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Challenge: Something New (Classic Editing)
Collection: Family
Camera: Sony DSC-S30
Location: Canton Middle School, Canton, NC
Date: Aug 11, 2002
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 1/725
Shutter: 100
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2002

This is my nephew pretending to be entering school on the first day of kindergarten. (New clothes, bookbag, school, life, etc.)

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 168
Avg (all users): 6.4805
Avg (commenters): 7.7895
Avg (participants): 6.4186
Avg (non-participants): 6.5433
Views since voting: 1760
Votes: 256
Comments: 47
Favorites: 8 (view)


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01/11/2007 06:32:44 PM
OK now this one made me go "Awwwwwww". How very sweet or should I say bittersweet? Love the Star Wars bag. Even if he is just "pretending" this still kind of chokes me up! That'll my little one all too soon.
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08/27/2005 12:29:45 AM
If you should make a print of this available, I'd be very interested. Please do let me know.
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08/25/2005 05:55:57 PM
awww karmat - his book bag is bigger than he is! I think i'm gonna cry.
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08/22/2002 11:27:00 AM
this one really says it all and tugs at my heart strings as well...love it.(10)
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08/21/2002 04:31:00 PM
TERRIFIC PHOTO. It almost looks like one of those hand-painted cards that bring back nostalgic feelings about our youth. Job well done.
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08/19/2002 01:22:00 PM
Thanks for all of the awesome comments. I am pleased with my "Top 10" finish. To address a couple of comments, it was a touch dark, but lightening in postprocessing made teh colors do funky things. I left the column on teh right to make the little boy look smaller, and i didn't include the school name for a couple of reasons. Primarily because it is Canton MIDDLE School, and this kid is obviously not in 6th grade. None of the elementary schools around had teh right look that i wanted. Again thanks!
08/19/2002 02:02:00 AM
My niece just started kindergarten as well. This was my idea, but I never got around to taking it. You did an excelellent job. Congrats.
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08/19/2002 01:24:00 AM
great showing karma... this was my favorite photo this week... :)
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08/19/2002 12:13:00 AM
Talk about being an underrated photo! Boooo...Should have won :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/18/2002 08:03:00 PM
A new day in school :) I love how the (looking at it again, it was off on my monitor...) SCHOOL hints at what this is...and the little kid looks afraid to go in...Wonderful
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08/18/2002 06:13:00 PM
Love it.
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08/18/2002 11:03:00 AM
Great shot!!
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08/18/2002 03:27:00 AM
excellent. great composition, subject, focus. my only nitpicks: maybe a stop or two too dark, and you might want to try cropping off some of the right hand side. otherwise, everything is really great. good work.
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08/18/2002 01:29:00 AM
Great composition, the photo tells its story well.
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08/17/2002 03:19:00 AM
A shot full of feelings of apprehension - good composition, great choice of lighting (the gloomy doorway is perfect), and a cunning title ;o) Gotta give it a 10...
- Manic -
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08/16/2002 03:21:00 PM
Nice. Maybe the whole name should be visible above the entrance.
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08/16/2002 02:25:00 PM
nice shot! those were the days...
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08/16/2002 12:38:00 PM
The blue lunch bag made this photo for me. I can really feel his tension.
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08/16/2002 11:49:00 AM
This is the third time I have looked at this image, the thumbnail gets my attention with the blue bag. Then I see thge full size image I get lost in all the details, maybe a tighter crop and a slightly different angle to just focus on the child and the word 'SCHOOL' and a bit of the front door handle. Still one of my top ten picks this week.
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08/16/2002 10:52:00 AM
Nice concept that meets the challenge well. Too dark though. Composition is good.
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08/15/2002 05:01:00 PM
It looks like he's doubting if he shoud go or not. You should have given him a laser-swords too :)
Seriously, I like the strong composition of this photo and the way the blue colored bag stands out is superb. Besides that I like the way you showed the first schoolday a lot! The angle of the wall on the right is distrubing though. Maybe you should have framed/cropped the photo in such way that it would not be visable at all. That's the only reason I give it a 9 instead of a 10.
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08/15/2002 03:13:00 PM
I like the emotional hesitation this shot portrays. The clarity is very nice, but some parts seem dark to me, like the boy's arm and the entryway. I like the entryway being dark, implies a foreboding, but not the arm. 7 Swash
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08/15/2002 11:31:00 AM
This photo hits hard with me cause I have a little boy too who will be going to pre school in the near future. This could have been entered into the fear challenge too! I love how you captured the word school in the photo like that. Wouldn't make as much sense if you had left that out. Really nice photo. I only slightly understood the title the first time I glanced through and voted now I see the little lunch bag. That's too cute. Great job and good luck in the challenge.
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08/15/2002 06:58:00 AM
This is my favorite photo this week :) The bright blue bag against the flat background is excellent... I love the sense of 'new' and the sense of 'fear' in this photo... great work :) = 10 - jmsetzler
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08/15/2002 05:08:00 AM
This is a great image. It conveys so much – my interpretation is first day at (a new) school. The child in the picture has been – by accident or by design – posed to perfection. A great title would have been 'I need a hug'. The loneliness conveyed makes you want to reach out and reassure the little chap that everything's going to be all right. The angle produces a superb sense of scale and creates a feeling of trepidation for both the child and the onlooker. This is a really professionally executed shot and deserves 10 easily. Great shot all round, good luck…
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08/14/2002 11:06:00 PM
excellent perspective and sharpness..draws one into the picture
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08/14/2002 02:09:00 PM
Oh, this is just wonderful. You can just feel the hesitation. :)
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08/14/2002 02:04:00 PM
This is definitely a fitting subject. I can almost feel the aprehension myself. The large open archway looks inviting but the shadow and darkness of the archway still make it look scary (in the mind of a 6 year old, that is).
Score: 7
Courtenay
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08/13/2002 10:40:00 PM
Find this a powerful and compelling image. It conveys strongly the feelings of awe and being overwhelmed this child must feel when entering school for the first day. I bet you will get some comments on why you did not crop out the right wall but I think it adds dimension to the overwhelming environment the child finds it in. You may also get comments on the doors being too dark and not having enough detail. Again, I suppose you did so deliberately to add to the child's feelings of darkness and awe. Well done. -9 Journey
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08/13/2002 10:24:00 PM
Where are all the other kids? Not a very new school stairway.
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08/13/2002 09:36:00 PM
Nicely done. This photo gives you a real feeling of going to school.
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08/13/2002 06:16:00 PM
Something new.
Composition - quite good
Technical Aspects - quite good
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality – quite good
Jim msp
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08/13/2002 05:04:00 PM
brave soul ! wonderful picture
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08/13/2002 06:17:00 AM
first day of school? good work, i like it yes good :-)
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08/13/2002 01:37:00 AM
Very, very creative and different. I like the perspective, also.
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08/13/2002 12:37:00 AM
Great interpretation of the challenge. Good pose on the subject, good framing, composition.
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08/12/2002 09:43:00 PM
Composition8
Technical Aspects7
Appeal6
Creativity7
Rating7Autool
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08/12/2002 09:18:00 PM
Ohhh my gosh! How cute! What a great idea and done with some good humor. Excellent. Thanks, this just made my voting time so much more enjoyable.
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08/12/2002 08:02:00 PM
a very nice pciture. I love the little boy!
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08/12/2002 07:45:00 PM
A rather poignant shot. I can feel his pain! I really like this shot, and at first thought that I would rather see his face, but after coming back to it, I think that his position and posture say it all. lhall
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08/12/2002 05:13:00 PM
I feel a desperate need to crop and rotate this... I even saved as just to satisfy the urge in photoshop, but mindful of copyright and invasion of privacy I have now deleted it completely from my PC. Lovely subject matter and I love that you have him facing the school rather than you. I find the image overall too dark.
6, Kavey
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08/12/2002 04:45:00 PM
very nice. love the composition. i really like the contrast of the blue bag compared to the more muted reds and greys of the school building. i also like the the little boy looking at the school instead of at the camera.
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08/12/2002 04:12:00 PM
Great idea...cute...
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08/12/2002 02:24:00 PM
We all know how THAT felt like... Like the picture a lot.
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08/12/2002 12:58:00 PM
He's so small!! Be patient young padewan!
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08/12/2002 10:53:00 AM
great shot.
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08/12/2002 07:36:00 AM
LOVE the concept - new school. Excellent thinking. Excellent framing too. Just lacking a little natural light to make it a perfect shot. Really love it, though.
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