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all the lonely people
all the lonely people

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Challenge: Beatles Song/Lyrics (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Battery Park - Asheville, North Carolina
Date: May 28, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50 sec
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2006

Original photo in color converted to black and white using channel layers. Two adjustment layers for contrast - one hue/saturation and one curves.

Place: 106 out of 273
Avg (all users): 5.6423
Avg (commenters): 5.7778
Avg (participants): 5.2784
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Views since voting: 655
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Votes: 260
Comments: 10
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06/10/2006 12:34:15 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Let me welcome you to DPC and congratulate you on your first entry. This image is a very nice start. You've been able to capture a very straight forward scene in an unusual way. The low perspective works very well here. You've used the technique of leading lines very well here as the lines of the bench, the foot and the arm all lead you to her face.

Composition: You've used leading lines and the rule of 1/3's effectively, bringing her face to the center of attention. The rough wood texture and sole of her shoe add interest without detracting.

There are, however, two items that do distract. The first is that the image is tilted to the right as shown by the leaning lightpost and meter in the background. Tilted images are quickly noticed and quickly take away from the image. This link will take you to a tutorial which explains how to correct the tilt. The second distraction is the busy background behind her head. You have already corrected it partially with a shallow depth of field. In this case, an even shallower dof would provide more separation from the subject and less distraction. An f4 or even f2.8 would probably get what you need here.

Technical: Your choice of settings worked for you, except for the dof background. The shot is in focus and the lighting works for this image. Black & white is a good choice for the mood of this shot as it emphasizes lonliness. The contrast is off on the white end as noted in your comments. You have many greys and shades into black, but the whites are not being used to your advantage. You can look at the histogram in Levels and make sure that the tones are represented from left to right. If you are missing any tones, place your arrows at the beginning and ending of your histogram to allow all the tones to be used.

Meeting the challenge: Your image clearly portrays the title of a Beetle's song. There is a homeless/destitute look to the woman that implies lonliness, but doesn't shout it.

Overall: You've captured an interesting slice of life from a strong perspective. There is much going for it, and with some editing changes could be even stronger. This is a wonderful start to your career at DPC, which should give you a feeling of fulfillment. I expect to see strong work from you in the future.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 04:25:47 PM
nice composition, but contrast poor
06/05/2006 12:53:41 AM
nice DOF,B&W work well
06/04/2006 02:51:46 PM
looks more tired than lonely
06/04/2006 02:23:34 AM
Hahahaha...if only they knew!
06/03/2006 09:18:22 AM
This one is set apart from the other "similar" images because of the angle you chose to shoot from. Good job 8
06/02/2006 09:03:20 AM
Good interpretation!
06/01/2006 08:54:05 PM
Nicely done! Tones make you feel like it's could be a Beatles era shot too!
06/01/2006 02:53:08 PM
I don't see a reason for it, but your whites are terribly grey here - really not much more luminosity thatn the site's own background, which not only makes your image seem restricted in dynamic range, but completely odd.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/31/2006 03:17:03 PM
Is she high?

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