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Open Door
Open Door

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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-3040Z
Location: Port Jervis, NY
Date: Aug 20, 2002
Aperture: 1.7
ISO: 100
Shutter: n/a
Date Uploaded: Aug 20, 2002

"Open Door..." this is a picture ment to show lonelyness. This is a picture that can show a childhood without children knocking on your door. Or coming into your life.

Place: 124 out of 172
Avg (all users): 4.7298
Avg (commenters): 5.8750
Avg (participants): 4.9120
Avg (non-participants): 4.5447
Views since voting: 648
Votes: 248
Comments: 26
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 11:39:00 PM
Nice Soft light! Very nice! Good Luck!
09/01/2002 12:39:00 PM
Ever since I received low votes (without explanation) on a photo that I liked a great deal, I have made it my habit to try to explain my votes, especially if they are low. These are the thoughts of one person; use what you can, disregard the rest.

Primarily, I found this photo visually unappealing. The over-exposed bit toward the top I think was intentional, but it was a distraction for me. Arguably, it is your focal point - since the photo is titled Open Door. Yet, there's nothing there that I can see to draw me out. Perhaps, the contrast of a dark house versus bright day outside, but it just didn't work for me. Perhaps if there'd been a blue sky or evidence of other kids playing outside, or something to draw me out.

I hope it's clear that I'm not trying to alter how you composed the photo; only explain why it didn't appeal to me. 2, just-married
08/31/2002 02:25:00 PM
A little more natural light inside would have helped a little. Like maybe opening a window or something. Just seems a little too dark inside. 6.
08/30/2002 05:33:00 PM
"You weren't raised in a barn...shut that door!" Definately a part of my childhood, thats for sure. Great job of capturing that moment. I'm not one for exaggerated bright spots, or shadows, but I must say I think it works here. I think the bright sun draws attention to the fact that the door is open. Good job and good luck in the challenge.
08/30/2002 11:25:00 AM
Love that bright light out there. Interesting angle too. 8 - floyd
08/29/2002 10:50:00 PM
LOL, how true! I can hear my mother yelling at me! The outside light is a bit blown out, of course this is a difficult lighting combination.
08/29/2002 04:41:00 PM
How many times I heard "Were you born in a barn?" Good imagination.........
08/28/2002 11:36:00 PM
Way too much light glare from outside. And the door is fuzzy. The table and chair is beautiful. If only your whole were like the chair and table. . . .
08/28/2002 04:13:00 PM
It's too realistic( dirty door and blue basket)
08/28/2002 05:06:00 AM
Interpretation of the challenge 2/4
Technical Aspects 2/4
WOW Factor 1/2
Total 5
08/28/2002 03:22:00 AM
This is a GREAT shot, but I'm having trouble seeing the challenge here... Am I missing something obvious? I'll revisit this a few times and see if I can tell where you were coming from... Feel free to PM me if I'm missing something obvious... myqyl
08/28/2002 12:55:00 AM
very lovely..nice play of soft light,wood, door and the blue waste basket...looks very welcoming
08/27/2002 07:47:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background6,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing6,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?7,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 4,
Total Averaged Rating6. Autool
08/27/2002 04:42:00 PM
I love the lighting in this photo. That glow from the outside light is most excellent :) I'm not sure that I understand the relationship between this image and childhood, but I'm still scoring well simply because I think this is a great photo... good work! = 9 - jmsetzler
08/27/2002 12:27:00 PM
I am not sure how this pertains to childhood but it is sort of nice. Maybe if you moved a little bit there wouldn't have been such a glare from the light.
08/27/2002 12:00:00 PM
I'm a sucker for atmospherics in a shot and you have captured the element perfectly. It meets the challenge in an unusual way – after all, the easiest way to lose your children is to leave the door open. The purist voter may pull the lighting apart or find something wrong with the composition or focus, but personally, I like the whole effect. It creates a surreal effect… (10)
08/27/2002 11:32:00 AM
I keep coming back to this photo. There is something hauntingly familiar with it... maybe a memory from my childhood? Great job. 9 BAMartin
08/27/2002 08:11:00 AM
What, no swings? Actually, that's what I like about this photograph. It's understated, a bit dreamy with the soft focus and it's not prescriptive - any number of memories could be evoked by this. Some might say this doesn't fit the challenge but that's only if you don't use your imagination. In my top ten.
08/26/2002 10:42:00 PM
What does this have to do with 'childhood'?
08/26/2002 06:34:00 PM
Great composition
08/26/2002 04:03:00 PM
Nicely done as a picture. However the link with childhood as a picture is weak and depends entirely on the setting in this challenge.
08/26/2002 03:34:00 PM
Floors to clean. liltool
08/26/2002 03:33:00 PM
LOL wonderful shot. Score 7 Kee
08/26/2002 03:25:00 PM
Nice idea of light coming through the door - makes me think of going out to play.
Could do without blue bin at bottom left.
08/26/2002 01:01:00 PM
there should have been more of a child's view like you did
08/26/2002 10:53:00 AM
"don't forget to cl... never mind...." : )

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