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The Great Escape
The Great Escape

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Challenge: Photojournalism (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G1
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
Date: Nov 19, 2002
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2002

Some dogs being loaded into a truck after a session at the Pet beauty parlour

Place: 42 out of 147
Avg (all users): 5.6886
Avg (commenters): 6.5625
Avg (participants): 5.3981
Avg (non-participants): 5.8788
Views since voting: 866
Votes: 273
Comments: 18
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12/05/2002 05:35:45 AM
Thanks for the crit I appreciate the time and effort!--and found it v. helpful
12/03/2002 12:49:00 PM
I love this picture - gave it a 9 originally. Now I'm back to review it a little more for the critique club.

Here's a picture that tells the story that the title suggests. Probably we would get it without the title but I love the title as a hint. The cage is open, the dog is gone and the upper dog is thinking "Where'd he go." Great humor. The fact that they are bulldogs and look like frogs adds an extra humorous element.

Composition wise, this is also a treasure. The rule of thirds Rules here. Three dogs, (counting the missing one) are each placed in a pyramid at the one third lines vertically and horizontally. The fourth cage disturbs the balance just enough to keep it from being tooo formula. The eye is drawn in a perfect progression from the forward facing dog who makes eye contact with the viewer, up to the brown dog, and following his gaze, down the empty cage and off the frame via the wheel well. Nice.

The colors are all perfectly balanced also. All the rusty colors make on think tat this is a shabby place that the dog should indeed escape from. Rust colored cages, rust colored truck, rust colored dogs. Then the green floor mat with it's grooves leading out of the truck suggesting something better (greener) on the outside, See, there is green through the front windshield too, it IS greener outside. But bleak and rusty inside for the dogs.

Would I change anything? Nope. Oh, maybe put a dog in the upper left cage? but it would have to be another bulldog..how about a white one? Some people didn't like the "blown out" white window but I think the bars reflected in it add to the feeling of confinement and the sense that the world is brighter in freedom. A lot to like in this picture! You wanted suggestions? Sorry I don't have any except frame this one and keep it up.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2002 04:22:00 PM
8, Kavey
11/29/2002 10:25:00 PM
What sweet little faces! I hope they had a safe journey!
11/29/2002 12:50:00 AM
poor guys, they look so unhappy.
11/29/2002 12:39:00 AM
Awwww they're so cute! Good idea and well captured. Grayce
11/27/2002 09:30:00 PM
i gotta show this to my roommate who loves bulldogs, he's gonna have a fit and want a big print for christmas. what do you want for a file big enough to make a nice print out of? only like 30 shopping days left or something.
11/27/2002 12:05:00 PM
I'm not sure if you are PJing dog shelters, pit bulls, or junky old trucks :-). There is a point, I'm sure. I would have turned down the highlights some and tried to park the truck facing shadows to eliminate the confusing stuff I see through the windshield. 5 nards656
11/27/2002 02:13:00 AM
This is just classic. Very cute. Nice job
11/26/2002 02:01:00 PM
Very nice shot. I can't tell what makes it great, it just is. Very well done.
11/25/2002 11:16:00 PM
I love the expression of the dog on top! This picture has a lot of interest. If it was in a newspaper I would definitely want to read the story. Cute title, too.
11/25/2002 09:44:00 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA but seriously...Excellent exposure levels for crisp colors!
11/25/2002 06:01:00 PM
love the title Also love the look on the upper dogs face. Such small cages for that size dog. Sad. Right window seems a bit blown out.
11/25/2002 05:11:00 PM
I love it!!
11/25/2002 04:25:00 PM
Just a neat capture.......wow good eye. Job well done. Justine
11/25/2002 09:28:00 AM
I'm glad he escaped. I hate those crate - and in the back of a pickup. And show dogs at that. The condition of the truck adds to it. Nice shot. A little sharp light at bottom. Great subject -"cute pets" I love! Maybe crop out the window on the right would cut some of the harshness to the shot. Otherwise good shot. PTL7
11/25/2002 02:11:00 AM
Interesting subjects, but needs people
11/25/2002 01:26:00 AM
Very cute... LOL...

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