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Challenge: Wind (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Sony DSC-F828
Location: durban beach front
Date: Dec 12, 2004
Aperture: auto
ISO: auto
Shutter: auto
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2004

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Statistics
Place: 6 out of 199
Avg (all users): 6.7973
Avg (commenters): 7.7273
Avg (participants): 6.8140
Avg (non-participants): 6.7902
Views since voting: 2507
Views during voting: 501
Votes: 291
Comments: 29
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/24/2005 01:36:13 AM
Very nice action shot. Works well in sepia... The man really looks like he is struggling to stay on the ground. Very nice!
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01/03/2005 12:08:45 PM
this is great!

welcome home and happy days!

I am soooo chuffed you made the top 10 cut!!

NOW FOR THE RIBBON
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12/27/2004 10:05:35 PM
Goodman,

This is an exceptionally nice image, perfect for the challenge. I didn't view or rate all the images in "wind" or I'd surely have ranked this right near the top.

I'm going to come right out and disagree witht hose who advocate cropping top and bottom. IMO this would be a serious mistake; the square framing is optimal for this image. It's all about this absolutely palpable tension between man and kite/wind, and this is taking place on an almost pure diagonal that could only be weakened by the cropping. A square format is very good at highlighting such internal, push me-pull you tension.

Likewise, is trongly believe the monochrome is right for this image. I'd have to see the original to be sure, but as I visualize it in the original you have two large gields of color top and bottom competing with each other and the kite popping out and up from that conflict. I see the color fields introducing an unnecessary element to the competition between man and wind. In this monochrome version, the values of sky and sand are so similar, so down-key, that they provide a more neutral field on which the conflict may evolve. Your choice of sepia-like tonality is optimal to my eye, as it introduces a vaguely "dated" look to the image, making it somehow emblematic of an eternal battle man has always fought.

So this is all good.

What's not so good? For one thing, the collapsed kites on the beach under the figure's feet are distracting. Absent the basic editing rules, I'd brush them out or at least burn them down (how we would have done it in film days) so they are less distracting. Almost as problematical is the scimitar-like edge of the seconf kite rising from behind the subject kite. I'd also brush that out, absent the rules.

Finally, in an ideal world this kite might be a tad more airborne, so the bottom curve was actually clearing the skyline behind. That's about it for nits. This is an exceptionally fine entry and I'm a little surprised it didn't place higher.

Nevertheless, a very good showing for a terrific challenge solution.

(robt)
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12/27/2004 11:45:59 AM
you were robbed. I don't visit all that often - but I like to look at the winners. This should have been top three at least.
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12/22/2004 12:12:57 AM
Goodman you are hot. What an image! What lovely tones. Congratulations on your 6th placing.
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12/22/2004 12:02:51 AM
Excellent stuff, should have been higher :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2004 11:53:51 PM
I really like the old, 1940s/1950s feel of this shot. The toning is just wonderful, and one can really feel the wind. Nice work!
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12/21/2004 11:37:33 AM
Monochrome at its best.
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12/21/2004 09:49:03 AM
Great compostion and entry. This captures the power of wind with conviction from the kite, the dusting of sand around his feet and the surf in the back. converting to a B&W (or via desaturation) helps strengthen this image...8
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12/19/2004 10:51:46 PM
Looks great. The kite really stands out. (the kite doesn't look rigged right)
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12/19/2004 07:08:41 PM
that is awesome!
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12/18/2004 03:59:36 PM
Good action capture... it gives feeling of strong wind.
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12/18/2004 02:24:22 PM
A perfect capture for the challenge. Good composition, love the tones. It's a shame about the buildings in the background but something that obviously can't be helped too much. My fave for this challenge.
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12/17/2004 02:51:25 PM
That's some kite!
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12/17/2004 11:00:56 AM
nice capture, strong composition and you can see the effects of a strong wind on the kite.
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12/17/2004 05:12:25 AM
great pic, is and was one of my favorites. i like the focus and composition. True, some people just have this talent to see a great pic and capture it.
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12/16/2004 11:19:46 PM
Excellent photo, although I would prefer it in color. 8
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12/16/2004 06:51:56 PM
Color would've been better I think, but good comp, focus & all else. And an excellent representation of wind.
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12/16/2004 04:37:22 PM
I love it, this really captures wind to me.
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12/16/2004 01:06:23 PM
very cool--this is a hugely popular sport here. nice toning as well. :)
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12/16/2004 10:47:41 AM
Strong composition and effectively communicates WIND. Slightly too bright, I think.
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12/16/2004 12:58:00 AM
My only complaint about this shot is the choice of BW verses color. I, of course, don't know what the color shot looked like, but this subject just seems more appropriate for color. Judging from the direct shadow, I am guessing the sky might have been too blown out at this time of day. The composition and choice of subject are great. 8.
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12/15/2004 11:41:12 PM
Definately say's wind! I'm kind of curious about your choice of converting to sepia with such and obviously colorful object.
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12/15/2004 05:52:58 PM
I think this would look even better cropped in a little more!
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12/15/2004 04:09:15 PM
Great image, well matching the challenge. I am not sure what the original colors were, but given that the kites are usually colorful and most likely contrast both the sky and the sand well, I wonder if the color image would have been better here. 8.
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12/15/2004 12:47:36 PM
Composition: 8, Technical: 8, Appeal: 8, Challenge: 7, Overall Calculated Average Score: 8
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12/15/2004 09:08:49 AM
Brilliant shot, good choice of doing it in black and white
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12/15/2004 07:42:10 AM
I really like this shot and it's an excellent subject for this challenge. I think you would draw more attention to your subjects if you cropped off the top and bottom 10-15%, but regardless, the shot came out very nice like this. Good job!
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12/15/2004 02:24:27 AM
Now THAT'S wind. :) Nice capture. Not sure about the b&w treatment. The background and sky look a bit flat and washed out. The kite does stand out well though.
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