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Challenge: Alone In A Crowd (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 17.5-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Cape Town
Date: Nov 22, 2007
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2007

My daughter's Nativity Play. She is not really in this picture - you can only see the top of her head in front of the main child. This was very much a chance exercise: was suddenly appointed school photographer about 15 minutes before the show, there wasn't even standing room left, crept outside to grab some pre-show shots and loved the light: but as with kiddies in low-light situations, many shots were fuzzy - this littlest angel was standing quite still and beautifully seemed to be making her own light.

I wasn't shooting for this challenge at all, but saw the topics while I was browsing the site (instead of marking end of term papers :-P) and thought I'd submit anyway.
Processing: cropped vigorously, desaturated in PS, contrast and levels. De-noised in Neat Image, sharpen, resize for web and added border.

As for "being alone" - I think there are a few characters in this image that are alone in a crowd - the child minder at left and the shining angel are two "alone in a crowd" figures - and most likely this will bring my score down 'cos there isn't one clearly, obviously, absolutely Aloner...

Place: 23 out of 93
Avg (all users): 5.8963
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8684
Avg (non-participants): 5.9009
Views since voting: 1536
Views during voting: 439
Votes: 270
Comments: 19
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12/05/2007 05:07:26 AM
one of my three tens, wished it would have finished higher. just great light. :)
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12/05/2007 01:39:25 AM
Ah that's brilliant! Thanks for the Posthumous Red Ribbon - haven't ahd a red yet. This is such an honour. Thanks also for all the comments everyone. Congrats to the official winners.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2007 11:37:03 PM
Perfect execution of the challenge, masterful photo with a tremendous depth of field and a depth of interest just as deep. The Posthumous Red Ribbon for you.

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12/04/2007 08:09:56 PM
beautiful shot, great lighting and nice concept
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12/04/2007 02:22:52 PM
great subjects and wonderful lighting, nice job on the exposure and post processing.
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12/04/2007 03:11:36 AM
I hope this does really well, its what I want to see near the top. Great use of ambient light to separate the main subject. bump to ten
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12/02/2007 02:03:35 AM
Not clear which of the many interesting characters here is alone- there is a sense of disconnect about many of them, but it is a smashing picture.
Back to bump you to a 10 - I finally got it.
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11/30/2007 09:53:50 PM
Nice lighting...the teacher looks serious! :)
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11/29/2007 07:03:00 PM
Nice capture, who is alone?
11/29/2007 04:09:54 PM
There are some awesome expressions on these young ladies' faces! 6
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11/29/2007 06:59:19 AM
Who's the star? The subject is unclear.
11/28/2007 11:55:11 PM
So where is the alone in a crowd come in?
11/28/2007 09:56:59 PM
Nice, but "Alone in a Crowd"?
11/28/2007 07:35:56 PM
Love the sharpness to this photo. I especially like how the light seems to make it's way towards one child. Perhaps a lower perspective could've drawn more attention to her.
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11/28/2007 03:47:41 PM
It's not clear who is meant to be "alone" in this crowd.
11/28/2007 12:37:09 PM
this is very beautiful. I love how the light is shining on her.
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11/28/2007 07:08:10 AM
the alone theme seems to be missing
11/28/2007 02:39:19 AM
Excellen look and feel. What a dreamy like appearance to the fairies.
Love it.
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11/28/2007 01:56:48 AM
wonderful tones, beautiful image
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