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An Exercise in Defiance
An Exercise in Defiance

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Authority (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Z
Location: Kitchen
Date: Nov 19, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Family, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Nov 22, 2004

Well... i must say this session was one of the most difficult and tedious of my short photography career.

It was done right before dinner-time and I had about half an hour to put together and shoot this shot. My brother was cranky (that look was genuine... lol), my mom was about to serve dinner, and those damn pencil crayons just wouldn't stay aligned.

Its surprising that I actually came up with a shot that isn't half bad.

Place: 21 out of 149
Avg (all users): 5.6203
Avg (commenters): 7.2857
Avg (participants): 5.4819
Avg (non-participants): 5.6745
Views since voting: 754
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 295
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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12/01/2004 12:43:52 AM
This remains an excellent image. Very good work.
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12/01/2004 12:30:12 AM
im so dissapointed to see this image ranking below the top 10.... this is my top pick for the challenge.congrats on your excellent image... and there's no wrong with the border.... TAKE A BOW!!!

Message edited by author 2004-12-01 00:33:01.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2004 09:28:36 PM
returning for comment:
This image has such a good feel and as I type I look and relook to find why it makes such a superb image. First, the facial expression is a gem. The adult and aged hand holding that of the youth and the angle of the pen, the tilt of the table, the drawings on the table which indicate a different and merry mood as compared with the reality of the moment. And yes, the lighting on the subjects face adds to the defiant expression. Then the winderful colors present. Bumping to 9
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11/30/2004 04:56:00 AM
yeap, that's how I felt when I was growing up.
11/30/2004 12:00:05 AM
I'm sure I won't be the first to say that I thought that was the boy's hand with the pen at first. :-) I like this one.
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11/28/2004 01:44:46 AM
my top choice for the ribbon and the only 10 for me!!!! good luck
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11/27/2004 03:54:37 PM
Great expression on the defiant one's face! Would have liked it a bit better if it were rotated left to a more level perspective, also might like to see more of the teacher/parent (the authority figure, after all).
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11/27/2004 02:30:43 PM
The expression on his face is great! I think this is a wonderful shot, but personally, I think the huge black border takes away from it a little.
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11/25/2004 05:58:44 PM
Cute. I love the old womans hand. His expresion seems forced, but hey - that's the way kids are sometimes. I'm not sure I like the tilt, or the colors. It seems to have a green cast. Good Luck.
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11/25/2004 11:55:26 AM
A challenge to authority -- this one gets a 10. Great expression on the boy's face. Lots of fun to view -- thanks!
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11/24/2004 03:15:10 PM
Great use of warm colors to mirror the child's anger. Brilliant tilted angle and use of lighting. How did you get the child to show that expression in his face? Too perfect! Thanks for sharing. The size of the pen add to the extreme, over the top feeling of this photo. Artfully framed. Fantastic Shot!
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11/24/2004 11:37:37 AM
love this shot!
11/24/2004 09:14:34 AM
Border is way too thick.
11/24/2004 05:27:24 AM
Great expression!
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11/24/2004 02:31:38 AM
whoa...what is up with that border?
11/24/2004 02:17:39 AM
oh, how i can relate to this. every day with 2 children. if they put half the energy into just doing the work that they do complaining about it, it would get done in a quarter of the time. you have really captured the challenge here. good luck!

[just as an aside, i think the border here is way, way too strong for the image.]
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11/24/2004 12:46:37 AM
An interesting interpretation of the theme, but unlike many, this works. I would desire slightly more balanced lighting, the highlight onthe boy's face is a bit over-exposed. Also, the colored pencils in the foreground are a bit coars and grainy.
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