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Challenge: Despair (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-700UZ
Location: Wilson Park
Date: Feb 23, 2003
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2003

Used a timer, ran to bench, looked despairing.

This may not do well because of the stark contrast, but I thought that was an effective way of getting across the feeling. And there's nothing more negative than negative space...

Place: 10 out of 200
Avg (all users): 6.1636
Avg (commenters): 7.3500
Avg (participants): 5.9300
Avg (non-participants): 6.3684
Views since voting: 2184
Votes: 214
Comments: 24
Favorites: 6 (view)

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04/25/2003 07:10:30 PM
Nice shot. The only thing I could suggest would be to rid the photo of the footprints in the bottom left. They detract from the simplicity of the snow. Perhaps try 'jumping' into frame from the left next time?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/09/2003 12:25:55 AM
Thank you for your critique, John, I was really pleased that this photograph was appreciated the way I intended.

03/05/2003 04:11:13 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

I think this is an excellent photo and it seems to have scored very well also. I really like the sharp contrast. It seems to set the mood for 'despair' very nicely in this image. The feeling of loneliness is very strong in this image and that suppports the theme of 'despair' as well. There is just enough detail in the man's face to really make this photo pop.

I don't think I could offer you any suggestions for improvement on this photo because I like it just the way it is :)

John Setzler
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/03/2003 10:42:58 PM
Thank you all for commenting. I did indeed have a cold, wet butt.

Message edited by author 2003-03-03 22:43:20.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2003 03:34:00 PM
woulda been nicer if it were better focused and maybe framed a little differently (if it were possible)... maybe with the subject taking up a smaller portion of the frame with a larger field of white to the right.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/01/2003 12:50:07 PM
I like the composition. Snow is so hard, but I would have liked more detail in the dark figure.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/01/2003 08:32:33 AM
Wonderful image, works very well to the theme of this challenge. Best of the submitted series of similar images
03/01/2003 01:17:27 AM
nice, good value
02/28/2003 04:00:36 PM
The stark contrast adds to the "despair" feeling in this shot I think. Excellent work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/27/2003 10:29:28 PM
good job! Even the black boarder works!
02/27/2003 02:27:41 PM
Really good image. The black and white colors really help alot to get the feeling of isolation across. There is also nothing in the background except the color of white which sort of plays off that his life may be heading no where or in the wrong direction. Very powerful image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/26/2003 07:46:58 AM
Very nice composition. Good portrayal of despair. The focus is a little too soft (IMO) but works for the theme. The contrast is too high (IMO) as the snow from the bench just blends into the background snow. Nonetheless, good job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/25/2003 10:39:41 PM
My favorite, nice shot.
02/25/2003 07:28:08 PM
Well composed and cropped. I bet he had a cold butt from sitting in the snow.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/25/2003 02:45:41 PM
Wow, I miss snow!
02/25/2003 01:46:02 PM
This is a very striking image. I really like your composition and the high contrast. It adds a lot of drama. I also like how the gentleman is leaning out of where he is framed in the photograph - I think that helps add to the "despair" theme.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/25/2003 02:27:35 AM
Poorly focused, otherwise a good shot.
02/24/2003 07:19:32 PM
Simple, bold, direct. I'm glad you chose to have him up left. So close to the edge suggests that he is trapped.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/24/2003 05:06:00 PM
Like it, like it.
02/24/2003 04:03:37 PM
all alone out in the snow
02/24/2003 02:30:56 PM
Good shot for despair
02/24/2003 02:12:19 PM
The fact that this is NOT tack-sharp makes the pic; esp. with the title!

(Don't you hate when you get cold, wet buns like this?)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/24/2003 11:17:11 AM
I like it. Too bad it wasn't a bit sharper
02/24/2003 10:20:38 AM
What a great shot! I just love it!

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