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Dirty Little Secret
Dirty Little Secret

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Challenge: Song Titles, 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Mexico City
Date: Jan 6, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2007

Postchallenge: Thanks for all the comments, as you can see, this is my first entry. I am particularly encouraged since a couple of the high profiled members noticed some artistic merit. I had a couple of other possible entries but they were a lot more straighforward than this one.

In retrospect, what should have I done? I should have cropped out the figure at right, increased the ISO to 800 and more importantly stayed there for more photo ops (tourist would constantly wander in and try out the whispering place).

This inside the Confesionario at the Convento de los Desierto de los Leones in Mexico City. Supposedly, monks would stand in the corner and confess their sins.

Slight rotation, crop and exposure correction with Rawshooter only.

Place: 155 out of 219
Avg (all users): 5.1092
Avg (commenters): 5.1818
Avg (participants): 4.9375
Avg (non-participants): 5.1765
Views since voting: 796
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 284
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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01/17/2007 03:56:09 PM
Excellent attempt for a first challenge. Very artful and well thought out. I think you're right, the person and bright spot on the right side needs to be dropped out. If I were taking the same subject, I would actually have gone the opposite direction, dropped the ISO as low as it would go, closed down the aperture, and gone for an even longer exposure (on a tripod, of course). This is assuming that you are have a model that you can get to stand in the corner and stay still for the full length of the exposure.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 09:53:08 PM
dont like it, to fuzzy.
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01/16/2007 05:19:41 PM
i like the use of the motion contrasted against the boy in the corner
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01/16/2007 02:18:21 PM
This is quite compelling. I am back to bump it. I fear it's not WOW enough for the usual crowd, but in my book it's very tautly put together and extraordinarily metaphorical. It would display to great advantage as a large print I imagine. Love the truncated foreground and right edge figures.
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01/15/2007 09:37:18 PM
very interesting take on the subject and song title
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01/15/2007 01:15:16 PM
I'm not sure what's going on in this picture. There is the guy facing the corner then the person on the left moving throught the photo and just an arm on the right of another person facing the wall. I'm not sure you accomplished what you set out to do. Either that, or I just don't get it. Sorry.
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01/14/2007 12:19:23 PM
Since I don't know the song, I can only rate the image as I see it. I find the focus to be poor. The highlights on the right are blown, the partial subject on the right is distracting.
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01/13/2007 05:22:14 AM
Nice image - I just find the person on the right should have been cropped away
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01/10/2007 09:45:22 PM
this is one cool shot!
01/10/2007 05:42:08 PM
I don't like it. Im sorry
01/10/2007 08:44:30 AM
i think it would be better if that girl hadent walked into it
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01/10/2007 08:15:09 AM
Nice idea. Has an almost Cartier-Bresson feeling to it, but seems to be lacking a bit of interest - maybe more blurred people in the foreground would have served to add life into the photo, whilst the clever angle you chose would have shown the isolation of the subject even more. Also, some more contrast might have added more emotion to the pic.
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