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The Only Horn You'll Hear in a Band
The Only Horn You'll Hear in a Band

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Horns (Standard Editing)
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art for Canon
Location: North Carolina
Date: Apr 30, 2016
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 1250
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Black and White, Music
Date Uploaded: May 3, 2016

When I saw the challenge title, it reminded me of band class. So, I decided to get a shot of a trumpet player for this challenge (This was taken after a wind ensemble rehearsal). After getting this shot, I converted it to black and white, added contrast, clarity (took away clarity from everything but the bell of the trumpet, and added clarity to the bell), and did other basic exposure adjustments.

Place: 16 out of 43
Avg (all users): 6.0141
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.7600
Avg (non-participants): 6.1522
Views since voting: 472
Views during voting: 115
Votes: 71
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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05/11/2016 12:48:51 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

The Challenge: Without specific guidance beyond the challenge title there still only seemed to be a few routes that were logical... As much as I like animals, I love that you went the musical instrument route. Your pic is definitely in tune with this challenge.

Color, Comp and Processing: The black and white processing adds drama and is reminiscent of a jazz scene. I agree with the comments regarding great dof and composition. The components pull together nicely and it's fun to try and make out the shapes reflected in the bell. The wide crop to include the second person is important as a partial person or instrument would be awkward. While I think the picture could have worked without the second player I like the depth having her there adds. There's a nice balance of darks and lights (exposure) and whatever changes you made for the details/clarity ... They seem to work (even if the player's left hand is a bit obscured in the shadows). I do wish I could see a bit more of the instrument though ... Maybe just a touch more angle would have helped.

Overall: while I disagree with the title ... Spent many years listening to my sister play sax in the band ... I can't argue with the results. Well played.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/10/2016 10:50:24 PM
I really like the dof here; it really makes the image. Nicely done.
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05/06/2016 03:34:53 PM
I would have liked this better if the person on the left was not there.
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05/05/2016 10:48:16 PM
Excellent composition I give 8
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