02:23:50 AM
I liked the post processing as it made the subjects and the subjects' subjects look very much alike.
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11/04/2015 05:04:47 PM
a gallery for her left arm and a balloon for her right arm!
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11/04/2015 08:51:40 AM
Very nice, congratulations on your top 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/03/2015 11:32:38 PM
I can relate to this and I appreciate the sentiment and framing ... not so keen on the toning though. 6
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11/03/2015 10:57:34 PM
Aww, this is just adorable.
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11/03/2015 10:21:41 PM
I like this capture and what you've done with it. It's like you're showing us their dreams of what was, or what might have been. The HDR-like processing, the crazy vignette, the flyer outstretched with a dancer's grace, when their feet are so firmly grounded.

I'm hanging this in my fantasy gallery

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11/03/2015 09:52:57 PM
Very Nice capture. Give 8
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11/03/2015 08:11:04 PM
ah. now I know what to do when I get really old.
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11/03/2015 06:04:27 PM
I think they have got a great picture, and so did you (I especially like her right arm)

hope you enjoy this balloon as much as you and them enjoyed the photo op
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11/02/2015 08:11:31 AM
A thoughtful capture that presents itself as a study of social interactions. I find it interesting to note that in today's world of technology one is more likely to find people of any age taking a selfie facing away from the art on the wall rather than face towards the painting/artwork to contemplate its beauty/meaning. I also find it a little ironic how they are intent on 'documenting' their life & experiences while you are essentially doing the same thing in this street capture. The sepia toning gives this capture a feeling of age - recalling a pleasant time in years past.
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11/01/2015 07:50:27 PM
This image will, in my opinion, definitely end up on the front page of the challenge.

The "burn" effect did wonders in hi-lighting the subjects of interest. In addition, the sepia effect makes this image seem to date it to a period in time when the Moulin Rouge a must see adventure.

Very nicely done and well deserving the score of 9 that I gave it.

Good luck in the challenge.
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11/01/2015 01:25:42 AM
It had been many years since she danced on the stage but she was just as grateful for the wonderful times since.
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10/31/2015 12:05:23 PM
Top two for me. 9
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10/30/2015 06:22:33 PM
DNMC? this is well captured but interiors are not streets.
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10/29/2015 10:35:36 AM
I love taking photos of people looking at art or just beeing in museums but this one does not appeal to me that much: the pronounced sepia applied, the sharpening, the insistent dodging, too much floor space... There is this gut feeling sometimes that we have, beyond explanations.
I marked it with 6
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10/28/2015 10:58:44 PM
Wow, the guy taking selfie, looks very much like the guy in the poster! And the woman also is rather similar to the cabaret dancer. Nice catch! Looks to me like a signature ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Mariuca shot :)
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