Boy and the ball on the Porch

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  1. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    Boy and the ball on the porch

    There is a dog there too, hidden behind the post.
    Immediately after I took this picture, the dog took after me in a very inhospitable way.

    I have posted a request for comments in the themes forum 'request for Critique'

    Camera Model: NIKON D200 24-70 Nikkor - a magical lens
    Image Date: 2008:05:04 17:24:47
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 52.0mm (35mm equivalent: 78mm)
    Exposure Time: 0.025 s (1/40)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO equiv: 100
    Exposure Bias: -0.33
    White Balance: Auto
    Metering Mode: Matrix
    Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

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  2. createnetwork

    createnetwork TPF Noob!

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    I love the color and the detail that you have in this image.
     
  3. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I've been looking at this for a while. I really like the color and texture of the tin roof, awning and peeled paint, the degradation of the house and the unspoken story of a boy and his ball. It looks like the past winters method of insulation with plastic hasn't been removed for this spring. The post on the far right is not a distortion at 52mm, it is that much of a lean.

    There's something that I can't quite put my finger on that doesn't appeal to me. Perhaps it's either cropped too much or not enough. Meaning that it looks a bit flat to me. Whereas, if the entire frontage of the house was shown, it may give a more complete meaning to the image or if it were cropped more, the boy and his ball would be a more prominent subject. I think the tell-tale for me at it's current crop is the truncated rocker on the left.

    It's a very nice photo nonetheless, I just hope that I am not too far off the mark in trying to explain why IMO, it is only a nice photo.

    BTW, I love that lens as well.
     
  4. Dioboleque

    Dioboleque TPF Noob!

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    Your settings say it's ok, so here's my take on kundalini's critique... :sillysmi:

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  5. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    Thank you both for your comments.
    I spent a fair amount of time trying to decide how to crop this - or not - and because I wanted to have the detail of the boy show up, ended up cropping it.

    Here are slightly larger, uncropped versions for you to look at.

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  6. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    Diaboloque,

    That crop may be better.
    I wish I could post it full-size, the detail is almost infinite.

    Edit: I think it is definitely better
     
  7. kellylindseyphotography

    kellylindseyphotography TPF Noob!

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    The tin roof is great. Your attempt at composition is great. The kid w/the ball si great.

    HOwever, these elements together in this picture don't do it for me. I think if the kid had been leaning against one of those posts staring straight at you holding that ball, it would have been a fabulous shot.

    If he wasn't there at all, same thing.

    something about it is a little snapshotish even though its greatly composed and the colors are perfect. Something is off.
     
  8. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Ahh, I can see your delima now. It's a tough call.

    Since Dio did it and you seem to be okay with it, here's one to show the entire awning. It doesn't accentuate the boy and his ball though.....
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    And did you consider a portrait orientation?
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    Hope you don't mind. I do enjoy seeing your posts here and elsewhere.
     
  9. Dioboleque

    Dioboleque TPF Noob!

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    Here's another take on it... :sillysmi:

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  10. kellylindseyphotography

    kellylindseyphotography TPF Noob!

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    Wow!! Hey I really like that one ^^ !!
     
  11. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    to try and get this theme going, I broke my vow not to post pictures on TPF and posted this one.

    thanks for your comments -and marvelous suggestions on crop) and its now up to you guys if you want to use this thread.

    Lew
     
  12. One Sister

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    I hope you don't mind my playing with your image as well. This is my spin: It's 1955, rural NY and that's my chubby friend going in for a glass of water. A good image tells a story...yours told me that.
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