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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: My home
Date: Aug 24, 2002
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/6
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2002

This is an old elementary school desk we have in our home.
Doesn't a kid's life revolve around school?
When you're there, you're thinking about not being there and when you're away, you're counting the days until you're back...
Anyway, I dug out one of my favorite tomes from my own childhood, a 'Golden Classic' that was a beater when I was a kid, don't know where it came from, 'Tom Sawyer'. The pages are yellowed with age and the cover had been taped on with the old crystal clear "invisible" Scotch tape that made things turn orange after awhile. That was so long ago the tape is long since gone, just the orange stains are left on the cover, which now just happens to live next to the book as long you remember to put it back with the rest.
I put it on the desk, took a halogen work lamp firing at the desk and let the Dimage rip in B&W mode...
There it is - 'Childhood'.

Place: 20 out of 172
Avg (all users): 6.2000
Avg (commenters): 7.8276
Avg (participants): 6.1429
Avg (non-participants): 6.2581
Views since voting: 874
Votes: 250
Comments: 29
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 09:29:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background6,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing6,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?7,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 4,
Total Averaged Rating6. Autool
08/31/2002 11:48:00 PM
08/31/2002 07:23:00 PM
Very "Little House on the Prairie" feeling! I like the sepia tone, the perspective and the composition. lhall
08/31/2002 12:22:00 PM
I can most definetely relate to reading a book. When I was a kid that's all I did. Read, read, read.
08/31/2002 05:01:00 AM
Great unusal perspective and composition. Feels very dark, or more accurately, lacking in contrast to me. Perhaps it's intentional, to add to the aged look, but everything blends too closely in to the colour of the next thing.
6, Kavey
08/30/2002 10:15:00 AM
I love the warm feel to this photo. I can just imagine how smooth and worn the seat of the chair must be... Beautiful composition as well! 10 shedonist
08/30/2002 07:09:00 AM
Nice angle and framing. Great texture on the chair and the foor. Like the sepia too. 9 - floyd
08/29/2002 05:34:00 PM
this is good, something about the angle is hard on the eyes...maybe have the chair pushed in a little more..maybe its me...6
08/29/2002 12:51:00 PM
Interesting, make me think of school days. Very brave to do B&W. Certainly learning a lot about using B&W like tones
08/29/2002 10:37:00 AM
Superb idea matched by a superb shot. The image toning really works well here giving the shot a feeling of childhood long passed. I also like the overall composition; it all works really well… (10)
08/29/2002 09:25:00 AM
Nice use of grain and color(lack of). Effectively makes one feel that this is something out of their past. Interesting composition too. Good job. TG
08/28/2002 05:20:00 PM
very nice childhood image :) The toning works perfectly here... i love the tight crop and the overhead view you have chosen here as well... great shot :) = 9 - jmsetzler
08/28/2002 04:43:00 PM
Nice. Very artistic layout. Focus looks good. Lighting looks good. 8
08/28/2002 03:40:00 AM
Solid 10... Wonderful
08/28/2002 12:43:00 AM
good perspective and color
08/27/2002 08:56:00 PM
*That* is an old desk! Very nicely done, and use of nice sepia toning!
08/27/2002 02:07:00 PM
great setup. great pic
08/27/2002 11:49:00 AM
Really nice photo. i like the color (or lack there of). Very nicely done. The angle is great and frame placement is good too. I would like to see the color version of this also to compare. It's a nice touch with the light shining on the book like that. Great job and good luck in the challenge.
08/27/2002 10:16:00 AM
beautiful. love the toning. excellent composition. 10
08/27/2002 08:10:00 AM
Fantastic composition. I like the colour as well.
08/26/2002 08:42:00 PM
Wow this is great. The sepia makes it seem even older than ever and what is that book on the desk? Good job and good luck. 9.
08/26/2002 08:33:00 PM
Wow all those textures of wood look great! Good lighting and shadows too. This is one of my favorites!
08/26/2002 07:46:00 PM
this is nice. but i think the composition would have worked better with more book and less chair, imo. (7) ~mcmurma
08/26/2002 05:51:00 PM
Back in the old days. Nice B&W picture. Although i preffered playing outside, school was something of our youth as wekll, so perfectly for this challenge.
08/26/2002 05:06:00 PM
Really like the compostion
08/26/2002 03:43:00 PM
Nice tone, compositions, perspective .............nice work. Score 7 Kee
08/26/2002 02:14:00 PM
I like the sense of age in this photo! 7 -lennier
(P.S. What is that book? it looks REALLY familliar...)
08/26/2002 12:06:00 PM
This is a good B&W study but I prefer color. And I don't like to see the challenge title used in the photograph title, no way, no part, no how!
08/26/2002 11:13:00 AM
This needs a little something more....It seems to missing something but is really on the right track for this topic

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