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The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence

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Challenge: Serendipity (Basic Editing I)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart C200
Location: Parking lot
Date: Apr 19, 2004
Aperture: auto
ISO: auto
Shutter: auto
Galleries: Family, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Apr 19, 2004

My sweet lil Derbi pausing to enjoy the rain in the midst of puddle splashes.

My C200 shoots red really hot so it's slightly desaturated, colors adjusted + sharpen.

Place: 5 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.4175
Avg (commenters): 7.8621
Avg (participants): 6.2190
Avg (non-participants): 6.5333
Views since voting: 3582
Votes: 285
Comments: 58
Favorites: 31 (view)

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12/05/2008 08:29:19 AM
Great image!
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06/05/2008 06:21:44 PM
So nice. I like shadows and lights in this one!
01/24/2008 07:22:12 PM
Really love the slight desaturation, it adds a whole lot to the shot, love her expression, also a nice composition.
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12/20/2007 11:46:10 PM
Oh, the title is sooooo perfect. Her upturned face and expression are simply wonderful, as is your composition. Well done!
12/13/2007 07:05:09 PM
stumbled across this shot and i'm so glad i did! this was before my time on dpc..love this...its so adorable...adding to my faves right now!
03/01/2007 08:48:40 PM
Beautiful shot. The expression on her face in great and the composition is perfect. I like this.
03/01/2007 06:58:44 PM
12/23/2004 08:44:09 PM
Congrats, Kali. I'm surprised I didn't see this image sooner. Great composition and excellent shot. Sorry to hear it was DQ'd :(
05/04/2004 11:55:32 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Nice to "meet" you Kali.

What can I say about this shot? It's fantastic. How come you didn't get DQ'd when you submit your info? *shrug* Strange.

Anyways - congrats on the purple ribbon. I don't think there's much to critique here. Maybe the top center of the photo is a tad overexposed? Maybe the real problem is that I didn't take this photo? :)

Good job and continued good luck!

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04/30/2004 09:48:16 AM
Hi Kali, let me congratulate you on the "purple ribbon" and a great shot. You are a great example for that it's not always the camera, but the photographer and imagination what makes a good photo. I love all the negative space you have included here, and the expressions on the girl's face. Way to gooo! :-)
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04/30/2004 12:01:56 AM
Oh... there were some comments about the shadow... it's a tree.
Does kinda look like a person waving 'eh!
04/29/2004 11:24:18 PM
Heh... well I've submitted the original and I'm still not DQ'd!
YAY for leinency? and HONESTY... and again for making 5th place :)

04/29/2004 01:20:37 AM
Wow, what a beautiful pic! Great job, and adorable child!!!
04/29/2004 12:54:22 AM

I hope you do find the time to put this image in your portfolio...I have marked as a favorite:) I know how it feels to be DQ'd....no fun:( huerts even more to know why

Good luck to future challenges.

04/28/2004 06:31:25 PM
i wish you would have won!

extremely lovely shot. and your child is precious.
04/28/2004 11:40:18 AM
Hi Everybody!
YAY I made the top 5 :)

Some sad news is that I didn't have my date / time set within my camera for this very "Serendipitous" shot. So of course I will be disqualified. Oh well... at least I know I'm getting better at pleasing the very picky DPC crowd and that it is possible for me to reach the top 10 even with my little point and shoot.

Thanks for all the wonderful... and not so wonderful comments.

PLEASE make sure you're date/time is set within your camera!


Message edited by author 2004-04-28 11:41:24.
04/28/2004 09:44:31 AM
wow! congrats on your placement!!!!
04/28/2004 08:51:32 AM
04/28/2004 12:10:22 AM
Hey, Girl! Look what you did! Congratulations, you made top 5.
04/28/2004 12:09:10 AM
Wow ,I can believe my eyes ! perfect 10 !!!

Message edited by author 2004-04-28 03:05:42.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2004 01:07:01 PM
This image works overall, despite some focus problems. By placing the subject in the upper right corner and cropping out any distracting details, the photograhper shows they know their stuff. It really works on a compositional level. It looks as though the photographer was trying hard to get the relfection in sharp focus and overlooked the fact that the girls face and most of her jacket were out of focus. I can't help feel an opportunity was lost when they photographer failed to make the contrast of the red of her jacket and the wet blacktop the main focus. My choice would have been to sacrifice some loss of sharpness in the reflection for more focus on the girl's face. The girl's expression, the sharp contrast of the black-and-white polka dot boots and the swirls in the reflection almost make up for it. Overall, this is the best I've seen so far and I would like to see more by this photographer. Kudos!
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04/27/2004 10:42:03 AM
04/27/2004 12:12:29 AM
I love it!
04/26/2004 02:40:12 PM
Great mood, but could be sharper !... nice moment !
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04/26/2004 05:41:51 AM
I want to see the original. Great photo. Emotionally speaking is outstanding. But seems a little spot edited to me.
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04/25/2004 09:29:18 PM
This really was serendipity to get this shot. I'm sure you couldn't have directed her to pose that way. I like the raindrops and the reflection, and especially the look on her face. 10
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04/24/2004 01:21:14 PM
I quite like this photograph, I think it might have been better to be happy splashing in the water, rate this a 7
04/24/2004 12:08:52 PM
I love this shot. Serendipity defined! 10.
04/24/2004 09:06:04 AM
that smile makes this one
04/24/2004 01:54:42 AM
I don't know whether you've desaturated part of the imge to get this effect or not - but it REALLY WORKS! The composition is great - although I initially thought I'd tell you to crop some from the left. Bottom line - one of the the best submissions.

Message edited by author 2004-04-28 09:41:40.
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04/23/2004 05:15:47 PM
that expression! you've captured the moment here. One of my ribbon picks. Suggestions for improvement?? - light spot a top center detracts my eye a bit from the main subject -- not sure what darkening the image would do to the raindrops??
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04/23/2004 05:46:10 AM
Love this idea for this photo, the colours on the girl's coat contrast wonderfully on the grey of the tarmac and her being off centre in the frame works well. The facial expression is superb and I think the serendipity is met by the girl taking pleasure in something we would normally find depressing.
The two negatives I have is thay it is hard to tell on a small image but the girl does not appear to be pin sharp and the large shadow surrouding her (Is it the photograher's?) is distracting.
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04/23/2004 01:07:23 AM
Serendipitous to catch this pose and composition!
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04/22/2004 11:47:30 PM
Can you say RIBBON WINNER? Great job!
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04/22/2004 11:01:48 PM
This has a peaceful, more indirect, and more definite sense of serendipity than the other photos here. It works very well. Thanks for not putting a paragraph into your title to explain it! It takes a little longer to sense it, but it makes you appreciate the photo tons more.
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04/22/2004 08:29:42 PM
I like the concept of this shot quite a bit and the colors. The child's face looks like a doll - the contrast is a little too great - though the muted dreamy/nostalgia colors work well. The composition is nice, with the line of the puddle pointing to the girl and the large expanse of raindrops.
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04/22/2004 06:08:33 PM
Great photo - I love it!!! IMO it even meets the challenge that the girl was rained on by accident but she dicovered how nice it is...
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04/22/2004 04:12:02 PM
very good. would likely get a higher score in a different challenge
04/22/2004 01:27:40 PM
Sorry, I don't see how it meets the challenge. But I like the composition.
04/22/2004 10:53:07 AM
Pure & refreshing
04/22/2004 10:16:25 AM
great picture, one of the few I'm looking at and considered a very natural example of serendipity...I'm a sharpness freak, but I think the slight blur lends itself well to this picture. I almost see here swaying and really moving to enjoy the rain. Great. That expression captures the moment.
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04/22/2004 08:26:32 AM
I don't know how serendipitous this is, but I really like the photograph. I could see this as one of those "human interest" photos in a daily paper. I do like the use of negative space. Nice capture.
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04/22/2004 03:04:45 AM
well done. <9>
04/22/2004 01:37:19 AM
Sheer love of life.
04/22/2004 12:19:32 AM
amazingly beautiful. the rare treat of being in the rain as a child... it brings back memories. = 10
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04/21/2004 09:12:23 PM
Excellent sense of composition here. Love how (presumably) your shadow lends contrast to the main subject.
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04/21/2004 09:02:44 PM
Fun shot. Enjoyed it.
04/21/2004 07:34:20 PM
I like how the red rain coat stands out from the rest of the photo. Good framing and I like the shadow that appears under her feet. I would have given it an even highter score if the jacket had bit a bit sharper. Great shot.
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04/21/2004 06:13:36 PM
This could be THE one! Beautifully done! I love the idea of the happy discovery of feeling rain fall on your face.
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04/21/2004 01:43:23 PM
Just excellent, I love the rain as well.
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04/21/2004 11:46:52 AM
I originally scored this much lower because of questionable relevnce to the theme. But I kept coming back to it and with each visit appreciated it more and more. I really like the composition, levels and color.
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04/21/2004 10:55:40 AM
This is Great picture! The best I´ve seen so far and my first 10, Good luck :)
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04/21/2004 09:13:24 AM
Absolutly wonderful! +10
I my mind it fits the challenge perfectly. In the age of innocens rain is a pleasent surprise.
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04/21/2004 02:16:16 AM
Wonderful color treatment. Amazing to catch the raindrops just so. Pointing out the obvious: some blur on her cost. Too much negative space for me - she's gourgeous and should be focused on, plus you're getting more bang for the buck on the raindrops around her shadow. In my top 5, easily (8)
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04/21/2004 01:43:41 AM
04/21/2004 01:20:48 AM
It's in my top 15 even though the subject seems a little out of focus . It has power and emotion and that makes up for any technical flaws in my opinion. Good Luck
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04/21/2004 01:06:52 AM
Let me explain why I would vote high on this one. The expression on this tiny soulís face is totally cute as she discovers something else that is totally cool. Even if a photographer might set this up or wait all day to capture this shot, for me it would be serendipitous if I just happened to walk by as she did this, because it would make my day wonderful, and that could be what the author is saying.
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