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Challenge: Darkness (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Location: My basement
Date: Jun 12, 2005
Aperture: 1:2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4.0 s
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2005

My daughter, Brenna, posing for me again.

I really wanted to clone out the imperfections on the side. In fact, I did at first, and then remembered it was a basic editing challenge! :) Thanks for all the great comments, and this is my highest score yet!

Place: 63 out of 373
Avg (all users): 5.6913
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 5.7302
Avg (non-participants): 5.6649
Views since voting: 1029
Views during voting: 457
Votes: 311
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/21/2005 10:06:46 PM
this is real good. I sense many things from a photo like this , the pain and confusion.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2005 12:28:21 PM
good composition, excellent position of subject and good use of light from overhead window.
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06/18/2005 09:14:08 PM
This composition has a very powerful, artistic feel to it. While it won't appeal to all, the DPC's best genuine artists like JPR & Goodman & Xion (and others) will probably rate it very highly. I have more modest artistic credentials, but I agree with what I hope they will say about it! 9
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06/18/2005 12:06:32 AM
Good pictorial!
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06/17/2005 12:21:43 PM
What better theme for a darkness challenge than an image of despair and hopelessness? Well done B&W. Including the bright window is perfect contrast to your subject's despair. That gives the feeling she has given up on life.

This may have been intentional but the focal plan is in front of your model and on her legs rather than her face. Focusing on the face would be worth consideration. There are two tiny items, one on the far laft side of the screen and the other on the far right. Since the viewer cannot tell what they are they act as a distraction and probably should be removed from the composition through a framing change or cloning.
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06/16/2005 08:46:30 PM
very good take on the theme
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06/16/2005 08:36:36 PM
I bet youre getting a fair bit of flack for the glarefrom the window? I think it adds to the emotion of the image - lightness outside, darkness within. Just as we often put on a brave face for the world outside, when we are torn appart within.
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06/16/2005 07:24:36 PM
Overblown exposure on the window distract from this otherwise powerful image. 6
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06/16/2005 06:58:17 PM
Excellent take on the challenge. The grimness of the setting, the model's pose and the lighting all convey darkness to me.
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06/15/2005 11:08:15 AM
IMO cropping to just above the window sill would have dramatically improved this shot. In all other aspects this is great but the brightness from the window is really distracting.
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06/15/2005 06:56:33 AM
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06/15/2005 01:39:34 AM
No need for words. This tells it all. Nice lighting. Very effective.
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06/15/2005 12:11:01 AM
Great emotion.
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