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Sisters of Notre Dame
Sisters of Notre Dame

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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Outside Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Québec
Date: Jul 29, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

This shot was taken while on our honeymoon in Québec City. We were waiting for the 11 am Mass, so I took some shots near the entrance. What a perfect challenge to come up while in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

I went through dozens of photos trying to decide what to submit, and decided to go with something simple for my first challenge submission.

Post processing involved a modest crop, B&W conversion, curves, slight dodging and burning, and USM.

Place: 144 out of 215
Avg (all users): 5.3765
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 5.4578
Avg (non-participants): 5.2911
Views since voting: 575
Views during voting: 253
Votes: 162
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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08/06/2007 07:20:22 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,

First, let me congratulate you on entering your first challenge. Your solid 5+ score indicates that you have a pretty good image overall but that it lacks some of the "wow" that the voters at DPC crave. First let's look at the B&W conversion of your challenge entry. The nun on the left has wonderful contrast, which was easy to achieve with the white dress and black habit. However, the nun on the right blends into the shadows on the sidewalk. I would suggest taking a look at ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' fotomann_forever's wonderful tutorial on B&W conversion. I think if you use the channel mixer method and play around different color channels, you may be able help the nun on the right become more prominent.

My other suggestions require reshooting the image. First, having faces visible would strengthen your image's connection to the voters. I would suggest shooting from across the street, as this would allow you to capture their faces and possibly avoid the bright sun in the background. With out the bright sun, you would have an easier time with your B&W conversion.

Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions regarding this critique. Now that you have your feet wet, keep entering challenges. I look forward to seeing your next entry.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/02/2007 08:09:16 PM
Nonchalantly talking and walking down the street..
Good perspectives in the foto.
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07/30/2007 07:02:49 PM
I think this would have been much better if you had captured them from the front. Their facial expressions as they were talking would have made this shot.
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07/30/2007 01:06:28 PM
Nice capture - But the highlights on the left are very distracting
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07/30/2007 07:08:05 AM
A bit of a cheat, shooting from behind (I do it all the time!). Nice handling of the exposure.
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