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Challenge: Where's Waldo? (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak DX3900
Location: My Living Room.
Date: Feb 8, 2003
Aperture: F 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/45
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2003

Waldo seems to be hiding in a row of shoes that are getting listed on eBay!

Place: 4 out of 121
Avg (all users): 6.5779
Avg (commenters): 6.8636
Avg (participants): 6.2027
Avg (non-participants): 6.8000
Views since voting: 4129
Votes: 199
Comments: 29
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02/17/2003 01:15:36 PM
I'm back, what a week, I have problem with crashing computers eating ky reviews so my new tactic is to save it bit by bit. I'll let you know when it is done.

Hello from the Critique Club -

Do you know the hit song by Nellie? "I need two per (pairs)...Give me two per (pairs).. So I can go stompin' in my Er (air) Force Ones...." We now have a number one rap song about sport shoes (do we even call them sneakers anymore?). Yep, as you have captured here, shoes have become a symbol of a generation in American culture. That's why I just love the Uncle Sam legs. This photo is so much more than just a Where's Waldo joke. I suppose that they are headed for ebay adds another comment on today, doesn't it?

Are you surprised you placed so well? Or pleased? You had a bunch of shoes, everyone else thought you had an original idea. See, the thing is that everyone could relate.

Techincally your work is always very precise, even tight). the only problem that I can see is that your house is too beige, same problem as the dryer picture. How about some bright carpets? I agree that that bit of clutter down the hall detracts. That's why I asked if you were surprised. If you had know that a bit of laundry in the corner would keep you from a ribbon I'm sure you would have tacked a piece of posterboard over the doorway. Okay- to repeat myself and others. Your camera work is impeccable, the focus is always perfect. You never over process. Your focus is always right on. your DOF is impressive here. Lighting is lovely, right down to the precise little toe shadows. Colors are true, white balance is white.

Composition is also very precise. Main leading line is the diagonal that leads the viewers eyes up the line of shoes right past the sneaky Waldo. I had to do a quick brake and reverse to come back to him. Repeating shoes create stompin' rythym, all neatly tied in a row. The toe tapping shadows mirror the row of stationary marchers. The designes on the shoes, particularly the N which is well placed, break up the monotony of the endless shoes. And of course Waldo's vertical stripes contrast both in design and color.

What more can I say? Nice photo. Really nice photo. But I like the one of the two kids in the chair much better! I know why too! Your photography is sooo tight and so controlled. You might be at a bit of an impasse. You can't get any better technically. Those little cuties can't be controlled so you are forced to loosen up when you photograph them. It's good for your work, I think. Let them lead you to a new level.

And now for the disclaimer: Please remember that this is just my own opinion and I am not an expert of any kind.

Message edited by author 2003-02-24 16:46:30.
02/17/2003 09:47:17 AM
Love the image, love the title!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2003 09:26:33 PM
Love the angle of the shot and the great focus. Well done. Nice collection of tennis shoes. Would have like a different collor back ground and base, too yellowish. Rug appears to actually be beige. A little more light would have been better. But it is a nice clear photo and Waldo is there.
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02/15/2003 08:16:59 PM
This is a very good composition. Focus and lighting is good throughout. I like the pants on the subject. They hint at "Waldo"!!
02/14/2003 08:55:11 PM
I like you photo very much. nice colors and comp.
02/14/2003 02:18:39 PM
good job. nice idea.
02/14/2003 12:57:58 PM
Hehe. Great idea, and title, and challenge met to boot (no pun intended ;). The diagonal running through this photo really leads the eye, the focus and DOF is good, too. I like this shot a lot already, but there are a couple of things that you can do that would make it even stronger IMO. Cropping. Crop out the right side just at the end of the wall. The stuff in the top right corner disappears, and, even more important, the line of shoes now seems to run on forever outside of the photo. To balance that, I would crop a bit of the left and bottom of your photo, too, so that the first shoe isn't fully visible. You won't be able to make it look like that line continues unless you crop a lot, but I don't think it's necessary.
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02/14/2003 07:13:44 AM
Excellent! This is one of my favorites for this challenge. Very creative thinking!
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02/14/2003 01:42:40 AM
nice idea
02/13/2003 08:29:47 AM
Great angle on this shot! WOuld have been good for the perspective challenge also! Very original. On of my tops. The white balance doesn't seem to be spot on, just a td distracting. 8
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02/12/2003 11:06:17 AM
One of my favourites of the week, and I think I own a few of those shoes
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02/12/2003 12:04:16 AM
your flag is almost on the ground
02/11/2003 11:36:51 PM
Cool looking pants.
02/11/2003 07:54:18 PM
Good joke! Very good focus/ framing/ color! 9 Swash
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02/11/2003 06:38:30 PM
Nice idea and nice execution. Composition is very good, lighting is good and the big depth of field works well. I like this shot for its originality.
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02/11/2003 06:13:04 PM
Very sharp photo, great dof and good idea.10
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02/11/2003 05:25:14 PM
Very nice capture of the subject matter. Why on earth do you have so many sneakers?
02/11/2003 02:08:29 PM
this was a very creative idea for this. i think that the different colors in all of the shoes help bring alot of intrest to your picture. Nice Work
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02/11/2003 01:12:54 PM
Good idea, i like this image. You can almost look right past the person. Good job.
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02/11/2003 09:41:12 AM
the composition and the perspective are perfect! and for the challenge.. this photo hit the spot. love it.
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02/11/2003 05:44:17 AM
Original idea, I was thinking of doing something similar. Meets the challenge, 8 from me.
02/10/2003 08:34:18 PM
nice - like the patriotic flare
02/10/2003 04:58:23 PM
Great idea and very well executed.
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02/10/2003 04:33:13 PM
Yeah, Waldo and stuff, but.......... Do all of those shoes belong to the same person?! They all appear to be the same size........ I am intrigued and taken aback!
02/10/2003 03:58:04 PM
very nice
02/10/2003 02:33:44 PM
Nice american flag!! good picture!
02/10/2003 01:08:53 PM
Clever! (PS -- how did you get into Imelda Marcos' house?)
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02/10/2003 12:10:33 PM
Excelent title on of the few that meets the challenge 8
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02/10/2003 12:53:48 AM
Very well done - nice perspective shot, and good hiding of "Waldo"!
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