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Challenge: Family II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: May 29, 2010
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Water, Children
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2010

I've been taking photos of activities for the YMCA where my wife works. Opening day of the pool provided a lot of good potential for family shots. This one especially appealed to me.

It will probably be assumed this is a young mother and baby, I also thought so when I took the shot. My wife informs me the older girl is actually an aunt to the baby. They were having an awful lot of fun and it was clear that these two adore each other. Reminds me of my own daughter with her niece and nephews. Maybe that's why I like this.

My initial version was a good color shot, but it still seemed to be lacking something. I played with some monochrome treatments the evening of rollover and I think I nailed the right look with this version.

Anticipated critiques:
-Cropped too tight on left. (That was the edge of the frame, so I am kind of stuck with it, and none of my other shots captured the moment quite the same way.)
-Would like baby's face to be more visible

Post-challenge notes:
Wow, this had me on the edge of my seat all week! I had been hopeful for a high 5 out of it, so a mid 6 and HM is way beyond expectations. I think the monochrome treatment I chose is a large part of the final appeal for this one. My original edit was good, but I don't think it was anything more than a mid-pack entry:
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It still seemed like something was missing, so I played around with it in Silver Efex the last evening before rollover. The toning and vignette seemed to do the trick.

Thanks for all the great comments and for the weekly beating-up in other challenges that has helped me get my photography to this point.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 70
Avg (all users): 6.5573
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3871
Avg (non-participants): 6.5901
Views since voting: 2518
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 192
Comments: 15
Favorites: 3 (view)


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07/09/2010 12:33:37 AM
Your treatment of this shot significantly enhances it, but the base photo is strong to begin with, too. Very nice work!
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06/10/2010 03:01:02 PM
Beautiful. Lovely atmosphere. Congrats on top 5 finish :)
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06/09/2010 09:47:15 PM
I think the black/white one is much better than the color.
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06/09/2010 11:36:42 AM
You go Spiff! And you diffently chose the right one to enter ;-)
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06/09/2010 11:06:12 AM
this is beautiful..one of my high scorers. Love the conversion..gives it a most timeless feel..congrats on Top 5!
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06/09/2010 09:20:37 AM
Great shot Steve, this was one of my favorites..... Congrats on the HM
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06/09/2010 04:04:49 AM
Whhoooot! (as my daughter would say), great job on the HM!! Awesome shot!!
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06/09/2010 03:55:18 AM
Way to go, Steve!! You chose well with the BW version. Congrats on 5th!
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06/09/2010 12:05:08 AM
Nice finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2010 06:25:42 PM
Very nice. 9
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06/07/2010 04:00:03 PM
nice relaxed shot - and cool processing
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06/05/2010 06:08:09 PM
they mirror each other well
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06/04/2010 10:52:51 AM
should ribbon- beautiful shot and toning
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06/02/2010 10:44:48 PM
Great photo. I like the color tone, the clarity, the crop, and the action.
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06/02/2010 01:01:19 PM
great capture - love the b&w!
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