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Cellular Proposal

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Challenge: Cell Phone Mania (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2007 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Akron, Ohio
Date: Mar 20, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2007

This is my friend Brandon and his wife Caiti. I think its too funny that people are on their phones either talking or texting at all hours of the day. Either in the car, at work, or on the toilet. So I thought this was a funny idea of how the modern world has taken over romance and every thing else in life. Hope everyone enjoys and gets a bit of a laugh.

Converted from RAW.
Adjusted image to Monochrome
Added Sepia. (Currently addicted to this tone)
Brightness & Contrast
Resize, Add Border, & Save for Web

Place: 27 out of 118
Avg (all users): 5.8565
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.0702
Avg (non-participants): 5.7889
Views since voting: 1188
Views during voting: 362
Votes: 237
Comments: 17
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04/03/2007 07:38:04 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Very funny picture - this was one of my favourites in the challenge (partly because it was a nice change from seeing yet another cute kid on phone). Congratulations on the originality.

The lighting is good, the positioning of the models seems just right, and I love the expression on the girl's face. However, as has been commented on before, the background is unnecessarily cluttered. The ring should be in a slightly more central, prominent place, and there's no real reason for the plates on the table and the stuff on the walls - it doesn't add to the picture, it just acts as a distraction. The line of the wall corner going past the guy's head isn't ideal either - really, just a table and a blank piece of wall would have served the purpose much better. Also, I think cutting off the guy's back works well, but I'm not sure about cutting off the girl slightly - since she's the one receiving the proposal, she should possibly be included completely in the picture.

I think the post-processing is very good. The border is just right - it frames and controls the image without dominating it as borders often do. Sepia is a matter of personal taste and doesn't necessarily have universal appeal, but I happen to quite like it.

Anyway, well done on an interesting image.

Any questions - just PM me.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2007 07:43:02 PM
That's really the ultimate! Love the crazy idea, and it's well done too.
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03/26/2007 10:51:29 PM
Funny shot & great idea. For staging this more background stuff could have been taken out. Have to look twice to notice the ring. - 7
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03/24/2007 09:26:54 PM
creative and funny
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03/23/2007 03:37:27 PM
Definately a sign of the times... although I'm surprised neither is getting a picture of the other person or the ring. I like the B&W and the composition, expect for the little wall shelves growing out of their shoulders like gaurdian angels.
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03/23/2007 10:45:23 AM
bet this has happened, too! 8
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03/23/2007 01:21:33 AM
Cute idea.
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03/22/2007 05:29:14 PM
Haha, that's great, very clever!
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03/22/2007 11:09:59 AM
love this. good composition, lighting, and angle. great job!
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03/22/2007 10:55:14 AM
Well, thats a lame proposal. Good picture. I like the angle you shot it from.
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03/21/2007 10:56:57 PM
this picture is just sad; where is the romance?
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03/21/2007 09:06:22 PM
Now this is clever. Way to go on such a seemingly mundane subject!
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03/21/2007 01:43:09 PM
What?! That's horrible! But, I'm laughing...oh well. 9
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03/21/2007 11:30:58 AM
re diculas
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03/21/2007 11:20:50 AM
lol. I love the cleverness behind this photo.
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03/21/2007 10:41:05 AM
Good job!
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03/21/2007 10:36:16 AM
omg i hope not. at least if she says no, she can text and run. cute idea!
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