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A Boy And His Castle
A Boy And His Castle

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Olympus C-8080
Location: Captiva, FL
Date: Aug 7, 2006
Aperture: 2.4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Emotive, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Aug 13, 2006


On vacation on the island of Captiva I had the lucky discovery of this sand castle built on the beach just outside the Mucky Duck Restaurant. A few children were milling about playing around the castle or adding a few touches to it while waiting with their parents to be called inside for dinner at the restaurant. I snapped a few pictures and not only caught an excellent shot of this boy playing by the castle but also one with my youngest adding a finishing touch.

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UPDATE: My thanks to Konador for the first comment during the Challenge Voting that clued me in on two areas on why it was not doing as well as it could be. I am such a stickler for strong composition , so I should have known better to crop out more of the empty 'negative' space of the ground plane for the challenge entry. Also it seems I am still trying to find the perfect balance of just how much brightness/contrast and whether the image is too light or too dark - not every monitor is the same.

Place: 245 out of 684
Avg (all users): 5.8326
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.7772
Avg (non-participants): 6.0652
Views since voting: 1083
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 239
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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01/12/2007 02:07:26 PM
A lovely 'holiday' image! I love both these shots! :o)
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09/08/2006 11:03:03 PM
Wow!! Should have done better!!! I love it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 07:44:36 PM
Gorgeous!!!! I love it. Perfect in every way!!! I predict a ribbon!! 10 from me.
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09/07/2006 12:09:31 AM
Great silohuette, great colors in the sky... WOuld make a good greeting card.
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09/05/2006 11:57:22 PM
great shot...what a sand castle! 9
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09/03/2006 08:48:57 PM
Nice job getting a perfect profile for the boy's sillohette. This is stunning and really tells a story.
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09/03/2006 07:09:38 PM
Very fitting for a silhouette shot. Nice image. Great sky! I think the image could probably afford a little tighter framing, losing some of the foreground and lowering the subject further from the centerline.
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09/02/2006 08:08:00 PM
Nice idea. Excellent silhouette too. I would have cloned out the "dirty" cloud behind the boy's head.
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09/02/2006 03:53:55 PM
Some thoughts:

-Gorgeous sky!!!
-I would have framed this different... less sand in the foreground and more sky!!
-great silhouette!!
-good eye!
-score: 7
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09/02/2006 06:27:47 AM
Nice capture.
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09/01/2006 11:28:19 AM
cute. great sky. 8
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09/01/2006 11:04:05 AM
Very sweet! Lovely colors.
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09/01/2006 10:34:21 AM
Composition: 5 - Good, but too much black at the bottom imo.
Technical: 5 - Nice exposure on the sky but there is actually some detail in the silhouette which I find distracting. Not enough to see it properly, but enough to stop it looking like a proper silhouette. Brightness/Contrast in PS would help make it darker, and also make the sky more vibrant.
Creativity: 6 - I like how the castle is almost as tall as him! :)
Appeal: 5 - Not an awful lot here to hold my interest for long, sorry.

Overall Calculated Average Score: 5
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