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Dorothy the Wizard
Dorothy the Wizard
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Good Stuff
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Location: Phillipsburg, NJ
Date: Jul 30, 2009
Aperture: 6.4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 640
Galleries: Black and White, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2009

I took a hundred shots of balloonists fastening the tops of their balloons, just so I could get a shot like this. I put curves on it and then I converted it to b/w with calculations. Resize and usm.

I wonder if any commentors are going to chastise me for cropping off her ankles? The very thought of it makes me giggle like a little girl.

Statistics
Place: 355 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.0643
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0183
Avg (non-participants): 5.2258
Views since voting: 575
Views during voting: 241
Votes: 140
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0


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08/11/2009 05:52:59 PM
I didn't even notice the ankles being cropped. I just thought it was funny that the balloon was eating the person. Interesting shot.
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08/11/2009 05:07:28 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Didn't get the connection with Oz when I voted this but did see it when I saw this image PC. I gave this a 5 during voting. First impressions, as best I recall were: regarding the title - Dorothy must have been a 'wiz' getting into a tangle with the balloon (yes, I know).

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Nice composition and good moment capture. The b&w works quite well but there is some depth/drama lacking, in my opinion - just seems a little 'flat'. A more refined crop in a few places, albeit minor, would just 'finish' this off a little nicer.

I didn't 'notice' the ankles until I just read your comments.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
355/418 is lower down the pack than I would have guessed this would place. The image is quite sound in my opinion, perhaps just the subject matter didn't interest people that much, who knows. A score of 5.06 - well at least you made it over the 5 line..

Your one comment in Challenge likes the b&w processing.

Summary
A somewhat amusing capture, converted into an effective b&w image - for me, just a little more crazy processing, but that's just me - would have given it more of an edge, that I think would work well, given the situation.
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08/08/2009 12:38:26 PM
Giggled before I saw it was yours. Have no idea why.
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08/08/2009 11:57:39 AM
Well, boaters shouldn't wear high heels on deck, unless prepared to have their feet cut off the ankles. Great headless fun! The gloved hand 'gainst the black, too, should be more becoming a wizard than a face like Sue's or Anneke's. One of my favourites in the challege as well.
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08/08/2009 10:44:39 AM
What?! I'm glad you cropped off her ankles. It balances the fact that her head is missing. Sorry I was your only in-challenge comment. I really liked this.
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08/08/2009 10:01:13 AM
b/w must mean we're back in Kansas. Great shot and title. Too bad about the ankles.

Edit to add: I just noticed the head is missing. I suppose, by comparison, the ankles are a minor faux pas.

Message edited by author 2009-08-08 12:21:23.
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08/08/2009 05:41:52 AM
I gave this a 7 in challenge. Thought it was a very creative capture. Would have given you a 9 if you hadnt cropped off her ankles.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 10:59:06 PM
Very effective in black and white.
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