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I want to hold your hand...
I want to hold your hand...

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Challenge: Beatles Song/Lyrics (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Home
Date: May 28, 2006
Aperture: F4
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Black and White, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2006

Cropped, sharpened, contrast increased, resized.

First submission! Taken in our reasonably bright hallway against a black velvet backdrop with a simple 100w lamp behind and to the right of the camera (roughly level with the hands). The soft (blurred) male hand is reaching for the harder, crisper female hand.

Place: 73 out of 273
Avg (all users): 5.9142
Avg (commenters): 7.4444
Avg (participants): 5.7872
Avg (non-participants): 5.9828
Views since voting: 1118
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 268
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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06/08/2006 01:11:35 PM
==Greetings from the Critique Club==

You've used the rule of thirds well, and the lines leading from left to right are very nice. Cutting off both hands in mid-forearm is a little bit distracting, for me, though.

Camera Technicals
The exposure is basically good, but the high contrast leaves it feeling like the hands are out in space.

Post Processing
I think I would have chosen to emphasize some colors, rather than going for the true black and white looks, to show some of the "cheer" that is in the song.

Without a question this meets the challenge very well, and it wouldn't even require the title for me to know that.

Overall Impression
The hands seem a bit disconnected from EVERYTHING, and that doesn't work really well for me. The song you picked is a "happy" song, and I think the picture is a little "sad". It's technically well done, and I like the bracelet, but it could probably be stronger with some happy colors and cheerful things.

These are just my thoughts and impressions. I hope you find them to be helpful and constructive. Please contact me by PM if you have questions or responses.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2006 10:53:07 AM
Creative approach. I like the implied reach for her hand instead of the boring, cliche shot of hands together.
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06/05/2006 04:12:51 AM
focus is a little soft, but nice shot
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06/02/2006 05:12:12 AM
awesome picture
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06/01/2006 01:39:18 PM
Great image! The man's hand could be sharper. Otherwise a perfect picture.
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06/01/2006 12:35:03 AM
I really like this, a lovely photo.
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05/31/2006 11:22:32 PM
The best use of the song title yet nice contrast and good neutral tones
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05/31/2006 05:03:07 PM
Oh please say to me
you'll let me be your man
and please say to me
you'll let me hold your hand
Now, let me hold your hand
I want to hold your hand

Fits the lyrics well....7
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05/31/2006 03:23:06 PM
Do it!
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05/31/2006 09:38:47 AM
the other shots were of hands already holding. this captures the spirit of the song.
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05/31/2006 01:07:01 AM
No offense, but I'd like it better if the guy's hand didn't have a wedding ring. I like that her bracelet is the focal point. Nicely composed.
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