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It just breaks your heart....
It just breaks your heart....

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Challenge: Pain (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: home
Date: Feb 5, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Snapshot, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 5, 2005

Unsharp mask, auto levels, grayscale conversion.

Place: 103 out of 215
Avg (all users): 4.8127
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.5361
Avg (non-participants): 4.9358
Views since voting: 680
Views during voting: 434
Votes: 315
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/12/2005 07:49:07 PM
Great subject, but no Wow - it could use a little tweaking.
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07/12/2005 05:19:45 PM
B/W Club!

this is a great photo. the full-frame works well, and the focus and composition are dead-on.

like others have said, it is quite dull and gray. i plan to use this as an example for the group because there is a TON of potential here that we can draw out. you'll have a real winner of a print on your hands soon!
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07/11/2005 03:13:09 PM
B/W Mentor Group:
(I'm going to ignore the cute model, composition, dof in favor of B&W aspects) :)

I would agree with Kavey that the shot is overall dark with no punch - no pure black or white. No strong separation of subjects and areas of the photo - gives a blended, cloudy feel. I think this is what leads me to feel no drama or draw to the photo.
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07/11/2005 10:48:39 AM
B/W Mentor Group.

Here are my observations in no particular order:

- Focus is on the wooden pole infront of the child rather than on the child. This is a big point for me and definitely is the one thing thta stands out most strongly.
- Does the pole have significance to the image contents? If not I'd suggest excluding it.
- The image overall is quite dark though you do have some natural highlights so it's not wrongly exposed - I don't know if this darkness is deliberate but it doesn't draw me in - perhaps throwing a touch more light onto the child's face might make it more attention grabbing?
- Eye contact is good - that provides a connection between subject and viewer.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2005 08:26:39 PM
why does it break my heart? i don't see pain here as much as annoyance
02/11/2005 10:46:34 AM
Very well done. 9.
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02/10/2005 12:30:46 PM
Like the title. Nice image. A little dark.
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02/09/2005 05:58:45 PM
Aw...poor kid! Nice pic. Could use a little more focus on the baby and less on the rail.
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02/09/2005 01:55:09 PM
nice portrait!! 8!
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