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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE S404
Location: rockville, md
Date: Aug 18, 2002
Aperture: 5.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: .101 seconds
Date Uploaded: Aug 22, 2002


Place: 151 out of 172
Avg (all users): 4.1728
Avg (commenters): 5.2857
Avg (participants): 4.4050
Avg (non-participants): 3.9426
Views since voting: 693
Votes: 243
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 12:52:00 PM
Because I hate to see low scores on my photos without knowing WHY they voted that way, I offer these comments to explain why I scored this photo low.

I see what you were going for here, and the blur was therefore necessary, but personally for me, this photo would have had to be dynamite in order for the blur to be overloookable as a photographic tool. This was a risky photo to enter, as you might be aware, and I like that people are willing to take risks. But the riskiness alone is not what is of value to me, and so I can't give a better score just for that. It is original, I'll give you that.

The challenge is over, but I had this idea for an adjustment, inspired by thinking about your photo. Perhaps it is worth something if you still want to explore the possibilities of this photo. There's a photo in this challenge that is of a slide, with the shape of an eye surrounding the slide. It made me think that children with new glasses often see the frames of their glasses until they adjust to the new frames/prescription (or at least I did). Perhaps if you had the frames of the glasses just visible slightly (as though we're looking through them) and the portion within the frames in focus and that above, below, and to the sides, fuzzy. That might still relay your meaning without an overly blurry photo. 2, just-married
09/01/2002 11:54:00 AM
Given this is a door to an opthalmologist's office I have to wonder if the camera shake was intentional. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt on this. Good kids'eye view.
09/01/2002 09:36:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background5,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing6,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?5,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 4,
Total Averaged Rating5. Autool
09/01/2002 01:49:00 AM
I can appreciate the blurriness of this photo for the purpose. LOL. Going to the eye doctor. However, I am not sure what the little squiggly things are. Kind of looks like toothpaste. The angle is great for "through a childs eyes" and the focus is great for this photo. (doesn't usually work, but it does in this case) great shot of childhood. good luck in the challenge.
08/30/2002 10:58:00 PM
Was this shot through glass? Just wondering what those white squiggly things are. Good focus, for your context in this challenge. Nice perspective too - from a child's view.
08/30/2002 07:08:00 AM
Interesting idea. Intelligent use of blurring. Not so sure about your lighting but I like your idea a lot. 7 - floyd
08/30/2002 01:39:00 AM
try a faster shutter next time
08/28/2002 07:36:00 PM
Interesting shot :) I think the motion blur here adds a nice sense of 'fear' and 'chaos' to the trip to the doctor's office... good work :) - jmsetzler
08/27/2002 08:43:00 PM
I think this is the beginning of a great idea, but I'm a little confused by the squiggly things... I don't know what they are...?
08/27/2002 06:45:00 PM
Dr. Steve must have skiped school the day everyone else learned their right from their left.
08/27/2002 04:17:00 PM
From one myopic to another - LOL!
Do like this within the context of this challenge, but not sure I'd really pick it out as an attractive photo in a free study selection.
5, Kavey
08/27/2002 07:12:00 AM
I totally understand this!
08/26/2002 06:23:00 PM
what is squiggly and has heads
08/26/2002 03:15:00 PM
I am certain you included the "blur" for a reason. I wear glasses, and I don't "see" the point to it, except to make the photo harder to see. 5 Swash
08/26/2002 01:37:00 PM
Cute idea ... blurry "before" picture of the ophthalmologist. A child would certainly see it from the low angle, too. I do want a bit more color -- something else to capture the eye (no pun intended).
08/26/2002 12:40:00 PM
Very creative idea -- hope people don't beat you up too bad because of the blur/focus. Excellent work and will initially vote you high and take another look later in the week. Ok....reviewing all of my voting for the week and I still like your photo very much. I guess I can relate as I was almost blind until I got my glasses around the age of 11! One of my favorites for the week -- 10. LanSnake
08/26/2002 11:24:00 AM
Cute idea, done well. Score 7 Kee
08/26/2002 02:30:00 AM
What my eye sees above all are those white squiggly things and I have no idea what they are or what they are meant to convey. I like the low angle of this image to transport the viewer into the world of thesmall child. Also suppose the image is so blurred to convey the feelings of confusion and anxiety of the child going to the doctor. Yet, the blurriness is overdone for my taste. Prelim: 6 Journey
08/26/2002 01:21:00 AM
My favorite kind of photography is light streaks but this really doesn't work for me. 5.
08/26/2002 01:20:00 AM
good idea.
08/26/2002 12:44:00 AM
Came THIS close to commenting on the lack of focus. Good job!

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