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Challenge: Free Study 2009-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital
Location: Reykjavik
Date: Sep 7, 2009
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2009

Portrait of a young schoolgirl in Reykjavik, playing with soccerball as young girls do - at least here in Iceland. This girl has been a model on some of my images from primary school in the capitol, AsturbŠjarskˇli.

Cropped and rotated in Lightrooms, used Creative BW High Contrast, decreased the brightness a little before exporting to PS where I used levels, curves before I took a run on Draganizer. I liked the outsomce, not sure about any one else .

Camera Model: E-500
Equipment Maker: OLYMPUS
Date Taken: 7.9. 2009 12:44
Color Representation: sRGB
Subject Distance:
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 150 mm
F-numer: F/4,5
ISO: 200
Exposure Time: 1/500sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Compensation: 0

Place: 149 out of 400
Avg (all users): 5.8936
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.8654
Avg (non-participants): 5.9730
Views since voting: 821
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 141
Comments: 11
Favorites: 3 (view)

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10/08/2009 04:59:28 PM
The image grain, B& W presentation, and the off kilter angle of this young girl gives this a very artsy type feel. A quick capture of a fleeting moment is what the mood feels - I get that from the angle this is presented in. Love the B&W treatment - the feelings of nostalgia and 'a captured moment in time to be cherished' would not work in color I feel. I didn't know what the object was in the top left corner til I read the description. The partial soccer ball is odd - I wonder how it would have looked with the full ball there and would it have detracted attention from the young girl.
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10/08/2009 09:59:47 AM
I gave you a 9. I hope you're NOT listening to the folks complaining about the dark thing on the top left. It's a silly thing to mention let alone be distracted by...unless the viewer has ADD and can't focus on a great subject.
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10/08/2009 07:31:57 AM
Now that I know this is a soccer ball - it is so obvious!! I think it's because I saw the very top left corner as background and not part of the object. I still love the image though!

Message edited by author 2009-10-08 07:39:16.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2009 05:07:09 PM
Great stolen moment. The grain works well.
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10/07/2009 02:04:23 PM
I like everything about this except whatever that is up in the left upper corner......7
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10/05/2009 06:02:12 AM
Love this shot and the processing but find the item at the top left corner distracting.
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10/04/2009 06:33:37 PM
This is a fantastic photo... the tilt works here... adds a dynamic. The grain, another element that often gets photos punished in voting, works wonders here. Composition... LOVE it... wasn't sure about the ball at first, and initially gave it an 8 (actually, I think this originally a 7 which I bumped to an 8... but now that I'm looking at it while commenting, I think it might warrant another nudge. Nine it is.
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10/04/2009 10:41:57 AM
This is a fantastic shot. I love the composition and high contrast grainy B&W. 10
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10/03/2009 04:43:43 AM
OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy). I'll be picking one of these images for my Mu (most underrated) award:

Positives: Wow - how you've captured this! This is a masterclass in how to use contrast - it's practically painted with great blocks of the stuff. The hair is striking, driven into highlights and lowlights by the levels/curves you have used. The eyes would be too dark but the glimmer of a white in her right eye makes it just right, the pronounced background blur and of course the '66' - utterly compelling. The dutch angle and even the crop of the head it just right and of course you already know I'm going to appreciate the grain.

Critical stuff: Let's talk about the top left corner of the image - what is it? It's funny really, it looks distracting but if I mask it with my hand the image is diminished... a mark of of sublime 'crafting'. See what you've made me do with my 'critical stuff' bit!

Overall: Just perfect really, most people wouldn't be able to pull this image off - I wouldn't be able to, I'd doubtless over do some element - it would look clumsy in my editing hands. But you understand your work too well to make those errors. I just checked to see if it is on 1x.com. It isn't - but it should be. 10.
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10/02/2009 12:03:41 PM
Great portrait, and nice processing to go along with it. My only complaint, and I think you're going to hear a lot of this, is the black object in the upper left hand side, which because of the simplicity of the rest of the shot, really grabs my attention and takes my focus away from the girl.
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10/02/2009 11:42:47 AM
I really like the feel of this but the dark object in the upper left needs to be removed.
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