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Always Hanging On By A Thread Of Faith
Always Hanging On By A Thread Of Faith
peter


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hanging On By A Thread (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: Home
Date: Nov 20, 2008
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2008

This is my 21 month old daughter Olivia that agreed to pose for this picture. She was a super-start, I couldn't believe it!

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Statistics
Place: 7 out of 77
Avg (all users): 6.3203
Avg (commenters): 7.9524
Avg (participants): 5.9000
Avg (non-participants): 6.4084
Views since voting: 2423
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 231
Comments: 28
Favorites: 9 (view)


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02/14/2009 10:33:01 PM
shes a great daughter and good at posing.
your gonna have to chase boys away from her :]
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12/09/2008 08:22:55 PM
Powerful and beautiful
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12/09/2008 04:50:36 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

First off, congratulations on your new personal best, and by nearly a full point. Fantastic, and well deserved.

Camera Work/Technical: Near-flawless. Your primary area of focus is directly on that left eye, and exactly where it should be. Your relatively shallow depth of field also creates a very tender feeling with the image, as well as puts the crucifix well into focus. You captured a nice tonal range although I'd like to see this one with a bit more contrast. That is more personal preference than a criticism, though.

Lighting: Your choice to light her from the side produced some terrific shadows that also serve to add to the feeling of your image. My only change would be to back you lighting off of her face just a bit more to avoid blowing that right cheek out. It blends right into her nose and is just a bit distracting to the eye.

Composition/Content: Your composition and content are both amazing for this particular capture. Images with religious tones are hard to place on here, and they seem to span the gamut of scoring. Personally, I try to avoid religion and religious discussions, and I am not a big fan of what I view as diverting from complete self-reliance. HOWEVER, this one even tugs on my heart. The contrasting of what my mind understands as reality comes close to pulling a tear out of this generally poor attitude. You took the innocence of childhood and managed to combine it with the thought that all hope has been lost. What could this child have going on in that little head to have lost all hope? Terrific image, and well scored, in my opinion. Her expression is priceless and you nailed exactly the mood your were looking for. Again, amazing.

My Opinion: Without detracting from the winners of this challenge, I like this one A LOT better than five of the images that scored ahead of you. Saying that, I think that the voters really missed this one. You were probably penalized (especially those 1s, 2s, and 3s) for including religion in your work. As I said, I am no fan of religion, but this would have surely been one of the very few 9s or 10s that I hand out. Wonderful image, and well scored. You should have ribboned in my mind. The only thing that I dislike altogether is the title. Luckily, I rarely look at the titles when voting. Given a specific challenge, I think that you should be able present a title to me without words below the image. Very, very well-done!

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
Eric
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12/04/2008 10:54:23 PM
Very beautiful! Great job!
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12/03/2008 12:41:32 PM
Hey Pete, good for you!! Awesome score, and congrats on the top 10!
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12/03/2008 10:27:35 AM
She's beautiful. Congrats on top ten!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2008 10:14:05 PM
Beautiful portrait. Love the b&w. 9
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12/02/2008 01:09:35 PM
lovely child......great choice of b&w
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12/01/2008 09:21:03 AM
It's beautiful. Powerful image.
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12/01/2008 02:07:43 AM
This is gorgeous!
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11/30/2008 03:22:14 PM
The atheist part of me really doesn't like this image, but the aesthetic part of me knows this is a really well composed and executed picture.
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11/30/2008 04:24:41 AM
maybe a thread, but a thread with the strength of 6 inch steel cable! :) LOVE this image. Not an obvious connection with the challenge topic, but still fits.
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11/29/2008 10:04:04 PM
Photographically this is well enough done. I might only suggest watching the highlight on the bridge of the nose. It may be recoverable. Well composed and, to some, emotive.
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11/29/2008 12:12:08 PM
This is such a charming picture, love her expression and the message. Also the use of no colors here makes it even more interesting. 10
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11/28/2008 07:16:10 PM
Great shot
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11/28/2008 11:08:23 AM
I love this picture. Great honest expression. 10
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11/28/2008 10:17:28 AM
Heartfelt and very thought provoking
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11/28/2008 08:22:56 AM
That is really close to being my favorite photo in this challenge... I think a bit more contrast would be better... Great shot (9)
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11/27/2008 11:24:02 PM
beautiful image... I'm amazed that you could get that kind of emotion out of a young girl. She is totally telling a story with just the expression on her face and the necklace. Well deserved 10.
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11/27/2008 10:35:24 PM
wonderful execution of a great idea. the use of a child is perfect.
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11/27/2008 08:58:52 AM
I'm not religious, but I really like this photo, it says so much.
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11/27/2008 03:29:34 AM
Love the image and the subject ... but the connection to the challenge thread is tenuous.
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11/26/2008 09:32:09 PM
A wonderful picture. it should do well even if the interpretation of the theme is a lot subtler than others and the child is sooo adorable!
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11/26/2008 03:29:52 PM
Beautiful shot with lovely tones and great depth, nice one
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11/26/2008 01:43:45 PM
Oh, so cute!!!!!! I'll bet this has captured quite a few hearts and likely some great votes too!!! 9
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11/26/2008 01:30:18 PM
the heart bell thing on her shirt is distracting. extremly good capture though. very very good photo
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11/26/2008 08:35:17 AM
I saw a shot like this of a little boy on a first communion invitation.... Your shot is well done.
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11/26/2008 12:19:10 AM
I hate it when people give away the meaning of a photo in the title. It's a photo, not an essay. That said, one of the best photos of the challenge. 8.
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