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Gentle Breeze
Gentle Breeze

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Challenge: Wind (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Location: home
Date: Dec 11, 2004
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: auto
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Family
Date Uploaded: Dec 12, 2004

auto touch up and sharpen on ps7

Place: 41 out of 199
Avg (all users): 5.6979
Avg (commenters): 7.4545
Avg (participants): 5.7470
Avg (non-participants): 5.6780
Views since voting: 789
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 288
Comments: 12
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12/27/2004 03:06:57 PM
This comment is provided courtesy of the Critique Club :)

You've been fortunate enough this far to have already received a few insightful comments, so some of this will sound familiar.

First looking at the image, I can't help but think that the composition here is quite solid. The boy's closed eyes convey a relaxed mood, which is appropriate for a playful image like this. I think your choice of a straight-on profile shot probably works much better than if you had approached this at an angle, as it leaves plenty of room for separation and distinction between the boy and the bubbles, and potentially the background.

I do not think the background is too distracting, as it gives the image a schoolyard feel. However, to address some of the comments you have received, it perhaps might have been advisable to try to throw it slightly more out of focus. Since you used an aperture of 4.5 here, I don't see you necessarily being able to lower that without possibly losing some sharpness in the foreground. Moving yourself and the subject further away from the wall may have been an option.

You've nailed the timing, catching the bubbles at just the right moment. The slight blur in the bubbles could (depending on the viewer) be interpreted as a good way to convey motion and action (especially contrasted against the stillness of the boy). Others yet may prefer a stiller image to capture the exact 'moment', although I think that it would give it more of an artificial feel.

The main thing here that I think holds room for improvement is, like others mentioned, the coloring of some areas on the subject's skin and hair, which occasionally appear to have a bluish-green tint. I have an inclination to believe that this probably was not in the original shot (though I may be wrong), and may actually be due to your use of Auto-features that you mention in your description. While these auto features can sometimes make an image better, they can also sometimes interpret things incorrectly and create problems. In the future, you might find it more advantageous to perform all the post-processing 'manually' without the auto feature.

Overall a great shot, and anything seen with room for improvement is nothing that can't be performed/fixed in photoshop - possibly via Layer Masks for the background and some Adjustment Layers for the Color Balance (may want to mask this as well, to avoid affecting the color in the bubbles).

Message edited by author 2004-12-27 15:16:04.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2004 08:36:50 AM
This is great.
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12/18/2004 11:40:17 PM
I tried this and had all sorts of problems. I lke the way you have controled the background both with deapth of field and a brick wall. The timing of the shot is nice too. And I like the colors.
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12/17/2004 06:56:10 AM
nicely captured and good detail. Shame about the brick wall, a plain backdrop would have made this a great photo ! 7
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12/17/2004 12:02:21 AM
This is a nicely composed shot, but the color looks off to me. The brick color appears flat, and the boy appears to have blue-green shadows on his hand, chin, and lower lip. Meets the challenge well. 6.
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12/16/2004 06:25:25 PM
Best of the bubble blowing images IMHO. Like his look of concentration.
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12/16/2004 01:12:08 PM
A wonderful shot all around. Technically perfect and a great subject.
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12/16/2004 05:36:02 AM
Very Nice!
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12/15/2004 11:45:26 PM
Good job with the interpretation. The comp. is good, and I like the angle of the bubbles. What could be improved, in my opinion, is the brick wall in the background is a distraction, and there is a green cast to the skintone. 7
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12/15/2004 10:16:41 AM
Composition: 7, Technical: 7, Appeal: 5, Challenge: 6, Overall Calculated Average Score: 6
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12/15/2004 07:30:32 AM
Composition: 6, Technical: 6, Appeal: 6, Challenge: 6, Overall Calculated Average Score: 6
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12/15/2004 06:57:47 AM
I really like this nice, simple shot. You did a great job composing and then nailing the focus against an excellent background. Very good job!
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