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bspurgeon


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Challenge: Sand (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Sand Box
Date: Jan 2, 2009
Aperture: 4
ISO: 640
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2009

Week 2, Photo-a-Week 2009. Borrowed from the sand challenge because I love the photograph.

Nephew 2 of 3, Nicolai. Taken late in the day at a park.

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I chose the shallow DOF to present those pudgey toes prominently. They are not painted, just an effect of the BW processing.

I also happen to like the depth of the negative space. For me, it makes me wonder about the location. Particulrly because he appears to dressed warmly, so I imagine him on a cold, windswept beach in the winter, with less adventourous parents scowling at the audacity of an infant freezing in the sand. Naturally they don't see the smile and joy of wonderment in his eyes as he looks out over the Pacific while exploring the scratchy stuff on his hands and feet.

Come on, you did not get that from the photograph!? ;)

Statistics
Place: 39 out of 124
Avg (all users): 5.8553
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.6522
Avg (non-participants): 5.9434
Views since voting: 791
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 152
Comments: 33
Favorites: 0


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02/27/2009 08:39:33 PM
DOF is perfect, imho. Love the choice of sepia-tone for the sand challenge lol
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01/31/2009 11:45:37 AM
This is one of those shots that is really good... and I'm itchin to see it in a diptych with a more full shot of him..
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01/23/2009 12:57:23 PM
Interesting as well although not as good as the first. Very crisp and sharp though and good use of shallow DOF.
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01/20/2009 11:35:53 PM
This is a perfect companion piece to the other sandbox shot. This is too good to get a higher score from many of the DPC voters, such a shame.
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01/17/2009 03:52:32 PM
Seems this should've scored higher, but hey, what do I know? Love the simplicity of the hands and feet - adds to the story, imo.
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01/17/2009 11:19:18 AM
Just stumbled upon this when looking at another entry in the sand challenge. I didn't vote in this challenge but would have voted this high. I love that it's different and the DOF is wonderful. Precious little sandy toesies were captured beautifully...makes me feel the texture of the pudgy little warm toes and the course cool sand. Nice.
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01/17/2009 11:13:30 AM
This one is also great in the series. I didn't like sepia colors though compared the the first one. Excellent DOF.
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01/16/2009 03:09:47 PM
Also a very nice photo, although I prefer the more B&W of week 1.
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01/14/2009 08:40:14 PM
I didn't vote on this challenge, but I certainly would have voted this high. Again, the tones are very nice.
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01/14/2009 08:50:22 AM
Very nice. I love the composition!!
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01/13/2009 08:58:05 PM
Wow, this is such a great shot! Just wish the hand were not in the way of the rest of the foot.
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01/12/2009 06:49:33 PM
I agree the toes make it
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01/12/2009 05:43:15 PM
No doubt about it for me. The DOF isolates the subject perfectly and the whole composition is very evocative of childhood fun in the sand. Very under rated imho.
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01/12/2009 01:06:40 PM
Personally, I think this is wonderful. More DOF wouldn't add anything at all.
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01/12/2009 11:47:57 AM
I can see the dichotomy of opinion on the focus - maybe on that redundant space top left as well - but those yikkle pudgy toes just win it all...
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01/12/2009 10:50:21 AM
Your in-challenge commenters are divided on the dof: some like it, some don't. I'm in the "wish there were more dof" camp, but it's a charming photo nonetheless. Should've scored higher in my opinion.
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01/12/2009 08:31:23 AM
YOU WIN! Best photo of the year and it's only January! I love this, so much emotion and wonder. Should have won!
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01/12/2009 06:38:08 AM
Beautiful and strange!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/11/2009 09:36:40 PM
very nice!
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01/11/2009 09:32:28 PM
beautiful and alive.
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01/11/2009 07:28:06 PM
This is touching.
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01/11/2009 06:03:20 PM
Wonderful DOF
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01/11/2009 01:17:48 PM
Perfect for this challenge and a lovely photo on it's own.
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01/11/2009 09:45:07 AM
Nice textures here. Looks good in black and white.
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01/07/2009 08:08:49 PM
Great DOF.
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01/06/2009 11:16:45 PM
Cute - polished toes and all.
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01/06/2009 11:34:52 AM
beautiful picture!....
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01/06/2009 07:00:20 AM
7.25 - Nice feel with the processing, that and the angle/image itself helps me feel the sand too. I like the composition but I'm too distracted by the oof fore, once I notice it. Like the focal point(s) though and the vague background.
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01/06/2009 01:10:48 AM
this is sooooo adorable!!!!
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01/05/2009 01:25:47 PM
Baby toes + stubby fingers + DOF + great textures + sepia = top 10 shot.
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01/05/2009 08:40:47 AM
That the toenails are painted made me smile. I would like to have seen more DOF but it still is fun and made me smile. Good photos always evoke emotion and this one does.
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01/05/2009 01:00:27 AM
Fantastic Shot! 10 from me.
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01/05/2009 12:43:30 AM
really nice duotone, perfect depth of field and a nice story going on here 8
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