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Challenge: Desolation II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G
Location: my back yard
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

Converted to b/w sharpened adjusted, etc...

My daughter was making pictures in the dirt outside when she took some time to pose for me, just as I snaped the photo a hair blew into her eye. Thought it it fit this challenge, she was just deveistated. A hair tie saved the day so she could return to her art.

Place: 32 out of 197
Avg (all users): 6.2270
Avg (commenters): 7.7857
Avg (participants): 6.1299
Avg (non-participants): 6.2963
Views since voting: 1368
Views during voting: 359
Votes: 185
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/01/2006 06:12:55 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

What a wonderful shot. Such emotion and such wonderful composition. I love the B&W treatment as well.

The first thing I did think when I saw it was someone's little girl after she was done playing and they caught her rubbing her eyes, perfect! Then I read your comments and I was close! ;) I use my children a lot as well.

I love the feel of this shot, the dirty little girl, the feeling of being alone and lost, the dirty dress everything. The only things that give me just a touch of concern are one, the focus. Could be just a touch, a tiny smidge sharper to really bring out the edges of the shot and two the lack of definate black/white spots, it seems to be a lot of gray, and some of them are really blending. Either adjusting the levels just a touch or adding a bit of brightness/contrast to make it pop just a touch more would really put this one over the top for me. I didn't get a chance to vote in this challenge, but if I had this would have gotten a 7 or 8 from me, with the adjustments a 9 or 10.

If you take my suggestions and rework this shot I would love to see the results.

Good luck in future challenges and I hope my comments help.

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06/26/2006 12:37:05 AM
Wow, congratulations! A very striking photo, seems very genuine... great processing too. This is the picture of desolation but your score is jubilation ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 10:58:48 PM
This is truly a captivating image. The child's expression and the way she looks are perfect for your interpretation of the challenge theme. Very well done, and I do hope you do well.
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06/25/2006 09:11:05 PM
Very powerful shot..
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06/25/2006 02:09:48 PM
Beautiful and hard to look at the same time. I feel that you captured the emotion very well. I would have loved to see a bit more space around her.
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06/24/2006 06:40:44 PM
Good b&w and frame filling. Timeless, great capture of emotion. 10
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06/23/2006 11:03:21 PM
completely convincing model, and a composition that makes her the unambiguous focus of the picture. 8.
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06/23/2006 06:23:07 PM
Awww...poor baby.
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06/22/2006 10:06:56 AM
Curious to know what the setup was here ... I'm assuming it wasn't what it looks like. Definitely a good compoition and authentic feeling here. 8
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06/21/2006 11:09:18 AM
Emotive, well composed and fits the theme to a "T". 10 Nice tones and contrast too.
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06/20/2006 07:41:51 PM
Excellent comp
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06/20/2006 03:23:37 PM
Rather sad image.. or should I say an image of a sad young lady. Not appealing therefore it must be desolate, right?
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06/20/2006 10:02:58 AM
excellent impactful image...superb as a b and w
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06/19/2006 10:23:55 PM
Awwwwww. How sad! Nice photo for this challenge. It does raise a desolate feeling in my heart even thinking about a beautiful little girl like her being abandoned.
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06/19/2006 07:45:09 AM
Very sad.
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06/19/2006 12:32:47 AM
Super candid. The tones are amazing, and you've captured a wonderful moment very artfully 9
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