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Challenge: Candid II (Advanced Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Walden Pond, MA
Date: Jan 1, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2005

caught at walden pond on New Years Day. I was able to get this right before i put my camera away for the day.

crop, levels, curve, saturation

Place: 120 out of 173
Avg (all users): 5.0913
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 4.8046
Avg (non-participants): 5.2975
Views since voting: 650
Views during voting: 303
Votes: 208
Comments: 5
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01/16/2005 12:19:06 PM
The strength of a candid id being able to capture a meaningful moment in time, when you only have a moment to get it technically correct. You've done that nicely.

The weakness of a candid shot is you can't choose all the elements in the enviroment. You can use 'darkroom' techniques for improvement, hoever, which you've done. That's where I'll keep my comments, however.

If I close my eyes and open them, the first place my gaze is drawn to is the high contrast patch of snow along the fence. There are no visual elements to lead my eye anywhere else, so I have fo force my attention elswhere, rahter than have the image guide it. The second spot that grabs my attention is the bright section of road at the top of the image. The difficulty is, neither of these two spots are the subject of the image. You'd like the viewer's attention to go directly to the child. To do that, I think you need to lower the contrast of the two trouble spots I mentioned, and increase the saturation of the child's coat.

The path and wooden fence are nice lines that would help lead the eye to the child, if it weren't for the two hot spots.

Just my opinions.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2005 07:20:02 PM
Having the subjects uncentered might make it more dynamic.
01/06/2005 07:31:04 PM
Nice little pic of a familiar moment for me! (The carrier not the carried)

The angle is a bit bland though (eye-level) and the centering, while not a flaw in itself, does not aid the comp. in landsacpe format. I can't help feeling that a portait arrangement may have worlked better, showing more of the way ahead. Exposure is a touch harsh.
01/05/2005 07:43:28 PM
Nice grab... would rather see more ahead than behind because of the downward angle
01/03/2005 11:22:07 AM
I can hear him giggling. Good luck.

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