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It all started with Chalk on the board
It all started with Chalk on the board

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Challenge: Chalk (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Lyttelton, Garage
Date: Oct 14, 2010
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2010

My oldest son Rian. User Trompie also member here. This take was still just experimenting and never got around to try what I wanted. Very glad for this result though.

I wanted to portray chalk in it's educational context. I used a young person as they are the future. At the same time try and portray a young Einstein - ruffled hair. He was from my understanding considered to be not such a bright student. In SA the educational system is failing the people badly and many people will never see their full potential. It starts in the lower grades.

By age 10 it's already to late for most, the damage has been done and the future Einsteins of this generation gone

Place: 6 out of 55
Avg (all users): 6.6646
Avg (commenters): 8.5455
Avg (participants): 5.7742
Avg (non-participants): 6.8769
Views since voting: 1991
Views during voting: 408
Votes: 161
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/01/2010 09:31:58 AM
Geluk Rian. Sien nou eers. Baie goed gedoen.
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10/25/2010 11:03:15 AM
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10/25/2010 10:09:16 AM
congrats on the top ten! This is a photo that you can view over and over without getting tired of it. It's very evocative. I somehow missed saying that in my first comment. Silly me! :)
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10/25/2010 04:34:26 AM
Great finish! The challenge subject (chalk) was not even in focus and you get a score like this... shows that it is a technically strong shot. Well Done!
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10/25/2010 04:26:32 AM
Die beste foto van die lot. Was dit die natuurlike uitdrukking omdat hy moes poseer? Hehe. Kosbaar.
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10/25/2010 12:39:58 AM
Congrats with the Top 10 finish! Deserved a ribbon IMHO. Great work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/24/2010 09:22:14 AM
excellent lighting and facial expression
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10/24/2010 03:06:46 AM
Dramatic lighting, intense stare. Catches my eye in that you used a boy instead of an older man. I like your technique in having the boy in sharp focus but the chalk lettering soft. Great use of DOF. Interesting image.
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10/23/2010 09:36:38 PM
Love the look in his eye. Nice job.
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10/22/2010 07:48:24 PM
I like the one light set up! I think it oculd use a tad bit more relected light to give a better highlight of the outline of the face on the left and just a smidge of detail. Otherwise, very awesome!
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10/22/2010 07:19:51 PM
Great idea and well executed. I'm not sure about the right side of the face being completely shadowed I think a small amount of detail would have been a little better. Doesn't make a bit of difference in my voting -- I was just thinking aloud. -8-

(voted earlier -- commenting now)
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10/22/2010 01:38:03 PM
One of my three 10's. I love the mood and intensity you created here with the posing and lighting. Very nice job.
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10/21/2010 09:30:45 AM
Guessing the hand writing is by a right-handed person, middle aged, mature and confident meaning it is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' RianBotes.
Love the touch of chalk dust on the nose and cheek and good use of DOF. Not sure of the dark halo to the left of the neck and face.
Good luck
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10/21/2010 02:38:30 AM
Love the lighting, what a great pic, should rate well. 10
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10/20/2010 07:39:15 AM
I actually really like this pic. Like the idea and lighting.
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10/19/2010 01:45:29 AM
Fabulous . Pro lighting, and the dof is just dynamite. Bravo.
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10/18/2010 04:59:32 PM
Very nice setup, lighting, and depth of field.
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10/18/2010 01:49:17 AM
Brilliant idea.
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10/18/2010 12:52:10 AM
Great DOF and lighting. In the top group for sure!
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