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Challenges of childhood "Should I go for it???"
Challenges of childhood "Should I go for it???"

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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 6900Z
Location: Kobe
Date: Aug 25, 2002
Aperture: 11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 400
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2002


Place: 140 out of 172
Avg (all users): 4.4939
Avg (commenters): 5.7727
Avg (participants): 4.4219
Avg (non-participants): 4.5726
Views since voting: 637
Votes: 245
Comments: 23
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 11:07:00 PM
You elicit alot of emotion here. With a bit of motion in the foreground, I feel like I'm about to leap with the person thru the tunnel. Danger! It fills me with that excited fear! Because I'm not sure of the method you used for this, I am having trouble deciding if the rest of the blurriness is because of the motion, or because you used a small aperature number. (doesn't *that* sound technical!) Anyway...gave you an 8.
09/01/2002 08:18:00 PM
Kinda blurry and whats with the guy on the left? 5.
09/01/2002 12:31:00 PM
Even if walking the train tracks or listening for the train wasn't a part of someon's childhood, I think the movie Stand By Me immortalized it as a childhood moment. Actually this photo brought back to me the feelings I had for that movie as a child, the empathy I had for the characters. I'm assuming that the person is an adult, filling in to represent a child. (The furry arm gives it away. hee hee) I like him in the photo though many people may complain. I'm sure you've probably been voted down as a result. I only want to say that I think this would be a weaker photo without him in it, so my advice is to ignore and "does not meet challenge" comments you may get. Focus is a bit soft, but for some reason in this photo I think it may add rather than detract. I've gone back and forth on my feelings on that aspect of this photo this week. 6, just-married
09/01/2002 09:59:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background6,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing8,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?0,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 6,
Total Averaged Rating5. Autool
09/01/2002 04:06:00 AM
Great shot, great idea - my only quibbles relate to the sharpness of the overall image and that there seems to be a child in the picture. I think that the shot of the tunnel on itís own would have been better.
08/31/2002 09:57:00 PM
Like the idea, but there seems to be a bit of a blur in the shot.
08/30/2002 11:41:00 PM
Sure.... why not? Haven't got anything better to do.....Nice composition, but a little blurry overall.
08/30/2002 11:11:00 PM
NO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! GET OFF THE TRACKS NOW ! Good grief boy. What are you thinking? A train comes by and you're nothing but a bloody mess for someone to have to clean up.
Why is there a child in this photo? I like it a lot and the rules says "children" so I guess one child is ok. It looks like almost nothing is in focus either. I have no idea why I score it 8. I guess it's because it is such a good idea and I don't know what I would have focused on either.
After reading your post I am back to review. conclusion---You obviously wanted us to think it is a child ,the title and attire of the person lead me to that conclusion. Would you not agree? What would make one think otherwise?+++no change in score. good luck
08/30/2002 12:51:00 PM
Is the man blurry or is it the tree. How about the first few rails. Could you have had a soft focus filter on? Why? (for the tunnel effect?) Subtly is wasted on the vaste majority. 6 Swash
08/29/2002 02:35:00 PM
This might have met the challenge better without a person in the photo. I think you lose the sense of childhood, with an adult in the childs position....
08/28/2002 04:07:00 AM
I like the soft focus of this, from camera shake it seems. It creates a sense of tension that complements the composition. This photo evokes a real mood.
08/27/2002 07:16:00 PM
No Kids.
08/27/2002 06:39:00 PM
Go for IT!!! This photo reminded me of astephen king movie. There are a couple that have train tracks in them, and right now, for the life of me, I can't remember which it is, but I'm a huge SK fan, and this has a SK feeling to me. The angle and frame placement is great. the lighting was perfect for this shot. I have to wonder if this is still in use. There are some vines hanging down in front of the tunel. Not like it matters either way, but just curious. I hope you don't get a bunch of comments saying "you're not suposed to have a kid in your photo" Arms are too hairy to be a kid. LOL. Great job on the shot. Very nice. Good luck in the challenge.
08/27/2002 04:49:00 PM
This photo holds a special meaning for me :) Take a look at this if you get an opportunity:


Kids always are willing to take a risk. Is this an old railroad bridge? I initially thought that it was, but it appears that the rails have been removed. the camera angle also gives the impression that that this bridge is on a slope... i would love to hear some details about this photo at your convenience... good work! = 8 - jmsetzler
08/27/2002 05:22:00 AM
I sure get "that feeling" in the pit of my stomach! This is a good one for the challenge ! Nice shot. lhall
08/27/2002 12:06:00 AM
So you were that daredevil kid... neat perspective. I like the blurring on the sides. I've got "stand by me" playing in my head now. :)
08/26/2002 06:13:00 PM
Real daredevil picture. Not really sharp. Would be nice if the gentleman in front is sharp and the stuff further away out of focus. Anyway i recognize the moment like this. Should i go or not ?
08/26/2002 03:25:00 PM
Assuming this is an adult playing a child, seems a little bit of a cludge to avoid having a child in the photo by having an adult play the part of the child. Would have liked to see your creativity in creating a shot without a child rather than your creativity at disguising an adult as a child! But that's just my preference!
Also seems out of focus to me.
Like the converging lines into the dark mouth of the tunnel.
08/26/2002 12:42:00 PM
Looks like fun :)
08/26/2002 12:09:00 PM
Interesting, but I would have left out the person entirely, even if not a child. And... don't use the name of the challenge in the title, no way, no part, no how! The title would have had the same effect just by leaving out the words "of childhood"
08/26/2002 11:34:00 AM
I like the soft focus. Really give a sense of movement toward the tunnel. Good composition.
08/26/2002 10:32:00 AM
"Childhood WITHOUT children" I am afraid this doesn't meet that challenge.
08/26/2002 02:02:00 AM
this picture reminds me of the risk-tqking nature of a child, the mother in me crys "no!' whereas dads everywhere will probably say "go for it!".

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