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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak DX3900
Location: Family Graveyard near my house.
Date: Aug 22, 2002
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2002


Place: 87 out of 172
Avg (all users): 5.0854
Avg (commenters): 6.4783
Avg (participants): 5.0556
Avg (non-participants): 5.1167
Views since voting: 768
Votes: 246
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 07:44:00 PM
How sad. Good photo though. 7.
09/01/2002 09:47:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing7,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?1,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 3,
Total Averaged Rating5. Autool
09/01/2002 12:16:00 AM
True... but now I'm so sad. So, I guess you did your job well by eliciting emotion related to another aspect of childhood - how so many are robbed of it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/29/2002 01:19:00 PM
Seems more like childhood without parent than childhood without children. Good effort at pathos. The inclusion of the rear headstone has meant that your glove sits a little awkwardly in the frame. Overall a very intelligently composed and interesting shot. 8 - floyd
08/29/2002 08:55:00 AM
interesting image, but thematically wanting
08/28/2002 11:00:00 AM
Thought provoking and lovely detail in the glove and ball. Wonder if there is an angle which could exclude the other two stones and really focus in on this one?
6, Kavey
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/28/2002 03:06:00 AM
Very moving... well composed... In a marked contrast to the 75 year old behind it...
08/27/2002 09:39:00 PM
I don't get it
08/27/2002 06:52:00 PM
A bit morbid, but I kind of go for that. I wish the engraving was easier to read.
08/27/2002 07:52:00 AM
This is the most moving of any of the images here and I like the composition. Top ten surely.
08/27/2002 06:12:00 AM
what is the meaning of the basball items here
08/26/2002 11:06:00 PM
Touching. I usually don't like the ones that I feel are emotionally manipulative - not on their own merit but specifically to meet the challenge. This one, however, I though was poignant. It's something a parent really would do. The timing is perfect too. This child would be 10 if still alive. The father could easily be mourning the chance he didn't get to teach his son to play ball. Although, actually the grave is far too pocked to be ten years old it seems. The child would likely be 110 years old, but that doesn't affect the score for me. 7-8, I haven't decided for sure, just-married
08/26/2002 10:39:00 PM
08/26/2002 08:09:00 PM
that is soo sad!
08/26/2002 06:01:00 PM
A bit harsh this picture, but reality. A bit controversial, i like that.
Just out of curiosity: did the ball and glove were there or did you put them there ?
08/26/2002 05:51:00 PM
very power image glad you summited it
08/26/2002 04:11:00 PM
The front tombstone is almost impossible to read. Since I think the inscription on the tombstone is supposed to be part of the main subject, maybe some different lighting would make the inscription easier to read. A shallower depth of field could also be used to blur out the other two tombstones a little bit. Nice composition...keep up the good work. 8.
08/26/2002 03:46:00 PM
Missed chance indeed. I wonder what the relation of the photographer is to the deceased.
08/26/2002 03:40:00 PM
A good photograph, but I'm not sure I get the connection between an old gravestone and ball/glove... maybe I just have a mental block right now.
08/26/2002 02:59:00 PM
Impact, drama. Wow. Nice job....little hard to read, but the message is loud and clear! Score 7 Justine
08/26/2002 10:30:00 AM
Please don't take offense that this photo doesnt appeal to me at all. A recent loss of a little one very close to me makes this a hard photo to judge. Setting opinions/feelings aside, this is what I physically see...
The writing is a bit hard to read, but it appears to be a 4 year old, and by the ball and glove a assume it is a boy. (of course, that is totally an asumption, as girls play baseball too) The grave in the background seems to draw my attention more due to the fact that it's new and bright and the subject is old and dark. The focus is good as is the angle. Lighting was good for this photo. Good luck in the challenge.
08/26/2002 04:45:00 AM
..... this is so sad and depressing.... but it gives off a strong emotion in appearance in this photo. 9
08/26/2002 02:44:00 AM
very thought provoking, a very unique statement about a childhood cut short and what might have been. Appreciate the contrast in textures.
08/26/2002 12:18:00 AM
More use of DOF would have helped this a lot. Perhaps a s a B&W shot the letters would come out more clearly.

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