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Challenge: Street Photography (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Stories
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Newton, NJ
Date: Feb 17, 2007
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 400
Galleries: Candid, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2007

Calculations to b/w and sharpen, curves to lighten. That's about it. this was taken out a car window, but at least I opened the window! I used aperture priority on f8.

Place: 271 out of 288
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Votes: 237
Comments: 11
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03/02/2007 10:30:33 AM
I would like to have seen his feet, and if taken from a lower angle, his head and hat could have stood out against the sky instead of blending into the background. This is a fun shot though, and I see you took it from a car window. Should have stopped and gotten out. (Would-a, could-a, should-a -- very helpful -- not!) At this point I agree with Bob: color in the suit and balloons would spark things up.
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02/26/2007 06:06:26 PM
Slight crop off the right (to the door line), slight crop off left (remove headlight) and a bunch off the sky (back to 4x6 format) that is all I would change to this photo. A ton of character in this one. I love how everything is perfectly in focus except for UncleSam. Creative idea and superb title.
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02/26/2007 03:11:33 PM
I agree with Catherine, I like the title. I also like that he is looking away from the frame, at something we can't see - it gives the photo some history and much interest. I also wonder how it would look like in colors? all those colorful stripes on his clothes and those balloons would probably have made the "messy", busy composition even more busy - and it's nice. there is something interesting and fascinating about the composition and so many things there at the same time. his expression and pose make that messy look even stronger - that's great!
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02/26/2007 07:13:00 AM
Hey Don, is that you? I think this would have been a great place for selective desat on the balloons and make them in-focus.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2007 02:43:58 PM
way too much sky, but main problem is that the guy should be in focus with perhaps the stuff in the background slightly OOF so that he stands out. getting closer would have helped immensely as well.
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02/22/2007 10:37:54 PM
Focus definitely grabbed the wrong subject here.. hitting on the background. Also, just a little too much going on here, composition isn't extremely strong, having no real point of interest.... etc. etc. etc.

Make sure in the future that your camera's focus selector is either on center, or if you can only use multi-point, that it is grabbing the correct subject. Get in closer when you can, isolate your subject more, and give us.. the viewer.. something we can get interested in.

A very minor point as well.. that title method is a little distracting.
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02/21/2007 08:37:19 AM
I like this shot, would like to see it in colour to see if the B&W is an improvement, also it's a shame the guys not sharp like the truck
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02/20/2007 05:44:55 PM
The man is out of focus, he should be in focus, not the SUV, IMHO.
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02/20/2007 05:10:20 PM
focus is a bit soft on Uncle Sam
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02/20/2007 08:56:53 AM
Clever title. Uncle Sam looks pretty miserable out in the snow. I think a tighter crop, with some area cut from the left and top, might make this even stronger.
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02/20/2007 07:08:48 AM
I wonder if it would have looked much more vibrant in color as you have baloons,cars and signages all going for it. The focus seems to be a lil wayward on the car rather than uncle sam but a good composition nonetheless
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