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After the Storm
After the Storm
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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Highway 94 outside of Colordo Springs
Date: Mar 21, 2008
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Rural
Date Uploaded: Mar 21, 2008

Camera Raw, slight curves and levels tweak. Cloned out a couple of small power lines, slight dodge/burn.

Statistics
Place: 403 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.1832
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0421
Avg (non-participants): 5.5556
Views since voting: 437
Views during voting: 200
Votes: 131
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0


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04/09/2008 12:22:52 PM
I think I would have just shit the tree and left out the brick and the thing at the end. I really like the blue behind the branches and how it contrasts with the snow. Next time, tighter crop, maybe a bit more saturation?
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04/09/2008 09:13:52 AM
Not bad for your first FS entry. I really got pounded in my first or second one (or maybe both lol). I will say that I gave this one a 5. I have higher expectations when I vote in this challenge. I think you have a very pretty scene but at first glance, nothing grabs my attention. The tree should be the focal point and it's competing mostly with that brick on the right. I personally think this photo is a good candidate for black and white processing. It will really make the tree pop. And also cut out the bricks on the right. Just a thought for you. :)
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04/08/2008 12:54:28 PM
I agree with Melethia that the thing on the far left needs to go. The line of the fence and the line of grass lead your eye right to it, but it is only a distraction. If it was something surprising or vital to the picture, that would be awesome. But, as it is, it should go. There's something missing here, though; and I'm not sure what. Maybe if it was a horizontal shot that included something else and the tree was just the frame or background. Of course, you can always included a Labrador in any shot and I will automatically give it a ten.
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04/08/2008 04:59:49 AM
I try to guess the score before I look, and I would have guessed this higher. (By the way, you've earned the right to the "No comments during a challenge" ribbon for your profile if you're interested - it's on my profile page. Just copy the ID number.) I'm struck first by the fence post/column on the very left edge. That either needs to be cropped or perhaps cloned out as it really pulls the eye quite strongly. Next I notice the iced tree limbs, and that's the part of the picture that should get the attention. You've filled the frame well with the tree, and anchored it with the foreground column. And now that I've had a chance to look at the other comments (I try to comment first before reading what others have said), I agree with Surfdabbler (and Pug-H) that perhaps a wider view, incorporating a bit more of the landscape, would help with the post on the left situation. Of course, this is not knowing what's to the left! :-) On the processing side, I think it could use just a bit more brightness to really spark the ice in the tree. I do like the crispness this shot presents - the very cold, crisp feel of a clearing day.
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04/08/2008 02:28:00 AM
Hi John, here's a critique for you. Pug-H is getting ahead of me in the critiques, so I'm trying not to read his first. :)
I like the play of colours here with the blue strip of sky, and the all-purvasive browns in the foreground. I would tend to include a little more in this image. The tree on it's own is not enough. The posts are distracting sitting on the edges of the image like this. They don't quite work to define the image, and they aren't sure if they want to be in or out of the picture. Also, the vanishing point is close to the edge of the image. I'd like to see it included, and possibly even a little of the road beside. The line of a road can be a very powerful composition tool to direct the viewer's eye.
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04/08/2008 02:10:10 AM
Your first Free Study entry.
I think the main problem is the two columns of bricks- not sure what they're there for. Are they part of the fence? At any rate, perhaps a wide landscape view might have been better.
The snow looks a bit gray (but may be because of this school monitor.)
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