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Elvis Sighted At Parade!
Elvis Sighted At Parade!

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Challenge: Photojournalism II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Lancaster, PA
Date: Apr 29, 2006
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Performance, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2006

An Elvis Impersonator at the American Spirit Parade in Lancaster, PA

Place: 156 out of 183
Avg (all users): 5.0643
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.9733
Avg (non-participants): 5.1354
Views since voting: 765
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 171
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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05/14/2006 04:17:36 PM
From the Critique Club:

I'm not sure how to go about critiqueing this one, if I should go from a photographic point of view or strictly from a challenge point of view. Either way, there isn't a lot that I can point out for improving the shot as is...

The lighting on this is harsh. I know in this type of photography we do not have a whole lot of control over the lighting. The lighting on his face and hands at this viewing size are not terribly appealing. Not sure your exposure is spot on either as the whites of the platform/float are not truly white but more of a muddied grey.

Compositionally, the platform that he is standing behind, quite bluntly, looks like crap. The boards going across it take away from the neatness (for lack of a better term) of the shot. In effect, they make it look cluttered. The house in the background is quite distracting too.

Technically, besides the exposure that I mentioned above, the shot seems quite soft. I don't know if it is motion blur (was he in the parade or mc'ing it?) or camera shake (what lens did you use for the shot?) or just not focused in the right place... I'm leaning toward the latter as his hand and the boards on the platform seem to be in focus but his face seems soft.

How can you improve this? I don't see anything that you could really do in PP except perhaps playing with levels to make your whites whiter and maybe mask out or darken the background house. The only real improvements I could suggest would have occured during the shooting. If he was actually in the parade, you could have followed the parade route till you had a better background and perhaps more even lighting. I have seen huge differences in parade lighting between two blocks. One with houses and trees like this and another with business that have nicely reflective fronts to help even out the light or fill the shadows... The only other suggestion I could make would be to zoom in more on the model and in effect crop out that funky platform. However, this may have removed the connection with the event which is important for this type of shot.

Hope you find something useful here. Photojournalism and candids are not exactly my forte...
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05/09/2006 01:26:58 PM
Terry, this is a nice capture and works well for a local paper. You did a wonderful job at capturing the King.

It strikes me as odd that it scored as low as it did. Techincals are good. Composition is not the strongest, but not "bad". I probably would crop it at the left edge of the podium.

I liked your title and it is such that often runs with these types of photos. I might have added the Landcaster, PA to the title, but it is a trivial thing that isn't neccesary.

I think you captured a nice moment here, but as we both know DPC likes extremes. Extreme angles, extreme lighting , etc.... so while you had a good example of photojournalism, you didn't get that POP that voters here are looking for. That doesn't say anything negative about your talent as a photographer, IMO, just a spoiled voter base that often does not understand a genre.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2006 07:18:24 PM
Great shot for the challenge...funny
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05/03/2006 11:52:54 AM
I like the way "Elvis" is pointing at the camera. However, the stand he's behind pulls my eyes away from him. It would be really interesting to see this guy dancing!
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05/02/2006 09:31:52 AM
yap. that's him
05/01/2006 03:59:52 PM
LOL... National Enquirer - Enquiring Minds wanna Know. Neat capture for a local paper.
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