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kncoughlin


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Challenge: Selective Desaturation (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Backyard Pool
Date: Jun 19, 2004
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2004

I used Photoshop to reduce hue and saturation. Only other editing was cropping.

Statistics
Place: 197 out of 227
Avg (all users): 4.5960
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.4959
Avg (non-participants): 4.7600
Views since voting: 758
Votes: 198
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0


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06/30/2004 04:00:42 AM
Greetings from the Critque Club!

Composition:
This is a wonderful capture. You used rule of thirds very effectively. Your subject is interesting and unique. It is also a great choice for this challenge.

Lighting:
Your lighting is obviously natural sunlight, and you caught it well, not letting it dominate your photo as could've easily and usually does happen.

Technical:
I think your photo is technically spot on. The exposure is good, allowing both detail in the shadows, and no washed out areas of the photo. Your aperture choice is great, keeping the subject in focus. There isn't much background to be distracting, so there's no need for a small depth of field to soften the details.

Post-processing:
This is where your photo got killed. You reduced hue and saturation. Everyone wanted it completely removed. Had you used the 'desaturate' option in Photoshop, you would have gotten the results the voters were looking for. Right now there is color in almost every pixel. Reducing the hue and saturation just wasn't enough. We wanted full desaturation! Small note is you might want to sharpen your photo using unsharp mask, As some commented the boy's face is a little soft, while his foot is in focus. Getting the subject sharp is important.

Overall:
I really like this photo, and wish it had done better. If you had gotten all of the color out, I think you could've easily gotten a much higher score. In your other photos you did a proper desaturation, I'm really not sure why you didn't here.

I hope next time your score reflects the quality of your photo a little better.
06/28/2004 10:44:40 AM
I gave you a 5 on this shot and here is why.

I also love the composition of the shot, the balance of the boy and the water and the noodles are great. Here is what stood out as off to me personally though. The boy still seems to have some color to him, like he's not completely desaturated and that is distracting to me from the noodles. Also the water seems a bit dull yet bright at the same time, it's hard to explain. Maybe a polorizing filter would help with the light reflecting off the water while giving it the pop it needs for contrast. And that is also lacking, no real black or white point, not a lot of contrast in the shot. If you play with this one in PS some more I would love to see the results. It's a great shot that could really pop with a little more work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2004 12:38:41 AM
Focus soft on boy, Noodles could be more brilliant.
06/24/2004 08:38:00 PM
good use of bright colors
06/21/2004 08:09:44 PM
Nice colors.
06/21/2004 08:31:31 AM
Excellent! I love your moment of capture--the look on his face is priceless! Good use of selective desaturation, nice composition. I can't vote but I thought you'd like to know how much I liked this. Good luck!
06/21/2004 02:29:25 AM
Nice choice. Extremely effective for this challenge.


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