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The Young Monk
The Young Monk

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Vietnam
Date: Jul 2, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jul 11, 2009

Homeless childen seek food and shelter and arrive at the Pagoda where they grow up as young monks.
This photograph was taken in Central Vietnam.

Place: 115 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.0129
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9417
Avg (non-participants): 6.2571
Views since voting: 707
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 155
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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08/12/2009 01:58:41 PM
Greetings from Andi via the Critique Club

First Impression: A nice shot and the isolation works well and as your lone commenter suggests a little more isolation would have made this even better. This appears to be a candid shot and whilst I'd not suggest you staged it if the singled out boy had been in blue with the rest in brown this would have been closer to a 7 than a 6 imho.

Composition: I like the composition and reading your comments makes it all the more poignant.

Subject: Its good to see the boys washed and in clean clothes ready for food even though they are homeless. Its sad but imho if the boys were in rags you'd probably have scored a few tenths higher.

Technical: The light on the boys faces is great and the overall exposure is spot on for me. Great focus/dof

Final thoughts: A great shot, maybe not something that would get hung on a wall but as social history it hits the mark. This got a 7 from me during voting btw.
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08/08/2009 12:48:39 AM
I gave this a 6. I liked the capture and concept. Wanted to see the 'young monk' isolated a little more and a little sharper.
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