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Challenge: Free Study 2007-05 (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Good Stuff
Camera: Canon PowerShot A530
Location: Manhattan
Date: May 24, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: auto
Shutter: 250
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2007

The Art Students League. What little I know about drawing and painting, I learned here.

post-challenge: a nice reaction. thank you!

I'm hardly surprised that some people didn't like the shadows. They are real. It was a bright day with dark shadows. I just brought them out with my b/w conversion, which I did via calculations as usual.

I took a lot of "from the hip" shots with my powershot while I was in the city. But this guy obviously wasn't looking at me so I dared to lift the camera to my eye and take the shot... though I didn't quite come to a full stop. I just can't get the hang of candids... ha!

anyway, when the shadows did show up, I loved them. I thought they add interesting shape and drama to the photo. They allow me to give a sense of a larger context while not introducing distracting details. They also give a sense of a great burden of some sort on the art... but anyway it's not like I even saw the shadows when I shot this. I just liked what I saw and did no cropping.

Statistics
Place: 273 out of 617
Avg (all users): 5.7083
Avg (commenters): 5.8824
Avg (participants): 5.7630
Avg (non-participants): 5.4848
Views since voting: 782
Views during voting: 229
Votes: 168
Comments: 32
Favorites: 3 (view)


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06/15/2007 12:44:57 AM
Mighty fine pic! Lighting is tremendous
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06/14/2007 07:11:27 AM
the shadow is great, just as you know it to be. a wonderful image.
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06/12/2007 10:52:36 PM
I have to say..let this be a lesson to you..shooting from the hip is not worthwhile, because when you look up you find art...and yes I mean that, this is not something the hip knows, this is something the eye sees, that busy brain of yours captures..
I am immensely disappointed that you didn't achieve one of your profile goals with this shot..being mistaken for me..:)
and now I can't say it is good, or I would sound like an idiot...ok it is more like 21.gif boysetsfire...
I like it!
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06/09/2007 04:46:14 PM
In a themed challenge this would have scored a lot higher, I bet. No northern light, big cat or sky for free study - hey. That said - this is an awesome shot. Love the contrasts and the composition - very wonderful.

Regarding candids... I just shoot without shame and so far nobody has protested. The only time I was yelled at was when I took photos of a truck. So try it. Also, if you point your camera at people for a while, they lose interest and start going about their business - et voila! A candid!
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06/08/2007 03:16:26 PM
Very nice. The shadows help form the light path to the subject. And the artist and subject of the painting seem to be echoes -- very similar positions. I like the height of the columns and the simplicity of the whole image. The more I explore it, the better I like it.
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06/08/2007 12:57:14 PM
Lots of levels to this: a study of a figure studying a figure. Makes me want to know more about the shot. Well done!
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06/08/2007 12:18:11 PM
Nice mood to it - I like how the patterns in the concrete foreground form an arrow that leads you right to the drawing.
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06/08/2007 08:35:49 AM
Don, you should be very pleased with this image! It is moody, interesting, and has a great tonal range. Makes me want to know more about the subject. Your work has been excellent recently.
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06/08/2007 08:16:43 AM
Very nice job Don, I love the darkness. You really did a good job of containing the shadows.
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06/08/2007 04:43:04 AM
It's because people decide what they want to/think they ought to see, and they don't look at what they're being shown. What is all this 'too much dark'? Are they mad? Tantamount to saying 'your photograph ought to be different' and that is, actually, quite offensive.
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06/08/2007 01:36:46 AM
The shadows makes it look like the artist's real world is incomplete just like that of the artwork.
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06/08/2007 12:22:33 AM
I think Nick and Sevil are good influences on you. :-) From out of the darkness... Can't find anything I don't like about this - the shadows, the lines, the angles, the textures. Very nice work indeed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2007 10:15:05 PM
nice b/w image - love the lighting so that the student is the only thing illuminated
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06/07/2007 09:51:29 PM
Interesting shot with the shadows and lighting. I like the mood of it.
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06/07/2007 07:39:42 PM
This type of photo resonates well with me. Unfortunately this crop really holds the shot back. The big blob of black doesn't add to the image, and really pulls the eye away from the subject. The subject and the detail behind it make this image, I would love to see the crop display them more prominently.
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06/07/2007 05:25:32 PM
this really is quite striking when you come across it. the darkness leads you to the subject. nice elbows.
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06/06/2007 04:40:42 PM
Nice shot. I like the dark part contrast with the light side.
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06/05/2007 08:57:09 PM
good choice. i love the composition and the balance of light-dark in this.
comment- only :)
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06/05/2007 07:10:40 PM
good capture a wee bit dark to the left a tad more contrast but solid capture i give it a 8
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06/05/2007 04:02:26 PM
interesting lighting. good tonal range
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06/05/2007 03:12:08 AM
Has a strong mood...
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06/05/2007 01:30:00 AM
nice effort little too dark on the left and that takes away from it
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06/04/2007 10:36:09 PM
The big black spot on the left side of the photo is distracting from the focus of the image.
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06/04/2007 07:17:07 PM
I think what I enjoy most about this image, among many things, is how the artist closely mimics the subject in pose...very nice.
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06/04/2007 05:41:06 PM
I'd really like to like this more, but it just doesn't work for me. the large rectangular areas above are just too dominating, the lines not strong enough except the too strong line dividing the middle

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Jack
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06/03/2007 04:38:50 PM
That blackness on the left is really distracting to me. Otherwise the rest of the photo is well done, I nice B&W conversion.
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06/03/2007 01:22:22 PM
Love the shadows on this. How was this achieved?
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06/03/2007 12:54:26 AM
The shading/burning is interesting. Gives the composition balance and enhances the angles and focus.
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06/02/2007 01:39:41 PM
I don't like the blackness coming in from the left and the bottom right. It almost looks like your finger was over the lens, but it was probably just an intense shadow? Either way it's very distracting.
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06/02/2007 12:43:36 PM
nice composition I find there is a bit too much shadow and it overwhelms the shot a bit too much
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06/01/2007 09:37:31 PM
Somehow the tilt (pillars) doesn't look right. Color would be better too.
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06/01/2007 07:48:45 PM
Good composition but too much dark area.
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