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Aug 31, 2018 02:43 |  #1

Walking down the street I did a double-take. At first I saw two dolls in the window. As I got closer, the real live dolls became apparent. Not sure about the crop on this one. Any ideas? C&C welcome.


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Sep 01, 2018 13:12 |  #2

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Walking down the street I did a double-take. At first I saw two dolls in the window. As I got closer, the real live dolls became apparent. Not sure about the crop on this one. Any ideas? C&C welcome.

Do you have a release from a parent or guardian of the minor children? If not, I suggest removing the image since you were outdoors shooting through a window into an area where they had a reasonable expectation of privacy.


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Sep 01, 2018 13:27 as a reply to  @ AZGeorge's post |  #3

You are joking, right?
If this is supposed to be sarcasm it's not coming across as such. :)


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Sep 02, 2018 17:56 as a reply to  @ AZGeorge's post |  #4

What makes you think that they had a reasonable expectation of privacy when they are placed in a window facing a street?


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Sep 03, 2018 07:53 as a reply to  @ AZGeorge's post |  #5

they're not in the back of a store, they're sitting in a window...no expectation of privacy.


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Sep 03, 2018 12:12 |  #6

Boy this took a really odd turn.

QBX.... I know you prefer color, but have you tried this as a b/w? It's got some compelling patterns in it. Not sure ...... but worth a click or two.


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Sep 03, 2018 12:21 as a reply to  @ AZGeorge's post |  #7

Sorry but no privacy issue. This photo isn't being used commercially. They can been seen from the street. There can be no expectation of privacy in your own home if curtains are open and someone on the street take photos.




  
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Sep 03, 2018 12:32 as a reply to  @ Croasdail's post |  #8

All the colors in the scene had me mentally snared. I gave your idea a try. Then lowered reds, blues, and magentas, then bumped clarity and it made a more contrasty scene. I kinda like it. It brought out the bizarre reflections more so than the color.
Thanks for the critique.


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Sep 03, 2018 13:00 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #9

I would crop to exclude the ads on the right and then crop the left to center the newspaper boxes.


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Sep 03, 2018 19:32 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #10

Yea... there is a lot going on there. Sometimes simplifying helps. Nice conversion.


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Sep 03, 2018 23:31 |  #11

Both the visual and color clutter of the original is what makes it appealing to me. Having to work to discover the focal payoff heightens the visual enjoyment.




  
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Sep 05, 2018 10:39 |  #12

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I would crop to exclude the ads on the right and then crop the left to center the newspaper boxes.

I played around with your idea, but as a Tex says below, the clutter adds some appeal to the scene. And lately I've been partial to having some signage in my photos. I found that a left crop to move the dolls off center looks better. Thanks for the critique.

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Yea... there is a lot going on there. Sometimes simplifying helps. Nice conversion.

Thanks.

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Both the visual and color clutter of the original is what makes it appealing to me. Having to work to discover the focal payoff heightens the visual enjoyment.

In this one, I agree. Thanks.


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Oct 18, 2018 15:43 |  #13

Feels a little too strait on and graphic. Its more about the lines than the kids




  
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Oct 20, 2018 19:09 |  #14

I'll have to say I am not one that finds having to find the subject of the photo to be something I am fond of. Hanging in a gallery .... if the topic of the photo isn't obvious, I move on. The subject can be the visual clutter.... but then it would need to be really obvious that was the intent. Just a difference in taste. I guess I like being spoon fed what the author was trying to illustrate.


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Oct 23, 2018 21:19 |  #15

I like it quite a bit, because it makes you stop and think. First of all, the kids look like miniatures because of the scale of the signs, newspapers, and windowpanes, which made me do a double-take re whether they were real or not. Second, their expressions are kind of strange -- the little girl could be shutting out looking at something awful, and the little boy could be worried about someone returning to that room. Third, why are they even sitting there where anyone can see them from the outside, and are they free to leave? It almost makes you kind of worried about them. I could see someone (the photographer) setting this up as a photo that was very ambiguous. Knowing that you just happened to be walking by and took this picture makes it even more intriguing (possibly disturbing). If this were in a gallery, it definitely would not be one that I walked right past.


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