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No Discrimination Allowed( The Language of the Game)
No Discrimination Allowed( The Language of the Game)
aprudhomme


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Language (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Canon
Location: St. Lucia
Date: Mar 23, 2009
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/640 sec
Galleries: Action
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2009

It is a picture taken in St. Lucia of a simple fruit vendor. I was hoping to capture a sense of how business doesn't discriminate upon its customers. The fruit man will sell fruit to anyone and everybody as long as they pay for it. I thought this communicate the language of business, as well as a broader sense ideal that supersedes individual languages. It was taken in broad daylight. Editing steps include cropping, increase in contrast, and a curve change to darken the image and enrich the colors.

Statistics
Place: 72 out of 116
Avg (all users): 4.9363
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4595
Avg (non-participants): 5.0419
Views since voting: 596
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 204
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
04/06/2009 01:02:36 AM
Hello, Iím from the Critique Club; just stopping by drop you a comment!
As a relatively new member, I hope youíre enjoying DPC, and Iím glad to see youíve already entered a couple challenges.
At first glance, this image wouldnít strike me as a language entry, for a couple reasons. After reading your comments, I understand where you were going with this and I like the idea of depicting commerce as a language, truly the only real international language, in fact. Unfortunately, viewers cannot see your comments during voting, so the fact that this is a fruit vendor would have been lost on me, as I didnít realize that without the help of your details. I also donít immediately associate flags with languages, but instead with nationality (though that is obviously similar to language). I agree that the cropping of the flagpole is distracting, and the buoys as well. In terms of composition, I would prefer to see some more space in front of the boat, and maybe have the boat be a bit lower in the frame as well, to more coincide with the rule of thirds as well as foregoing a centered subject. The midday lighting is very harsh and leads to extreme shadow and light. Going by your photo details, I would definitely suggest you lower your ISO for shots like this. Another tip in regards to settings would be to resist from stopping down your aperture completely. At a certain point, stopping down will actually start to decrease the sharpness of photos due to diffraction. Your colors are well saturated, and the flags have great pop to them.
As I said, I really like where you were going with business as a language, I just think it was a bit hard for viewers to grasp that intent without reading your comments.
-Derek
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2009 09:51:23 PM
Interesting. Cropping off a flagpole is noticable. The crop is probably a touch tight, and the buoys in the background draw attention. However, a different take on the challenge
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/25/2009 05:12:54 AM
What a cracking image it really tells a story.


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