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Challenge: Candid IV (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: People
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Fairfax, VA
Date: Jun 8, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Humorous, Candid
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2007

Taken at my county's fair, which conveniently was scheduled at the same time as this challenge. I took quite a few pictures and felt weird doing it since I don't usually take pictures of people, and certainly not of random people! This was the most fun of the bunch and the one my DPL teammates liked best. The look on the one girl's face is priceless as she mugs for her friend's camera, and yes, her eyes really did bug out like a cartoon character!!

PP - converted from RAW (-2,0,+1 exposure comp.), combined in HDR, cropped, shifted sky to blue with white balance adjustment and applied light gradient filter, increased saturation on ride parts, dodged/burnt/desaturated facial features to emphasize them, reduced noise, white balance, increased contrast and gamma, desaturated front of ride slightly to get rid of yellow cast, added border, resized, sharpened, cleaned up hotspots, blurred guy's hair on top

Place: 38 out of 448
Avg (all users): 6.1712
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.1961
Avg (non-participants): 6.1136
Views since voting: 1082
Views during voting: 221
Votes: 146
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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06/18/2007 11:05:29 AM
Oh great job, Mary!!! Congratulatiosn on a perfect candid capture.

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06/18/2007 09:28:12 AM
Mary, this image cracks me up! Awesome capture! I voted it high! ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2007 10:48:40 PM
This is a nice shot. Love their expressions. I like the crazy sign in the back.
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06/17/2007 09:25:46 PM
Nice expressions - and nice motion capture
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06/17/2007 06:21:50 PM
Love the face the girl is pulling!
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06/17/2007 06:34:53 AM
love the expression! LOL great capture 8
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06/16/2007 12:58:01 PM
Two things jumped out at me when seeing this. 1. the "CRAZY" is cut off. 2. The cart's (or whatever it's called) face is chopped off, too.

But then I took a closer look - for one, the colors are extremely appealing in this photo, making it visually very interesting. Though it's busy, there are leading lines that keep it from looking cluttered.

Initially, I only saw people on a wild ride, but then upon closer inspection I saw the two girls who are taking a photo of themselves. Now that is really priceless and ups the photo's quality in my opinion.

I can see where you would have gone with this shot and not waited for another "cart" - or maybe you got a bunch of shots, I don't know. In any case, this is awesome - great capture. 8


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06/16/2007 12:32:10 PM
not a genre that I get very excited about, but I do like the "CRAZY" in the background and the fact that those two girls are focusing all their extreme emotion into that tiny object... a camera? 7
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06/15/2007 04:18:15 AM
great catch!
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06/14/2007 01:52:45 PM
wish this were slightly sharper ... good capture
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06/13/2007 04:24:28 PM
A tight crop of just the girls' faces would have been awesome, but still, this was a great capture.
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06/13/2007 05:17:05 AM
ahhh teens they wouldnt regreat that at all :/ Nice colourful shot
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06/12/2007 05:39:50 AM
This is great! Love the look on the two taking their own picture. Great comp with the sign behind.
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06/11/2007 10:15:16 PM
AWESOME..now this is a great candid! 10
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06/11/2007 08:59:19 PM
Hahahaha...love that expression. 7
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06/11/2007 05:47:14 PM
Great expression from the people in the bug, lovely colours
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06/11/2007 05:33:21 PM
I wish you had cropped the picture to show just the two on the left of the frame.. her eyes would have won this shot!! Nice capture indeed!
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06/11/2007 05:07:31 PM
wow! if you have the resolution, I'd crop right down to them. those faces and the fact they are so sharply in focus is a wonderful candid find! Somewhat diluted by the smallness of it in frame. Great candid photography in my book. 7
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06/11/2007 01:36:44 PM
Oh my gosh the girls eyes are amazing!!! HAHA
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06/11/2007 02:26:36 AM
Nice capture - Love it - Very candid and great expressions - My Fav so far 10
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06/11/2007 01:32:46 AM
what a great candid moment!!! awesome focus. 10
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