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Ordinary People
Ordinary People

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Challenge: People II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF for Canon
Location: Kopavogur/Iceland
Date: Apr 13, 2005
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 200s
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2005

My sister (center) and her palls.

Shot using Sigma 15-30mm @ 15mm.
No additional light.

B&W conversion through green (66%) and red (34%) channels.
Litle USM.
Blurred lumiosity layer with opacity ca. 40%
Doubled overlay layer with opacity ca. 40%.
Background dodging and litle burning and dodging of the faces.

Place: 64 out of 251
Avg (all users): 5.9745
Avg (commenters): 7.1176
Avg (participants): 5.8333
Avg (non-participants): 6.1217
Views since voting: 820
Views during voting: 326
Votes: 235
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/01/2005 08:00:35 AM
Critique Club Comment:

Hi there,

When I clicked the CC button and your image came up, the first thing I thought was “WOW” great black and whites.
B&W still gives me problems, so I am always a bit envious about good black and whites.
The picture makes a good first impression, but by studying it a bit more there are some things that could be improved.

As stated somewhere the light on the faces, especially on your sisters face is a bit too much, and takes away some of the detail in her face. It also makes the faces look “hard” because of the stronger shadows on the other side of the face.

There is another thing that I noticed, it looks to me like there is a halo around the heads of the 2 guy’s at the left. It could be me, but it looks like something’s there.

There where some remarks about cropping, well I see another tree at the left side, and I would have wanted that more in the frame, then you could frame the photo with the two trees on the side, but it is always easy to make remarks after a picture has been taken.

I think you did a good job, I really like the Photo.

Keep up the good work.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2005 08:50:22 PM
Contrasts are good.
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04/24/2005 07:31:00 PM
Ordinary and looking right at you! ;^) Very clean...did you use Neat Image, or is your camera just that good! Pretty good range on exposure and B/W's. Maybe a bit hot on the ladies cheek in the center. Overall, very nice.
04/24/2005 06:21:57 AM
Very good group shot.8
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04/22/2005 10:36:53 PM
Great composition..really like this shot!
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04/22/2005 01:36:17 PM
great light ... 10
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04/21/2005 04:47:08 PM
Love your title for this. And the lighting really makes the picture work well. Excellent work.
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04/20/2005 07:41:12 AM
those trees are so striking. I like how the tree on the right gives a frame but I think the slither of tree on the left should go. Its a shame that the whole family? isn't in focus.
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04/19/2005 11:48:17 PM
Good work. I think I would have trimmed off the tree on the right though.
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04/18/2005 11:54:07 PM
Fantistic lighting! Good use of contrast in monochrome.
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04/18/2005 03:05:34 PM
I like your posing done here. Nice layers. I would have cropped out the far right myself. Otherwise it's very well done.
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04/18/2005 02:34:43 PM
balance is light on the right, but I like the group, dodging is effective
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04/18/2005 02:26:22 PM
framing is not quite right (too much space on the right half of the picture)
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04/18/2005 01:32:23 PM
Ordinary people maybe, but this is an exellent photograph. The composition is just about perfect. Good luck
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04/18/2005 06:34:52 AM
The dark area on the right of the frame is really distracting - if you cropped that out I'm sure it would add significant to the image. Aside from that I really like the moment you have captured here. 6.
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04/18/2005 03:31:07 AM
And such are my people....nice shot and beautiful light
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04/18/2005 02:41:13 AM
They may be ordinary but your photo is extraordinary! I suggest cropping out the right edge tree as it does not really improve the composition, IMO. Good exposure and clean post processing. 7
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04/18/2005 01:09:31 AM
I would have gone with a tighter crop on the right hand side
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04/18/2005 12:28:54 AM
Great natural light on their faces. Great black and white. Love this one, seems so natural and relaxed.
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