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Monkey'ing Around
Monkey'ing Around

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Challenge: Personality (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: logoly state park in magnolia arkansas
Date: Jan 17, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 2500
Shutter: 1/160th
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 18, 2009

These kids belong to one of my best friends. They were a lot of fun to work with.

I really hope this does well, I feel really good about it :) Maybe a top 10 :) We'll see! This is my 2nd submission w/ my new canon 5dmII so I'm pretty excited.

Editing, just remoted a piece of pinestraw from the kid on the right's shirt. other than that, I went in and did some curves adjustment layers, dodge and burned their eyes to add a little sharpness/detail, and resized with smart sharpen on top of that.

my guess on this is probably a little optimistic, but i'm hoping to get another 7+ out of it, but would be happy w/ 6.5+


i was way off on this. i don't know why it did not score very well at all

oh well, thanks for the WONDERFUL comments!

Place: 70 out of 112
Avg (all users): 5.4423
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.0435
Avg (non-participants): 5.6091
Views since voting: 1186
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 156
Comments: 12
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01/27/2009 12:09:45 PM
For me the biggest thing that kept the score low was the exposure on the faces, they just seems a tad harsh to look at it. Also, they seem a bit posed and not natural. Posing subjects isn't bad, but if they are just "Monkey'ing Around" they probably wouldn't be in this position.

Take a look at these and compare side by side to see how the lighting affect the faces.

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Edit: I didn't vote but would have given it a 6.

Message edited by author 2009-01-27 12:10:13.
01/27/2009 06:43:52 AM
I gave a 6. But side on does not give me an immediately recognizable face full of personality. I bet there are other good ways of posing these two mischievous boys to exhibit personality to great effect. The faces seem slightly over exposed for my liking and my monitor is not bad as regards calibration.
01/26/2009 11:54:40 PM
Its a real cute shot and the technicals are very nice but I'm afraid we've all just sorta seen this shot done before, and in general i don't think the DPC crowd likes portraits of what looks to be the photographer's children or their pets, unless they are exceptionally creative. The faces might be a tad over exposed but there really is nothing to complain about this shot, but also not much for sustained interest.
01/26/2009 09:14:05 PM
I like the idea you have gone with, attempting to show the different personalities of the kids. The bockground of natuiral brown matter works really well here, the blue and green contrasting jumpers with the same design, the same shirts, all link the two boys together as brothers without the photo being boring colourwise due to the same cloths.

The faces appear overexposed, especially the left hand side of the boy in the upper part of the shot. The detail in his face has been lost, and with it, some of the expression. If both of these were correctly exposed, more of the expression would have been obvious, and therefore more of their personality on show.

I would prefer to be able to see the eyes. The lower boy is good, the upper boy I cannot see them. Maybe just a preference, but the eyes tell much of the story........

The faces are off centre. Always an interesting argument around here. To me it makes the photo left dominated. I wouold have cropped with the two faces closer to the middle. This would also have removed the partically cropped out hand. The upper boys left hand is also awkward. The lower boys hand is good. The upper boy could have had both hands on his chest, or that left hand on the ground instead, but not in the air.

Even the expression on the upper boy is not greta. The lower boys expression (if not overexposed), appears to be great and spot on.

Well, my two cents. Hope it helps. And questions, PM me......
01/26/2009 08:51:13 PM
My main nitpick is with the crop of the hand on his tummy. It looks kind of like he's giving us the finger :)
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01/26/2009 08:42:35 PM
Seems a low place for a great image.

Message edited by author 2009-01-26 20:43:40.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2009 10:59:09 PM
One of the better entries... nice work - 6
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01/25/2009 10:11:13 PM
I Googled it: I found Monkeying Around and Monkeyin' Around. Either way, they look like they could be some Monkey's for sure!
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01/23/2009 09:39:05 PM
Kids just love making funny faces for the camera, don't they?
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01/20/2009 10:27:20 AM
I love the playfulness in this shot.
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01/20/2009 04:56:29 AM
arrrrrrrr great shot, haha every time i look at it, it makes be lough 9
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01/20/2009 12:20:39 AM
Adorable! Love the sweaters & expressions. 7
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