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What Color Is YOUR Shadow?
What Color Is YOUR Shadow?

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Challenge: Take Two (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: Concord, California, USA
Date: May 30, 2006
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Emotive, Political
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2006

A remake of my 10th submission, almost 4 years ago. I once again was rushed (by my models) and didn't frame it quite as well as I'd have liked, but I did get the hands closer together, which was the major complaint for the original, along with the busy background.

In this case, I thought the colorful map of the USA painted on the playground would make an appropriate BG without being TOO busy.

-Handheld, auto mode, bright midday sunlight.
-Cloned out part of the shadow of the model's head on the left
-Created separate masks for each kid's hand
-Applied one RGB Curve each separately to each kid's hand
-Resized for DPC
-USM at 16%/64 dia/TH=0
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 9/10 = 150kb

Place: 118 out of 161
Avg (all users): 5.4679
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1719
Avg (non-participants): 5.6739
Views since voting: 868
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 156
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/13/2006 05:10:21 PM
Hey there from the Critique Club

Camera Work/Technical: Excellent colors that help project the strong message behind the capture. I also like the the vivid background and the fact that it really sets the hands off, giving them nice pop. I also feel that the hand at the upper left corner is just a hair out of focus.

Lighting: Very nice. You did a very nice job with harsh lighting. You kept all the detail in both hands without blowing the bright background. I can even see the veins in the had coming in from the right.

Composition/Content: Nice content, but I think your composition suffered a bit this time. I think that the background is a vast improvement, as is the overall contrast of the image, but the hand positions seem a bit awkward. I know full well how difficult it is to work with the youngsters, so getting in perfect would be near impossible.

My Opinion: I agree with the voters that this is an improvement over the original entry. Nice work taking a really neat idea and improving on the overall execution.

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06/13/2006 01:02:55 AM
Thanks all -- I wasn't overwhelmed with cooperation from the kids -- I think the whole set-up and shoot took less than four minutes out of their recess period! I was aided in getting this shot by being able to use the tilt/swivel LCD on the Canon to hold the camera high overhead and shoot almost straight down, and get the hands closer to the shadows -- probably the number one comment on the original, along with the flowerpot.

Link to original entry:

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2006 11:39:47 PM
Hey paul ;) I hope this is yours. The focus on the upper hand seems a bit off. However, I think this is still a good improvment over your original entry ;)
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06/10/2006 07:47:05 PM
Very nice!
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06/09/2006 11:25:46 PM
great arrangement of shapes and color
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06/06/2006 08:03:03 AM
I like the message here ... I'm sure most people do. The composition is different and the eye bounces all over the place. I think this works. The bottom hand might be better open or more similar to the top hand to allow for a historical reference and to be more visible ... but overall very nice.
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06/06/2006 07:29:44 AM
I like the idea but it doesn't shine through. The colours on the ground take too much attention.
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