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Challenge: Table Shot III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Family and Friends
Camera: Olympus E-520
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Olive Garden, Toledo, Ohio
Date: Apr 30, 2009
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40
Date Uploaded: May 3, 2009

uh oh - a candid shot - a situation not involving perfect lighting conditions or poses... what's a photog to do?

First grade field trip - 50 kids at Olive Garden. We parents who went along survived! yay! Actually, these kids did an excellent job with behaving so it was quite an enjoyable day :)

[May. 7th, 2009 11:40:18 PM]

this is doing way better than i thought it would. i love to capture candid moments of my kids and i am thrilled this is being received so well :)

[May. 10th, 2009 10:48:25 PM]

I want to thank 21.gif Art Roflmao because I probably would never have realized that I cannot spell LOL

[May. 10th, 2009 11:58:18 PM]

Coolness... a posthumous RED ribbon. Thanks, Don!

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omg - did NOT expect a blue ribbon for this. Thank you!
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I am so touched by all the fabulous and supportive comments on this. I really expected a less than 5 score for this because it is such a quirky candid. I appreciate everyone's words so very much. :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 98
Avg (all users): 7.1151
Avg (commenters): 8.1905
Avg (participants): 6.9024
Avg (non-participants): 7.2041
Views since voting: 7222
Views during voting: 280
Votes: 139
Comments: 100
Favorites: 18 (view)


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07/03/2011 06:38:26 PM
Been meaning to fav this for ages, but couldn't find it :-) Love the feel to this.
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07/31/2010 01:32:03 PM
Michelle this is one of my favorites of yours, for sure - just first seeing it now - such great perspective and focus - terrific tones and storytelling, etc. Fabulous!
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07/19/2009 07:00:04 AM
This is so good in all respects and really deserved the blue. Browsed your portfolio and i am impressed by some of the excellent work you have in there.
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06/06/2009 11:58:41 PM
Ooooo... I love this! Big time! From the waitress being busy as evidence by the movement in her hair, to your son making that eye contact, to the child all dressed up and engrossed in his... business.... Perfect, and so worthy of the blue, which is all the more better by not being the "typical" shot.
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05/16/2009 02:53:38 AM
This is a wonderful vignette of life, with superior use of conversion and range of tones. The expressions and layered compoation is great.
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05/16/2009 01:58:21 AM
That's crazy good, Michelle! Loved reading your notes :o). HUGE congratulations on your Blue for this fantastic shot.
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05/15/2009 11:55:32 PM
Glad you posted this here. I didn't get a good look at it the first time around and this was a fine refresher course on a fine image.
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05/13/2009 06:25:10 PM
Once again, this is an awesome photo indeed.

I am just starting the HDR photos myself and am very frustrated with not being able to get good results. How did you make this photo? What program did you use? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Martin
macinmarti@gmail.com
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05/13/2009 05:27:17 PM
Way to go girl! Amazing image! I love the contrast and the seriousness in the boys faces.
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05/13/2009 01:41:53 PM
This is a great shot, worthy of the blue. Congrats!
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05/13/2009 01:09:00 PM
I love this picture so much! The little ones are so cute! good job and congrats!!!!!
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05/13/2009 02:27:52 AM
Amazing....
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05/12/2009 11:19:09 PM
Sweet Michelle! Congrats on the Blue!
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05/12/2009 10:06:06 PM
wonderful, beautiful candid. the boy on the left in a suit looks really cute.
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05/12/2009 12:12:31 PM
Such a wonderful shot! Kevin
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05/12/2009 08:28:07 AM
Congratulations on the blue!!!!!! What a wonderful photo. I knew that kid looked familiar.
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05/12/2009 12:42:01 AM
Nice job Michelle!!! I love it!
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05/11/2009 09:51:24 PM
I think this is a fantastic shot...your ribbon is well-deserved! This shot is fantastic in bw and has almost a sort of Norman Rockwell type feel! Wonderful work! Congratulations.
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05/11/2009 08:47:33 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon!!
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05/11/2009 08:32:37 PM
Excellent job. Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/11/2009 07:42:59 PM
Congrats, Michele! Fabulous on so many levels. Well deserved, IMNSHO.
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05/11/2009 05:30:52 PM
Quirky-and-wonderful! Congrats.
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05/11/2009 03:59:19 PM
Wow Michelle - Just WOW! Well done and congratulations!!!
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05/11/2009 03:39:08 PM
Woot!
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05/11/2009 02:12:37 PM
This is absolutely an exceptional image. I'm SO Pleased to see this intensely *real* little slice-of-life bag the blue in what turned out to be an extremely *artificial* challenge, by and large. What I mean by that is that most of the images seemed rater forced (my own not excepted), and this one stands out as being completely natural. So big congrats!
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05/11/2009 01:11:22 PM
Michelle! CONGRATULATIONS! What a fabulous photo for this challenge. I feel like I'm looking into another era. And the boy in the suit. He makes my heart hurt! :)

Way to GO!
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05/11/2009 01:10:12 PM
Michelle, this is so awesome! Imagine a candid winning a blue ribbon and a 7+ score. Congratulations!!
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05/11/2009 12:45:08 PM
Huge congrats on this well deserved ribbon Michelle. You have a great b&w sense.
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05/11/2009 12:31:24 PM
Beautiful B&W shot
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05/11/2009 12:09:12 PM
Absolutely Stunning. A truly universal work of art. Thank You or submitting this shot.
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05/11/2009 11:48:21 AM
way to go girl you did great!
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05/11/2009 10:41:40 AM
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon! This is such a fantastic shot, and the B&W is spot on! Well done!
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05/11/2009 10:20:55 AM
Awesome photo. Congrats!
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05/11/2009 10:14:36 AM
Congratulations on your blue, cool shot and processing.
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05/11/2009 10:05:22 AM
Congratulations! This is just a wonderful candid, and a superb black and white. I love the tonal range and the depth of "personality" it has. Love your PP as well. Cool, cool, cool image!
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05/11/2009 10:00:46 AM
WOW well done girl, overdue.
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05/11/2009 09:14:55 AM
Congrats. Glad to see the members got it right. :~)
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05/11/2009 08:54:10 AM
Hey, Ms. Blue Ribbon -- great shot. Big congrats to you! What a happy thing to find on Monday morning.
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05/11/2009 08:13:21 AM
Congrats Michelle. Impressive shot.
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05/11/2009 08:06:01 AM
Amazing combination of activities here. The adult in the background really draws the eye and adds drama while the kids keep it grounded. Glad to see this in the top spot.
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05/11/2009 07:49:02 AM
love the photo - mostly because I can imagine myself on one of my grade school field trips back 30+ years ago.

Great capture and great use of B&W.

Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/11/2009 07:28:47 AM
Michelle...This is so awesome! Congrats!!
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05/11/2009 07:28:35 AM
Huge congrats Michelle! A posthumous red and a real blue! Way to go!
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05/11/2009 07:24:01 AM
A Blue! A BLUE!! I'm so happy this got a ribbon for you! An amazingly good job, Michelle!
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05/11/2009 07:04:54 AM
hey michelle .. how excellent to see a colorcarnival photograph winning a blue ribbon when i opened my home page .. CONGRATULATIONS on such a brilliant image .. :)
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05/11/2009 07:02:09 AM
Big congrats on your great Blue Ribbon Winner Michelle.
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05/11/2009 06:53:20 AM
Congrats on the top finish. I really love the little guy in the tie and blazer - looks like a busy day at the office colouring inside the lines.
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05/11/2009 06:47:10 AM
Way to go Michelle! Congrats!
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05/11/2009 06:40:09 AM
Really good - deserves the first place. Congratulations.
Somebody said something about the studious boy ---- he's only colouring the placemat or whatever it is. Cool that he wears a suit on an excursion, too.
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05/11/2009 05:52:12 AM
Great shot. The E-520 ribbons (and so do you!). Congrats!
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05/11/2009 05:14:42 AM
Wow! Nice going Michelle!

a photo appreciated by all types of people.

This is a great photo!
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05/11/2009 03:26:49 AM
oooh fantastic image! congrats on the blue and the posthumous red! so well deserved!! : )
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05/11/2009 03:04:04 AM
Yay! congrachulashunz! :P
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05/11/2009 02:54:31 AM
Congratulations - this is a fabulous photo.
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05/11/2009 01:47:24 AM
Congrats, Michelle! I think what did this one so well is that you managed to get some great light and tones, and then your processing brought out the dimension in it just right. Didn't come up for me in voting though.
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05/11/2009 01:18:48 AM
Excellent image and I'll go out on a limb here and say, this is the most deserving blue ribbon image for some time (IMHO). Well done Michelle.
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05/11/2009 01:10:55 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! You are awesome beyond measure!!! Bravo!!!!
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05/11/2009 12:56:13 AM
W00T!! You Go Girl!! Big Grats to you, thats awesome!
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05/11/2009 12:55:52 AM
Great shot, Michelle! It's so interesting to look at and wonderful in b/w. Congratulations on your blue and PH red. Well deserved!
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05/11/2009 12:47:52 AM
Congrats, Michelle! So much to look at, so many stories in this one shot.
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05/11/2009 12:35:11 AM
OH, I am so pleased for you! This is brilliant, and will satisfy my need to see a brilliant photo for some time to come. The people and the don have spoke with one voice and you made them do it!
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05/11/2009 12:33:29 AM
Amazing! Not often you see a blue-ribbon image *also* garner a posthumous. You know you've hit universal paydirt when that happens.
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05/11/2009 12:30:24 AM
Holy cow! Congrats!
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05/11/2009 12:30:06 AM
Wonderful image. Congratulations.
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05/11/2009 12:28:33 AM
Congratulations on a good image for the challenge.
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05/11/2009 12:23:13 AM
SO HAPPY FOR YOU! This is such a magic shot - wish I'd taken it - GRIN!

Well done on the Blue!
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05/11/2009 12:19:49 AM
what a coup! a red and a bluep! big congrats :)
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05/11/2009 12:17:57 AM
Congratulations for getting the double ribbon with this excellent shot. Also, congratulations to the voters.
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05/11/2009 12:13:07 AM
Great going Michelle and very well deserved !!!! Congrat on the blue.
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05/11/2009 12:12:58 AM
It was the suit and tie that did it :)
Congrats!
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05/11/2009 12:12:07 AM
Originally posted by Melethia:

A Posthumous AND a DPC ribbon - VERY rare and extremely well deserved! Huge congrats! (And I love the shot!!)


yeah, that happens about once a year. congratulations!
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05/11/2009 12:11:51 AM
Huge congrats on a wonderful image.
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05/11/2009 12:10:18 AM
A Posthumous AND a DPC ribbon - VERY rare and extremely well deserved! Huge congrats! (And I love the shot!!)
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05/11/2009 12:08:51 AM
Fantastic! I gave this a 10.
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05/11/2009 12:06:31 AM
Wow, way to go!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/10/2009 11:36:43 PM
Very nicely done!!
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05/10/2009 10:16:49 PM
Great capture of just the right moment. The moving woman and still boy both looking into the camera. the boys in the next booth with their faces visible, and of course that studious boy on the left. But most of all, it fits the spirit of the challenge: a new perspective by using the table top, where crayons and salt shakers and napkins have exaggerated importance, and little boys must compete with them for your attention, which they do admirably. Posthumous Red Ribbon.

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05/10/2009 12:35:42 AM
Something about your shot really speaks to me. What a fantastic eye to get this gem. 9
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05/09/2009 11:33:11 PM
You know, I've been looking at this shot everyday. I just now decoded your title! Love it! I hope this finishes top 5.
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05/09/2009 11:31:25 PM
Wow, what an awesome candid. So much going on here.
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05/09/2009 10:19:15 AM
Looked through all the entries so far, and this is the one I remembered most.
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05/09/2009 07:15:34 AM
Good thinking. Maybe a bit too busy.
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05/08/2009 08:13:24 AM
Image works well in B&W. Well done.
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05/07/2009 03:32:30 PM
Love that expression. Very good image. In my top three to ribbon. Hope it does!
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05/07/2009 01:31:03 PM
Bumped up to a 9 after seeing the rest of the entries.
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05/05/2009 06:55:13 PM
No penalty for the spelling error (you're lucky this is such a great image). :-)
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05/05/2009 06:06:09 PM
very impressive. Looking froward to learning how you did / equipment used.
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05/05/2009 11:26:13 AM
The immediate impact of this image is not technical but artistic - it's a stellar capture in which the details compliment the title and the subjects exactly match the impression the author tried to convey. From a technical standpoint, it is exceptional and above average for the general challenge - the exacting tones of black, gray and white demonstrate an indepth knowledge of the zone system and it's use - a perfect conversion and well worth the time to examine closely in addition to the vague, yet detailed background which again, demonstrates mastery of bokeh both as a concept and a photographic tool. A complete technical and artistic success that by rights should place well into the challenge if not a ribbon winner. Well done.
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05/05/2009 03:13:27 AM
There is so much going on in this shot. Very interesting. From the two in the front to the teacher in the back - great image.
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05/05/2009 12:38:00 AM
I love this one!
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05/04/2009 11:22:07 PM
What an excellent contrast. The boy on the left is focused, dressed up, the boy on the right, much more casual and relaxed. Excellent photo.
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05/04/2009 09:40:37 PM
I love the the B/W touch, it adds drama to the photo when done well. Great shot, good luck, Mike
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05/04/2009 08:32:08 PM
I really like the layering of subjects at different depths. Great photo.
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05/04/2009 07:35:56 PM
Great shot. Love the tones and the real moment. 8
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05/04/2009 04:48:24 PM
A little busy but well composed..
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05/04/2009 04:21:36 PM
it was fun going through the image and find out aforementioned four expressions. like the bw conversion but something seems a bit odd (random soft spots) with the skin of the kid with suit. some pp?
overall i like the shot.
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05/04/2009 03:22:12 PM
True, real life moment in time. love it!!
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05/04/2009 08:09:49 AM
Really cool photo! Lots going on - interesting.
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05/04/2009 03:47:31 AM
The post processing takes this image to a whole another level. Great entry.
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05/04/2009 12:26:19 AM
WOW - that kid has on a tie. That's great. Love the boy's expression on the right. This is awesome.
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