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After Curfew

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Challenge: Negative Space (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Concord, California, USA
Date: Sep 10, 2002
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 12, 2002

Shot at Isaac's new elementary school. Uncropped; tone curve used to make it look more like night.

Place: 117 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.1401
Avg (commenters): 6.3846
Avg (participants): 5.0940
Avg (non-participants): 5.1818
Views since voting: 1106
Votes: 314
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/23/2002 03:39:00 AM
Thanks for all your comments. I think hbunch has my interpretation most correct -- this is a "negative" space in the societal as well as photographic context. Those tetherballs are surrounded by a space which should be filled with kids -- since I shot it right in the middle of the school day it's amazing I got a shot with no one in it except someone way off in the distant trees. I darkened the overall look to make it more depressing-looking; maybe a brightly-lit daytime scene with no kids would be better? You can link to the unaltered frame at:

 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2002 02:25:00 AM
Everyone's gone home. Good shot. I like how the dark look is used in this shot to show that it's past curfew. good job. 7
09/20/2002 12:20:00 AM
if this was taken during the night using an extended exposure, its really cool.
09/17/2002 01:33:00 PM
What I see in this image falls into my category of 'empty space' rather than 'negative space'. I don't necessarily believe that the two are the same... - jmsetzler
09/17/2002 12:06:00 AM
09/16/2002 05:50:00 PM
I looked for the subject, and concluded that it was the emply play area. That leaves the rest of the photo (the sky) to be the neg. space. However, if I look at it that way, then it's pretty boring. I then thought that you might have tried to convey negative space of the photo with negative space of the UNUSED play area. Unfortunately, I don't think they are the same, however, I wont count it against you for 2 reasons...1 not everyone went to college for art. and 2, this does portray a form of negative or "unused" space. so there...challenge met. lol. On to the photo. The lighting is great. I like the shadow of the tether ball in the front. The circles and lines make for nice patterns, and the sky is very nice. the angle and framing are excelent, and the focus and clarity are also very nice. Overall good photo! Good luck in the challenge. ~hbunch7187~
09/16/2002 05:25:00 PM
wonderful. I wouldn't change a thing
09/16/2002 05:13:00 PM
i like the mood of this photo.
09/16/2002 04:27:00 PM
Meets the challenge but could be improved imo. The horizon splits the image in half and could be better using the 3rds princple. Good luck in the challenge...it's a tough one! Grayce aka Gracious
09/16/2002 11:02:00 AM
you have everything line up right--like the white lines--i know your title--like to have seen it lighter
09/16/2002 10:38:00 AM
Trash or something on the right is distracting! I like this shot very much but can't give it higher then a 6. Justine.
09/16/2002 08:24:00 AM
I love this photo. The Tetherballs all in a row is wonderful, and use of extended exposure makes for some really nice coloration. One of my favorites this challenge.
09/16/2002 02:37:00 AM
nice spooky TRON (the movie) kind of environment........ works with the natural horizon line in a wierd way, but not that graphicly strong
09/16/2002 02:05:00 AM
Composition: Space a bit too busy , I think that I would have cropped to just the center 5 Lighting: good and DOF good 6 , Appeal: 4 , Total Rating 5 Sulamk

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