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Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: School
Date: Sep 30, 2004
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Snapshot, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 282 out of 530
Avg (all users): 5.5542
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.5664
Avg (non-participants): 5.5132
Views since voting: 826
Views during voting: 476
Votes: 332
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/05/2005 12:30:30 AM
Originally posted by nsbca7:

I didn't comment on this? I meant to. I've been back to look at it several times.

OK. The shadow detail is a little muddy.(or it may just appear that way on my monitor) That is the only drawback I can find. This is well composed, relays a feeling and uses light and shadow to an advantage. Nice shot.


Thank you. :0)
02/02/2005 10:48:30 PM
I didn't comment on this? I meant to. I've been back to look at it several times.

OK. The shadow detail is a little muddy.(or it may just appear that way on my monitor) That is the only drawback I can find. This is well composed, relays a feeling and uses light and shadow to an advantage. Nice shot.
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02/01/2005 03:12:12 PM
This photo was taken for my daughter's elementary school yearbook. This was purely a spur of the moment shot of a girl in her class. I try to get shots of kids doing an assortment of school activities.

Thanks for your indepth comments. I am learning how to be a photographer and I learn from comments. :)
02/01/2005 01:55:35 PM
When looking at this I liked the image of the girl, but thought the composition could have been improved somewhat. I gave it a 6. I think a landscape orientation would have fit much better. all the major elements of the photo are horizontal - blinds, arm, hair, body, table etc. and there's a lot of dead space above her head. Moving to a landscape orientation would have let these elements flow, but instead there's an awkward tension.

Message edited by author 2005-02-01 13:57:33.
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02/01/2005 01:29:37 PM
Overall, I like this photo. Let me humbly share some things that I think I've learned - but take them as they are offered, just a set of opinions.

The areas in this photo that are in sharpest focus are mostly too dark or too light. You may be able to remedy that in the future by using your flash as fill flash, dialing the compensation down so you still are predominantly lit by that great natural light. Also, I think I would have liked to see the pencil in sharper focus.

I'm pretty sure I'm finding out that keeping it simple is essential to "success." Overall, this photo adheres to that philosophy, but removing the object at the student's right elbow and the one to her left would improve the shot.

While some people might not find this kind of shot inspiring, it's a very nice one to tell part of a story, and if simplified, could probably be a successful stock image (I intend that as a compliment). My advice on the scores you received is to not worry about the numerical values in an absolute sense. Realize that you were very near the 50th percentile for "best of the year" in a very competitive site. Congratulations!
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02/01/2005 09:19:03 AM
Thanks to all of those who commented on my photo. I appreciate your thoughts.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2005 02:42:44 AM
Must be even harder to concentrate with the pattern of those blinds falling across the desk.
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01/29/2005 10:27:00 AM
Great Shoot, girlfriend!!!!!
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01/27/2005 08:45:59 PM
The light here is great. Being able to see at least one eye would give this a little more impact for me.
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01/26/2005 07:36:51 PM
a great storytelling portrait here. You can feel the focus and intensity. I'd move the bottle by her elbow and the whatever it is you can see through her hair. Both items distract a bit. 7
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01/25/2005 08:52:13 PM
The composition and detail are good, and is photograph sure to make a parent beam looking at it ((8))
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01/23/2005 01:07:30 AM
Hi Danetta. Thought this picture looked familiar :-)

What can I say, this is just fantastic. Love the natural lighting and the studious pose. Nicely framed, and the focus is sharp and detailed. A good entry for this challenge. Hope it does well. 8
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01/22/2005 01:53:20 PM
excellent capture. i know some will feel the lighting is a bit strong, but i don't know enough about post-processing to tell you what you could do about it. as i can't offer anything else, i'll just sit and enjoy this a bit. good luck with the challenge!
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01/21/2005 08:14:48 PM
Like the effect of the sunlight in her hair and the shadows cast by the blinds, I would like to see a little more face, but otherwise this is quite a nice capture. 6.
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01/21/2005 02:37:20 PM
I wish I could see the concentration on her face but her hair is in the way. I know that if you had asked her to put it behind her ear the moment would be lost, still a lovely shot.
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01/18/2005 01:22:25 PM
Great picture. Really makes you think about what she is doing. Well Done!
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01/18/2005 03:25:32 AM
I like that you used black and white here, gives it an old fashioned school girl type look. Nice job with a difficult lighting situation. I wish you would have gotten down at the side of the table and maybe shot more from the front, and below, so that you could see her face and that deep look of concentration. as of now there are too many distractions... I might have suggested a shallow DOF so that only the girl and her paper were in focus, and blurring the background.
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01/16/2005 09:00:07 AM
a cute moment, captured. I would like to see more of what she is working on.
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