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a twisted perspective

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Challenge: Perspective V (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Stories
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: Portland, Oregon
Date: Dec 20, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 500
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2007

candid shot of my niece. calculations to b/w, multiply the red and blue channels.


I'm thrilled with the feedback I got for this shot. Thank you! The guy you may or may not see in the background is a pedestrian or maybe a jogger.

And thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/811.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/811.gif', '/') + 1) . ' karmat for the poem. It was an excellent choice. I think I'm corrupting you...

Place: 47 out of 148
Avg (all users): 5.8953
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.9048
Avg (non-participants): 5.8899
Views since voting: 997
Views during voting: 251
Votes: 172
Comments: 26
Favorites: 2 (view)

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05/12/2008 09:59:47 AM
Oooooh...!!! I like this very much! Her pose and over sized coat are great... Kinda eerie...it seems as if the adult in the distance is the one who should beware....
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01/07/2008 11:53:23 AM
I like this very much, the brooding, metaphorical essence of it. I like the processing, it works very well. What I'm not *sure* I like as much is the "looking down" perspective on the child. I mean, compositionally this works extremely well, and I suppose the metaphor on "child observed" rather than "from the perspective of a child", but still a part of me wants to see you working from a much lower angle here.
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01/06/2008 01:34:27 AM
In the zone.
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01/05/2008 12:46:48 AM
nice processing dude...I like this one...
wait a minute, I just read the comments...' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Melethia has some explaining to do...

Message edited by author 2008-01-05 00:48:44.
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01/03/2008 10:10:00 AM
good eye. is that a cyclist?
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01/03/2008 09:43:31 AM
It's a bit of an adult angle on the world. Snap down. The view really is the child's view and hard as it might have been the view from the lens might have been a bit more of that child's view up the road to the unknown future of no health insurance, poor education, Democrats that act like Republicans and Republicans that act like Democrats. In other words, a knee bend for the shot might have brought the personal side of the child more into the composition. Cynical as usual. Happy New Year.

Message edited by author 2008-01-03 09:44:41.
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01/03/2008 09:26:39 AM
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01/02/2008 04:46:18 PM
by karmat

For others looking in -- I think this is a strong picture, technically. It is a well-balanced composition and "moves" throughout the frame well. It appears to be a touch dark on my monitor (which is set too bright, by most standards), and that may have hurt with some of the darker monitored votes. Very interesting shot.

and for Don (I went scouring the Internet for a poem for this, 'cause I knew there had to be one, and I am a terrible poet):

The Waking World

Out of time’s windows
He gazed—into the heavens,
Into planets, unnamed galaxies
—Light-years away,
With sealed vistas
That opened wide
For the macabre-naked eye—to see.
And unto him appeared—
Wild streams of midnight tears
Glittering like unprotected fire:
And so spellbound was he,
With all he had seen,
He crossed into the dream world,
The lost world of the woken:
And was never again seen.

by Dennis Siluk
can be found here
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01/02/2008 10:07:44 AM
Hey, Diane Arbus!
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01/02/2008 02:19:15 AM
You know, you keep this up and I'm gonna have to quit thinking "bucket" and start thinking "posthumous". This will really screw me up, you realize...
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12/31/2007 01:16:22 PM
Originally posted by yanko:

I love that b/w conversion. I need to play with calculations. Got any tips?

red channel tends to make skin brighter (mixing red with itself sometimes creates a spooky effect). blue is usually the darkest. mix and match. use multiply unless it's too dark. then use overlay. you can also lighten by using less than 100% opacity. just fiddle til it looks right. and it only works for some pictures. I never know until I try it. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bucket told me to convert to b/w this way, so it must be true.
12/31/2007 11:09:17 AM
excellent-great image & loev the play on words!
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12/31/2007 08:06:51 AM
Great job on the composition. Double twisted.
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12/31/2007 03:42:35 AM
I love that b/w conversion. I need to play with calculations. Got any tips?
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12/31/2007 02:53:24 AM
Damn this is good, Don!
Things don't quite seem right here!
The awkwardly twisted legs, the oversize jacket, no hands and face visible.
Why has she been abandoned by the adult?
Dang! I wish I could write like you to explain what I'm feeling about this shot... : )
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12/31/2007 01:16:24 AM
Ah, I see we went similar directions. Yours strikes me as more hopeful, though. Very nice!
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12/31/2007 12:17:57 AM
Sooo cute! The feet don't know which way to go. Adorable!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/29/2007 03:14:20 PM
Nice leading line in the road and nice perspective shown by the size of the child v.s. the man in the distance. I like the b/w conversion.
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12/29/2007 12:55:15 AM
lovely photo.
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12/27/2007 04:09:08 PM
Love the shot. Especially the crossed legs.
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12/27/2007 09:24:46 AM
I find it interesting, but I didn't even really notice the girl's legs until later, but maybe that was your point.
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12/24/2007 08:17:01 PM
Image lacking interest - 5
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12/24/2007 01:06:13 PM
the girl might need to go to the loo (nice pic -7)
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12/24/2007 04:34:51 AM
great perspective, the person in the distance is a little distracting.
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12/24/2007 02:24:32 AM
Really fun image: whacky. I think I would have liked to see the road side on the right for at least as far down as to her hood level... not sure why - just find her positioned too far to the right of the image... Excellent strong contrasts.
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12/24/2007 02:10:30 AM
Those little legs look very odd underneath that big coat :-D
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