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  #55 Nine to Five
Entry 7 of 20
A short brake at the factory       ©2009 akebono
Panasonic DMC-LX3       7th place, 141 points
1/40s, f2, ISO 80, 24mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Clonning, converted to black and white, crop and resize       Extra Info: None
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Mar 18, 2009
    Congratulations~! :-) Smokin'!!

Mar 17, 2009
    Congratulations akebono! A well-deserved TT finish!

Mar 17, 2009
    Yes, I confess, it was me...

See if this is better:


See you in the next challenge :-9

Jade O.
Mar 17, 2009
    So that was you with the lawnmower image. Wait a second...just what is that guy smoking?! :-)

Mar 17, 2009
    Well, Jade O...

At least this picture didn' t cause you psychosis like my lawnmower picture in the last challenge :-)

Thanks again for your comment!

Jade O.
Mar 17, 2009
    Wow. Don't think I've ever seen a voting pattern on an entry like this before. Bascially half of all voters voted for this image and fully half of those placed this image in first place (most first place votes next to the winner) yet 7th overall. The competition is fun but the results seem a little wacky sometime. Either that or as they say in sports, you field a good team but you're lacking in strength on the bench!

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Mar 16, 2009
    My #1 favourite, I really like the mood b&w added here, along with the feeling of "a coffee and cigarette break", for me clearly represents a nice moment in a hard working day... looks also as if it were from a documentary film... well done, good luck!!!

Mar 15, 2009
    Nice captured moment from a working day. The contrasty black and white suits the subject very well.

Mar 15, 2009
    The black and white suits this very stark image,the dull uninteresting sky adds to the bleakness.I only hope it's better inside the factory. Goodluck

Mar 14, 2009
    Great capture! A fag break is an essential part of the working day :) In my TT.
Edited on Mar 14, 2009

Mar 14, 2009
    Thanks everybody for taking the time to comment on this picture.

Jade O.: Believe me, I already cloned lots of things but I thought that something has to be left to give the idea that it is a factory.

The guy turned his back because he didnīt want to be photographed and he had to send a mobile message.

The smoking guy isn't Italian but from Turkey.

Aprisole: this is not an aspect they look forward to. This is the ONLY aspect they look forward to :-)


Jade O.
Mar 13, 2009
    A very good image. B&W was the right choice and the main subject is perfectly captured both technically (placement in the image, direction, size, stance), and practically (the moment is captured exactly). I also find the background nearly perfect. What I cannot decide is on the three elements which on the positive add context and on the negative distract. The wooden pallett to the lower right I think could have been cloned out and the image made better but then some sense of place would be lost (perhaps the compromise would be to darken its whiteness so it was still there but less prominent.) The large spool at the bottom similarly seems unsure whether to be in or out of the image. I think I would like to see it cloned into a marginally lower position so that less of the circle is visible or perhaps darken it so it is less white and prominent. Both pallett and spool "pop" too much in this image for me. But the hardest is the co-worker; in the end I feel he is necessary, adds balance and context, and I love the fact that his back is to the viewer so I would just leave him as he is. You could not have posed this one better and if it was posed, it looks so perfectly candid. My No. 1.
Edited on Mar 13, 2009

Mar 13, 2009
    This has a kind of 50ies style. Perfect in b/w. The man looks like out of an Italian film, like de Sica. My #1.

Mar 13, 2009
    Ok! Time's up get back to work and smoking is bad for your health! :-) Otherwise a cute idea to show an aspect of working that they look forward to.

Mar 13, 2009
    Nice one...like so much composition

Mar 13, 2009
    An interesting idea to show people at work that aren't working. Good luck.
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