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Every Cent Helps
Every Cent Helps

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Challenge: 7 Heavenly Virtues II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: My home
Date: Jun 24, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 0.3 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Music
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2008

I really hope that people understand this shot. It is suppose to represent the struggle of having to rely on charity to get through each day. I tried shots where the money was being dropped in, but they looked awkward to me. Whenever I pass someone playing on the street, I give to them, but not many do. Music is hard to make a living with, but some peoples passion takes precedent over their financial situations.

Photoshop was convert from raw, duplicate background twice, desat first, overlay 2nd, curves, saturation boost on green channel (it slightly brightened the guitar as well as the money), resize, usm, save for web.

Place: 41 out of 83
Avg (all users): 5.4660
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (participants): 5.3333
Avg (non-participants): 5.4968
Views since voting: 897
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 191
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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07/08/2008 10:41:23 PM
Critique Club Review:

Color Saturation and Hue: Colors are reasonably accurate, even after some processing. Nothing is over saturated.

Brightness and contrast: Image could be brighter for me. Looks almost a little under exposed. Contrast is very good. Shadows hold detail, and highlights are not blown out. Dark areas are nice and inky black.

Focus and depth of field: Nice sharp focus, and very good depth of field.

I like the composition here. It is hard sometimes to know where to crop a photo. With all the complex shapes you have here, it is easy to try to include too much. The result then would be that the money is minimized to the point where it would no longer be part of the subject. Crop too tight and the instrument and the story are lost. In some ways the image here leaves me a little unsatisfied. Perhaps it is the brown of the instrument that almost overwhelms the money. Or all the shapes that do compete a bit. As I look at the image, it's been over 5 minutes now, I'm starting to think that the guitar is un-necessary. The case would still tell the story and the money would take more of a central role.

I think that some do not see the image as charity, because they do not see street musicians as beggars. I agree that it is hard to make a living as a street musician, but previously I considered them performers working at their craft.

Either way, I think this image should have scored a bit higher. It has nice strong bones, and does tell a story that fits the challenge.

Nice work...
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07/02/2008 12:05:21 PM
I'm confused on how some people don't see a virtue in this photo.
Charity is the most obvious. Hope, Faith, & Fortitude are also easily represented. Justice might be a bit of a stretch but I see it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/01/2008 09:16:34 PM
Beautifully composed and 4 (possibly 5) of the 7
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06/30/2008 02:36:52 PM
Nice idea, I think work with the lighting would have helped this image.
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06/28/2008 12:18:41 AM
Don't understand the virtue.
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06/27/2008 11:56:45 AM
Nice concept, good lighting, intersting composition.
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06/27/2008 10:29:15 AM
I like how you just showed a small portion of your subjects to convey the concept. I think I'd like it better if there was a real street musician in the shot. Still nicely done.
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06/26/2008 07:45:22 PM
not sure what virtue you're going after here, nice looking shot tho /6
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06/25/2008 10:52:14 PM
Great composition! Perfect colours!
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