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Looking out for Alec       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       22nd place, 11 points
1/100s, f4, ISO 80, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: crop, resize, USM, minor clone       Extra Info: None
 
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Jade O.
Aug 17, 2010
    Akebono. Pleased you like Colville's style especially since I see many of his visual qualities in many of your photos.

Una. I think for most of us, our reaction to whether to vote for an image is a matter of personal preferences. For me, this image is superior to my last 14 Main entries (with the possible exception of my Circle shot of the Humber Bridge) yet the last 14 managed to make the top ten and this one ended up 22nd! No doubt the number of quality entries also had something to do with it but this still finished in the bottom 25% and I assume everyone has some positive or negative views on every entry--I always enjoy comments which critique because it often allows me to see things in a way that I was not able to before.

akebono
Aug 17, 2010
    I liked many of the works of Colville... Thanks fori introducing him to me...

Cheers!

Akebono

Una
Aug 17, 2010
    Hi Jade, I liked the simplicity, and the meditative aspect, but it was such a strong field this time, with so many different themes, maybe your pic just had a hard time to win recognition.

Jade O.
Aug 17, 2010
    Thanks, Akebono! I really appreciate the detailed and honest critique. It is helpful to know how others view the image, especially when the comments come from one whose images I often admire.

I liked this image because firstly I achieved exactly what I was trying to obtain - the barren stylistic background, with the silhouette which still reveals details with subtle lighting.

I thought this image was in style was in of some Canadian artists whose work I very much admire, Christopher Pratt and Alex Colville.

See:
http://cybermuse.gallery.ca/cybermuse/search/artist_work_e.jsp?iartistid=4433

and:

http://www.google.ca/images?q=alex+colville&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=SEj&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&prmd=io&source=lnms&tbs=isch:1&ei=ZKdqTPjhJYH6lwekudGcAQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&ved=0CBAQ_AU&biw=1024&bih=574

I thought the image was very much photorealist and minimalist.

For that reason, I also voted your Open entry into my top ten, and I, for some reason was the only one to vote for your photo contest winner, Adventure Ahead,
http://www.panachallenge.com/challenge/show_entry.php?entry=6067&challenge=94

which reminded me a lot of Alex Colville's To Prince Edward Island:

http://www.oceaninteriors.ca/9-OceanInteriorsGO-SURFING-Weblinks.html

Of course, my main entry in the -ain Challenge

http://www.panachallenge.com/challenge/show_entry.php?entry=5244&challenge=74

was a direct steal from Colville's Horse and Train

http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/about-apropos/nb/nb34/colville-eng.aspx


Edited on Aug 17, 2010

akebono
Aug 17, 2010
    Hi, Jade!

The picture is kind of not knowing which way to go. It is a portrait but the subject isn't looking at the camera. One can see too much of the face to call it subtle. The colors of the background are both neutral but too boring (the only reason I posted my horse picture was that everyone in my social circle loved the strong colors). This picture is lacking that (always in my humble opinion, of course). And finally, there is big dark silouette that dominates the frame but to be honest I am not that happy with negative space.
Good luck!
Cheers
Akebono

Maike13
Aug 16, 2010
    I was really surprised this didn't finish much higher.

Jade O.
Aug 16, 2010
    Well, I'd love to know what others didn't like but I thank all of you for your votes and comments. Each one is truly appreciated.

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Jade O.
Aug 15, 2010
    fc, thanks. I think your concept would yield a different but equally valid portrait.

Maike, thanks, one of my favourite too. :-)

forkcandles
Aug 15, 2010
    nice framing to this one, maybe better with face looking other way and frame to edge of subject giving a more sense of vastness of the empty sea

Maike13
Aug 14, 2010
    Very simple and effective shot. One of my favourites.

Jade O.
Aug 13, 2010
    The trick, LaRee, is to focus on a point between the sky and the floor which opens the aperature and fixes the focus where you would like it, and then while holding half shutter shift the view to frame the image and take the shot. It is quicker than using Manual Mode since you can half press a half dozen times or more at various points between the brighter sky and darker clothing if you like in a very short period of time.

LaRee
Aug 13, 2010
    I am surprised that the normal program mode captured the detail on his face since he is so much darker than the background. Impressive. This image appeals to me. It could be the handsome model, the beautiful sky, the peaceful serene feel to the image, most probably all of the above.
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By Jade O.


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