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Lets Feed the Ducks, Dad!
Lets Feed the Ducks, Dad!

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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5200Z
Location: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo - Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Date: Jul 29, 2007
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/340
Galleries: Candid, Children
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a great zoo - except for that green water. I tried editing it out, but without success.

Place: 206 out of 215
Avg (all users): 4.6832
Avg (commenters): 5.2857
Avg (participants): 4.7215
Avg (non-participants): 4.6463
Views since voting: 607
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 161
Comments: 8
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08/08/2007 02:22:37 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Color certainly makes the loudest statement in this image. It's kind of fun to see the jarring pink and red combination. But if the color is taken away what's left? A man with two little girls doing something that isn't quite clear.

The title tells me there are ducks...but I only see bits and pieces of ducks. I think they need to be included in the image, especially because that's what the people in the image are engaged with.

The part that is in focus appears to be some sort of pier structure in the background. Attention is withdrawn from subjects that are not in focus...and especially by something as contrasty as that background structure.

You mention that you didn't care for the green water. In that case Black and White conversion might have solved the problem. Or selective desaturation. But I find the pink color cast on the pavement more "off" than green water. I think making sure that you've got your white balance correct, whether in camera with the appropriate WB mode selected when shooting or after the fact in post-processing, can improve the way an image is received.

It appears that this event would have continued for more than a fleeting moment. In that case taking more shots to capture the faces and expressions can give you more to choose from later on.

Overall, this feels like a poorly planned image. Sorry if that sounds harsh but it seems that a little more care in the taking and a bit more mastery of the equipment will improve this type of shot for you.

Keep shooting and good luck!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2007 12:22:12 PM
I like the sunglasses. :)
Seems a tad oversaturated, though.
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08/03/2007 12:06:38 PM
That was me 15 years ago enjoy it time flys. Good moment. psart
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07/31/2007 12:12:27 AM
Nice colours but feel it has more of a personal than public appeal to it.
07/30/2007 05:05:08 PM
Fun, you captured this special moment well.
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07/30/2007 02:26:17 PM
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07/30/2007 09:50:19 AM
Very nice family moment and good richness of colours, the two beaks on the left hand of the frame priovide a nice undertsated context to the whole image
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07/30/2007 03:59:51 AM
those colors are to vomit for
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