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Challenge: Rule of Thirds (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Mount Diablo State Park, California, USA
Date: Sep 18, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2005

Black chert (quartz) formation in macro mode.

@ RGB Curve, slight adjustment
@ Cropped from the bottom
@ Resized for DPC
@ SaveAs JPEG at quality 7/10 = 123kb

Place: 325 out of 354
Avg (all users): 4.4053
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 4.0294
Avg (non-participants): 4.7120
Views since voting: 733
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 227
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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10/04/2005 02:58:27 PM
by karmat

I also had one of yours in the last batch, but didn't get to it before the rollover. Sorry 'bout that. I am starting to feel like your personal "critiquer." :)

Compositionally, I can see the rule of thirds though it is probably a bit subtle for the voters. I also thought it fairly interesting, though did wonder what it was. The texture adds some dynamics to the shot.

Technically, I think the slightly out of focus section on the bottom right is a bit distracting, but the rest is pretty much right on.

Overall, I think once again, you have entered a challenge with a shot that met the challenge, and held a deep story, if people were willing to stop and think for a minute. Though I must confess, a bright red rose or some other "not related" object thrown on there would have given it a splash of color and another element of mystery.

It would make an awesome background.

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09/29/2005 09:42:41 PM
Originally posted by bowronfam3:

Did not use Rule of Thirds.

The uneroded veins in the rock roughly correspond to the grid you'd see on your LCD screen if your camera had a "ROT-Assist" function ...

This is one of my recent entries which are lighter than they should be due to my monitor recently going way out of calibration. It looks better darker.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2005 06:58:17 PM
I must admit that my eyes are working hard to see what this is. Is it an aerial view of the earth somewhere? A closeup of some sort of fabric or tarp? Perhaps if there was something else in the photo that would give your viewer a reference as to the subject.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/24/2005 08:07:22 PM
Did not use Rule of Thirds.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/24/2005 05:55:31 PM
original and interesting. makes a change from flowers! love the texture and meets challenge
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/23/2005 08:36:11 PM
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09/22/2005 06:50:53 PM
Can't work out what this is. Is it rock? The surface of a leaf? A close up or taken fron up high? Interesting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/22/2005 02:39:19 PM
Does not fit the theme
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09/22/2005 01:04:06 PM
what is it
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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