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Challenge: Opposites (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 3800
Location: Chemung County Nursing Home
Date: May 5, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Family, Candid
Date Uploaded: May 6, 2004

This is my son James with his Grandma, Gaga as he calls her. He sees her almost every single day, we make sure of that. She's 86 years old and he's almost 2. The opposite ends of the life cycle. One is just begining the great journey and one is in the final stretch of her great journey.

Cropped, used the channel mixer to take out all but the green channel, set to monochrome (thanks kirbic), adjusted the contrast, added just a touch of sepia coloration and there you have it.

Yes, I know James is blurry and I will probably lose a lot of points for that but I like him that way because it shows his motion, his zest for life and I really didn't want to use the flash to make it all sharp, the light is from the wall of windows he was looking out of. He is almost 2, a constant blur when awake and wired and that is how I wanted to capture him.

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Votes: 294
Comments: 20
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05/19/2004 01:08:13 PM
Wow... shutter speed of 1/15. Not good for shooting people as they move around quite a bit. (Hence the motion blur on the boy.) With the FP 3800, I wouldn't even try to shoot people with a shutter speed less than 1/100.

So that's motion blur, not a focus problem in the foreground. You can see the depth created by f2.8 in the window frame in the background.

Good greyscale conversion!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2004 07:00:58 PM
Fabulous candid. I love the focus on the woman, and then the motion blur on the child. It gives another sense of opposition - the stillness of age and wisdom compared to the exhuberance and activitiy of youth. I just wish that little window or frame wasn't up in the background. The textures on her face are wonderful.
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05/18/2004 05:46:42 AM
the boy is a bit out of focus
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05/17/2004 06:14:17 AM
Greater depth of field required to keep both subjects in focus
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05/16/2004 07:40:39 AM
Cute shot, nice pic. I like candid family shots like this...
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05/15/2004 04:46:53 PM
watch your reflections
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05/15/2004 02:07:37 PM
it would be better if both of the subjects of the picture were in focus.
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05/15/2004 11:53:28 AM
good take on the challenge, too bad about the focus on the young one
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05/15/2004 11:36:20 AM
cute candid-7
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05/14/2004 12:16:35 PM
Nice portrait!!
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05/14/2004 01:05:45 AM
Great concept. Watching the photographer in the mirror is a bit too distracting. This is a rare instance, also, that I think you could have achieved a better B&W by stripping out two of the RGB channels instead of just desaturating the shot. Of course, that may be in a very grey area (pun almost intended) of the editing rules.
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05/13/2004 01:40:41 PM
Boy's face is a little blurred, he must have moved.
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05/13/2004 01:45:57 AM
Very cute. I'd say bump up the contrast, but then you would probably loose the lady's eyes. 5
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05/12/2004 11:10:00 PM
The kids mouth is werd.
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05/12/2004 08:06:59 PM
Unfortunate that the boy is OOF. Coloration is nice, but there is a bit too much noise for my taste.
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05/12/2004 07:50:31 AM
if only the boy was in focus
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05/12/2004 03:51:15 AM
would be better if junior was in focus too.
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05/12/2004 03:49:50 AM
if the kid was in focus, this would be much better
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05/12/2004 01:48:25 AM
poignant picture
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05/12/2004 12:43:23 AM
kid's outta focus
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