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Repetition with variations for small child
Repetition with variations for small child
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Challenge: Minimalism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro
Location: London, the steps of the Mayor's office
Date: Apr 23, 2005
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2005

Minimalism is about the simplicity of ideas, about the removal of the of the strange attractors that prompt the more sentimental of emotional reactions; it hopes to produce an artistic reaction from a new aesthetic.

I don't care what the challenge details say.

A few post-challenge comments. Yes, it's something like my fourth 4th place; The shot is not de-saturated, it's just exactly how this scene is - though the contrast had to be pushed quite a bit, which has given rise to the quality-control comments, I think. Within the basic rules of course, te girl couldn't be brought out whilst maintaining that punch in the graphic nature of the environment.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 492
Avg (all users): 6.9576
Avg (commenters): 8.2364
Avg (participants): 6.7665
Avg (non-participants): 7.1667
Views since voting: 5668
Views during voting: 575
Votes: 377
Comments: 82
Favorites: 48 (view)


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02/13/2008 03:33:29 PM
Outstanding!
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12/03/2007 05:54:37 PM
This is so phenomenal, really awesome tones, great use of minimalism, lovely composition, just an awesome shot, adding to faves
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09/22/2006 10:55:37 AM
I like that the girl is not brought out. She's happy just where she is.
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09/22/2006 09:49:09 AM
A fantastic composition. I wonder if you have this picture processed outside of the "Basic Editing" set of rules - I'd like to see what you *wanted* to do with it.
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05/13/2005 11:38:12 PM
This is stunning. I love the lines, light, contrast, and composition.
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05/05/2005 11:18:57 AM
Now I wish I'd voted on this challenge & pushed you into the top 3 ! This was my favourite, it reminds me very much of a Denis Thorpe photo which I have on my pin-board. Captures the theme of minimalism perfectly, well done & congrats.
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05/05/2005 12:20:00 AM
An excellent image whose visual lines begin a tender emotional response. Congratulations on your strong 4th finish.
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05/04/2005 10:44:59 PM
This image hit me emotionally more than any other in the challenge. Superb genius.
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05/04/2005 06:15:15 PM
What a fabulous image !
Simple and powerful at the same time...the introduction of the child on the steps really adds so much to the overall effect(for me).

I`m starting to lose count of the number of 4th places you have had..(around your 4th perhaps?)

I didn`t vote in this challenge but knowing how you previously felt about "selective desat", I doubt if I would have picked this out as your submission on that basis alone.

Great stuff.

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05/04/2005 04:51:27 PM
Powerful image. The sense of isolation and the repetition of shapes work so well to emphasize the feeling of being alone. Congrats on fourth.
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05/04/2005 04:34:02 PM
So glad this ranked so highly, it's a gem!
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05/04/2005 03:33:21 PM
Awesome image Ed. terrific finish in the challenge and well deserved.
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05/04/2005 01:40:26 PM
Love everything about this - excellent stuff Ed.
And I don't care what the challenge details say either - which is why I'm going to submit a hexagon to the Triangle challenge.

PS. what are stragne attractors?
:P
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05/04/2005 10:41:24 AM
beautiful repeating curves on these steps w/ nice effective high impact contrast. Child is beautifully placed, and captured w/ perfect timing. Wonderful picture.
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05/04/2005 09:43:49 AM
Wow, fabulous shot, you're really on a creative roll right now!
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05/04/2005 09:36:47 AM
This is so cool! I like the almost floating, surreal feeling about your image. I've seldom seen lines that string in any image. The various textures and patterns along with a great tonal range make this an absolute favourite. Congrats on your green ribbon, I think it should have been a blue one.
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05/04/2005 08:14:30 AM
well done, ed ... i love it
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05/04/2005 07:36:39 AM
Congratulations on the top ten finish, I love the shape and lines to this image perfect for the challenge and black and white tones really compliment it.
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05/04/2005 03:59:41 AM
This was my highest rated pic - I love the tonality. I take my hat off to you: your image captures minimalism fantastically. You took it in the same area as I took my pic, though I never thought to use the stairs (I just liked the plain granite as a background). I had kind of guessed that it must be you (esp. since you mentioned that you often walking around this area with your camera). Unlucky not to have ribboned, but well done!
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05/04/2005 01:33:25 AM
Truly wonderful - amazing shot and definitely worthy of a ribbon in my book.
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05/04/2005 12:35:12 AM
Oh no.. You stole my first place on the lens page!
:p j/k

Really liked this one.. Beautiful shot, nice finish!

I'll take the lead back on the lens someday ;)
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05/04/2005 12:26:43 AM
I'm really pleased to see this do so well. Gives me a lot of faith int he voters, because it's a photo that needs introspection to truly appreciate. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2005 10:43:23 PM
Awesome shot. The background is minimalist and there's a lot of texture there. the curving shadow is evocative and the pose, to me, says a bit about loneliness. one of my favorites in this batch of 450 or so. 10
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05/03/2005 07:24:37 PM
Lovely leading lines. Maybe just a touch too contrasty. Too bad your subject isn't the strong point of the shot per the challenge directive...
TC
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05/02/2005 11:49:27 PM
great lines and framing
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05/02/2005 10:56:36 PM
I like the detail of the shot, but the strength of the lines in this picture distract my eye from focusing on the child. 7
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05/02/2005 08:34:33 PM
cool photo really like it, would also have been excellent in lines challenge ;) 9
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05/02/2005 09:57:34 AM
a very good shot. I love how you have composed the graphic elements
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05/01/2005 11:38:40 PM
spectacular composition, very nice control of tone, the dash of color is just right. Top 10, if not top 5. I'm so envious. ;)
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05/01/2005 09:57:01 PM
Great shot-this works!
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05/01/2005 05:48:52 PM
One of my favorites of this challenge
good luck
10
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05/01/2005 03:39:54 PM
The light is perfectly luminous in this picture...also , the scale, the grandness of the setting is breathtaking.
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05/01/2005 10:17:33 AM
very nice! I love the lines and textures in this shot, one of the best I've seen so far. Nicely done!!
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05/01/2005 09:36:07 AM
i really like the use of b&w feel with the splash of colour and the textures of the steps.
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05/01/2005 12:06:58 AM
Beautiful! Stunning form, contrast, textures, and focus! I think the border does and nice job of containing the motion of the lines to help you back to the subject.
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04/30/2005 10:58:44 PM
Woohoo, a 10! Thanks, I was starting to feel a bit robotic... The lines, curves, and textures in this are gritty and elegant.
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04/30/2005 09:03:34 PM
awesome view.
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04/30/2005 08:06:59 PM
Subject to weak had she been a little closer it would have been great
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04/30/2005 04:53:30 PM
the lines are amazing, i wish there was a little more detial in the child... for example the black skirt (?) is blending into the black line behind her. but still this is really awesome. 9
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04/30/2005 03:13:28 PM
Great compo!! perfect for this challenge 8
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04/30/2005 07:54:02 AM
i would have preferred brighter clothes on the child, but it is an interesting picture.
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04/30/2005 06:40:25 AM
I don't get the title (probably just don't understand the cultural reference) but this photograph is amazing. This is the 2nd 10 I've given out, and like I said to the other person, the 10's are unmistakable, you know them as soon as they pop up on the screen. This was definitely one of them. Although I do have to ask - isn't it illegal in the open challenges to do spot desaturation? Or... is this how it looks in person? I really hope it's legal, because I think this is a ribbon hopeful.
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04/30/2005 03:46:37 AM
Good shot, love the curves and the sense of space surrouding what appears to be a lonely child spectator. The only thing I would suggest is a slight rotation to the left, just a tad. Anyway it's a 10
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04/30/2005 12:56:45 AM
Love the subtle tones here. Very distinctive geometic patterns lend to a strong composition. I think this is one of the best of the lot.
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04/29/2005 11:29:54 PM
Nice lines, curves. I think it would have been good even without the child. 7
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04/29/2005 09:34:42 PM
I probably would have liked this image more in all black and white. This is not because I am "against" selective desaturation, but more, that I like your black and white treatmen a lot and I think this could be improved by having the entire image undergo that treatment. This is a very good shot and very well done for the challenge. I will give it very high marks. However there does seem to be some jpeg artifacts and "jaggies" that may be due to either over-sharpening or you may have had some problems in the actual compression of the original shot. If you would like help on compression, feel free to PM me and I will be glad to help you out so that you may submit the best quality shots. Good work, keep it up!
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04/29/2005 07:41:09 PM
An excellent image that caught my eye immediately. The pattern you have captured is really neat, and the rectangular tiles at the bottom add a lot. 10.
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04/29/2005 02:31:20 PM
Stunning use of light and shadow to really strengthen the geometric impact of this beautiful amphitheatre and great choice to use black and white to really bring out the textures of the paving. Whilst I like the position of the child within the frame she doesn't, for me, provide a sufficiently strong and obvious focal point to stand up against the striking location itself. I don't know if it would work better if she were wearing a brighter colour (left unsaturated) or, if left in black and white, all white clothes might stand out better.
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04/29/2005 12:36:57 PM
The use of shape and pattern is very strong and makes the image for me.
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04/29/2005 11:37:01 AM
Wow! Great. One of the best. I like the composition, the way the curves of the auditorium fill the frame. Good placement of the minimal subject wich do dominate the image. Good colour on the b&w background. Well done! 10
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04/29/2005 11:13:12 AM
wow beautiful!! 10
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04/29/2005 10:52:36 AM
great lines, nice comp, great lighting, whites need work, blacks ok, very nice movement, very nice job overall
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04/29/2005 09:20:02 AM
In my opinion, this photo perfectly embodies the Minimalism challenge. It's absolutely gorgeous - I can't think of a single way to improve it.
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04/29/2005 07:25:26 AM
It's a pity she wasn't wearing more contrasty colours. Otherwise it is a wonderful photograph.
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04/29/2005 05:28:53 AM
VERY good, still not a 10 from me but a 9 easily, hope you do well. I especially like the composition int this shot and the texture and tonal range in it.
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04/29/2005 03:01:49 AM
Awesome contrast of straight and curved lines. Excellent composition. 9
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04/28/2005 08:10:24 PM
This is a really cool pic, I hope you get a good rating
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04/28/2005 05:53:33 PM
I'm torn on this one. I like it a lot. Love the straight lines mixed with the curved. Love the symmetry. Like the selective desaturation, or more correctly, the selective saturation. But the little girl doesn't seem to be the subject to me. I'll give you an 8 & predict a top 5 finish.
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04/28/2005 05:07:31 PM
love this but your subject seems a bit dark and too far away...actually I'd like to see a shot with her at the bottom right looking squarely into the camera
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04/28/2005 03:34:26 PM
Challenge: 9
Technical: 10
Interest: 10
Overall: 9
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04/28/2005 03:33:01 PM
Very nicely shot - I love the abstractness contrasted with the reality of the child. The rotation of the photo wiht the pattern of the floor being parallel to the left edge gives the photo a little feeling of imbalance - did you try it slightly rotated clockwise? 7
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04/28/2005 02:33:52 PM
Such great texture. The girl is a great addition to the image.
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04/28/2005 12:08:31 PM
Great patterns, works very well.9
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04/28/2005 07:28:00 AM
I sure like this shot. The angle is fantastic, interest, tones and the over all feel.
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04/28/2005 06:44:17 AM
the curves and position of the subject is just great.. thanks for sharing a fine example of photography.
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04/28/2005 06:36:56 AM
I hope you didn't use selective desat for this picture, because I sure love it and I would hate to see it getting disqualified. It is one of the best shots for this challenge!!!
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04/28/2005 04:28:40 AM
the child give the shot great perspective, I just wish she wasnt quite so dark. great framing. this is a very, very nice photo. brilliant.
this is one of my top scores for the challenge.
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04/28/2005 03:59:37 AM
nice lines and tones
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04/27/2005 10:58:49 PM
very cool! 9
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04/27/2005 10:32:18 PM
I really enjoy this shot. I love the difference geometric patterns, all the way down to the plaid in the girl's outfit. A striking image.
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04/27/2005 07:06:05 PM
this makes a great optical illusion / it looks like the whole frame is a trapiziod
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04/27/2005 07:05:44 PM
lines are almost too strong
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04/27/2005 05:47:22 PM
I like this pic, but I think it would have been stronger if the girl was wearing something brighter in color.
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04/27/2005 05:38:26 PM
Very nice. I'd like to see a bit more separation of the child from the shadow (although the white socks help!). This is really great! Good job.
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04/27/2005 04:18:32 PM
My favourite of the challenge so far, very coo
I like how you used the isolated feeling to complement the challenge

(I've added it to favourites)
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04/27/2005 02:11:43 PM
Great composition. The young girl and her sightline break the strong curves to generate an engaging dynamic.
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04/27/2005 01:58:03 PM
This is wonderful. I wish the girl stood out just a wee bit more, but not sure how you would've accomplished that. I'll be disappointed if this doesn't place in the top ten!
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04/27/2005 01:28:59 PM
Very nice shapes and textures, wonderful entry to this particular challenge.
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04/27/2005 12:48:20 PM
Nice picture. There are great textures here, and I like the line flows.
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04/27/2005 12:43:13 PM
Love the compostion and perspective of this image. Just wish the little girl (?) were a little more recognizable. 9
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04/27/2005 12:08:11 PM
I really like your take on the challenge. the contrast of repeated curved lines and repeated straight lines with the solitary figure is very impressive. Well done and good luck!
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04/27/2005 09:28:26 AM
Very nice sweeps and curves
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