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Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D300
Location: Monterosso
Date: Jul 10, 2009
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jan 18, 2010

this technically is nothing flash but i love how the little girl appears to not have a care in the world as she walks up this alleyway home in Monterosso Italy.

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Place: 244 out of 445
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Votes: 249
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02/05/2010 07:19:49 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Ah, selective desat, love or hate it as the commenters made obvious. I like it so long as it works for the shot, and as I personally did a shot very like this for precisely the same reason - to highlight a little girl's aloneness - I am very taken with it. The tall buildings flanking her and the b/w give almost a Hitchcockian feel to the shot, like something awful might happen to her. But not yet.

Yes, the usual rule of thirds is *dangerously* close to being violated here. Good! Rules should be bent every so often. The light is a little hard, but helps highlight how alone she is imho. The swing of her dress, one foot lifted, swing of her hands and pigtail...she looks like she has a sense of purpose about her. As a child I was a loner too, and she seems to have that same sense of confidence about her. I don't sense trepidation or fear on her part.

Overall, I think this shot should have placed much higher with the carefreeness of the girl standing out in stark contrast to her surroundings.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

Susan
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 09:41:16 PM
I love this image..select desat works well for this little one (hopefully she's heading home and not lost !)
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01/28/2010 07:20:52 AM
Not really a big fan of selective desats in general, and while this is one of the better uses of it, I still don't like it particularly. All B&W or all colour and I would probably have preferred this.
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01/28/2010 01:09:44 AM
reasonable good use of spot editing here. Nice presentation of scale, 6
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01/27/2010 01:50:22 PM
What and absalutely cute pic. It works 100% Amazing what difference this little girl makes to the pic and the feelings it evokes amidst the jumble of buildings towering above her. 9 Im a sucker for this
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01/26/2010 07:45:27 PM
I like the selective desat......7
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01/25/2010 08:06:16 PM
Nicely composed. The building's height and deep really make this an interesting shot. Bravo.
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01/25/2010 05:22:39 PM
pretty cool shot. I think the time of day brought out light that just wasnt right, at least to me
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01/24/2010 09:14:54 PM
nice overall, but lacks wow factor for me
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01/24/2010 06:09:32 PM
really nice de-saturation
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01/24/2010 03:06:15 PM
nice capture
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01/23/2010 10:23:24 PM
I like the setup. The buildings are cluttered with the conduits and electrical boxes, which detracts from the otherwise timeless feel of the location.
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01/23/2010 06:01:41 PM
Great use of selective desat. Has a lonely feel to it.
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01/23/2010 11:10:59 AM
I am a selective desaturation hater. However, this is darling. The light on the girl is superb, as is the composition.
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01/23/2010 10:21:31 AM
"Just Say No" to selective desat. It kind of works here, actually, but I think black and white alone would have been more rewarding.
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01/23/2010 04:32:37 AM
Nicely framed with interesting elements at all four corners. Midday lighting a bit harsh.
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01/23/2010 02:44:30 AM
many times i am a fan of this treatment but i am not sure that it is necessary here.
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01/22/2010 06:45:20 PM
Very nice shot. I like the selective desat.
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01/22/2010 12:52:30 PM
An interesting location, but there are a lot of elements and distractions to grab the eye. The black and white contrasting against the slight red of the dress does help draw the attention to the girl in the image, however she does seem a little small in the image.........it does help emphasis her alone status though......The very tall crop though I dont think really was needed, as plenty of dead space and distracting elements could have been removed at the upper part of the image with a more conventional crop ratio
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01/22/2010 12:02:19 PM
This is quite interesting. Almost has an optical illusion to it, like she's standing in front of a mural of an alley way. I like it.
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