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Neo-Classical Monkeys

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Challenge: Multi-Image Compositions (Classic Editing*)
Collection: People & Portraiture
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Apr 27, 2003
Aperture: 4.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Persuasive, Diptych / Triptych
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2003

My version of the old cliche, with my son Isaac and neighbor Tyler playing the proverbial innocents.
Shot in the backyard as we transitioned from partly-cloudy to starting to rain...
Exposure info is the average of the three shots, which were very close.

Place: 49 out of 116
Avg (all users): 5.8207
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.9684
Avg (non-participants): 5.5400
Views since voting: 2038
Votes: 145
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/14/2007 11:45:00 PM
I love this candid triptych with the three images saying photographly, Hear, See and Speak no evil..... A really clever adaption of the three monkies.....
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05/14/2003 01:56:01 PM
Wait a minute! I thought I was holding this one hostage. Now I'm clearing out my hostage pile and someone beat me to it.

Let me add that I think using "innocents" adds to the impact of the old adage here. Traditionally I think it's monkeys, implying what? stupidity? Polital cartoonists love this one too, again implying, think, stupidity. But the little ones give it a fresh and uncorrupted message. I especially like Issac's baby teeth in the middle image. By covering his face it emphasizes those tiny teeth and demonstates his youth.

The lines in the background, though subtle. are great. they function as leading lines, linking the three photos and leading the viewer back from one to the other. I think it makes the viewer linger a bit longer on the picture and give it the attention it deserves.

I also like that the frame of the tryptich is set up to look like the frames of a 35mm strip of film. Clever. Black frame border, black background, black sweatshirts, they all help to simplify the image and keep the focus on the charming little boy expressions (which are very well lit, by the way). they look like they were just about to explode in laughter, and that gives the picture some tension and dynamic direction. Like a freeze frame in time.

Overall: Just delightful!!!!
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05/11/2003 11:33:10 PM
*Critique Club*

FIRST IMPRESSION: Great idea for the challenge, I was hoping someone would do this. Well done, though it's a shot with kids it doesn't come off as a pointless kid shot.

CHALLENGE: Meets the challenge.

COMPOSITION: Composition of the individual images and the triptych is excellent.

TECHNICAL: All technical aspects are good; use of a consistent, non-distracting background helps significantly.

CONCLUSION: Am excellent series of shots. Though some of the comments conflict, I like the repetition added by including Isaac twice.

Thanks for sharing and good luck in future challenges!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2003 01:22:26 AM
Fun image. I kind of wish you'd have used three kids. But that's a small matter, this is enjoyable!
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05/01/2003 07:11:37 PM
lol that is so funny. Print it and place it on your wall. Very classic. Good luck. jacko.
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04/29/2003 01:51:44 AM
Its been years since I've come across this symbol of conscience.
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04/28/2003 03:44:38 PM
Looks like these kids had a lot of fun doing this with you -- great result, too! In my book, this is a 10!
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04/28/2003 01:03:55 PM
Very sweet! I like the rhythmic, repeated background for each of these children.
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04/28/2003 11:13:30 AM
Good shot..really clean, crisp, clear focus and light.
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04/28/2003 10:40:01 AM
I was thinking of doing this, went with something else. Good job! I like the stripes behind the kid. Love the smile in the middle pict. I like the composition. Overall, I think it might be more powerful if the little one were not so happy - oh well.
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