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Challenge: Where's Waldo? IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Millbrook Village, NJ
Date: Sep 6, 2009
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 13
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2009

[user]skewsme[/user] looks through a window at me, looking through another window. We see what is between the windows and what is behind the windows.

I crop it quite a bit. I use calculations to b/w, some curves.

Place: 64 out of 73
Avg (all users): 4.9099
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 4.8125
Avg (non-participants): 4.9494
Views since voting: 812
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 111
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/17/2009 07:22:10 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Bzz.. can't see anyone, but after my last 'critique' I'm tempted to head on down to your comments for a quick cheat, but I won't, yet. The big flash of white, I'm not sure what it adds to the image. The only 'maybes' I can see are what looks like a boot and a leg on top of a ghosted exposure something, middle right of frame, or otherwise maybe something happening in that 'window' far left middle of frame - either way this looks like multiple and/or long exposure photography trickery to me.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Oh (after reading your Photographer's Comments), now I see her (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' skewsme - (no pun intended!)), at the window of the left, but the scale was all wrong in my mind before so I was totally off with what I saw. I can clearly see the face now. It is total trickery I tell you. You created an Alice in Wonderland type image and I do really like that. I still can't place/get context/position on this, perhaps you were inside a house shooting a window from inside the house with her looking outside, yet still shooting out another window that showed a different scene outside, I don't know - don't want to know, don't 'remove' the illusion. I also really like the b&w conversion, it suits this well.

On looking longer and closer and gaining a little more perspective, this probably isn't even a multiple exposure, but of course at a shutter speed of 13, you may have brought some 'movement' into play manually.

But I do wish there wasn't that big flash of white smack bang in the middle. Maybe a slightly more refined crop at the top, only for added balance. I like the interesting elements such as the steps, the little barn, etc.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
64/73 is pretty low down the pack, but you're not phased by this any more I'm surmising. Score of 4.9 - nearly hit the 5 with this out of the box entry. I'm confident without the white flash this would have scored higher, and enabled those who may have missed 'Mrs Waldo' to see her.

You received some good feedback (and quite a bit too) during the Challenge.

This grows on you the more you look at it. As an aside, this cropped very boldly, would likely make a lovely, unique and interesting character capture and artistic portrait of your 'Mrs Waldo'.

edit: wording & typos

Message edited by author 2009-09-17 19:27:26.
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09/15/2009 05:55:39 PM
Pretty good.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2009 08:33:19 PM
I found this one quite fascinating. I really couldn't tell if the white streak was just a very bright beam, or what. But it made you look and look again. And the rest of it had such a dreamy quality, that it just pulled you in.
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09/14/2009 03:44:13 PM
I gave it a 8, and I think its great. Dusn't deserve to be back here and good use of the glass reflection.
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09/14/2009 02:28:25 PM
Some lovely glassy distortions and a nifty light tornado. As for the lovely skewme, when did you shrink her? If you add water, will she go back to being normal-sized??
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2009 08:26:57 AM
One of the few truly creative shots in this challenge, and of course the score backs that claim up. ;) Apt title.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2009 02:23:27 AM
I was one of the tens. This really shouldn't be at the back of the pack but at least it means that my image is in good company! (though mine is nowhere near this quality).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2009 01:20:36 AM
I don't understand! I thought this was brilliant and was sure it would be in the top ten. In fact I gave it a 10! Awesome!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2009 12:35:52 AM
Yikes. This took me forever. Gulliver, Alice and 2001.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2009 12:05:47 AM
I was one of your 8s. I enjoyed this image very much.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2009 10:49:30 PM
oooh, I found her. Thats a little freaky. I would absolutely love this image, if it weren't for the big white streak. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/13/2009 03:28:06 PM
after coming back to this image like, 15 times, I finally saw waldo.. lol.. It would have worked more for me if the really distracting white line shooting across the entire right side of the image wasn't there.. Also, all the blur is confusing.. I can't tell if it's a mistake or if it's from multiple exposures or if it's from motion blur.. This is a 3 for me.. I'm so very sorry if that hurts your feelings, but I'm trying to explain my low votes.... So, I'm hoping it was helpful.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/12/2009 03:46:22 AM
original, fantastic composition, light, naturally layered images. love it!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/11/2009 04:29:47 PM
This is an outside the box photo for this site but I really like it. Has a supernatural effect to it. I also don't see your "Waldo" which makes this a great where's Waldo image. I'm amusing of course that someone is in this shot somewhere.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/09/2009 04:29:59 PM
Eerie and spooky. An instant favorite.
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09/08/2009 06:14:30 PM
Oh boy it took me a long time to see the person! Wow, really well hidden. Not fond of the window glare though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/07/2009 10:23:58 AM
very good image
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