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You do the weeding Mum, I'm going to mow the lawn!
You do the weeding Mum, I'm going to mow the lawn!
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Children's Toy III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: the lawn
Date: Mar 6, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Snapshot, Children
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2010

I despise basic editing! I had this shot in mind and convinced my 4yo to help. He "helped" for less than a minute before the shoot was over. In that time I hadn't managed to get my wife and 2yo out of the frame, adjust my position to obscure the house in the background, or get the camera settings correct. The end result is having to explain the person in the background via the title and a horrendous time editing with an image that started off being underexposed. I never quite got it right.

I bribed him to redo it the next day but he insisted on a stripped shirt and wouldn't wear the goggles, hat, or ear-muffs. The sun was also out in force so there were harsh shadows everywhere. At least he's starting to be receptive to modelling.

As for the shot, right from the start I thought of this sort of POV and this shot isn't far from the vision. It's just the editing that gives this a look I'm not that thrilled with but I can't seem to get the skin tones correct and have the rest of the shot look ok too. Even B&W doesn't look good. A selective desat was an ok option but it didn't fill my vision. I figure my wife in the background (trying to catch the 2yo, not weeding) will cost 0.5 a point and the dubious editing will cost another. I'll be happy if this shot ends up in the 5.5+ range.


Statistics
Place: 5 out of 139
Avg (all users): 6.2166
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.0847
Avg (non-participants): 6.2658
Views since voting: 2391
Views during voting: 398
Votes: 217
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/22/2010 03:10:25 PM
Originally posted by Magnum_za:

Oh man really nice composition, pity about the bloke bending over in the BG, still an 8


Ooops! I seldom read the title and prefer to appreciate the craftsmanship of the image without being biased by a title. Apologies to "Mum"!
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03/20/2010 11:22:23 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.
Hello Gerry, Im Alan.

With a 6th place and a 6+ score I think you found a connection with the majority of the voters, that I personally found to be a creative take on a somewhat boring challenge. Your childs facial expression is perfect as well as the sky. Improvements? Except for the sky the colors look a tiny bit flat. I also feel your wife is but a minor distraction, explaining her in the title was unnecessary, a more creative title might have bumped the score a tiny amount. One other thing I would have done is apply a bit of Topaz Detail (disclaimer; Some topaz products are legal some questioned in basic, please check with SC with anything you do with this product) Free trial on the Topaz website (No, I do not have any association with Topaz).
All in all, had I voted I would had rated a 8..

If you have any questions on my insights please feel free to PM me.
Alan.
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03/17/2010 11:44:36 AM
LOL ! Congrats on your star!
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03/17/2010 05:35:23 AM
This was my top vote, I really like this, well done!

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03/17/2010 03:06:27 AM
Loved this one. Great job - congrats on 6th!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/15/2010 09:36:50 PM
Great shot! Love it.
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03/13/2010 11:07:24 PM
Great angle and perspective. I'm looking forward to see what lens you used. Cute model, of course. You knew that. 9
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03/13/2010 04:51:17 PM
Great perspective! The clouds look a little odd around the edges of the trees and I think the image is a little underexposed (especially on his face), but overall I love this photo :D
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03/12/2010 01:50:22 PM
Oh man really nice composition, pity about the bloke bending over in the BG, still an 8
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03/12/2010 12:46:43 AM
cool shot, love the red mower, and the clouds in the background.
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03/12/2010 12:36:06 AM
nice perspective
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03/11/2010 10:19:07 AM
Clever POV!
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03/10/2010 02:56:27 PM
Back to comment: I'm not a big fan of the processing
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03/10/2010 12:17:53 PM
the mom in the background is distracting.
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03/10/2010 07:36:48 AM
Adorable and nice perspective.
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03/10/2010 04:34:36 AM
Oh just pay the nice man to come every week. He char onny twenny fi dollah!
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