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GeeMack
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  11:16:04  Show Profile Send GeeMack a Private Message
Here's a photo I took a couple of years ago. There were hundreds of people on the edge of the river to watch the fireworks. The whole scene was quite active and festive. I looked down along the shore and there was a young girl standing off by herself, intently watching the sparkler she was holding, apparently lost in a dream. The serenity of that scene was quite a contrast to the flurry of activity surrounding me at the time. I had to capture it.


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H. Humbert
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USA
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  11:51:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message
That's an awesome photo. You should try submitting it someplace.


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beskeptigal
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USA
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  12:15:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
Wonderful photo. When my son was a tiny tot, we had friends over and went to see the big fireworks. The kids were not too impressed. But at home when we had little fireworks in the yard the kids were ecstatic.
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Gorgo
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  12:16:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message
Great shot.

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Snake
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  13:57:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Snake's Homepage  Send Snake an ICQ Message  Send Snake a Yahoo! Message Send Snake a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by GeeMack
The serenity of that scene

Nice lighting, too bad you didn't get a close up of the the subject instead of that long shot. Did you bracket?
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pleco
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  15:25:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit pleco's Homepage Send pleco a Private Message
I like the pull back showing the lake and the other shore. The lake gives more to the serenity, while the lights on the other side show that the "real world" is still very close.

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JohnOAS
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Australia
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  17:30:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Snake

quote:
Originally posted by GeeMack
The serenity of that scene

Nice lighting, too bad you didn't get a close up of the the subject instead of that long shot. Did you bracket?


I'm with pleco on that one. The framing's great as is.

If it was my own daughter with the sparkler, I might have also wanted a close-up, but I wouldn't swap it for the actual photo GeeMack took.

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Ricky
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Posted - 07/04/2006 :  19:22:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
Also including the vastness of the lake with the small girl in front of it makes for a great contrast. A close up shot would have missed this. I can't imagine any way you could ever make a picture like this any better.

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Edited by - Ricky on 07/04/2006 19:22:57
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Snake
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Posted - 07/05/2006 :  00:33:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Snake's Homepage  Send Snake an ICQ Message  Send Snake a Yahoo! Message Send Snake a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by JohnOAS

I'm with pleco on that one. The framing's great as is.


Actually it's not the best it could be, I was trying to be polite and not too critical.(I tend to do that with photos, sorry! But am really trying to help in a good way. I love photography so much.) There is however potential in the work. That's a plus. But perhaps the computer doesn't show off the all the features so I won't say anything else. He should keep shooting and learn from each photo.
I only wanted to point out that it's a shame to waste such wonderful available lighting on a wide angle shot (of that type of subject).
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Ricky
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Posted - 07/05/2006 :  06:47:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
But using a wide angle shot, you are able to capture more of the background. In this picture, the background is just as important, if not more so, than the foreground.

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GeeMack
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Posted - 07/05/2006 :  08:50:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send GeeMack a Private Message
Thanks for all the comments. I didn't expect to generate such a discussion. I have participated in several on-line photography groups, and have submitted this photo for critique and received generally positive comments.

The subject of this shot is the entire scene, not the little girl. She is, of course, an integral component of the scene, without which it would just be some dumb picture of a boring river. I had hoped to capture a sense of her smallness and quietness, and of her being away by herself in a situation where children might otherwise be playing and interacting with each other. Including the river and the far shoreline provides the scale. In fact, if it wasn't for all those loud, beer drinking adults in lawn chairs and dozens of other hollering laughing children just barely outside the frame of this shot, I might well have pulled back even further.
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Gorgo
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Posted - 07/05/2006 :  08:56:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message
Being an outstanding expert on my personal opinion, I hereby proclaim this photograph pretty freakin' cool.

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moakley
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Posted - 07/05/2006 :  09:35:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send moakley a Private Message
The nature and quality of the picture is befitting the Zip USA feature of National Geographic magazine.

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HalfMooner
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Posted - 07/05/2006 :  15:13:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Wonderful photo, GeeMack! I especially love how the sparkler is both a subject of the composition, and a source of light.


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Siberia
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Brazil
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Posted - 07/05/2006 :  15:46:09   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by moakley

The nature and quality of the picture is befitting the Zip USA feature of National Geographic magazine.


I second that.

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Snake
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Posted - 07/07/2006 :  10:51:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Snake's Homepage  Send Snake an ICQ Message  Send Snake a Yahoo! Message Send Snake a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by moakley

The nature and quality of the picture is befitting the Zip USA feature of National Geographic magazine.


OMG, do you even know what you are talking about?
I'm an excellent photographer and I don't even know if my work would be acceptable for National Geographic. Their standards are extraordinarily high. (LOOK at their magazine - Go to their website - really SEE .... oh why do I even bother)
I'm trying to help and educate you people. To raise your level of appreciation.... Oh well! You can lead a horse to water, etc., etc.
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