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Searching for Memories
Searching for Memories

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Challenge: Photojournalism III (Minimal Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Rancho Bernardo, Ca
Date: Oct 25, 2007
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2007

Disqualification Details
Levels and saturation adjustments are not allowed in challenges that use the Minimal Editing rules.

Views since voting: 946
Views during voting: 428
Comments: 22
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11/02/2007 09:20:40 AM
Good news! The Posthumous Ribbon Council has decided that you can keep your Posthumous Blue Ribbon!
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11/02/2007 04:20:38 AM
Oh snap! Not to rub salt in, but I think the original is much better. :(
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11/02/2007 01:11:38 AM
Thank you all for your comments. They touched me deeply. Unfortunately I'll soon be DQ'd. I started selecting a picture and editing 20 minutes before cut-off and didn't notice the minimal editing rules. This is the first minimal editing competition I've entered. I didn't crop, but did auto-adjust levels and adjusted saturation. I know I would have done just fine doing it totally legal, though it would have scored somewhat lower. I apologize profusely for my negligence.
Also, I realized I was not only ethically but legally imposing on this girl, since I was on her parents' property when I took the picture. She glanced up at me when I was walking up, and then looked up again briefly when I took the shot. My shutter finger reactions aren't that good and I got lucky on her looking.
Oh, and SoulMan1978, I was not personally damaged by these fires, though I was in the evacuation zone throughout it.
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11/02/2007 12:10:43 AM
I gave this a 9 in voting. Compelling and well done. Congrats on the top 5!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2007 05:43:48 PM
very sad :-( Were you caught up the californian fires?
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10/31/2007 10:57:34 PM
Great image and good title...
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10/31/2007 10:41:08 PM
A nice commentary on the arbitrary nature of fire - this house is gone yet the ones behind it are still there. Well captured and nice framing (other than the spike in the middle) to show this capricious nature of fire.
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10/31/2007 05:34:34 AM
excellent capture
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10/31/2007 12:11:05 AM
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Duh, I thought this challenge was ending and I was in a hurry. Ah, so now I can breathe, relax, and tell you what incredible photojournalism this is, and also art. You've caught this moment within a moment, a moment of awareness of YOU caught inside a moment of searching, a moment before she becomes self-conscious, when she is searching for a connection, a meaning, and she looks up in that search, away from what she thought she was searching for. The symphony of subject in context here is unmistakable, inevitable, surprising.
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10/28/2007 11:33:29 PM
This is a great capture. I'd put it on the front page.
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10/27/2007 11:42:55 PM
Wow! The picture says it all!
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10/26/2007 07:34:19 PM
Great shot.
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10/26/2007 05:05:08 PM
Very nice (the picture...). A shot you might really see on a front page.
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10/26/2007 02:18:41 PM
This is good! - 10
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10/26/2007 12:01:43 PM
This is a really touching image, the placement of the person really gives this one depth. Excellent image.
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10/26/2007 11:53:59 AM
Very strong in terms of a newspaper image, this tells a story (albeit a sad one). From my own perspective there is a bit of blow out on some of the flesh tones (although I appreciate that given this is minimal editing there is little that can be done about correcting this. Still a strong image and gets an evocative 8 from me
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10/26/2007 10:01:18 AM
This is probably the most impactful shot of the challenge. I wish they'd allowed advanced editing - it could have really given it some PUNCH. Sad, the story this tells, which is what photojournalism is all about. 8
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10/26/2007 02:11:38 AM
The emotion of disaster is always journalistic.....7
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10/26/2007 01:11:25 AM
Ahhhh... a headline picked right from the headlines. Nice shot that tells a helluva story. Only drawback which is about the only improvement I could see is... if this had been in Black and white, slightly overcontrasty...would have been killer! great job no matter what!!! (8)
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10/26/2007 12:42:15 AM
bingo! a really killer shot would have been to have gotten a shot of her holding up something she found. while this image helps tell the story, something closer in would have made people take it to heart.
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10/26/2007 12:31:08 AM
good focus,composition, exposure and wb...well done 8
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10/26/2007 12:30:29 AM
Well done!
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