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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: 6th Avenue, New York City
Date: Sep 3, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Urban, Candid
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2006

This little girl was lost on 6th Avenue in NYC during a street fair. A short time later, we saw her dad making his way through the crowd. What caught my eye was that we usually think of the police chasing after the bad guys. But here we have the little girl doing what her parents probably told her to do -- if you need help, find a policeman.

I usually write down exactly what I have done during post processing, and this time was no different, but I seem to have lost the little piece of paper I wrote it on, so I try to list my steps from memory:

select the policeman and little girl
with them selected: levels, shadow/highlight, USM
inverse the selection, so the background is selected: channel mixer to turn it b&w
I guess I didn't select them well, because I was left with a greenish/reddish/whitish halo in certain places, so I did some burning/healing/cloning to get rid of the halo.
Then a couple of strokes for the frame

I really don't know how well this will do. I hope it does well, because I really like it. I did the selective desat because it just didn't really have a lot of "pop" in all color or all black & white. I had some other photos that might have done okay, but I just I like this one so much more. With Free Studies, I want to do things I've never done before, so this one I did two things: street candid & selective desat

When I open the original at 100%, I can read the officer's name tag. I've thought about maybe getting one printed and sending it to him.

Place: 95 out of 615
Avg (all users): 6.1959
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.1523
Avg (non-participants): 6.3488
Views since voting: 1610
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 194
Comments: 28
Favorites: 6 (view)

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05/15/2007 04:52:49 AM
you caught a lovely moment here. the desat works really well.
thanks for the photo.
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05/04/2007 07:33:43 AM
What a touching moment! I love your use of selective desat here. The poor little girl seems to be not only lost, but to have wet her pants as well. She'll remember this day for a long time, and you captured it all perfectly.
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12/27/2006 11:03:47 PM
Great moment you have captured here... I like the use of the selective desat...Well done!
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12/27/2006 08:34:50 PM
This is amazing. I love what you did with the B&W background and the color.

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12/27/2006 07:39:00 PM
Oh my goodness how very precious! Beautiful moment captured. Making it a favorite.
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10/12/2006 10:36:26 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I'm delighted I got this image. I thought it a very strong image when I saw it in and after the challenge. It tells a story - one that almost takes one back in time a bit. What I like is the way you've shot this nearly from her perspective height-wise. By doing so, the only other faces you see are the officer who's helping her, and the other child in the background looking on. The legs and bodies of all the other adults are going in all directions, heedless to the plight of the young lady - only the other child seems to notice. Another element that adds to the emotion of this shot is the fact you can't see the officer's eyes. It's the young lady's predicament that's captured. He's there to help, yes, but without his eyes visible, her face has much more weight.

Though to my eyes you did the desaturation well, I do think it works better completely in black and white. I like that you tried something new with the desaturation and understand your desire to bring focus to what you're trying to show, but pure black and white lets the image speak for itself in my opinion.

A wonderful capture. Your notes indicate you're quite fond of it (which to me is what's important) and the placement and score are very good (imo) for a "street candid" in a free study.
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10/09/2006 06:05:41 PM
I'm usually not a fan of selective desat because it looks so unreal... but in this case I didn't even realize you'd done it until I read your comments. I was completely focused on the little girl and police officer. The other thing I like about this photo is the little girl in the background who seems to be watching what is going on. Overall, this is a fantastic shot that has captured the moment well. And as for sending the offer a print of the picture, go for it! I'm sure he would apprecaite it! :)
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10/09/2006 01:37:48 PM
Technicals: sharp, focused, good delineation of subjects and background. I never have much to say on technicals when the shot is 6+. You need great technicals to get that score on this site.

The feel: The true strength of the shot. I didn't see this one in voting, but I would have likely started at a 7. However, I think your choice of selective desat worked against you. At least, your choice to selective desat and then not mute the colors of the subjects. The feel of the shot is one of fear, sympathy, and, to parents, never wanting to be in that situation. The bright colors of the subject works against all those emotions. I do like selective desat, but I would have done it with complete desat of the background and then partial desat of the subjects. Another ballsy method would have been to separate the subjects with the background with image grain. Again, because of the emotion of the shot, image grain may have been perfect. Some burning of the background too. Had you captured the emotion at the same time as you separated the subjects (with whatever means), I would have likely gone with an 8+ which means a very good picture.

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10/08/2006 10:12:45 PM
I agree with the other commenters who said this photo tells a compelling story. May I suggest that you send a print of this photo to the NYCPD. It projects a law enforcement officer in a positive light. Law enforcement people have a thankless job. The media is too quick to show negative images to boost ratings. Police everywhere have learned to put up with it. The occassional positive image and a well meaning, "Thank you" goes a long way to boost moral.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 06:57:16 PM
Compelling image. I think it would have even more impact if it was cropped more tightly at the top to just a bit above the police officer's hat. Your desaturation is good, but the tighter crop would really force the viewer to focus on the wonderful interaction you have captured. Good work!!
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10/07/2006 12:51:27 PM
Ah, lovely use of partial desat. Great comp and story. Hope this gets the recognition it deserves.
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10/05/2006 03:34:32 AM
the selective desat really works well here...it's not always received well on DPC, but I think in this case you made the best possibly PP decision
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10/05/2006 02:11:30 AM
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10/04/2006 10:06:44 PM
it's a shame to see such a well-composed, emotive shot turned into a mere gimmick by selective desaturation.
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10/03/2006 09:42:07 PM
Oh, my goodness! This little girl looks so scared. You were really able to create a story with this photo. Also like the desaturated background. Great work!
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10/03/2006 10:15:03 AM
what a fabulous capture.. love everything about it from the selective saturation to the expressions to the little hair thingy on the ground 10++
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10/02/2006 02:06:03 PM
Nice capture. IMO full desaturation here might have worked better. I really love how theres a kid in the background holding her parent's hand...Interesteing contrast
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10/02/2006 07:20:49 AM
awesome selective desaturation makes the officer and little girl really pop...I love the way the image tells a story...title is right on...good luck
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10/02/2006 02:21:00 AM
this is common here , hope she finds them.
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10/01/2006 11:59:40 PM
Very touching scene and you captured emotions of it very well. Nicely done!
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10/01/2006 09:53:13 PM
A very powerful image, assuming it wasn't staged (and it doesn't look like it was)!

I'm not usually a fan of desaturating things like this because people do it arbitrarily all the time. I actually think it works exceptionally well here. I think the desaturation has a symbolic effect, emphasizing the fact that the whole word seems like a dark, gray, scary kind of place to the little girl. All she has here is herself and the guy she's counting on to help her. My first 10 of the challenge.
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10/01/2006 08:35:27 PM
or Busted! ACtually, yours is a much better title. Nice capture. Nice use of de-sat.
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10/01/2006 08:15:15 PM
nice moment
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10/01/2006 06:47:37 PM
really to bad about the shadow below the policeman ... looks like he had an accident ,,,,
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10/01/2006 06:04:21 PM
What a good shot this is...10
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10/01/2006 04:39:37 PM
very nice..love the desat of people in background and ponytail holder on ground to right of her feet.. perhaps officers face and upper body and her face/hair should be lighter? gl in challenge 9
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10/01/2006 03:01:26 PM
Great use of selective colour.
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10/01/2006 03:26:41 AM
awww, that's so cute and sad. great capture and treatment.
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