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Challenge: Free Study 2011-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: San Pedro, California
Date: Jul 1, 2011
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2011

There is a wonderful water fountain down near where the cruise ships used to come into port in San Pedro. The same guy who did the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas did this little fountain here. Every half hour or so in the evenings, the fountains come to life and "perform" routines to music. The kids love to run up and down and play in the water (you can walk down the middle between two raised pools of water) as the fountains do their thing. This young man seemed to be conducting in time to the music, with grand sweeps of his arms through the shallow water of the fountain. Quite delightful.

(Note that I said the cruise ships used to come here. At some point this spring, they stopped. I miss seeing them docked there on the weekends. Apparently it was a combination of the economy with fewer people taking cruises and the violent situation in Mexico that sealed the fate of our little port.)

[Aug. 7th, 2011 09:01:05 PM]

VERY pleased with the comments (and favs) on this - thanks so much! Also, a special shout out to Paul and Mark for the cropping suggestion. I'm an anal retentive engineer/creature of habit and I tend to a) see the scene as I saw it, not how it could best be presented, and b) prefer to crop to keep an aspect ratio. I think 5x7 would work here to cut out the foreground water.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments!!

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Statistics
Place: 38 out of 343
Avg (all users): 6.4873
Avg (commenters): 7.8235
Avg (participants): 6.5476
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 633
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 158
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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08/08/2011 10:51:22 PM
don't crop.
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08/08/2011 04:14:36 PM
Amazing stuff Deb! I see it now for the first time, thanks to Don. So honored to be with you in his free gallery.
You produced a tru classic.
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08/08/2011 03:57:16 PM
stand by your crop. the bottom of this photo is essential.
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08/08/2011 01:51:58 PM
Love the intensity. And then there is the water. And the black and white, and the composition.
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08/08/2011 12:46:53 PM
LOVE this image!! got a 9 from me only because I ran out of time to go back and goose my scores in a second pass.
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08/08/2011 11:59:24 AM
5.3 my butt. 7 from me awesome image :)
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08/08/2011 09:29:28 AM
Great shot - completely engaging and utterly unsentimental - very fine
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08/08/2011 12:43:36 AM
terrific score - congrats!
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08/08/2011 12:13:43 AM
I thought this was yours, by what you said on the thread, i was going to mention the crop, but did'nt, still a great photo, a slice of life for the young.
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08/08/2011 12:12:26 AM
WTG Deb, gorgeous shot! the boy is amazing, the posture, the concentration, the movement, the light. well done.
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08/08/2011 12:08:28 AM
Wow this is so fantastic! Love this moment you captured. So good!
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08/08/2011 12:05:27 AM
Yay Deb. Well Done! Told you it was a wow.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2011 10:49:54 PM
stunning capture, just beautiful.



this goes into my fantasy art gallery

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08/07/2011 10:35:04 PM
Refreshing and lovely. I love the strong composition and the high contrasts. This will be a wonderful print !
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08/07/2011 09:47:40 PM
Wow... there's such a dramatic sense to this - the contrasts, the layers, the two large subjects - this is excellent!
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08/07/2011 12:09:58 PM
excellent composition
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08/07/2011 09:57:52 AM
love the energy
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08/07/2011 08:37:35 AM
The contrast and movement is amazing
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08/07/2011 04:25:03 AM
excellent
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08/06/2011 09:26:26 PM
Looks like a load of fun.
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08/06/2011 04:42:18 PM
Has a very classic and timeless feel to it.
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08/06/2011 01:53:03 PM
Still a wow.
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08/06/2011 01:08:38 PM
Perfect timing - wonderful capture!
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08/05/2011 08:49:39 PM
Very interesting shot. I like the tones on his skin and motion of the water. The white band across the bottom at a slight angle is bit of a distraction.
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08/05/2011 06:35:43 PM
A cool...ing capture.
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08/05/2011 01:29:35 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: Amazing range of contrasts here - high and stark bottom right and low top left. A really difficult lighting situation, rendered perfectly at your hand. His expression is sublime - expressing a pure moment. The image overall is highly dynamic, frozen it may be but remains communicative of movement and life.

Critical stuff: I wonder if a crop into the lowest part of the darkness may have been effective.

Overall: Lovely (even masterful) stuff.
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08/05/2011 02:42:45 AM
Terrific light and movement.
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08/04/2011 11:57:17 AM
Great shot.
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08/03/2011 12:15:14 PM
Nice shot with just enough motion blur to make it eye-catching!
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08/01/2011 04:29:01 PM
Great photo that tells a story. Looking at it I can feel the heat of the day.
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08/01/2011 12:51:19 AM
I love the figure and the splash but the fountain's white on white with no tones just drags the image down.
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08/01/2011 12:17:28 AM
Wonderful, wonderful capture...somehow reminds me of the Olympics.... 10
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