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Swings and the Ferris Wheel
Swings and the Ferris Wheel

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Chicago
Date: Jul 5, 2009
Aperture: f10.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Action, Children
Date Uploaded: Jul 6, 2009

I could not resist the fun of this shot, the ferris wheel intersecting with the children on the swings.

[Aug. 3rd, 2009 05:13:08 PM]

The noise was a pre-shot decision , I shot at 1600 ISO to achieve it.

Place: 114 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.0138
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9727
Avg (non-participants): 6.1429
Views since voting: 678
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 145
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/08/2009 09:18:38 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Oh, yes, an easy image for me to comment on. I gave this a 7 during voted and really liked it. First impression was, as best I recall, super strong composition and the grain really worked in this image, giving it an old world, almost 50's feel.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Ahh, on reading your Photographer's Comments I see the 'noise' was deliberate. Good call.

I really like your choice of crop and the somewhat muted colors. My biggest nit-pick is probably the vignetting, it does add to a feel overall, but I'd like to see it a little more subtle.

It is a fun shot and there is a nice harmony/balance in the fashions and facial expressions/poses.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
114/419, I'd guess is a good placing, considering this is likely not to many people's taste. Score of 6.01 is good, at least you made it over the 6 line for an unusual and unique type image, especially one that uses grain/noise as you have.

Most of your commenters enjoyed the use of grain/noise. With 13 comments and an average commenter's vote of 8.0, that is pretty good going in itself.

Maybe a more refined crop at the top, but very minor. As much as like the mutedness of the image, perhaps a fraction tweaking for a tiny bit more pop, which would also likely enhance the grain and give it touch more grit and 'life', but your call of course. A good unique image and capture of an interesting juxtaposition, well seen.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 11:08:04 PM
I love the processing.
08/06/2009 09:22:11 PM
Awesome colors, the grainy look compliments it very nicely.
08/05/2009 10:00:05 PM
I like the old school feel of this shot. I also think the image grain works well here too. Lastly, good composition and overall feel
08/04/2009 08:15:50 PM
love the mood of this 8
08/04/2009 11:51:03 AM
This is a really really nice photo. I like it a lot. For my taste not so keen on the darkening in the corners but in every other respect spot on.
08/03/2009 08:28:41 PM
I like this one -8
08/03/2009 11:33:47 AM
great shot, too bad for the noise, nice colors, 7.
08/02/2009 11:54:12 PM
this is cool. i like the "old" feel of the colors and i like how it looks like there is going to be a collision between the two rides. awesome shot and processing! this is also one of a handful of shots where I think a grainy/noisy look actually works.
08/02/2009 02:13:55 AM
Navy Pier? Like the grainy treatment.
08/02/2009 01:13:23 AM
love the look here. stunning.
08/01/2009 03:18:20 PM
I think I know where you took this!! Nice shot!
08/01/2009 04:36:40 AM
Awesome! Nice old-timey feel to it.
08/01/2009 12:11:40 AM
I love the energy in this photo and the perspective. A cool way of seeing things.

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