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J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye'
J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye'

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Challenge: Literary Adventure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: room
Date: Mar 12, 2006
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2006

I found a really cool abandoned room in a friends house. Took some shots there. I read "the catcher in the rye" in high school and did not really think anything special about it... i still think it is overrated in many ways. But I felt like the character of Holden Caufield would be something interesting to try to capture in a picture.

Place: 10 out of 165
Avg (all users): 6.5590
Avg (commenters): 7.2222
Avg (participants): 6.4026
Avg (non-participants): 6.6610
Views since voting: 5422
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 195
Comments: 22
Favorites: 5 (view)

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03/25/2006 02:43:19 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :-)

Well, I don't know wether to feel honored or intimidated :-), you see you are one of my favorite, fAVorite photogs! Also, I must confess,(hanging my head in shame} although an avid reader, I have never gotten around to reading this book :-( I shall try to give you some humble thoughts here though :-)

I think it would be safe to assume, judging by your score and comments received, that you nailed the challenge nicely. The first things that strike me about this image is the quality, the awesome processing and an amazing depth for such a 'tight' shallow scene, if you will. What I mean by this is, I think a good photographer can easily give an image depth when working with say a landscape, or a street scene or things like that. Here, you've got this tiny portion of room, and just a few feet between camera and the wall, but I feel a strong sense of depth to the photo. I think you've accomplished this with the tonality of the edit, the elements used for the composition and wonderful lighting. Even not have reading the book, the tones and feel of this image seem quite fitting, definitely a brooding piece, and easy to get into and want to study. The composition is simple, yet strong and gets the point across, but still leaves room for the viewer to speculate. I like that in a photo.

I can point out a couple of very minor things here, the lighting is a little hot on the wall behind the head, and the right hand and shoe. Also, as mentioned in comments, the little thing under the chair leg, and chips in the floor at lower right. These seem very minor, and I think that the image is just so darn good, it is quite easy as the viewer to be very forgiving of such slight flaws.

Several commenters pointed out the slight tilt to the image. I find it strange, it is obviously at a slight angle, but it just doesn't seem to 'put me off' at all. And yeah, I'm like most ever-critical photographers and readily freak out about tilted horizons and such :-) But I'm thinking maybe with the tilt of the head and pose of the subject, the mood that is set, and the composition as a whole, that tilt just isn't detrimental to the image, and in fact maybe even strengthens it slightly and adds to the overall 'feel'.

Overall, a really cool image. Love the tones. It makes me wish I had read the book so I could appreciate it even more. Well done and congrats!

If you have any questions, or comments or anything, please feel free to contact me.

Happy shooting,
taterbug :-)
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03/21/2006 08:29:42 PM
Love the pose, the expression and the coloration. A very nice image! Congratulations on your 11th place finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/18/2006 12:03:26 PM
Ah, young Holden Caulfield having a breakdown. Nice colors, tones. Looks like he might be sitting in the Edmont hotel lobby. Good luck -8-
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03/18/2006 07:54:36 AM
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03/18/2006 01:31:45 AM
very nice shot. one of the best so far i'd say.
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03/17/2006 07:19:01 PM
Excellent!! I love the tones and lighting.
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03/17/2006 03:25:18 PM
such a lonely face
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03/16/2006 06:47:27 PM
Cool post processing.
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03/15/2006 09:43:09 PM
IMHO this is one of the few pictures in the challenge to capture the feeling of the book. Wonderful colors and mood. Congratulations and good luck. You deserve a Top 10 on this. Minor nit-pick -- I really don't like the picture tilting to the right.
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03/15/2006 08:49:55 PM
Very nice. Great tones and lighting. 9
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03/15/2006 02:25:01 PM
Beautiful pic, can't see the tie into the book, but I have also never read it or seen the movie, or if I did I don't remember. But anyway, love the earth tones and lighting.
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03/14/2006 03:06:12 PM
Really nice shot.
Looks like a joey lawrence shot to me.
If not well done.
If it is, up to your usual standards.
good luck in the challenge

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03/14/2006 10:14:16 AM
What a cool wonderful feel this photo has. I love the ever-so-slight grungy look to it. The only teeny tiny flaw is that it looks slightly tilted, but I really love it anyway!
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03/14/2006 06:59:25 AM
Good light, slightly strange angle. Doesn't really evoke the book to me though.
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03/14/2006 03:55:23 AM
I like the composition and lighting of this picture, there are though a few elements I would have fixed in post processing, the chipped floor bottom right, and the post-it (don't know what it is :) ... under the leg of the chair)
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03/13/2006 04:43:16 PM
I like the mood this shot portrays and the off kilter angle works well for me. The colours are great but the shot also makes me think B&W (have you tried it)
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03/13/2006 07:08:41 AM
Awesome! 9
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03/13/2006 06:21:16 AM
Captures the mood, very good.
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03/13/2006 03:35:33 AM
My favorite book !!!! I couldnt think of a thing to do for it though so I sat out. Glad to see someone came up with a nice entry for it.
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03/13/2006 12:57:12 AM
love these cols!
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03/13/2006 12:14:40 AM
NICE! Love the colors, light and dark.
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03/13/2006 12:12:28 AM
Brav-effin-o. 10
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