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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1
Location: Hawaii
Date: Oct 21, 2005
Aperture: f3.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005


Place: 159 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.1099
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.2817
Views since voting: 620
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 182
Comments: 7
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11/03/2005 07:26:43 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!

This is a very interesting capture. Obviously your lighting is natural and it is in full sunlight, but you have positioned yourself very well to avoid the dark shadows that hide features as well as the bright flares and reflections, especially off the chrome handlebars, that can create false focal points. The amount of deatil that remains in the background is nice as well. Well done.

The overall composition/perspective is good. Although the trike is centered, the subject is not. Being low, at his eye level, also really works nicely here. It puts you in his space which helps put the focus and emphasis on his face and expression as opposed to him as a whole. This really goes great with the title you chose. The tight crop also adds to the power of the shot.

You captured his expression quite nicely. He appears very photogenic and you have created a very nice portrait of him. The mood that emanates from his expression together with the scene he is in really go well together. At first I was thinking the arm on the left was perhaps a minor distraction, but he grows on you and I see the arm more as holding him back from just taking off. Sort of like the control element to his 'badness'. And having just the small portion of the arm in the shot adds to this impression.

As far as the challenge requirements...the grain in this shot, in my opinion, adds to the overall quality of the image and works quite well. It is not overdone or underdone. Coupled with the black and white, a wise choice for this shot, it creates the impression that you are looking at a photo from the mid sixties and not 2005.

Bottom line - very well done portrait with post processing that really takes the shot up the scale. Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2005 02:08:51 PM
Man that kid looks mean. Great use of grain. Gave it a nice edgy feel. 10.
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10/29/2005 01:29:46 PM
I get a kick out of this one. The expression is enhanced by the grain. The nametag is too bad, but I'm guessing you couldn't go up and rip it off him. 8
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10/27/2005 01:25:27 AM
What a face! Great shot.
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10/25/2005 11:50:32 PM
amazing facial expression. so wish the helping hand was not there
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10/25/2005 07:21:10 PM
Nice shot. Would have been better without the hand and the distracting sleeve.
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10/24/2005 11:27:39 AM
a little bit dark but i love the expression and the overall photo,
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