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  Mini#28 Best of 2014
Entry 11 of 32
   
 
kids       ©2014 Aaron801
Panasonic DMC-GH2       11th place, 104 points
1/400s, f4.5, ISO 320, 28mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: I shot the thing RAW and then did the processing and B&W conversion with a free program called LightZone (very good, I think and the price is very nice). I did some adjustments to the contrast; LightZone has a function by which one can do very specific contrast adjustments to portions of the light-dark curve, thereby effecting contrast differently to the lights, darks, mid-tones and all points in between. I then made some adjustments on this re-light module that essentially is a kind of micro-contrast control. it allows one to bring some detail to the highlights with one control and then with another bring in some detail to the shadows. After than it'd be sharpening, which is probably self-explanitory and not much different than with any other program...       Extra Info: None
 
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forkcandles
Jan 13, 2015
    yes we do read after voting as some of the comments need a reply. you have a great "eye" and hooting from the hip well done

Aaron801
Jan 13, 2015
    I'm not sure if folks read these comments after voting, but just in case they do, I'd like to say to all: thank you for voting for me and for all of the positive comments. I'd also to address my thought process with this photo (which one of the commenters suggested that I do:

I took this shot at an outdoor music festival this summer. Between acts I hiked around the park that the fest was set in and I came across this scene. Even though I was there primarily to photograph the acts, I'm always at the ready to shoot any kind of scene when I have my camera with me. This little group of kids was right in front of me as I was walking toward them and I had my camera set (exposure shutter speed, etc) and I thought to myself that it looked like an interesting sort of tableau. Once I got close enough I took the shot (from the hip so as not to attract attention). I shot it a bit wide giving myself some room to crop and was glad that I did because I didn't actually "see" the image as I was snapping it and it was a little off-axis, which I of course was able to correct for when I processed it.

I think that I'm drawn to these kind of scenes in part because I'm a big fan of a photographer by the name of Ralph Eugene Meatyard who worked in the 60s and 70s and did a lot of these kind of really enigmatic shots of children. He wasn't really so interested in the cute expressions that so many go for and went for images that were a bit more mysterious, capturing the inner life. I really liked the scene I was looking at precisely because it wasn't obvious what was going on and the kid facing me had that really lost-in-a-thought expression. I feel like the arrangement of the three kids and the way that they're posed contributes to photo both compositionaly and in the sense that it brings more mystery to the shot... more of that feel than I think I would have gotten with a crop which had just the girl alone.

I wasn't sure that I liked the background with the road and the cars below and initially in Photoshop I subtly blurred that part and felt that I had pretty convincingly made it look like the photo was taken with a shallower depth of field. I ended up changing it back because I felt that the scene unfolding below, rather than being distracting added a certain depth to the proceedings...

mrsawyer
Jan 12, 2015
    Great start Aaron! You have an interesting style presented here.

Jade O.
Jan 12, 2015
    First welcome to the Challenge! A fine debut and a fine shot, as I said. By ambiguous in focus I meant that while the girl is clearly where you eye goes, the other two figures keep pulling me away wondering what they are doing, what their relationship is to the subject, and in theory, why they are in the photo at all. That uncertainty or ambiguity is what I meant. Am I to focus on the girl or the interplay between the girl and two other figures whose backs are to me. Because they don't face me, clearly I am not to make them the focus of my attention but I'm left wondering what the overall point is - or what is the focus of my attention. That's just me, of course, but that is what I meant in reference to focus.

Hope we see you here regularly. I'm intrigued by the greater photography (ie. more elevated and pure classic photography) that this tells me you can produce.

Mepo
Jan 12, 2015
    Welcome to the site. I hope to see more of your work.

Lo
Jan 12, 2015
    Congratulations on finishing well in a tough field - welcome to Panachallenge!

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Amberbug
Jan 12, 2015
    Nice shot, possession game, "where is my wall". you couldn't do much with road & cars.

Lo
Jan 11, 2015
    This is just a snippet in time - so natural and unaffected. I keep being drawn into it, wondering if they are playing a game, if they know each other... One of my favourites.

Joanna
Jan 11, 2015
    A lot of human interest here.

cookiejar
Jan 10, 2015
    Great capture. I like the focus on the girl and the interplay between the children.

johncomyn
Jan 10, 2015
    If this was candid, well seen. If it was setup, just as well done! I love the way they are posed, almost like you have captured the secret world of child interaction.

wrosenthal
Jan 10, 2015
    A very effective child tableau that raises questions. What are they doing? Something that only the children understand. Very nice catch. A favorite.

aoc46
Jan 10, 2015
    An amusing "vision of childhood" scene. Well spotted.

elliott
Jan 9, 2015
    i'd almost be tempted to crop out the boy on the right or even both of them and leave just the girl. plenty of intrigue from the little girl on her own. great candid shot never the less.
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SteveBee
Jan 9, 2015
    Lots of technical information there about your post processing, but nothing about why you took this shot or what it means to you, which would be more interesting to me. The little girl's pose and expression is the most interesting part of the image.

babysister
Jan 9, 2015
    I love everything about this photo - the composition, the story it tells as well as the crisp focus and it looks good in B&W.

forkcandles
Jan 9, 2015
    you have a good result here and especially with freebie. there appears to be a blown top of the boys head or is a case of premature hair loss?

Aaron801
Jan 8, 2015
    Jade O, thanks for the kudos on the photo. I wonder though what you mean by "ambiguous in focus" though? When I was working on it and had it full size, it looked pretty sharp to me, minus that area in the background which I didn't want sharp anyway. Now that I'm looking at it really critically I can see that the grass in the very edges of the foreground is a bit soft as is the kid in the foreground... but not even very soft and since the focal point is clearly the girl, I don't know why it would matter. Of course the lens that I used was the cheap it zoom for the camera so it isn't Leica sharp probably, but still would seem to be as or even more sharp than so many classic street photographers (look at the work of Henri Cartier Bresson, great shots but often not all that sharp).

Jade O.
Jan 8, 2015
    The girl facing us has the makings of a Farmer photograph, which is to say, a great portrait, in and of herself. The others grouped together bring a promise of something even more. High interest, but ambiguous in focus, this is all the same a compelling image.
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