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Noise on the line:  Mother and Daughter compare childhood cell phones
Noise on the line: Mother and Daughter compare childhood cell phones

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Cell Phone Mania (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Home
Date: Mar 18, 2007
Galleries: Humorous, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 19, 2007

Sharpened once
Converted to black and White

Place: 46 out of 118
Avg (all users): 5.5330
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.6000
Avg (non-participants): 5.5141
Views since voting: 782
Views during voting: 341
Votes: 227
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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06/11/2007 01:57:30 AM
Jon, I gave you a 7 on this shot, I just loved the creativity of it and the execution was superb!! Very cool photo!! Way to go!!! forget the voters...this is a 6+ if ever I saw one!!
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03/28/2007 12:52:22 PM
Composition works well and a fun interpretation of the challenge topic. Very cleverly done. The BW interpretation and perspective are likable.

Focus, exposure and lighting generally good. There are two technical defects that held back this image in scoring. One, the background - it adds nothing to the composition and the harsh shadows are noticable and distracting. Two, the wire between the two phones is out of focus and acts as a viewer distraction.

The challenge:
Though it is a creative interpretation of the topic some viewers might have thought the image a cliche. Outside this particular challenge it would have been considered very original.

There is image noise in this frame and it can be interpreted as necessary by some to support the challenge theme, but it is unlikely many DPCers would make that connection. Though it does not hurt the image it does help it much either. Smooth, noiseless images perform better than noisy ones MOST of the time at DPC.

The BG is the biggest technical defect in this image and caused by a common DPC mistake - You positioned your models to close to the wall. Your background has lighting shadows that, in this case but not all cases, distracts from the image. You can remove the BG shadows in post processing and make the BG solid white. But, unless you want to highlight shadows in an image then ALWAYS position your models a few feet from BG walls and you can either soften or eliminate the shadows.

In a reshoot you'd correct the out of focus wire by waiting until it is not moving before taking the picture and/or taking it at a faster shutter speed.

I might add, though you can apparently submit challenge entries without the ISO, f/stop and shutter speed information I recommend you include it. Makes a differnce when suggesting things you might have done differently with the image to address certain types of issues.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2007 03:03:06 PM
nice one. i like the idea.
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03/24/2007 07:03:53 PM
missed the point of the challenge
03/24/2007 12:37:11 PM
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03/23/2007 02:56:52 PM
I almost did something like this with my kids but went for the source of light contest instead. I therefore think it's a good idea. Multiple shadows on wall a bit distracting. - 7
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03/22/2007 11:05:30 PM
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03/22/2007 04:49:48 PM
yes! 10
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03/21/2007 05:28:45 PM
old school; super kid
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03/21/2007 10:42:28 AM
Great job!
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03/21/2007 08:28:30 AM
The cord between the can and cellphone is too blurry ... this is my only complaint
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