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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.

Statistics
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==

Composition
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.

Challenge
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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