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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 28-105mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspherical for Canon
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Date: Aug 6, 2006
Aperture: 1/125
ISO: 400
Shutter: 3.2
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2006

resize, sharpened, neat image, curves, brightness and contrast

Place: 142 out of 212
Avg (all users): 5.2670
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2208
Avg (non-participants): 5.2982
Views since voting: 895
Views during voting: 362
Votes: 191
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/18/2006 12:42:33 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hello again Angela,

The excitement, joy and sense of fun that this shot conveys is simply fantastic. You have done a wonderful job of capturing and conveying the the wonderful experience the girls are so clearly enjoying. You can see how intense and involved everyone is. Brilliant.

You have clearly met the challenge, and in doing so created an interesting and engaging image. So why the relatively low score? Personally I agree that it was 'shockingly underrated'. I like the composition and the point of view. In terms of composition the only things I would have liked different would be: exclude the boy on the right who isn't interested, include the adult males foot, and include the whole of the little girl on the left. The ceiling lights are distracting but to exclude them you would have to have shot downwards from higher up, which would have caused you to lose your connection with the children.

The colours are a bit flat. I see that in the post-processing you have performed the steps I would recommend. Is that the order you performed the pp in? If so, then I would recommend you move the resizing to the end of your work-flow to preserve the detail as long as possible. Also consider what you were doing in terms of White-Balance. Have you experimented with shooting in RAW to have better control over this?

I'm still confused by the technical details you have entered. I am convinced that you are entering shutter and aperture in the opposite fields. In this instance it is clear that the shutter-speed could not have been 3.2 seconds.

I hope my comments help and Good Luck in future Challenges!

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08/14/2006 04:51:15 AM
Great capture and shocking underrated IMO. Perphafs a B&W version would have given you higher score but you can be proud of the photo.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 04:27:14 AM
I love this photo, I just keep coming back over and over. Every face is just so happy and there is so much energy. Love the tilt from the running girls and the spinning man and how it is perpendicular with the strong ceiling elements.
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08/11/2006 09:38:43 PM
this is a neat image. the emotion in the faces ae fun and descriptive of the event. The ceiling is the only thing that i would change if I could. A tad distracting ... but given the circumstances :) 7
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08/11/2006 02:58:28 PM
nice work! this is so much better than the standard fare than comes from opportunities such as this. i think it deserves a bump.
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08/11/2006 12:23:35 AM
cool shot! Looks like they are having lots of fun! 8
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08/10/2006 09:57:43 PM
Hahahaha....sooo cute.
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08/10/2006 08:06:12 PM
I like the energy of this!
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08/10/2006 02:49:28 AM
this photo is full of fun! I like the smiles and laughter captured in this seemingly spontaneous shot. Like the colours (or lack of it) too. Good pic.
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08/08/2006 06:29:46 AM
I love the reaction on the childrens faces, makes this shot for me
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08/08/2006 02:03:40 AM
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08/07/2006 08:22:09 PM
Looks like a fun shot. A little motion blur in the feet, but overall a good capture. Good luck
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08/07/2006 07:44:01 PM
What a fun shot.
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08/07/2006 03:42:18 PM
Looks like a happy time. ;^) I'm finding myself looking more at the faces in the crowd to see their reaction than I am at your primary subject. Not sure why. Hmmm. It's still fun nonetheless. Getting some motion blur on the girl being swung around. Probably will get hit on that a smidgen in the voting. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/07/2006 02:57:34 PM
There is stopped motion EVERYWHERE in this photo! GReat job! I love it.
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08/07/2006 01:48:38 AM
I love this as a great snap, the girls expressions are priceless...I just think it needed a little editing to make it POP, some work in PS adjusting levels and contrast...perhaps even go black and white...I love it as a photo
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