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Challenge: Decisions (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Location: Central Arkansas
Date: May 27, 2005
ISO: 400
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2005

Taken at a picnic near my home

Statistics
Place: 162 out of 275
Avg (all users): 4.7491
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 4.3978
Avg (non-participants): 4.9175
Views since voting: 570
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 287
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0


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06/14/2005 04:52:07 PM
* Greetings from the Critique Club *

First of all let me say that I remember this image from the Decisions Challenge vividly. That fact alone should tell you that it certainly evoked an emotional response from me. I scored it a 7. (And regardless of the emotion, isn't that what we're really here to do?)

There were several things that were distractions for me. The focus of the overall image seemed a bit off. The composition and colors are great - don't get me wrong - but the lack of detail in both the subject (child) and the surroundings (trees & leaves) detracted from the overall statement.

I think this met the challenge quite well and in a very unique way... I think what you depicted here was clearly indecision. I could literally hear the various options running through the poor kid's head. It evoked an immediate sense of empathy - as we've all been lost before in one sense or another.

This image did lack the *pizzazz* or *pop* that could really make it speak to the viewer, I think mainly due to the fact that most of the elements are OOF. The colors are good (although I think they could be turned up a bit - along with the contrast). Reducing the backlighting might also bring more detail to the viewer. I'm not very adept at layering, but I think that some "glow" of layered images might also add to the depth of the shot - as long as the initial image is very crisp & clean.

One other thing that I notice is that I'm not sure the shot is actually straight - the horizon seems a hair (one or two pixels) off. I'm constantly amazed at how much of an impact this slight correction can make - you don't think that such a small degree of alteration could make a difference, but in reality it really does.

All in all, a very good idea, extremely well composed, and perfectly meets the challenge (IMHO). I do think you could further improve on it with some additional post-processing work.

Nice job!

Just my 2 cents...

Jimmy

Message edited by author 2005-06-14 16:56:44.
06/08/2005 09:43:36 PM
Thank You
06/08/2005 09:43:24 PM
Originally posted by zamboni:

well this is scary, poor little boy!
06/08/2005 09:43:01 PM
Thank You
06/08/2005 09:42:48 PM
Originally posted by popdeepop:

Thought this was to see Grandma.
06/08/2005 09:41:58 PM
Thank you for your comment, He wasn't far from his family.
06/08/2005 09:40:55 PM
Originally posted by ShadowVengance:

thats tragicly sad....I feel sorry for the little guy. You didnt really loose him did you? !?!?!?!?
06/08/2005 09:40:34 PM
Originally posted by dockode:

I don't feel that the image conveys instantly recognizable decision. Good pic.
06/08/2005 09:39:59 PM
Thank You
06/08/2005 09:39:48 PM
Originally posted by ladymonarda:

In your editing program, I think a little better focus would have strengthened the image. Maybe more cropping from the top and sides would have added a better dimension to the subject of the boy. The contrast of red amongst the green, though, really works.
06/08/2005 09:39:30 PM
Thank you
06/08/2005 09:39:01 PM
Originally posted by ladymonarda:

In your editing program, I think a little better focus would have strengthened the image. Maybe more cropping from the top and sides would have added a better dimension to the subject of the boy. The contrast of red amongst the green, though, really works.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2005 05:06:39 PM
In your editing program, I think a little better focus would have strengthened the image. Maybe more cropping from the top and sides would have added a better dimension to the subject of the boy. The contrast of red amongst the green, though, really works.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/02/2005 12:57:15 PM
that child looks so lost. its very cool.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/02/2005 01:22:26 AM
I don't feel that the image conveys instantly recognizable decision. Good pic.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/01/2005 10:07:23 PM
thats tragicly sad....I feel sorry for the little guy. You didnt really loose him did you? !?!?!?!?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/01/2005 05:37:14 PM
Thought this was to see Grandma.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/01/2005 12:41:01 PM
well this is scary, poor little boy!
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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