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Can't You See I'm On The Phone???
Can't You See I'm On The Phone???

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Challenge: Busy (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: home
Date: Nov 1, 2005
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 1, 2005


Place: 99 out of 190
Avg (all users): 5.0863
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 4.8816
Avg (non-participants): 5.1732
Views since voting: 760
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 255
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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11/15/2005 06:25:37 PM
from the lee shore of the Critique Club

OK, so this is really not the kind of shot that's up my street at all - just so you know where I'm coming from is this crit. We have an evidently young girl, evidently well-off (cell phone), and a title that screams out that kind of precious anger that seems to me so typical of that type - that type, that is, in our collective sterotyping imagination.

However, the light provides an alternate view: a moderately soft wash from the left, and very even - against that black background, however caused, it can speak of nothing except a studio set-up. Of course, it may not be - may simply be a coincidence of a situation - but to anyone with a moderate experience of looking at photos it's going to shout out 'studio!'. Also, the child lacks an intensity of expression that might have made the image appeal more generally: had she really screwed her face up into a mask of exasperation and rage, that contrast betweeen the situation and the presentation might have crossed the barrier of child-photo-phobia around here.

There is nothing much to criticise technically about the shot - your choices seem securely executed and sensibly thought out; the light is even and effective, as is the position of the model in frame (you might, perhaps, have gone for something more extreme, but this is more safe, certainly). One could perhaps argue that the contrast in the figure is a little lacking, but that is more a matter of taste simply. Certainly your black point is well achieved. All the sharpness one could want is there, so you're evidently in control of your stuff.

The feeling - and with no information from you, it can only be a feeling - is that this is a set-up shot: the neatness of the black background leads to that, as much as anything. And I would say you played too safe to score very well here: such technically sound photography, allied to a not over-inspiring subject, and a lack of extremes of emotion (or anything), has surely plonked this right into the average bracket for most voters.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/08/2005 02:41:23 PM
Isn't she a little young for a cell phone?
11/08/2005 03:37:05 AM
Right on. Very nicely done. 9 for the expression. Title is unnecessary!
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11/07/2005 10:19:55 AM
She looks like she means business! Good capture.
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11/06/2005 04:29:00 PM
It's a cute idea, but the set-up is studio and the theme seems candid, so it winds up feeling too staged.
11/04/2005 04:44:03 PM
Great portrait.
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11/02/2005 10:31:33 PM
Haha, I like the girl's expression.
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11/02/2005 08:48:02 PM
Annoying little shadow under her nose and focue as a bit soft for me, but otherwise and excellent job.
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11/02/2005 03:09:18 PM
This is a good shot. I like the expression.
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11/02/2005 02:41:05 PM
cell phones make you twice as annoing! Reminds me of my mother. Nice photo!
11/02/2005 10:08:57 AM
I love the idea, but it's a bit out of focus... to bad! :(

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