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Was it all worth it ? - Doroty gets to the end
Was it all worth it ? - Doroty gets to the end

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Challenge: Action Shot II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE Z1
Location: Withstable - Kent - England
Date: Jul 29, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2006

Not sure it fits the theme (probably it does not :O)
It is my first submission and the photo was taken in Withstable, a small town in Kent's coast.
The shot without this challenge in mind, had also some proper action shot taken in the same occasion but I like this one more as it suggests a story.
I am basically trying and hickjacking an indepth critique so to improve a bit:)

Shot originally in black and white (Sometimes I have problems previsualizing in B/W).
Overcast sky.
Autowhite balance, exposure bias -0.3 to avoid burning too much highlights, ~ 300 mm focal lenght, center weighted on the left baby.
Had a polarizer and UV on (not that they were useful in this case, but I had not time to remove them anyway :O)

Basic editing (crop to enhance the feeling of endless fences, curves, no unsharp mask as I could not find a combination that would suit the whole image and basic editing forbids masks)

In general terms I like the shot, but I would have preferred the lady not to be there.
Also, I would have loved to be able to dodge and burn to improve the contrast on "Doroty" 's cloth and on her dog.

Honestly, the shot is technically not great and it does not fit the challenge's theme, so it certainly won't go anywhere in terms of score.
But I would really appreciate comments, criticism and suggestions, which is the main reason for posting it!

Place: 157 out of 279
Avg (all users): 5.2410
Avg (commenters): 6.7778
Avg (participants): 4.8068
Avg (non-participants): 5.4783
Views since voting: 1325
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 249
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/11/2012 01:16:34 PM
I love this. just as it is, but then I seem to prefer shots as they unroll from the camera.
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11/16/2011 01:28:00 AM
Fantastic shot from your past Aldo
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09/13/2006 05:21:17 PM
another guy who posts comments, but cannot speak proper english!
08/14/2006 08:02:09 AM
Hello from the Critique Club:

For what it is worth, I rated this image a 6. In general I rate images on the premise that out of the box entries meet the challenge and then rate the photo as to how well you executed your idea. However, your subject was a little weak on action and your scored suffered from such by the voters overall.

I thought that this image was a great subject choice for B&W. The shades of gray in the wood enhance the textured feel of this image. I do somewhat disagree with you regarding the lady being there. I found that she helped me understand that there were pathways between the fences and helped provide depth to the image. As for the B&W conversion, I very surprised how well your camera does B&W; however, I agree with that more contrast is needed in Dorothy's clothes. You might want to consider shooting in color next time and doing your B&W conversion in post processing. This link is an excellent tutorial on B&W conversion and is easy to use. I think if you give it a try you will see that you will not have to dodge and burn as often.

DPC B&W Tutorial

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08/10/2006 04:23:37 PM
beautiful, beautiful picture hiding in the middle of a dull, dull challenge.
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08/09/2006 12:23:40 AM
Thanks everybody for commenting!
And for some pretty high votes too! not sure if they were deserved but makes me really happy anyway!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2006 05:45:44 PM
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08/07/2006 02:10:29 PM
Fabulously intresting - it has such a classic feel to it with that black and white. I'm not sure why it's an action shot though... I really love it thought!
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08/05/2006 11:52:47 PM
Like the photo. Where is the action?
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08/04/2006 08:33:40 PM
great tone
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08/04/2006 01:44:52 PM
Cute tie-in with the title. Took me a sec to see the dog. This is interesting. Compositionally you have the rows of wood centered, which works, and the subject drastically off-centered yet balanced with the girl on the far right. Great eye to see this image come together. The B/W tone also works well to help isolate the lighter colors (whites) in the girls and dog. Non-comforming, yet impressing! Good luck in the challenge.
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08/03/2006 06:16:12 PM
I like this photo a lot. I don't even know why because I don't really understand what I'm looking at, I have no idea what the title means and I really don't see how this relates to action. But I still really like it.
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08/03/2006 08:08:30 AM
What about her little dog? Nice photo...I like it.
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08/03/2006 05:51:56 AM
I think B/W works pretty good for this photo. Nice perspective.
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08/02/2006 03:57:10 PM
Beautiful B&W work.
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08/02/2006 09:56:59 AM
I dont see any action here, what am I missing?
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