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Scene from a backyard near Chinatown, Melaka.

Thanks for looking, please view large if you have time Smile

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Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Tamron 19-35mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Basktball Diaries - Melaka
Username:TommyStr TommyStr
Uploaded:23 Jun 2008 - 10:53 AM
Tags:Backyard, Basketball, Black & white, Malaysia, Portraits / people, Sports / action
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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 10:57 AM

Tells a great story of their environment

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 11:16 AM

Great composition and picture. Tells a good story as well

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User_Removed
23 Jun 2008 - 11:16 AM

lovely scene Tommy, so much detail to study. A bit too strong on the contrast for my liking. I'd like to see this with soft contrasts/softer greys, you'll get a HCB feel from it. Bert

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 11:19 AM

Might give the bnw conversion another try (bit difficult to judge contrast when working on a laptop), might also post the colour version later this week.
Thanks guys

Last Modified By TommyStr at 23 Jun 2008 - 11:22 AM

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user_absconded
23 Jun 2008 - 12:08 PM

Excellent, full of interest. I'm happy with the contrast as it is (no idea what HCB feel is!) but would like to see the colour also.

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
23 Jun 2008 - 12:17 PM

Loads of character & interest here.

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BrokenAir
BrokenAir  6 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2008 - 12:18 PM

Lovely, so much to look at and all the objects & different textures, yet the simplicity of children playing adds to the natural feel of it.

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peg
peg  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 12:30 PM

I think this is pretty good as it is. Sometimes I think digital can be too clean and too flat for mono images, so pushing the contrast a bit, burning the shadows and dodging the highlights eliminates some of the clutter captured by digital's 'all seeing eye' and takes you directly to the point of interest. I'm a fan of Bill Brandt as well as HC Bresson (in case you were wondering - which you probably weren't - LOL) Regards Edmund

Last Modified By peg at 23 Jun 2008 - 12:31 PM

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user_absconded
23 Jun 2008 - 12:40 PM

Ah, thank you Edmund for explaining the initials, it makes more sense than the Hull Conference Bureau or many others I googled lol. Smile

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 12:45 PM

love it.

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 12:55 PM

Thanks everyone.
Lydia, sure you picked up some new titles, so that google time wasn't wasted lol.
Peg, agree that digital straight from the cam is usually too flat for mono - in this case the girl was a bit lost in the clutter before I darkened her clothes. Like both Brandt and HBC too

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ambo_boy
ambo_boy  8
23 Jun 2008 - 1:01 PM

I absolutely love this, but can't pin point the exact thing that makes it so. The textures and tones of the B&W really bring out the timeless feel. This image characterises why I like B&W. Very well caught. Wife loves also.

Shaun

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afirth
afirth  6 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2008 - 1:10 PM

I love this shot it's brilliant!! Could spend ages looking at it.

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 1:34 PM

Thanks Shaun & Adele, appreciate it. First shot in a long time I'm rather pleased with..

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NevP
NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 1:37 PM

A completely charming image Tommy, wonderful.

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User_Removed
23 Jun 2008 - 2:14 PM

Peg is right I guess, I should play more with digital to find out. Bert

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 4:03 PM

Thanks Neville,
no Bert still think the conversion could have been better...anyway, I always value your feedback because of your film knowledge (among other things) which I'm lacking.

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POOCHIE
POOCHIE  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 5:18 PM

Hull Conference Bureau was quite a good photographer especially the man who jumped over the puddle shot lol, nice one Tommy.

Pooch.

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 5:40 PM

How did I know before scrolling down who deathmouse from hell was lol..?! Missing the Metallica days (or are you still writing) ? Wink

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 7:00 PM

its a beautiful and charming study , a real simple slice of life.

Dave

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kitsch
kitsch  8439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 9:18 PM

this is just lovely...

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MediumSizeUnavailable

Very good photo tommy. You can almost cancel that trip to India Smile
must say I very much like the contrasty look. comes closer to david deveson's work. Also nice vignetting (think it is anyway)

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Milla
Milla  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 11:08 AM

Superb quality, Tommy, well taken and processed, love it as it is.

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SamM
SamM  8 Germany
24 Jun 2008 - 12:08 PM

Great b&w shot, well spotted!

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 2:26 PM

Thanks ladies and Koen and Dave

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Boyoclark
Boyoclark  6 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 8:29 PM

Lovely shot. Beautiful full range of tones. Nice composition,

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backbeat
backbeat e2 Member 8134 forum postsbackbeat vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2008 - 10:27 PM

the background details make it for me tommy...one that holds the interest

phil

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Hoops
Hoops  6 Thailand
26 Jun 2008 - 3:08 PM

Really nice, like all your work Tommy.

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2008 - 3:32 PM

thanks Tom, thanks Bryan and Phil

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10903 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2899 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 8:43 PM

Lots of interesting things to examine in this, - I like it.

W

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The_Collector
30 Jun 2008 - 11:10 PM

classic little shot Tommy, very nice.

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 3:48 PM

strong image, one to savour

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dandeakin
dandeakin  7201 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2008 - 8:39 PM

Great image, have only just come accross it.

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