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Summer at the Farm
1st PlaceSummer at the Farm
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Challenge: Selective Desaturation (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Kodak DX6490
Location: Cash TX
Date: Jun 18, 2004
Aperture: 3.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Family, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2004

Taken about an hour before sunset, but only about 10 minutes before a huge thunderstorm rolled in on top of us! My kiddos, in overalls, with watermelon next to a fence/farm near our town. We had to hurry not only for the storm, but due to the large "No Trespassing" sign on the gate! :o) In addition to selective desat, in post I adjusted the levels, cropped, resized, and applied USM.

File: - C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\DPChallenge Originals\25 selective desaturization.JPG

Make - EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
Model - KODAK DX6490 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 230
YResolution - 230
ResolutionUnit - Inch
YCbCrPositioning - Centered
ExifOffset - 506
ExposureTime - 1/90 seconds
FNumber - 3.60
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ExifVersion - 220
DateTimeOriginal - 2004:06:18 18:19:05
DateTimeDigitized - 2004:06:18 18:19:05
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/91 seconds
ApertureValue - F 3.48
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MaxApertureValue - F 3.25
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 21.20 mm
FlashPixVersion - 010
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 2304
ExifImageHeight - 1536
InteroperabilityOffset - 2404
ExposureIndex - 100
SensingMethod - One-chip color area sensor
FileSource - Other
SceneType - Other
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto
DigitalZoomRatio - 0.00 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 128 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
GainControl - None
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal
SubjectDistanceRange - Unknown

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 227
Avg (all users): 7.2598
Avg (commenters): 8.9143
Avg (participants): 7.3571
Avg (non-participants): 7.1026
Views since voting: 12705
Votes: 204
Comments: 105
Favorites: 90 (view)


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11/04/2006 05:10:01 PM
This is definately one of the best selective desat's I have ever seen...., Adding it to my favorites.....
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07/18/2006 11:38:56 PM
Oh, my, goodness! This is the sweetest image! Excellent use of selective coloring. Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/27/2005 02:25:44 AM
This is soooo good! I love it!! Going into my favorites :)
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06/18/2005 07:35:48 PM
Love this. I need to learn how to do that saturation thing. Yours is outstanding!
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07/02/2004 08:59:37 PM
hey i rate u a ten
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07/01/2004 04:46:06 AM
wonderful - i love water melon and kids too - so it fascinates me more
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06/30/2004 10:06:21 PM
I only have very few photos in my favorites. I usually wait until something really hits me to put it in there. I just added this one as a favorite. I saw your outtakes, but I'm glad you chose this one. The boys are sharing this watermelon, which makes it look even more like it is a rare summer treat for them. The overalls make this shot even greater. Great job on the desaturation, nice contrast, and wonderful colors in the watermelon. A well-deserved blue ribbon.
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06/29/2004 06:57:04 PM
Laurie, better late than never - GONGRATULATIONS 8.gif
A truly great shot and worthy of such a large margin in the voting. I take it you are going to update your profile after 2 ribbons in 4 weeks? Am sure it will not just be seen on your (and your relatives walls). Hey, just noticed, the fence isn't straight ;)
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06/29/2004 04:53:54 PM
Congratualtions!
great models you got there :D
Now I want a watermelon :)
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06/29/2004 04:51:17 PM
A little late, but better late then never.
Congratulations, you where one of my 2 10's
The other 10 landed 110th place :)

I realy like this Photo, and you have some very cute kids!
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06/29/2004 12:57:54 PM
Laurie

Congratulations!! Very well done.

I know what you mean about the storm!
My wife and I have been working on landscaping our backyard for the last month and creating a Butterfly/Hummingbird/Bird feeding area and it has been raining a lot for Texas.

Again Very nice work.
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06/29/2004 09:02:51 AM
nicely done. didn't vote for this, but i would have given you a high rating if i had.
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06/29/2004 12:18:47 AM
Laurie, I am so happy for you. You're having a ride to the top. The best is yet to come. An 8, probably?

Manny
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06/28/2004 11:10:03 PM
Cool, I thought this one would win. Glad to see it win Blue! It's great.
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06/28/2004 09:26:56 PM
ur picture is an awesome picture wish mine came out looking atleast half as good as that ur a gr8 photographer!bye_ashley
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06/28/2004 08:32:35 PM
Congratulations, Laurie, this is a wonderful image! And congratulations on your very first ribbon. May you get many more.
The colors of the melon are outstanding and I like that there is no distracting background. Perfect amount of depth too.
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06/28/2004 06:27:47 PM
I absolutely love this! it was definitely the best in the challenge. You take great photos! :)

Cheers
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06/28/2004 04:29:51 PM
I am going to go out right now and get me a watermelon. First one of the year for your family. :-) And to think I have to see this all week long. I am sure there will be more watermelon sales.
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06/28/2004 02:08:21 PM
While enjoying some cool watermelon on a sultry summer afternoon may not be a universal experience, I think this photo does an excellent job of conveying what that experience might feel like, even (especially?) to those who haven't experienced it themselves.
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06/28/2004 01:22:57 PM
Congratulations, Laurie, this is a wonderful image! And congratulations on your very first ribbon (may you get many more).
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06/28/2004 10:55:49 AM
Originally posted by Gracious:

Laurie, Congratulations!!! This is a very fine image, and such cute subjects. :-) Btw, are they twins?


No, but they are 13 months apart...to the day and hour. They might as well be...one is 1 1/2 inches taller and 3 1/2 pounds heavier. They're 4 and 5 now. They're a hoot, but boy do they wear me out!!! LOL :o)
06/28/2004 10:34:41 AM
Laurie, Congratulations!!! This is a very fine image, and such cute subjects. :-) Btw, are they twins?
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06/28/2004 08:11:56 AM
Awesome! You really deserved the blue ribbon!
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06/28/2004 07:52:37 AM
Congrats Laurie!
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06/28/2004 07:48:30 AM
CONGRATS on your ribbon, Laurie!! This is absolutely adorable!
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06/28/2004 07:31:35 AM
Go Laurie! Congrats!
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06/28/2004 07:05:07 AM
this one "got me" on many levels...congrats on fine work!
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06/28/2004 06:44:56 AM
This is damn near flawless, I'm shocked that it received 11 votes under 5! Congrats Laurie, this is indeed one of my favorites :)
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06/28/2004 06:24:47 AM
laurie , great job ! one of my favorites
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06/28/2004 05:32:43 AM
Well deserved ribbon, congratulations!
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06/28/2004 04:16:57 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Great shot that sums up summer.
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06/28/2004 03:43:25 AM
Congrats, well done...
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06/28/2004 03:22:41 AM
I repeat my original comment..a picture for posterity.
Well done Laurie... a beautiful image, well worthy of its placing.

Gordon
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06/28/2004 03:13:35 AM
Yep - I knew this one had to be yours, Laurie. Congrats on your first blue ribbon!
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06/28/2004 03:11:24 AM
Congrats Laurie!!!

As I stated during the challenge:

"Superb B & W tones. Excellent choice & composition!
One of my favorites of this challenge! ((9))"

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06/28/2004 02:13:16 AM
Congrats! Nicely done! Wooo hooo!! Well deserved :)
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06/28/2004 01:49:04 AM
Nicely rich tones and well executed.
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06/28/2004 01:48:18 AM
Well done Laurie, I love it.
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06/28/2004 01:46:04 AM
Very cute photo, congrats on the ribbon :)
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06/28/2004 01:40:01 AM
Well deserved ribbon Laurie! I loved every aspect of this photo and the job you did on the desaturation os nothing short of flawless. Kudos!
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06/28/2004 01:23:36 AM
Good job girl, keep it up, I think you've got the hang of this digital photography.
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06/28/2004 01:07:05 AM
Warmest Congratulations. Well deserved!
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06/28/2004 01:01:02 AM
This is the funniest shot of kids I have ever seen. Excellent image!!

Congrats and high five!
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06/28/2004 12:56:54 AM
Awesome use of selective desat, and overall an excellent photo!!

I'm very glad you won.

Lee

Message edited by author 2004-06-28 00:57:16.
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06/28/2004 12:55:51 AM
Originally posted by photom:

Originally posted by photom:


Ribbonsville is just ahead. Your train stops there.


Don't forget to disembark!!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!


Disembark my heinie!! I like it here...I think I'll stay for a while! LOL ;o) Thanks, Tom!
06/28/2004 12:54:56 AM
Excellent work Laurie. Love the use of color for the melon. Congratulations!
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06/28/2004 12:53:22 AM
Originally posted by photom:


Ribbonsville is just ahead. Your train stops there.


Don't forget to disembark!!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!
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06/28/2004 12:51:41 AM
yay laurie! congrats!
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06/28/2004 12:47:11 AM
Hey congrats on the ribbon! I predicted a top ten finish for this one. Great shot!
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06/28/2004 12:46:54 AM
fantastic! congrats on first place Laurie!! :)
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06/28/2004 12:44:20 AM
This is outstanding photography. Laurie I am so happy for you, that it won the challenge. The quality of this photograph cannot be overstated. It is my all time favorite picture at DPC.

I hope to see many more of your photographs, all of them thus far have been spectacular.
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06/28/2004 12:39:52 AM
They say everything is bigger and better in TX and I do believe they had you in mind! Congratulations on another well-deserved ribbon!
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06/28/2004 12:38:15 AM
Perfect! Congrats on winning, you deserve it! Looking forward to more pictures like this.
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06/28/2004 12:33:01 AM
High five for the blue ribbon Laurie. It's a great photo!
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06/28/2004 12:30:09 AM
Congrats Laurie!!! A perfect moment perfectly recorded. Well deserved!!
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06/28/2004 12:24:11 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon :)
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06/28/2004 12:23:51 AM
Well, there you go. Congrats on your Blue.....Great job and slap on your back....I guess you knew what you were thinking! :) Hee-Hee
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06/28/2004 12:22:38 AM
You're getting real good, Laurie. Awesome shot! Congratulations and looks like there's many more ribbons to come in the future for you.
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06/28/2004 12:19:50 AM
Sweet, honey, I knew that this was a winner! I loved this shot. I'm in Nashville with Taterbug right now and he also says 'Great Job!' Damn glad I didn't jinx ya hon!
TC & Taterbug

Message edited by author 2004-06-28 00:20:15.
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06/28/2004 12:19:50 AM
Congratulations ... it really deserves the ribbon, handsdown the best of the lot.
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06/28/2004 12:18:48 AM
TOLD YOU you were headed for a ribbon! Congrats, Laurie! Great shot and well deserved Blue...
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06/28/2004 12:18:42 AM
congratulations!!!!
very nice pic!
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06/28/2004 12:18:34 AM
Yes! I was hoping this one was gonna win! And the fact that it's a nice person like laurie just makes it better. :) Nice job!
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06/28/2004 12:18:09 AM
Great job on the win. Congrats!!!
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06/28/2004 12:18:08 AM
Congrats on your win.. excellent picture
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06/28/2004 12:17:53 AM
Home run!
This one better hang on your wall.

Excellent work.
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06/28/2004 12:17:08 AM
great pic. I'm so glad you won.

drake
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06/28/2004 12:17:00 AM
Good googly moogly!!!! I thought I'd have a heart attack before this result came in!!!!

Thanks to all of you for your great comments and support. I love this site so much!!!! :o)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2004 12:53:11 PM
I really hope this one wins, it is my favorite of the challenge. 10, and if I could give it a 12 I would.
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06/27/2004 12:07:30 PM
I love the clarity and sharpness. Good humas interest shot. Good job on the desaturation
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06/26/2004 11:10:18 PM
This image has everything (almost) going foir it! Great subjects, perfect desaturization, and it does indeed say "Summer at the Farm" in a Norman Rockwell style.

Having said all that - why in the heck didn't you move the guys away from that fence? The background should not draw attention from the subject - but this one does. (That's my only complaint and it includes the object behind the shoulder / neck boy on the right.)


Ribbonsville is just ahead. Your train stops there.


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06/26/2004 07:03:36 PM
Perfect for summer. Nice photo.
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06/25/2004 11:48:55 PM
Excellent picture to select for this challenge! Awesome workmanship skill separating the kids from the watermellon. Colors in the watermellon are astounding. Very well done.
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06/25/2004 12:51:34 PM
My favorite of the challenge -- super job on the toning! - 10
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06/24/2004 10:46:36 PM
There are a lot of really outstanding shots in this challenge, but this is my personal favorite. You picked a perfect photo for the challenge and did an amazing job with the desaturation. Very nice!
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06/24/2004 08:28:48 PM
BEAUTIFUL - GREAT BALANCE BETWEEN COLOR AND B&W
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06/24/2004 08:25:32 PM
very impressive. makes the watermelon look really good.
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06/24/2004 04:29:07 AM
Nice sharp focus and strong contrast! That juicy watermelon sure looks good right about now :)
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06/24/2004 03:44:30 AM
This is the first of all the desat shots I've seen in this challenge that made me stop and say 'Wow!' It seems to have a reason. It tells a story! I can taste and the mellon and feel the joy! Kudo's and good luck in the challenge. I'm gonna jinx ya and say top five!
TC
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06/24/2004 12:41:45 AM
Ah, this one just makes me smile.

The boy on the left has the greatest expression.

Very cute, and great colors. 8.
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06/23/2004 11:37:36 PM
Smooth. I love the milky, luminescent skin tones. At first glance, I thought the watermelon saturation might have been boosted a little too much, but it really does manage to jump off the screen while still looking totally natural in his hands. This is one of my top picks for the challenge. Would love to find out your B/W workflow for this shot after the challenge.
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06/23/2004 05:38:58 PM
This is GREAT! I love it. 10
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06/23/2004 12:39:59 PM
top 3, no doubt about it ... 10
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06/23/2004 04:37:06 AM
This was the first shot I opened in the challenge and I know this one will do well!

I really like this shot, it's exactly what I thought would be entered into the challenge. The expressions on the boys faces are brilliant, the colours in the watermelon are amazing, so vivid. I even like the wire mesh in the background, it seems to bring the subject closer. The exposure is perfect, the skins tones are brilliant, even looking at the darker areas of the boys clothes I can still see them clearly.

Only one thing I would have liked changed is the hoses behind the boy on the right hand side, but that'e me just being a picky bugger.

Excellent shot, full marks and I hope you've printed this out for the boys to keep! :-)
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06/23/2004 01:20:15 AM
definitely top 5!
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06/23/2004 12:27:26 AM
Wow! This is GREAAAT!! Beautiful colors and spectacular B&W and subject!! This has to be in the top 10. 9.
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06/22/2004 06:25:17 PM
one of the best in this challenge..
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06/22/2004 03:31:54 PM
Really nice picture..one that will be kept for posterity I would assume.
Might have cropped just a touch off the left..but that`s me being picky.
Nice work
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06/22/2004 10:03:50 AM
What vibrant colors on the watermelon! The way the second child is trying to get another bite is well captured. A 10
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06/22/2004 07:29:29 AM
Very nicely done indeed.
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06/21/2004 10:14:57 PM
My absolute favorite of all the entries. The watermelon made my mouth water. EXCELLENT photo all the way around.
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06/21/2004 10:04:52 PM
I don't really like watermelon but this is a wonderful picture! 10
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06/21/2004 08:26:53 PM
This is a wonderful picture! Mine would never share.
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06/21/2004 06:44:57 PM
This photo should ribbon! The best so far for me.
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06/21/2004 05:36:59 PM
One of my immediate favorites. Great candid image. Cute subjects. Nice use of selective color -- and color that looks natural and not glaringly artificial compared to the desaturated background.

Wish the crop was not quite so tight, cutting off the tops of the boys' heads. Still a nice photograph though.

Good job. :)
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06/21/2004 02:51:09 PM
This has to be my favorite of the competition (so far). Excellent shot!
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06/21/2004 02:48:26 PM
Superb B & W tones. Excellent choice & composition!
One of my favorites of this challenge! ((9))
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06/21/2004 01:40:40 PM
Beautiful. I would only comment on the ?hose over the one boys shoulder. Still the focus, tones, and color are awesome. Nice. 9 from me.
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06/21/2004 10:31:17 AM
Nice shot: nice work!
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06/21/2004 07:26:57 AM
Beautifull!
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06/21/2004 07:12:25 AM
Great 10
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06/21/2004 07:08:22 AM
Great photo.
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06/21/2004 06:06:51 AM
excellent, i predict top 10
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06/21/2004 03:18:54 AM
That water mellon looks juicey and good, nice work, 8
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06/21/2004 02:39:49 AM
Great job capturing the challenge.
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