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Teacher Taking Down The Last Bulletin
Teacher Taking Down The Last Bulletin

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix S1
Location: School
Date: May 25, 2006
Aperture: 5.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Emotive, Candid
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2006

This man is fabulous.

Hmm. It's ten minutes before the deadline. Messy editing, yes--this was largely experimental because it's advanced editing.

My first submission in 9 months, I think...

Place: 197 out of 238
Avg (all users): 4.6047
Avg (commenters): 6.3125
Avg (participants): 4.2740
Avg (non-participants): 4.7389
Views since voting: 1179
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 253
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/08/2006 11:26:24 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

This image has a wonderfully nostalgic feel to it. My first impression was that I was looking through a window into this scene. The lighting supports that feeling. This shot is highly emotive with a highly candid feel.

The composition of this shot bothers me somewhat. The bookcase and materials visually outweigh the white board pulling my eye away from the teacher. In fact, I find my attention bouncing between the teacher and board, the bookcase, the orange chair in the front corner and the left chairs which are facing a different direction than the back desks. Perhaps cropping the left 1/4 or the right 1/4 would provide a stronger balance and focus on the teacher. Each element of the shot carries visual information to create the whole image. In this case all of the pieces overwelm the focus on the teacher. Eliminating one of them could allow it back.

The biggest stickler in this photo was the grain. For me, it creates the drama and emotion, however, for most voters, the grain indicated a poor quality photo, instead of the artful rendition of an emotion. You run the risk of losing the voters when you try a dramatic shift in photographic style. In this case, most of the voters did not stay with you.

Meeting the challenge: Clearly the major light source is artificial as asked for in the challenge. There are other light sources evident, which may have been a stumbling block with the voters, also.

I was amazed to see that such a risky, artistic shot would come from a 14 year old. This shot indicates you see the world through different eyes that have much to add over the future years.

Overall: A highly emotive slice of life which was not able to pull the voters in because of the choice of post processing, yet appealed some especially because of it's uniqueness.

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06/07/2006 11:53:13 PM
Nice work, I love the grain gives it the old school yard feel. keep up the good work.
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06/07/2006 11:06:55 PM
I gave this a 5. It surely rated above where it placed.
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06/07/2006 04:18:08 PM
Teacher's back to the camera is a bit awkward, but still is understandable to the title of taking down the "last bulletin". Picture content articulates an end of school event well. Colour edit and grain contribute very well to this excellent image. Undoubtedly underrated.
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06/07/2006 09:26:14 AM
Yeah, they dinged ya! Great submission. It was probably the best of the whole challenge from an artistic point of view. There's too many photo-purists around here who would never get any emotion from a photograph. All they care about are the texbook rules of photography.

Keep pumping away!
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06/07/2006 02:10:52 AM
SanX this is awesome! Great work... It is Norman Rockwell for sure. You have a knack for that. This would have done much better in an ART competition than it did here at DPC... I'm proud.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 05:38:39 PM
I like the noise and color quality here. A nice brake from all of the ultra-noise free stuff we see here.8.
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06/06/2006 04:21:53 PM
too grainy
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06/05/2006 04:21:39 PM
The photo is too pixelated and not very sharp. You may want to try a smaller ISO.
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06/05/2006 10:19:11 AM
Boy, I'm not sure if the others are giving you hell for post-processing or not, but I really love this picture. I love the grain and the overall simplicity. I think it gives it a very nostalgic feel for when we can all think back to our days in school.

Great job! I hope the photo-purists don't beat you up too much! We need more "artists" around here.
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06/03/2006 11:00:38 PM
Cell phone?
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06/03/2006 02:57:40 PM
Cute picture
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06/03/2006 11:44:12 AM
The more I look, the more I see in this, and the more I like it, in it's Norman Rockwell type of appeal. The apple is just the most lovely prop. Please include your postprocessing notes...i'm very interested to find out.
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06/02/2006 07:23:26 AM
I'm not sure if it was intentional since theres so much but i think the noise really takes away from this.
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06/01/2006 09:06:45 PM
This is just cool...really really cool...I love the timelessness of this, and all that glorious grain.
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06/01/2006 09:35:00 AM
This image stands out among the entries for being different. Turning out the lights for the night - might have been a better sort of view on the subject.
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06/01/2006 04:44:05 AM
Oww, I really like the grainy texture. Gives the phot a very romantic feeling.
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06/01/2006 12:28:46 AM
I find the grain annoying.
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05/31/2006 04:26:26 PM
This looks like a painting, which is probably the effect you were going for. Hopefully you will post (or posted) how you did it. The border is a bit wide for my taste, but this is really good.
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05/31/2006 07:13:07 AM
I think noise in this picture adds lot of value, like it,9
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05/31/2006 04:44:55 AM
some of the shadows seem to contradict the use of just a single light source. The hair of the teacher is a bhit over-exposed. I like the grain left in / added to the image
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05/31/2006 01:08:46 AM
I hope you don't get dinged for having a non-traditional DPC image - ie grain, not sharp but I think you did a great job. It has a very film like appearence. (8)
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