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A Family's Moment Alone
A Family's Moment Alone

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Challenge: Zen Photography II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Serpentine Wall, Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: Jun 21, 2009
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Family, Candid
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2009

I tried to capture the family in "isolation" from the people that were either sitting further behind or in front of them (depth wise).. I really liked the lines, but struggled with trying to find the best composition. I took about 20 photos with different compositions and slight changes in their body positioning. I ended up liking this one the best because the man and the boy are both looking down towards the woman, which seems to capture a tender moment.

Place: 22 out of 146
Avg (all users): 6.1329
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.3226
Avg (non-participants): 5.9877
Views since voting: 997
Views during voting: 318
Votes: 143
Comments: 11
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07/05/2009 07:28:58 PM
::: Critique Club :::

First Impression:
A nice shot, but it feels a little strained.

Seems spot on. I would have gone for a smaller aperture, but it doesn't bother me that it's not sharp in the foreground and background.

Feels to me as though it could do with a little more punch, but it is quite calm the way it is, and I am assuming that was the look you were going for.

I like the lines of the steps. They flow nicely.
The family, for my preference are too small, and are too near the corner of the picture. There is also a block up right of them that is distracting. I can understand that there is little you could do about that with regard to other people sat in the way, but I might perhaps at that point have not put them in the frame at all.
There is also a small white fleck (a tissue?) on the nearest curve of steps that is quite distracting.

I like the angle of the lighting, and I like the way the small steps intrude into the flow of the larger curves, without destroying the lines.

I good shot, and well done. Overall, I really like it.


It is my hope that these insights are helpful, and constructive. If you have any questions regarding this critique, please feel free to PM me. Also feel free to PM me with any feedback on this critique. And please remember to mark it "Helpful" if you found it so.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2009 04:19:37 PM
Nice lines and color.
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06/24/2009 11:00:14 AM
Loved the lines. Somehow the family didn't do it for me.
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06/23/2009 12:21:52 PM
Interesting architecture. Not sure how I feel about the angle of the shot. Its almost awkward.
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06/22/2009 09:38:36 PM
You have a magnificent eye to have spotted this beautiful scene. 10!!!
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06/22/2009 03:52:33 PM
I really like your composition.. my only suggestion is turn the image to b&w.
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06/22/2009 12:32:23 PM
Excellent! 9 The composition & execution of this image is superb! Thank you.
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06/22/2009 08:45:00 AM
Amazing steps, so cool! Great photo for this challenge.
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06/22/2009 08:41:40 AM
What a cool image. I think, for this challenge, it might have been better without the family.
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06/22/2009 08:33:05 AM
Very effective, Great composition!
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06/22/2009 03:25:38 AM
amazing. card to believe something so simple can be so good. i think is one of the nicest shots iv seen in a very long time. composition is incredible. if this doesnt ribbon ill be shocked, wish i could give it more than 10
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