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Reaching for the sky
Reaching for the sky

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Challenge: Contre-jour (Basic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix F30
Location: Edinburgh
Date: Apr 1, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Performance
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2007

This photo is the courtesy of Beltane Fire Point, Edinburgh. It took 7 people to build the human pyramid, plus another 4 people making sure they don't injure themselves in the process. Thank you lovely people!

Editing: channel mixer, selective colour, red photo filter, Neat Image, resize, add border.

Place: 66 out of 332
Avg (all users): 5.9444
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.7143
Avg (non-participants): 6.1458
Views since voting: 968
Views during voting: 254
Votes: 180
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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06/01/2007 09:18:24 AM
I really like this one. The color is very nice and the silhouettes are perfect. I can see all the dreads...must be hippies :) Extra points for hippies.
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04/22/2007 01:15:11 PM
Ooo, this one is pretty too! I'm not sure which I like best, the color one or the black and white verson. Interesting border.
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04/11/2007 09:07:37 AM
Greetings (again) from the Critique Club! My first reaction on drawing this image from the CC pool was "Cool! I get to comment on an image I really like!" My second reaction? "Cool! It's another purpleflutterby13 shot!" :)

The first thing that strikes me about this image is its strong graphic quality. I love the way the spaces between the people create interesting shapes and invite the eye to explore the human forms. There is pleasing repetition in the mirroring of the arms holding up the man's legs and in the connection of this main figure to the hands he holds. The figures have such a nice variety of shape...there's a young girl, a guy with dreads....it's fun to try and relate to this diverse group and what they're doing.

I love the color and the way it fades to light across the image. It seems to give dimension to the flat silhouetted shapes.

Is it "contre-jour"? Well, yes the main light source is behind the individuals so, as far as I understand it, it is. In some of the other challenge images the light was stronger. Were this light stronger or slightly differently oriented you might have gained some rim lighting along one side of the figures. I think that would move the idea a bit further towards 3-dimensional space. That might or might not be a good thing--just something to play with to see if you like the effect.

This placed fairly well in the challenge. Still, I would have liked to have seen it place higher (since I voted it fairly high myself). I'm not sure what's holding it back. Maybe people don't find the bits of humans cut off by the frame pleasing? Maybe it feels too much like a graphic and not enough like a "photo"? (I'm guessing that might be where those 1's to 3's came from.)

Overall, this image has impact, style, story, pleasing lines and decent composition. Well done! (Now get those folks together and make them do it again. :-) )

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04/11/2007 04:22:34 AM

Well done with another fairly high scoring picture :) (I gave it an 8)

I didn't know this was yours during voting but I should have guessed with the purple background ;p



Message edited by author 2007-04-11 04:26:13.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2007 12:46:57 PM
Very cool idea. The colours are wonderful.
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04/10/2007 02:33:55 AM
Love it :o)

Great composition.
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04/09/2007 02:27:33 AM
Cool image here.....
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04/06/2007 06:31:37 PM
nice composition. sky colour does not look natural
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04/05/2007 06:37:23 PM
Very nice shot! One of my favs!
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04/04/2007 02:46:51 PM
love it
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