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Fair III by madnessism Fair III by madnessism
More photos from the fair! I hate the girl's hair in the upper left corner. She kept giving me the weirdest suspicious looks, but luckily the boy didn't notice me even though I was right next to them. Ninja ftw!

Sorry for the graininess, I did as best as I could with my scanner. As always, comments and critiques are GREATLY appreciated! It's the only way I'll get better!

Location: South Florida Fair
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel G
Film: Arista 400
Edits: Crops, sharpening, and slight levels.
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Critique by OminousSeed Mar 3, 2010, 10:16:32 AM
Direction is a very important element in a picture, it can either make or break it completely and in this instance, it seems ideal. Having the subject so far back, his focused stare with his tongue sticking out is what helps give this piece its feeling of anticipation and excitement.

There are also many other elements which makes this piece feel dated, these include the patterns of the metal stand with the worn out baseballs on top, the huge net and the $2 font on the sign in the backgrounds all add to this feel of nostalgia that is felt throughout. The graininess isn't an issue since it already seems like a vintage picture. Using the sharpen tool did add more grain to the picture but it is still within an acceptable range.

The man standing at the top right adds a touch of intrigue, like the stereotypical stranger at the fair crying out to the kids to play the games, the ones our parents warned us about, the ex-cons that are doing what they do best. Not being able to see his face really makes him stand out even more in such a way and the shinny radiant watch, well that’s just perfect.

As the artist pointed out, the woman in the top left is feels more like a distraction but it’s a minor one that doesn’t really seem to matter that much at all. There’s even a sense of anticipation being felt there as well, so perhaps it does add something positive to the picture but it still might have been better without her in the frame.

So without following the conventional 'rules' of design this picture is very good indeed. All of the elements found in this picture blend in together perfectly, the angle and composition are all just right on. The perspective does seem like a clichéd snapshot of an earlier era but who is to say that’s a bad thing since it augments its most important feature of all; the evocation of childhood memories which is something that most people, including myself enjoy very much.
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Nirelleth Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Great image. The kids expression is so intense.
madnessism Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :D I used to make the same expression at that age playing Nintendo.
BushyBashai Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a nice shot XD...the boy's tongue sticking out and everything! Though it would be nice if you could have worked his target in there. :)

btw, really enjoying the fair pictures
madnessism Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
P.S. It would have been really hard to get the target. It was a dunk tank and the guy was reallllly far back with walls on both side. :( I actually tried to get a shot of the clown dude through a tear in the cloth wall thing, but my camera kept wanting to focus on the chain fence. Stupid auto focus. :|
BushyBashai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, such is the fun of photography in public places. We take pictures of the annual Volkswagen show here locally and I think the biggest pain is getting shots of the car WITHOUT people or trees or a lightpole or other such things. Sometimes I wish I could just make a spot and have everyone pull the cars there lol
madnessism Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I know, his tongue is the best part. Makes me smile. :D I'm glad you're enjoying them as much as I am. :aww:
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