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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S30
Location: My Roof
Date: Aug 23, 2002
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2002

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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 172
Avg (all users): 6.6587
Avg (commenters): 7.5750
Avg (participants): 6.5827
Avg (non-participants): 6.7360
Views since voting: 2598
Votes: 252
Comments: 46
Favorites: 4 (view)


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09/03/2002 01:18:00 AM
This brings back memories. Good job!
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09/02/2002 12:14:00 PM
I loved this shot - my favorite this week.
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09/02/2002 11:26:00 AM
Just a quick note of thanks for the comments -- I'm very excited and proud to have a Top 5 photo!

A couple notes about the picture... I had about a 15-minute window of time to capture this in the light I wanted (as the sun went down below the roof). I struggled quite a bit to get the whole birdie in focus. My initial efforts had part of it in focus but not the whole thing, plus some of the shots had a pretty weird effect with the grains of the roof tiles being in/out of focus, so I did a lot of experimentation with the F-stops to get the appropriate DOF.

My other challenge was the wind. Even the slightest breeze would knock the stupid thing off the roof, so I stuck a big bolt in the tip of the birdie to keep it there. If you look really closely, you can actually see a very small part of the silver in the bolt where the tip meets the yellow material.

Oh, and my first thought was indeed to use a frisbee (as a couple people mentioned). I couldn't find a suitable frisbee around the house, so I actually went to several stores in search of one. The stores apparently discontinue them at the end of summer, so I was out of luck. In retrospect, I'm glad I went with this because it offers a little more depth than what I probably would have had with a frisbee.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 03:21:00 AM
Superb... Really well planned, really great idea and a fantastic use of DOF and lighting...(10)
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08/31/2002 11:47:00 PM
LOL! How true. Brilliant idea, and well executed!
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08/31/2002 03:04:00 PM
lol. great shot... how do you hit a birdy up there anyways ? jk
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08/31/2002 02:24:00 PM
He he, that sucks. Good photo though. The dof and colors are excellent. 7.
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08/31/2002 06:28:00 AM
Brilliant idea, sums up alot of early frustration. Nice detail and good cropping.
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08/30/2002 11:28:00 AM
this was an instant chuckle! familiar scene. nice composition and good use of DOF. (6) ~mcmurma
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08/30/2002 07:32:00 AM
Lol - this is great. Love the DoF and I *dont* want to know how you got on your roof to take this. Lovely colour and light and excellent use of humour. Love it. 10 - floyd
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08/30/2002 01:53:00 AM
Woe, this is my childhood. I love it. The shadow is perfect. This is my #1 pick for this challenge. Congrats - Gotcha
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08/29/2002 05:04:00 PM
Excellent composition great execution. I wonder where you are from that badminton is a childhood sport for you... I always remember footballs and frisbees...
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08/29/2002 12:53:00 PM
There is an upload problem with this photo for some reason, the whole photo wont load on the comment screen. It says that the file size is "unknown". I can't hold that against you, it's not your fault. I can see the whole photo from the thumbnail, so I know it's nothing you did, just a glitch either on the site, or my computer. I LOVE the clarity of this photo. You can see each little grain on the shingles. Depicts childhood great. For me, it would have been the frisbee. lol. The angle and lighting are perfect. I like how you see the large yellow one in front and the white one in back, to give the feeling that this has happened before. Great shot and good luck in the challenge.
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08/29/2002 08:59:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing8,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?7,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 7,
Total Averaged Rating7. Autool
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08/28/2002 08:30:00 PM
Wow. How many times. I like the composition (placing the yellow birdie on the far left makes it look more otu of reach to me), the lines of the shingles and gutter, the shadow (good timing with regard to the sun in the sky), the 2nd birdie in the gutter...even the variety of colors. This was my highest-rated of the photos.
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08/28/2002 01:21:00 PM
Good colors, and i think the focus you have used works well here. karmat
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08/28/2002 12:50:00 PM
Oh man...didn't that always suck when you got the thing stuck on the roof? great job with the challenge..clever, clever. KDJ 8
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08/28/2002 11:38:00 AM
I had forgotten this memory until I saw your shot - now it comes flooding back. Nice colours, nice DOF on the roof surface. Now get down from there before you fall :)
6, Kavey
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08/28/2002 07:49:00 AM
I know the feeling. Happened to me many times with tennis balls! Thanks for the memory. Lnede
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08/28/2002 12:41:00 AM
OK. This IS my childhood. I am swayed by my emotions here.
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08/27/2002 08:20:00 PM
done that a few times..
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08/27/2002 07:04:00 PM
Very cool.
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08/27/2002 05:06:00 PM
You must be a member of the "Frisbeetarianism" religion... Frisbeetarinaiasts believe that when you die, your soul leaves your body and gets stuck up on the roof :) Excellent shot... = 8 - jmsetzler
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08/27/2002 04:31:00 PM
OOH, I like this one! and Sooo true too. I would be the one on the roof getting the birdie! Just wish the dof was greater...NOT, Just kidding, actually it is perfect! This is the type of image that should have a shallow dof. It really enhances the subject of attention. EXCELLENT - you know what, this is one of my very few 10s
GREAT WORK
Ruthann
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08/27/2002 03:00:00 PM
I enjoyed this one. The idea of another lost in the gutter was very good, and the focus on the first plane makes the composition stand out nicely. Nice shadow on the lower right. I lost some of this in my childhood days, so it does meet the challenge from my perspective.
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08/27/2002 02:19:00 PM
Very nicely executed. I like the sharp focus on the birdy. I like the shadow. The remnant of past incidences is nice too. The colors are rich. Overall well done.
8-9, will decide better later. just-married
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08/27/2002 07:14:00 AM
Ha, definately a part of childhood.
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08/26/2002 09:39:00 PM
I like this shot.
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08/26/2002 08:38:00 PM
If I had a dime for every time I did this, i'd have retired by now. I like both the composition and execution. 6 -lennier
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08/26/2002 08:22:00 PM
this is funny
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08/26/2002 08:18:00 PM
good color
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08/26/2002 07:52:00 PM
Made me laugh out loud.... This was part of MY childhood, too.
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08/26/2002 06:06:00 PM
Now there's something I can relate to!!

Nice colors. 7.
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08/26/2002 04:43:00 PM
This reminded me of another game that seems to have gone by the wayside: Croquet.
The composition of this shot is very well done. You caught enough of the circumstantial so as not confuse or baffle the viewer. (Personally, I consider it important to be able to tell something about the surroundings.)
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08/26/2002 04:12:00 PM
Funny, nice title. Very nice photo. I esp. like the white shuttlecock in the gutter, nice touch. 9 Swash
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08/26/2002 03:36:00 PM
excellent 6
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08/26/2002 03:01:00 PM
lol Good shot, DOF, image, creative,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,love it. Score 8 Justine
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08/26/2002 02:27:00 PM
Great job, one of my top 5! I like the focus, the lighting and it certainly reminded me of many trips to the roof at our house growing up!!
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08/26/2002 01:38:00 PM
Great idea! Good colors, nice compostion ... maybe that one shadow (the birdie) distracts me a bit.
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08/26/2002 01:37:00 PM
Boy, this brings back a flood of forgotten memories. Very good picture too... 8
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08/26/2002 09:48:00 AM
I had the same problems
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08/26/2002 08:51:00 AM
heh heh...yep, I think we've all been there. I love the DOF.
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08/26/2002 04:17:00 AM
This brought up more memories of my own childhood and made me laugh. Would have preferred to see the badminton thingy more in the foreground. It is sharp but the foreground there is a little blurred and disturbs somewhat. Nice angles, nice composition otherwise. Fun original idea. 6 Journey
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08/26/2002 01:58:00 AM
this definately brings back memories of the interrupted games of childhood.I like the shadows, the smooth against the rough of the roof, however the stuff in the corner of the gutter is somewhat distracting
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08/26/2002 01:09:00 AM
WOW! great idea. I like the close up perspective.
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