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Grandpa with grandson
Grandpa with grandson

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Art of 2016 (Standard Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Gold Coast Queensland Australia
Date: Oct 8, 2016
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2017

I was second shooting a wedding when I saw Grandpa holding back his grandson. I love the contrast with the youthful face and grandpa's hand.

Place: 45 out of 150
Avg (all users): 5.8431
Avg (commenters): 7.1818
Avg (participants): 5.9250
Avg (non-participants): 5.5455
Views since voting: 168
Views during voting: 203
Votes: 102
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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01/26/2017 11:56:37 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I gave this a 7 in voting and am glad I did. There is a lot of story here, with the size and obvious age of grandpa's hand in a firm but loving restraint on the grandson's shoulder. I do find the processing on the hand might be a tiny bit on the hard side. Not that I favour skin-smoothing, which can be done to a ridiculous extreme, but perhaps just a touch less of what you used. The dark tones make this look like it could have been taken at a funeral, with the downcast eyes of the child, as noted by some commenters. If it were a pic from a wedding I'd expect to see some colour and lighter tones.

The juxtaposition for such obvious age and youth may also work against you, though, as the current batch of voters don't seem to care for images that reflect the realities of life like age and wrinkles. I like the composition, but there is a sombreness to the mood that some may find tough to swallow.

Hope this helps, feel free to pm me with any questions.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2017 10:51:54 PM
Now here's a moment.
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01/24/2017 07:47:57 PM
So beautiful.
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01/24/2017 06:53:48 PM
A very tender moment, I can tell that's one protective grandad, already voted.
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01/24/2017 01:12:05 PM
There is a story here. Life listens.
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01/24/2017 11:53:07 AM
Juxtaposition of textures is slightly creepy but I really like the overall effect and mood. 8.
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01/23/2017 10:19:24 PM
Top choice for immediate visual impact implying something tragic.
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01/23/2017 03:58:22 PM
A difference in time.
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01/22/2017 01:38:28 PM
The boy is cute but the hand is just fabulous. This could be shown under the definition of juxtaposed. Great capture.
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01/20/2017 11:12:39 PM
Love this can really picture my own grand father like this
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01/20/2017 10:46:44 AM
I like this heavyhearted image. The mottled skin of the large hand with wedding band. Sundays best with cufflinks and silk ties. The boys joyless expression with tousled hair. It all works so well together.

The composition seems a little to tight or not tight enough. Not sure if that makes sense but something is bothering me. If you crop about half way down the boys hair it pulls me in. You could also reveal more from the left side but that depends on what's over there.

Again, I like this shot but the composition is holding it back a little. 7
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01/19/2017 01:08:43 PM
An odd image - could have been taken at a funeral, at a military honor or at a wax museum.
There is palpable sadness and affection and there is also a certain detachment. The blacks and greys are perfect.
Going to 7
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