Thanks much Cadiskid, DeedleD, UA, Slr. Appreciate it.
One of my favorites out of 74 great entries this week.
Still a great scene and interpretation. I like it! +1
Okay. Thanks Stephanie and Unusualangles.
Thanks for clarifying, Unusualangles. That's what I meant. Crop it, move it out of the way before you take the picture. If there ever comes a point when you can't control and perfect a scene (i.e. you don't want to touch someone's personal belongings, their not your kids), you should think of other ways to remedy the problem. Being conscious enough to realize there's a problem (something that will keep your image from being successful), and then fixing it is what gives you control of your scene. "Doing you best" doesn't always make the best image.
I think what Stephanie means is cropping the photo to remove either one of those items. You are correct that you could not erase or clone.
I would have removed the blue jacket, but I thought the rule was that if any changes are made to the photo in photo editing, it must be applied to the whole photo....like sharpening, color correction, etc. Didn't know we could erase or clone.
When I say "control the scene" I mean make it look intentional, and remove/adjust anything that would say otherwise. The blue jacket in the corner is distracting, the bit of wall on either side affect the composition negatively, and you could easily get rid of one or the other. When I look at this, I can tell that you were "grabbing it when you had the chance", and that doesn't always make for a great image. Again, the concept behind this image is great. The execution wasn't horrible, but it should definitely be taken to the next level. An image can't stand on a great concept alone. I don't want to tell you what images to enter or not; that's completely up to you. I was just giving you an honest, constructive critique based on what I, personally, like to see in a competitive image.
Thanks Stephanie and Andre for commenting. Yes, the scene was in control of me because four preschoolers don't stay still, so I grabbed it when I had the chance. The moment could have been gone if I had even tried to stoop down to get it. Andre...I'll look into lowering the midtones. Stephanie, what things should be done to improve the condition of the image? Are you talking about a photo editing process? Obviously it was impossible for me to be in control of the scene, so how would I do that for a competition, or is it best not to enter a snapshot like this into a competition. I'm new to all of this.
nice overall image. next time try taking it with the camera closer to the ground, just to give it a little more effect. and maybe lowering the midtones in an editing program. i recommend ACDSee.
The thought behind this image is great. The image itself is very "snap-shoty". Sometimes it's really hard to critique an image via internet and I'm having a hard time putting what I'm thinking into words without sounding too harsh, so bare with me! What I see when I look at this image is that the scene is in control of YOU, and as a photographer in a competition, you're suppose to be in control of the scene. That doesn't mean you have to stage the scene, but it's your responsibility to make sure the image is in the best condition possible.
Thoughtful nice shot.+1
Thanks for all the comments everyone. They are appreciated. @snshpall..I don’t remember if I used a flash. My thought in this was that it wasn’t necessary to have the camera looking up, but capture the subjects looking up...up to the uniforms, up to their heros, and in a sense to their dreams. I didn't think it was necessary to show the faces. I smile seeing how the girls are rehearsing their dream, even with the stripped and patterned leggings, thus it was necessary to keep the color.
Great capture,did you use a flash which reflected off the suits hanging on he wall?
I would have suggested moving to the right to take it so there would be separation of the children's helmets from the dark coats
Very nice! I love the multiple interpretation of the "looking up" topic.
I agree with Medina. This is a good shot, but might have been a great shot with more angle looking up, kinda like getting a childs height perspective. Still a great shot. I love it. I've been suggesting Heroes, this would have been great for that theme. +1
Love the idea! +3
I like the idea. Photo sent a state, a thought, a story. If I were in your place, I chose to shoot from the bottom up, to give more "height" photo. I also tried a conversion, sepia would probably be adequate for the example of dreaming. In addition I would be fired than levels in photoshop to may decrease the brightness of fluorescent clothing lines.
I like your idea and your photo! Great job! :)
I absolutely love this photo. It is so cute & the meaning behind the picture so sweet. You got my vote.
They are looking up to what they want to be when they grow up... I like it...
Funny take on the topic!