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Challenge: On the Beach II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Lensbaby Lensbaby Muse
Location: Pequest River, NJ
Date: Aug 5, 2012
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 250
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2012

bank of a creek. crop, rotate, flip. calculations to b/w on multiple, blended on overlay with the original, plus some radical curves, plus some burning of midtones

Place: 71 out of 71
Avg (all users): 4.0600
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 4.0857
Avg (non-participants): 4.0462
Views since voting: 317
Views during voting: 209
Votes: 100
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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08/18/2012 02:40:07 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Since I believe you don't care about your score, I will review this with two viewpoints, one artistically (which I believe is how you view your photographs) and one from the voters (which obviously are not looking for artistic).

Voter: This hurt your score significantly. The image is harsh. Nothing is in focus. The motion or focal blur is jarring, especially with nothing to rest your eyes on for a break (read as: something in focus). It's overexposed in the highlights, while simultaneously underexposed in the shadows. As a voter this would be hard to give above a 5. It does meet the challenge, so it doesn't deserve a 1, but I don't think you should be surprised at your score.

Artistic: Everything I said in the voter section applies here, but can be considered a positive statement instead of a negative. Clearly everything you did to it to make it so "harsh" was intentional. I'm not exactly sure what your goal was, but I am certain you accomplished it here. My guess is you did not want just another beautiful landscape that scores so highly on DPC, but rather to shock and awe the voters out of their comfort zone.

Challenge: As I said earlier it does meet the challenge, but your approach to the theme directly affected your score. So much so that people voted it as if it did not.

Conclusion: Normally I have an artistic section but I believe I covered that in the technical area. I also would normally give suggestions on how to improve your score, but I believe in your case you would only want suggestions on how to lower it, and you can't get any lower than 0%.

I think it's a great photograph of something designed for your own personal enjoyment, to draw emotion out of the viewer (even negative motion), or an attempt at a brown ribbon. And I believe you succeeded at all three.

P.S. If I misunderstood your intentions please PM me and I will write a 'normal' review.
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08/13/2012 03:07:00 AM
This reminds me of a downward view of the beach on the morning after I had too much to drink and too much seafood and I am hurling the contents of my stomach onto the ground below. I didn't vote on it, but would have given it a score of some sort.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/12/2012 11:40:31 PM
Like a sun burst. 9
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08/06/2012 01:00:08 PM
The soft focus separates this from the realm of the tangible
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