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Christmas Window Wishes
markwiley


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: State Street Macy's in Chicago
Date: Nov 25, 2012
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2012


[Dec. 7th, 2012 10:57:21 PM]

The Macy's windows (formerly Marshall Fields) are a long standing Christmas tradition here in Chicago. You can always count on high production values and lots of animatronics. When I headed downtown with my camera I did not have a detailed plan of what I was going to shoot, but I knew I was going to stakeout these windows hoping for a good candid. When this young lady marched up I knew I had my opportunity if I did not screw it up. She was so cute standing up tall with her chest out and arms behind her back staring wide-eyed at the scene. I am happy this has gotten a good reaction.

My first top ten finish in a Free Study. Definitely helps take the sting out of the getting my first DQ today.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 203
Avg (all users): 6.8718
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 6.9882
Avg (non-participants): 6.5625
Views since voting: 1413
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 117
Comments: 31
Favorites: 2 (view)


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12/09/2012 08:06:24 AM
Thought this was the outstanding shot in the FS. Love it.

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12/08/2012 11:01:58 PM
I would definitely take her home with me. A child with the stance of the true connoisseur.
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12/08/2012 09:44:00 PM
A charming and captivating capture, so well processed. I love the crispness here - like the winter air. Congratulations on the top ten, Mark.
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12/08/2012 07:22:08 PM
This is fabulous, Mark. How odd that both of us have experienced the same win/DQ/win cycle recently. Congrats on the tt in a FS!
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12/08/2012 06:09:55 PM
You are certainly putting us all to shame here lately, Mark. Way to go!
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12/08/2012 05:09:49 PM
would have been a ribbon from me if I had made it back to give ribbons.
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12/08/2012 02:35:34 PM
Congratulations!!!
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12/08/2012 02:31:52 PM
Congrats on the high placement and the wondrous capture! Fabulous.
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12/08/2012 02:14:33 PM
I still think it's so weird it's not called Marshall Fields anymore. My friends and I would always go in there or the Carson Pirie Scotts between classes to waste some time once in a while. Kudos on the top 10 and thanks for the memories.
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12/08/2012 12:58:47 PM
Congrats on the TT Mark. Such an adorable shot.
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12/08/2012 08:51:54 AM
I remember our yearly trip to the city to see the Marshall Fields windows. It was a magical day, with a stop to look at the window displays, then dinner at The Berghoff, and then a show (usually A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker). Great memories! Thanks for sharing.
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12/08/2012 08:48:49 AM
Nice one Mark, congrats.
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12/08/2012 07:47:38 AM
Congrats on the top ten, a great image.
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12/08/2012 06:36:38 AM
Glad this did well for you, I see you got 4 10's, I got 4 10's as well but came 92nd, hehe!!
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12/08/2012 12:56:52 AM
Congrats on the TT placement. Great capture of a moment in time. Brings back memories of being a kid.
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12/08/2012 12:07:21 AM
Beautiful capture Mark. Congrats on 6th place!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2012 10:59:51 PM
if eyes could grab it all!
bump
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12/07/2012 10:56:31 PM
Very much my kind of shot - thanks!
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12/07/2012 09:56:12 PM
Love that pose and expression. Just classic.
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12/07/2012 01:22:28 PM
wonderful street shot
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12/06/2012 06:57:35 PM
This is an incredible street shot. Love the b&w conversion.
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12/05/2012 05:21:08 PM
Norman Rockwell would be proud... Congrads on a great shot
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12/04/2012 06:48:28 AM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: This is a delightful image - great foreground and background offer loads of intensity. I really like the high contrast handling too. You lower POV (down to the girl's level) involves the viewer and creates a sense of being there. The reflections in the window are particularly compelling and offer a great sense of space.

Critical stuff: Nope

Overall: Standout composition and sweet subject without an ounce of schmaltz. Great stuff.
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12/03/2012 06:19:21 PM
A nice gritty B&W and I like it the way that girl is standing there, examining the dsiplay.
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12/03/2012 09:46:03 AM
Excellent shot. from the puffy jacket to the thin little legs, to the cold sun of winter.
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12/02/2012 10:11:14 PM
Hd to come back to this one. Marvelous.
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12/02/2012 08:11:35 PM
This is a wonderful photo. Her standing there as the world wizzes buy says so much.
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12/01/2012 05:04:32 PM
A moment in time
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12/01/2012 03:46:37 PM
So sweet! There must be something good on the other side of that glass!
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12/01/2012 12:24:32 PM
Front page
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12/01/2012 09:45:41 AM
I find this incredibly captivating, I just don't like the title, but still I do love this! Best pic so far!
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