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bad boy gets a time out
bad boy gets a time out

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Challenge: Something New II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE A1
Location: Theodore Roosvelt Island, DC
Date: May 8, 2004
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Emotive
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2004

this youngster was with about a dozen kids at a birthday party in the park, he was acting up and earned himself a "time out", I hope his body language comes thru in the pic

My first B&W challenge submission.

rotate, crop, curves, contrast, resize, border, sharpen, optimize for web

Place: 162 out of 187
Avg (all users): 4.6023
Avg (commenters): 5.3158
Avg (participants): 4.4673
Avg (non-participants): 4.8116
Views since voting: 946
Votes: 176
Comments: 20
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05/18/2004 06:18:38 PM
Thanks to all who commented. I really don't like B&W pics, but, in the spirit of Something New, I thought I'd have a go at it. This was shot in B&W, not converted from color. The separation between the boy and the background leaves came with curves adjustment, and was needed because he was blended in way too much. It was a very bright sunny day so maybe the original was just too over exposed to salvage. I thought the emotion of the situation, with the help of the title, would carry the image's weaknesses. Guess it was just one of those cases of "You had to be there to get it". Don't think I'll be entering any more B&W's for a while, LOL.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2004 09:44:12 PM
when I first saw this I thought the lad had been imported....on second viewing it appears that he is not but it looks like you over dodged his head it as the detail and tone look out of place.
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05/16/2004 12:22:18 PM
Nice composition. The only thing bugging me about this shot is that the kid looks washed out, almost like he's faded out or almost transparent. An articfact of the technique you used to go from RGB to B&W?
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05/16/2004 01:50:37 AM
Curious about how you converted this to B/W. The boy looks like a cardboard cut out or like he was added in. There are many ways of converting to B/W where you have great control over the total effect. You do have great contrasts here which lead to a nice B/W shot. I would love to see the original and play around with the conversion to see if it would pop more!
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05/15/2004 09:50:10 PM
There is an unnatural definition between the boay and background. Possibly oversharpening? Seems generally washed out as well, which I'm guessing is overexposure.
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05/14/2004 02:25:53 AM
While the scene looks ok, the boy seems a bit washed out.
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05/13/2004 12:16:54 PM
Why does the boy look faded in comparison to the rest of the picture? I like the composition.
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05/13/2004 12:10:24 AM
I like this but the boy looks a little washed out maybe too much sun on him
Nice detail and focus
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05/12/2004 10:43:33 PM
Good composition but the picture seems a bit grey. Could use a contrast boost maybe?
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05/12/2004 01:16:36 PM
I like the photo but the contrast looks a little on the low side to me.
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05/11/2004 06:49:51 PM
The shot looks a little bito verexposed, but good concept.
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05/11/2004 02:38:43 PM
I gave this a five. The framing is decent (although without the title, I would have problems with the subject looking away from the camera at a boring shrub). It is a bit overexposed. I don't think black and white helps this image. For instance, if the boy had been wearing a colorful t-shirt it might have made a nice visual contrast with the neutral colors of the shrubs, walk, and bench.
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05/11/2004 02:12:08 PM
Interesting shot, a little bit more contrast could improve it a lot
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05/11/2004 10:22:50 AM
The first thing I notice is that the boy sticks out from the background as his toning/contrast is quite different from the rest of the image. It almost looks like he was pasted into the shot. The composition is good, and the detail on the branches are good with the mix of light and shadow. The boy looks too light and could probably do with some more contrast so to blend in a little more.
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05/11/2004 03:37:43 AM
Doesn't seem to be enough contrast.
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05/10/2004 06:25:22 PM
I think it would have been a stronger image if the boy had not been looking out of the picture. The subject implies a lonely boy contemplating whatever, but I can't help getting the feeling he is watching something just outside the left edge. If he had been placed more to the right, it would look more as if he stared into nothingness, since there would more "nothing" to see in the picture.
That said, this is a very good shot.
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05/10/2004 02:55:16 PM
LOL, I can totally relate to this as my nephew gets these often. It looks like it was overexposed or just too much adjusting of the levels. There are excellent details of everything down to the leaves and the boy's hair.
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05/10/2004 07:03:29 AM
There's something odd about the boy - in particular the head seems to have been subjected to excess editing - as if it's been pasted in. This detracts significantly from the appeal. Phot apears a bit overexposed also. Otherwise a nice composition.
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05/10/2004 01:13:42 AM
I like the shot and use of B&W. Looks like you selectively reduced the contrast on the boy--it sticks out that he looks like he has too little contrast, and yet the background contrast looks perfect. I don't understand why you would do that here.
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05/10/2004 12:26:47 AM
Good composition. I might have increased contrast a bit on his shirt, nothing drastic. Picture certainly tells a story. Good luck in the challenge.
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