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Sound of the Wind
Sound of the Wind
librodo


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Challenge: Wind (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Date: Dec 14, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Snapshot, Rural
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2004

Taken in Chiang rai, Thailand. He was playing for a wedding ceremony of the Yao (minority) lady.

Statistics
Place: 31 out of 199
Avg (all users): 5.8726
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.7826
Avg (non-participants): 5.9099
Views since voting: 1678
Views during voting: 414
Votes: 314
Comments: 23
Favorites: 5 (view)


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12/27/2004 11:39:04 PM
from the critique club:

First let me explain the minor problem we have with some of the voters. Here the challenge is wind and the majority interpret wind in its majestic sense. The soaring of waves, the catapulting of objects by strong gales. The less passive modes evades them. In this category wind produced by the lungs or even by a fan are looked upon as rather too weak. This is of course a very serious error when one makes up one's mind as to what wind is. The same oversights are applied to many challenges were the narrow definition trumps.

Here you have the pleasure of observing a wind instrument by a competent player. I am at a loss if this is a reed instrument, but its exotic look along with the determined expression, the authentic attire and the premier pose lend a wonderful composition. The blurred colorful background adds to the strength of the image. It is a diagonal comp from just above middle left to top right. Observe how the red string/rope forms a u or a loop with the red ribbon as the final stop, if you will, to help circle the eye and bring it back again to the face in deep concentration.

The head position with the frill of the hat dangling down begins to carry the eyes right into the face, as there is darkness underneath in the shoulder/arms area, and from the face into the finger positions and then to the fluted part of the horn. Here we pause and follow the string down and observe the palm of the left hand, the sleeves and then back to the mouth. I can not hear the instrument, but look at the inflated cheeks. Is this not wind?

This is first, an exotic image and second, a lovely image which has been overlooked by those expecting the spectacular rather then the effective. Any wind instrument is using wind not to destroy but to make wonderful music. The only minor change that I would make with this gem is to patiently clone out the little halo that follows the left arm down and from the frill of the hat down. Even as it is, this is certainly a top ten image.

Message edited by author 2004-12-27 23:47:11.
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12/22/2004 02:03:56 AM
I knew this was yours. It is absolutely wonderful, and WAY underrated.
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12/22/2004 01:05:30 AM
Thats just great!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/20/2004 12:58:08 PM
Beautiful. Stunning. Great subject and light. Librodo all the way! 10
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12/20/2004 11:21:33 AM
striking image. not our normal vision of wind. I'd love to see the business end of the instrument slightly better-defined.
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12/20/2004 07:11:59 AM
Excellent photo, the backlighting is fantastic.
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12/19/2004 10:10:45 PM
NICE USE OF DEPTH OF FIELD AND CROPPING. NICE.
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12/19/2004 07:44:16 PM
HELP!!! Voters being BLOWN away by the wind in this picture. Moving along to next image.
12/19/2004 08:56:26 AM
Great subject matter but would have been so much better with more tonal seperation between the horn and the background. The bell of it just blends in a bit too much.
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12/18/2004 06:53:48 PM
Awesome photo, but it doesn't really say "wind" to me. The composition, richness, and DOF are noteworthy though.
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12/18/2004 04:32:38 PM
creative interpretation, nice color rendition and DOF. foreground subject could maybe be slightly sharper and brighter/more lighting. still, overall good image.
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12/17/2004 12:36:25 PM
Love this image - can almost hear the instrument!
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12/17/2004 09:56:29 AM
great composition!
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12/16/2004 02:21:14 PM
Excellent portrait. I especially like the rich color and the placement of the man in the composition.
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12/16/2004 01:52:59 PM
Wonderful. Very nice expression.
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12/16/2004 06:29:07 AM
Great composition and DOF. Wonderfully executed photo! As a sidenote, this image stimulates my sense of sound more than it does the sense of touch.
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12/15/2004 05:45:33 PM
Very creative take on wind. Excellent photograph technically. Like the composition, dof. Great lighting on the subject's face and hands on the musical instrument. I just don't see or hear the effects of wind in this photo, or I would have voted it higher. Very well done!
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12/15/2004 04:34:48 PM
Beautiful exposure. Some haloing around the subject which is likely secondary to aggressive sharpening. Well composed and framed.
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12/15/2004 01:51:13 PM
A very nice portrait a very strong image for that he must be putting a lot of wind into it.
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12/15/2004 12:21:14 PM
Composition: 8, Technical: 7, Appeal: 6, Challenge: 7, Overall Calculated Average Score: 7
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12/15/2004 12:13:15 PM
very well done I love it
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12/15/2004 07:13:15 AM
Beautiful photo and a nice take on this challenge. Really great job!
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12/15/2004 12:35:35 AM
This is my winner. Lovely rich color, meets the challenge, beautiful portrait, great DOF. 10.
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