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Big Boy's Don't Cry
Big Boy's Don't Cry

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Challenge: Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Penn State Altoona, Altoona, Pennsylvania
Date: Sep 13, 2003
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2003

It's part of life we teach boys not to cry, but as you look at this face you can see the struggle to be a man.

Actually, I was doing photos of this boy and he was told to look serious. I'm not sure if it is serious, mad or about to cry.

Place: 156 out of 231
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Votes: 213
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09/24/2003 08:57:12 PM
I read your thread about lack of CCs and so I figured I ought to go do one, and LOOK I got yours! What a co-incidence!

Anyway, onto business. Here's your critique club comment!

Color, composition, contrast: Two things I noticed right away about this shot: there is too much tree unnecessarily and it places the boy in the centre of the frame which makes the whole thing seem very static. A crop of a portion of the tree would move the frame over and give it a little more pleasing presentation. Also, the colouring just isn't doing it for me. I think colour shots are wonderful and emotive, but I don't think this shot in colour is doing it justice. A black and white version I think would really play up on the message and the wonderful expression you captured in very basic contrast and I think that would work best.

Another reason this may not have gotten the reaction you were hoping for is that we can't really connect with our subject as his eyes are too far away from the camera. We barely get a sideview, and that hurts the viewer's ability to connect with your subject.

Focus and Lighting:I like how the background is blurred, that helps keep the shot uncluttered. And the focus on your subject is without fault. However, I think there is too much light on his face, and that is throwing off the shot somewhat.

I hope that helps! :) cheers.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2003 07:32:17 PM
well I am big boy and I cry
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09/22/2003 12:25:40 PM
I think that this photo could benifit if the framing was moved a little more to the right, I think that getting the subject out of the center of the frame would give this photo a little more emotion.
09/19/2003 01:58:04 PM
Great Photograph, great expression.
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09/18/2003 02:04:49 PM
...but it looks liike he could....
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09/17/2003 09:53:23 PM
Sure they do! Big ones/little ones they all have feelings. I think you really captured his emotions here. Maybe a bit too much light on the face but the shot is interesting and for the most part it's good. Nice shooting.
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