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Challenge: Free Study 2007-09 (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Blur
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Location: Westover Park, Arlington, VA
Date: Sep 2, 2007
Aperture: 32
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.3s
Galleries: Portraiture, Blur
Date Uploaded: Sep 25, 2007

My daughter at the park. I was playing around for the blur side challenge.

This one looked really interesting right out of the RAW converter, and then I bumped up the contrast some. A couple of my Critical Mass teammates loved it as much as I did, so I'm taking a chance on entering it.

Maybe it'll be one of those 5.5s with 5 favorites.

Post-challenge: Heh. One of my lowest scores and lowest percentiles, but two favorites. Yes, it's blurry AND it's blown out. Intentionally. Thanks to everyone who commented, whether you liked it or not!

Place: 474 out of 503
Avg (all users): 4.8390
Avg (commenters): 5.4545
Avg (participants): 4.8242
Avg (non-participants): 4.8889
Views since voting: 1526
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 118
Comments: 22
Favorites: 4 (view)

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02/05/2008 02:31:53 PM
Gives me the feeling of the innocence of childhood. A fairy dancing into the light. It's lovely!!!
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02/04/2008 11:38:42 PM
I can definitely see what you're going for here and it works for me. I think what makes it work is that the girl is looking directly at the camera, so it really draws the viewer to her. With the hair color and splash of purple...I just really like the overall effect.
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10/21/2007 04:36:14 PM
Definitely a good idea to post this in the Reaction Club. My reaction: She is moving from the light, coming back from playing in the brightness, and she really needs to concentrate to come back to this mix of darkness, shadows, lines and space. Maybe she'll go and visit again, but daddy's waiting, so she's trying really hard to get back before dinner . . .
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10/14/2007 10:22:28 PM
Oooo, very impressionistic. I like the angle of your subject and the soft blur - which is very obviously intentional. And even in that blurred state, your daughter is still beautiful.
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10/13/2007 10:23:05 AM
Hey Jeffrey, got here very late (like today!) this is fabulous-DPC
scores beh!! go with you r artistic instincts babe! and congrats on the Editor's Picks ranking!!

(ps beh! is Italian way of saying don't bother me with that cr*p!)
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10/09/2007 06:21:49 PM
Pretty nice ethereal effect going on. Love the faint lines the swirl around the image.
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10/08/2007 08:48:54 AM
Yeah, for a free study, the literal people around here won't give it a great score, but it is a nice shot. I like the white background and swirling sense of it. I think it's way under rated. Should've been in the top half at least. ;!D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2007 08:53:19 PM
overexposed and blurry
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10/07/2007 06:38:46 PM
Jeffrey, is that you? I hope so. I'm not willing to say that YOU have got my number just yet, but this photo certainly does.
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10/05/2007 03:22:37 PM
I don't feel intensity, I feel dizzy.
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10/05/2007 01:23:42 PM
I like the fact that in the middle of the blur and movement there is still a piercing stare coming out at you. Good effect
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10/03/2007 11:32:22 PM
A little too washed out for my personal tastes, though I do like the angle and off-centered composition.
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10/02/2007 12:59:33 PM
very creative picture. I like your high key approach.combined with motion blur. The result is very pleasing and pulls the viewer right into you picure. Well done
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10/02/2007 09:23:30 AM
Jeffrey - I appreciate the risk you took entering this photo, and the fact that both Neil and Deb really like it says a lot. This one does not work for me overall - I'm not a fan of the colors, and I think the lines leading away from the turquoise/greenish design on her shirt pull the eyes right out of the photo. I do like her facial expression and the sense of motion apart from the aforementioned turquoise lines. In the end I think it's very cool that you entered this instead of a "safe" photo. You probably knew you'd get hammered, but hopefully you'll get some interesting comments - and you already have one fave, right?
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10/02/2007 07:29:31 AM
interesting blur effect. Colors are nice.
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10/02/2007 01:37:10 AM
This is very interesting, really enjoy it. I hope people have their monitors calibrated, I think some will be lost if not. Can't quite figure out the processing, not just simple blur, seems to have some texture. Would be interested in how you did this. Only (small) gripe would be the expression, to me this seems playful, but the expression deosn't match.
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10/01/2007 11:39:09 PM
Low vote, the motion adds nothing and the subject almost looks angry that you are taking her photo with her head tilted down. Too white washed and the only thing that really stands out is the hair. (footnote: yes i did read picture title but its not conveyed imo)
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10/01/2007 10:02:01 PM
Maybe would have prefered the main figure to be a bit darker to contrast more with the background. She looks like she's walking out of a dream world, and has seen something very sobering that she wants to tell you with her gaze. Very neat.
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10/01/2007 01:47:11 PM
Sorry it's not doing well--I think it will improve. But its very cool, and definitely my kind of shot, so what you can't get in score, you'll make up in favorites!
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10/01/2007 10:56:50 AM
Love the colors an the sense of motion. Really cool.
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10/01/2007 09:23:34 AM
Very artistic, lovely movement and softness.
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10/01/2007 07:53:45 AM
Blur and high key are friends of mine, but I wish there was more to the image or a tighter crop to really bring the focus on the girl. The left side just doesnt help the image IMO. But kudos for submitting something different. While you may not get a high score you sure will reach a more devoted group of viewers who crave something outside the DPC Free Study box.
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