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Asking Dad For Advice
Asking Dad For Advice

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Challenge: Adulthood Without Adults (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Location: local cemetery
Date: Nov 27, 2005
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2005


I really wanted tilted lines to reflex an uncomfortable, unstable mood I was going for. so I deliberately found a really old headstone that tipped to the left. But after seeing the comments, it seems that was what bothered folks most.
Hmm... I still like it this way tho. :)

Place: 36 out of 105
Avg (all users): 5.4696
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 4.9853
Avg (non-participants): 5.6728
Views since voting: 768
Views during voting: 406
Votes: 230
Comments: 17
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12/08/2005 06:22:27 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective – first off…very emotive shot. You have captured a mood and feeling quite well. The focus of the shot is good and the distance to the main subject adds to the strength of the image. I read your comments and agree with the tilted stone. It is a shame others didn’t see it. It does add to the mood of the shot as you wanted in my opinion. It is not easy visiting a grave and you added that element without an awkward addition to the photo that wasn’t there naturally. I do find the background a little distracting to the mood though. It looks like a tennis court or some other recreational area (??) The foreground stone being cut off is a good element – makes you focus immediately to your subject. Subject placement via rule of thirds is done quite well. The subject takes up just enough space to be a force, but not too much to make you wonder why he is there. I also like that you cannot see his face and his apparent uneasiness in the location (as evidenced by his foot being slightly off the ground). Really adds to his presence in the shot. Overall well done!

Color – b/w, the conversion was properly executed. The shades across the shot appear even and the dark and light areas you would expect to be the same in shade are. Well done!

Lighting – natural light…well controlled exposure. The texture of the grass and the lines in the stones are well preserved. The jacket appears a little dark, but overall it is a very even exposure that is pleasing to the eye.

Challenge requirements – may have lost a bit here with the voters. You have to be willing to accept the setting to appreciate the force of the image. I noticed a few comments that did not like the tilted stone. I don’t think they spent enough time on the image to absorb the context. Just my opinion.

Overall/my opinion – this is not a shot to be judged on the technicals. They have been handled quite well in the image. But the subject matter may be a little too close to home for some, and too hard for others to grasp for whatever reason. But it is a strong image that was well thought out and executed quite nicely!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2005 09:59:51 PM
I like the idea of this shot, and the title gives it even more emotional impact. I think the main thing I would change for this picture is to take it in a more modern cemetery. The dates in the 1800's and the big wooden sign in the back throw the feeling off for me. Still, 7 for thoughtfullnes and emotional impact
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12/04/2005 08:13:54 PM
Not a dead on shot for the topic but it is a very moving shot. The tilt bothers me a bit but I like it anyway.....8
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12/03/2005 12:39:06 PM
Interesting photo but there's something really funky going on with the distortion. The headstone in the foreground is most distractingbecause it's tilted, I want to tilt my head to go along with the edge which causes other things to tilt the other way. The idea is good and black and white works well.
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12/03/2005 12:01:07 PM
The shot brings out great emotion. The only thing that detracts from it is the verticle lines of the monument not being plumb.
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12/01/2005 04:47:11 PM
This pulls at the heart strings. Nice pic.
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12/01/2005 09:25:16 AM
very moving image.
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11/29/2005 09:47:49 PM
very touching, bw was a nice choice
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11/29/2005 09:17:59 PM
Very emotional photo. Like the choice of b&w, adds to the mood. Mostly based on the beautiful subject matter, I vote 10.
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11/29/2005 03:12:34 PM
This is easily one of the best pictures and titles as far as meeting the challenge. I saw the connection from the thumbnail, which was not easy in this challenge. The thing that bugs me is the tilt, a few degrees of rotation or a longer lens would have nailed this. Still it is my highest scored photo, best of luck.
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11/29/2005 02:11:07 AM
Powerful shot but I wish it wasn't skewed to the left. Either way powerful study in all to real life.
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11/28/2005 07:37:11 PM
I think you have a smart idea here. The tilted foreground stone detracts from the boy in the background for me, but I like the use of black and white for this image.
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11/28/2005 05:59:37 PM
i like this picture off-angle...i'm sure other DPCers will want the horizon line straightened. i wouldn't do it...being off-angle adds to the emotion of this image. great texture.
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11/28/2005 04:05:03 PM
Very touching idea. I find the horizontals a bit tilting though which is a bit distracting.
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11/28/2005 02:37:03 PM
Why do you want to have foreground skew and so big? Proportion not good 3
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11/28/2005 03:54:50 AM
good idea.
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11/28/2005 02:30:40 AM
a very good idea and well photographed 9
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