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Smoker's Haven
Smoker's Haven

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Date: Mar 20, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 27, 2008

This is taken on a sunny day at a bus stop did a lot of processing on this so the girl would pop out more. This is one of my favourite pictures some people love it some people don't but I hope it scores high and gives me a new personal best.

Place: 281 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.5775
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3365
Avg (non-participants): 6.2368
Views since voting: 474
Views during voting: 212
Votes: 142
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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04/09/2008 09:35:41 PM
My apologies for the lateness of my comment...

I think this is a very good photojournalistic photo. The mood and feel of the scene documented works well. I'm not sure I'd change anything about it.
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04/08/2008 08:05:32 PM
Ian, another one that I like alot. Maybe a tigher crop but for the most part I think it is good.
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04/08/2008 12:16:33 PM
I like this image a lot actually. I like the smoker's pose and how the guy in the back with the baseball cap seems to be looking at her. Your processing is great also. A couple things i'll comment on just because i can are that I would have cropped a little closer on the left leaving the black thing at the top left of the frame out and also the stones on the wall right behind your subject seem a little too sharp or too bright, not sure what, they seem to take attention away from your subject. Then again, those are really minor things that probably don't matter, I just wanted to leave something you could think about instead of just saying i liked the picture. Hope this helped
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04/08/2008 03:36:27 AM
Hi Ian, here's a critique for you...
The wide aperture does a reasonable job of seperating the foreground from the background, but to help this further, you could lighten the lady and darken the background a little. The high-contrast isn't really working in the foreground, and she looks like a newspaper printed cutout stuck onto the street.

It looks like the background is artificially blurred by editing. This shot would have been better taken at f/2.8 to get some genuine DOF blur, although you probably wouldn't get as much seperation as this unless you have a 5D with an 85 f/1.2 lens. :) Anyway, I like the feel you were going for.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2008 02:41:18 AM
Perfect example of photo journalism work. Nice tones and a perfect choice to go b/w.
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04/04/2008 05:12:06 AM
Great composition. Love the B&W. Not sure about her face. Is it over PP'd? It looks a bit like a mask as if it's been too post-processed.
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04/02/2008 09:37:53 PM
Great B&W.
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