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Challenge: Partners (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Canon
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: May 30, 2008
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Humorous, Children
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2008

Difficult challenge...
I wanted to avoid a constrained studio-like image.

This was captured in a real class in a real school, the children were knowing the idea, but hadn't received precise instructions about how to play this part.
I captured about 15 images, by group of 2 children.

It turned out that some of them had a great talent for comedy!

B&W was necessary - some elements of the background being too vivid. I like the B&W mood here too.

Natural light @ 400 ISO, focal lenght 24 mm, my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 is excellent for that kind of work.


Raw converted with DXO Optics pro 5,
exposure slightly lightened,
Burned 4 corners and dodged the children,
Cropped about 80%
Converted in BW and very slightly toned
USM 42%

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(post challenge)
Wow, thanks everyone for this unexpected star, and thanks for great comments too!
As noticed by some, the pencil-holder in the foreground is certainly a flaw - I hadn't even seen it while capturing this very spontaneous scene
Have a nice day !


Statistics
Place: 5 out of 155
Avg (all users): 6.9238
Avg (commenters): 8.1500
Avg (participants): 6.4906
Avg (non-participants): 7.0701
Views since voting: 2664
Views during voting: 352
Votes: 210
Comments: 35
Favorites: 6 (view)


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06/17/2008 10:29:41 PM
Hi,

I'm just wondering... if you used a 10-22 lens F3.5 - 4.5, how can the aperture in your shot be F2.8?

Great shot too!

EDIT: I just realised you mentioned you used a Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 lens.

Message edited by author 2008-06-17 22:31:25.
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06/13/2008 05:42:46 PM
It's a rare challenge entry indeed that tells such a charming story, and your B&W conversion is perfect. Great job- underrated at 5th place IMO.
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06/13/2008 03:57:07 AM
congrats for the HM and for staging so well this fun shot.
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06/12/2008 10:59:23 AM
What a warm and wonderful shot!! Truly delightful. Congrats on an excellent score and placing - you do fine work!
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06/11/2008 02:35:39 PM
the bw is wonderful here. I love the kids, so funny!
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06/11/2008 01:36:21 PM
LOL amusing and the kids will be so PROUD they helped you achieve this high placement and HM

Strong work-now they get the day off eh? :)
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06/11/2008 08:14:25 AM
Loved it during voting, from one of your 10's congratulations on your HM.
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06/11/2008 05:53:46 AM
Congrats on the HM
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06/11/2008 03:21:22 AM
great idea and very well done, congrats on your HM
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06/11/2008 01:01:04 AM
Very fun image! Congratulations on your top 5!
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06/11/2008 12:59:41 AM
This is so well done, the expressions and everything are just right. Congrats on 5th and going into my favs.
joe
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06/11/2008 12:43:34 AM
this is extremely well done and really fun to look at. Congrats on teh top 5 - way to go the extra step to recruit a classroom for this, very nice job.
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06/11/2008 12:29:37 AM
Certainly deserving of its high placement. Well done.
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06/11/2008 12:19:37 AM
Really Funny! Nicely executed. Congratulations on Top 5 ranking.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/10/2008 10:54:25 PM
What a funny shot. I like it!
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06/10/2008 04:18:11 PM
Too,too, too funny. Great capture, and a very creative take on the challenge.
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06/10/2008 07:03:13 AM
Love the humour in your photo.
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06/09/2008 07:20:57 PM
What a fun capture. Their expressions and those of their classmates are excellent. Brilliant!
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06/09/2008 02:49:47 PM
lol, great shot
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06/08/2008 06:39:10 AM
Really well taken - the black and white conversion is spot on.
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06/06/2008 05:36:59 PM
cool expression
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06/06/2008 03:05:17 PM
really wish that pencil holder in the front (or whatever it is) was removed from this shot. But it's really really good.
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06/05/2008 04:22:15 PM
Just great! Sepia works well here, and the expression is priceless. Great clarity/DOF. 9.
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06/05/2008 02:50:40 PM
Cute - funny. Great focus.
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06/05/2008 01:31:01 PM
Fun idea! A bit of a perpetuum mobile, though. Lots of bits and pieces that might have been solved differently, but that could have ruined the spontaneity.
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06/05/2008 09:46:38 AM
great lighting 10 from me
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06/05/2008 09:39:51 AM
Very amusing picture. Nice choice of black and white as well. The whole enviornment works with it.
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06/05/2008 08:42:38 AM
Very cute and cheesy! 9
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06/05/2008 06:53:57 AM
eheheh remember me something.....:) 10
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06/04/2008 04:33:34 PM
Easily my favourite. 9
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06/04/2008 03:44:16 PM
What a great idea and the facial expressions are great. It is a shame that their classmates are so stoic :)
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06/04/2008 01:51:15 PM
that's funny, nice idea
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06/04/2008 10:42:23 AM
Very cool shot, nicely posed. The expression on the kids face in the back is excellent.
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06/04/2008 09:53:57 AM
Nice concept and good contrast/value
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06/04/2008 01:38:52 AM
It doesn't get any better than this! Perfect - LOVE IT!!
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