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The Calling
The Calling

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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Las Vegas NV.
Date: Jul 28, 2007
Aperture: 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

Place: 85 out of 215
Avg (all users): 5.6890
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.8690
Avg (non-participants): 5.5000
Views since voting: 622
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 164
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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08/24/2007 01:03:05 PM
Loved this so much, Alan. What a striking gaze, surrounded by all that complementary bokeh!
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08/08/2007 12:14:39 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

The color in this image is striking! I love the way the background shapes, lines and colors bring so much energy to this. The expression on the woman's face is interesting and has that candid feel as she seems to be present only in her own moment and thoughts. What lovely contrast between the detail of her face and the blurring of the background! The image seems to demand that the viewer ask who is she and where is she going?

Clearly an urban setting, the inclusion of other people further helps to define the place. But I still find myself wishing that the person to the left of the frame were not quite so prominent since it draws the eye away from the subject.

I see that some of your commentators interpreted the blue object at her neck as a water bottle...but it's not entirely clear to me that it is. It seems possible that it is, instead, a breathing device for a tracheotomy patient. The ambiguity is at first intriguing...then annoying since I can't really tell. It seems that what that is would make a huge difference in interpretation of this subject. So, too, would knowing if she's responding to a "call" or just checking traffic before she crosses the street...but that matters less to me and your title makes me willing to accept her expression as one of response to something other than a passing bus.

Overall, a compelling image because the subject is so strong and presented so well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2007 11:45:04 PM
Man you can see her blue eyes from here. Killer bokeh.
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08/05/2007 12:11:44 AM
It really does look like she is hearing a call. She looks almost saintly.
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08/01/2007 06:07:28 PM
is that a bottle of water in her shirt? Strange. love the color sat.
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07/31/2007 04:29:35 PM
nice depth of field, i think the color works well here
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07/30/2007 10:13:17 PM
The out of frame look, which attracts the viewer into frame. Nice colours and bokeh. 8.
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07/30/2007 02:34:21 PM
This is extraordinary and captivating. A 10 from me, the only color image I have given a 10 to.
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07/30/2007 12:37:01 PM
Nice capture - Great sharpness and nice saturation - The other woman's head is a tad distracting
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07/30/2007 10:49:02 AM
what caught her attention? terrific capture. 8
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07/30/2007 08:27:22 AM
She has a bottle of water in her bra? Interesting place to keep it!
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07/30/2007 04:45:47 AM
great light and bokeh. interesting way to hold a drink. :)
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