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The Kindergarten Teacher
The Kindergarten Teacher
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Environmental Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: May 10, 2006
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Portraiture, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2006

My wife is a kindergarten teacher. This is her class.

Moderately long exposure to show kids moving.

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Edit: No children were destroyed to create this picture. However, the pre-shoot field trip to Starbucks paid off. ;-) (just kidding!)

Thank you everyone for all the positive comments. There were some really great entries in the challenge. Special thanks to my wife, the greatest kindergarten teacher in the world, and her awesome students.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 190
Avg (all users): 7.2279
Avg (commenters): 8.5510
Avg (participants): 7.0143
Avg (non-participants): 7.3310
Views since voting: 14427
Views during voting: 428
Votes: 215
Comments: 78
Favorites: 34 (view)


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11/16/2010 12:12:10 AM
Full of life, energy, and maybe fatigue!
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10/11/2009 08:02:35 PM
this is such an excellent shot .. love the movement of the kids .. so apt .. :)
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04/27/2008 02:47:43 PM
Love the shot. How did you manage to keep the kids from knocking over your camera setup. My wife is a 1st - 4th grade teacher. I have seen this sort of classroom myself.

You should send this to your local or national teachers union. I am sure they could find a good use for it.
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03/20/2008 10:14:09 AM
This one was the best of the Challenge BTW. Miles above the rest but the blur....the blur.

Sadly considered an automatic negative by the general community. That needs to be "un-learned" along with a few other knee-jerk dislikes.
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03/12/2008 01:04:47 AM
Okay, it's been more than 18 months since my last comment, and I STILL love this shot. :)
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01/16/2008 03:42:23 PM
great environmental portrait.
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09/11/2006 03:28:55 PM
I really like this picture. I can see why it scored so high.
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08/30/2006 10:38:56 PM
Great shot, My wife also teaches Kindergarten - your wife/model appears so calm in great juxtaposition with the chaos surrounding her this shot should be on the cover of the American Federation of Teachers magazine.
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07/07/2006 11:32:47 AM
This is one of my favorites, and one of my faves among my faves.

My wife was also a teacher, and you've so captured her life. As I'm sure you know, it goes WAAAYYYY beyond the classroom, too!
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05/26/2006 08:06:20 PM
Congratulations! This is just the cutest and perfect for the challenge. I liked it then and more now.
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05/26/2006 08:02:40 PM
::: Critique Club :::

Hi, my name is Kari and from the critique club.

First Impression - the most important one:
Wow .. fantastic .. a true environmental portrait ...

Composition:
This is one time wehre centred plays directly into the picture ... with your wifes eyes being on the thirds line this really is awesome. I love that you did not ask the kids to all sit still and play nice for the camera as this would have removed the 'environment' from the shot.

Subject:
Challenge met, exceeded and extremely well.

Technical (Colour and light):
The crispness of the colours is great .. the lighting works so as not to overtake the shot. I would give a copy to your wife for her to put on the classroom wall and they can see how good they look.

To grow its vote?:
This is so subjective .. I did not vote this whole challenge as too busy writing papers for work .. but really this epitomises I think what was being sought ...

Summary:
Awesome ... well shot, well composed and well .. fantastic score. Keep it up!!!

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

Cheers

Kari

Message edited by author 2006-05-27 04:19:53.
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05/23/2006 04:37:38 PM
Absolutely, unequivocally, 100% robbed. Not to take anything away from the winners, but this shot was so awesome. Adding to favorites.
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05/22/2006 05:44:42 PM
Very clever... great execution. Well deserved 5th place. Congrats!
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05/22/2006 03:12:37 PM
Wonderful shot!! Congrats on your well deserved top 5 position!
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05/22/2006 02:17:43 PM
Excellent pic, fantastic idea. Congrats on your top five finish.
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05/22/2006 12:04:30 PM
Big Congrats on the top 5! I really thought this was a ribbon contender. Awesome work!
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05/22/2006 11:03:12 AM
Congrats on the 5th place!
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05/22/2006 10:03:18 AM
Great picture. Could also be called "Serenity"
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05/22/2006 09:25:53 AM
Well done on the high finish.
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05/22/2006 09:01:50 AM
VERY cool.

Had to check this one out as I too am a KG teacher (and other levels too as needed).
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05/22/2006 01:55:04 AM
Congrats on a top 5 finish! Well deserved
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05/22/2006 01:21:16 AM
Good stuff. Congratulations.
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05/22/2006 12:22:03 AM
Love this!
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05/22/2006 12:13:39 AM
Congratulations on your top 5 finish...I was really hoping this would ribbon, but well done anyway!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/21/2006 11:55:42 PM
This is great!! Exactly what I wanted to do in my portrait, but didn't have time to get permission from any of the kids parents. I'm glad somebody pulled it off and well too! 9
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05/21/2006 07:04:08 PM
Great picture! Really illustrates the patients that teachers must have.
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05/21/2006 05:11:11 PM
I can relate to this. One of my top pics in a strong field.
I suspect this wasn't shot with a DSLR.
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05/21/2006 01:42:29 PM
I think you light could have been better, but your concept is wonderful!
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05/21/2006 04:41:53 AM
What a great idea and so perfectly executed. Your teacher is great (at staying still) and her expression. The centered subject works well. Just the right amount of movement from the kids. Colours and lighting great, Good balance of portrait and environment.
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05/21/2006 03:47:24 AM
Great idea. Well executed.
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05/20/2006 07:59:13 PM
All of the kids in motion really makes this a great shot! Well done.
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05/20/2006 06:15:30 PM
This is THE environmental portrait of the century. 10.
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05/20/2006 10:39:30 AM
Love the movement of the kids... really helps to portray just how busy the day is for a kindergarten teacher. Well done! :)
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05/19/2006 02:40:16 PM
the motion is a great idea for this job..
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05/19/2006 02:03:58 PM
haha. Wonderful idea and well executed. The chaos this image shows gives me giggles. good wooooork.
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05/19/2006 01:28:13 PM
The motion blur on the children in this shot really tells the story!! I like that the teacher is looking at the camera and that you've included plenty of the "environment" in this shot!
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05/19/2006 08:36:01 AM
This is very well done and perfect for the Challenge as opposed to many other images that I've seen thus far. I like the pose, execution and the motion blur speaks volumes. Good Luck!
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05/19/2006 06:56:52 AM
Pretty cool but I think you should have gone all the way and really just had moving blurs around her, no faces to the kids at all. Good idea and pretty well executed.
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05/18/2006 10:54:31 PM
I would really like to see the teacher off to the side a bit, but this really captures the environment. Good job.
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05/18/2006 08:29:58 PM
Nice use of long shutter speed, fits the challenge well
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05/18/2006 10:52:35 AM
this is a beatutiful shot! Love the longer exposure to get the movement and manicness of the job! love it! (10)
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05/17/2006 11:18:02 PM
Perfect use of blur! 9 from me.
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05/17/2006 10:42:59 PM
Great blurred motion! Really conveys the hectic pace and the calm in the storm!
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05/17/2006 07:58:49 PM
GREAT WORK with the motion blur on the kids! I really like this a lot! 10!

I hope to see this ribbon!
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05/17/2006 06:55:14 AM
Great shot... great idea... probably my favorite.
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05/17/2006 04:47:16 AM
Hey this is so cool I love the movement in this. she is calm in the chaotic
world this is my pick for the blue 10
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05/16/2006 09:11:40 PM
good job! my favorite! 10!
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05/16/2006 06:10:22 PM
this was almost exactly the shot i was going to do. you've done it better that i would have, i think! well done!
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05/16/2006 06:07:07 PM
great story with the rugrats always in motion and the teacher a stable entity in the center.-8-
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05/16/2006 02:41:20 PM
Awsome interpretation here! a calm head among all the noise, very comfortable in her environment. Definitely displays the atmosphere of a kindergarten classroom. Very nicely done.
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05/16/2006 01:57:21 PM
Very cheerful with lots of whimsy. Great idea and very well executed. Definately my top pick of the challenge.
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05/16/2006 12:57:34 PM
Awesome!
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05/16/2006 12:16:04 PM
This is a terrific example of what an enviranmental portrait should be. My only complaint is that the teacher is a bit too centered. Wonderful. My first 9 in the challenge!
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05/16/2006 12:08:08 PM
whew, one of the few here which rates top score. A jewel in a pile of...9. OK, I'm back. This is my blue ribbon shot by a Looooooong stretch. I even like it way better than mine (which isn't going to ribbon, but cross fingers for a Top 10). I wonder if this is Cindi, but have no real reason to think it is other than she was really proud of her shot. The only 10 in the challenge.
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05/16/2006 10:49:03 AM
One of my favourites. I love the blurred children, indicating chaos all around the teacher (I was a teacher so I can really relate to this).
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05/16/2006 10:45:21 AM
Interesting...like the motion and stillness at the same time.
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05/16/2006 09:06:42 AM
I like this......
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05/16/2006 08:38:11 AM
i love the calmness that the teacher is calm while the energy of the children surround her...

I would like to see her in better focus, and sharper 7
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05/16/2006 01:59:38 AM
Satisfies the challenge perfectly... even satisfies the law of thirds, as there is more going on in the right than on the left. This photo belongs in a publication that describes the challenges a teacher faces daily... Great job!
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05/15/2006 09:55:47 PM
One of my favorites! I love the motion of the children while the teacher sits still and calm. very nice shot.
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05/15/2006 08:49:47 PM
Outstanding light and original idea!
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05/15/2006 07:18:58 PM
Bright, colorful and tells a story.
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05/15/2006 05:08:32 PM
This is something that I want to see in this challenge... you did not have to write a title to tell me what she works with. great movings on the kids.
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05/15/2006 04:04:22 PM
Now this is very very cool. the concept of her still and calm in the middle of mayhem is the perfect environmental portrait! I am bothered by some of the motion work. It looks spontaneous but then some it doesn't so I suspect it was done PP. That doesn't detract from the image but it does just a tad on the vote. If it's all in-camera then I'm happy to add another point to my 7
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05/15/2006 03:51:39 PM
Excellent! Well executed!
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05/15/2006 02:55:20 PM
Great capture. Funny to see all the motion going on and the teacher sitting still :o)
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05/15/2006 01:12:44 PM
VERY nice
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05/15/2006 12:39:15 PM
Great portrait. The feeling of movement and chaos around the teacher works well.
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05/15/2006 11:08:02 AM
Nice idea and nice "stone in the flowing river" effect too.
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05/15/2006 11:00:56 AM
nice blur
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05/15/2006 08:55:16 AM
Like the action
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05/15/2006 08:40:23 AM
love the effect
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05/15/2006 08:08:36 AM
WWO! awesome! I don't wanna forget this one. 9 and fave.
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05/15/2006 07:47:25 AM
Very nice portrait. The exposure is perfect for the environment aspect of this shot. The motion of the kids really emphasizes the subject very nicely. Well done! 10
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05/15/2006 06:07:26 AM
great idea using the slower shutter speed to blur the kids in their action! well done and I hope you finish in the top 5...9
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05/15/2006 06:00:45 AM
love how youve captured the movement in the kids. they look frantic(which they usually are). great job.well done
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05/15/2006 03:13:28 AM
I love the 'busy' children. Great colors and right to the point - 9 from me!
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05/15/2006 12:29:25 AM
Oh this is great. Love the movement and colors. 8
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