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A Bend in the River
A Bend in the River

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Challenge: Classic Novels (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7100
Date: Oct 15, 2013
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Oct 15, 2013


Place: 75 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.0734
Avg (commenters): 4.9048
Avg (participants): 5.1556
Avg (non-participants): 5.0156
Views since voting: 269
Views during voting: 211
Votes: 109
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2013 03:44:33 PM
It's such a beautiful shot, but the processing has taken so much from it, imo. It looks like it would have such wonderful deep, rich tones that have been so washed out by being so bright. I think the over-sharpening could work if only it were darker and richer. -5-
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10/22/2013 11:15:47 AM
i find the hdr on this image looks unrealistic, truthfully
a 5 from me
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10/21/2013 06:50:52 PM
Hmm. Literal - over-literal perhaps.

In any case, the book was about way more than a river's bend, but it did start with a shop on one. Processing here is a bit harsh feeling.

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10/21/2013 03:31:14 PM
It is probable the heavy HDR effect has improved this image but it doesn’t quite work for me. I feel this would have worked better without so much detail available in the shadows as it lacks depth. My eye gets drawn to the out-of-focus foreground as it is as bright, if not brighter than the areas I should be focusing on. 4. It is quite a nice location and the composition is good. The birds are a nice inclusion too. 4.
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10/21/2013 11:06:58 AM
HDR not always nice. this is one of the cases. picture is also too busy 4
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10/19/2013 08:43:59 PM
well it is a bend in the river, a rather nice one, but a little overshopped. I miss any more than nominal reference to the book, which makes me sad as I am a great fan of V.S. Naipaul. 4
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10/19/2013 08:16:34 PM
Like so many images in this challenge, the topicality is lacking except in the most literal sense of the title. Using the title doesn't say much about drawing inspiration from the novel itself. The image itself is well detailed if a little bleached out in processing. Some find this attractive but not I. There are some potentially appealing birds but they're too small to count for much. 5
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10/19/2013 04:08:24 PM
I want to like this one so much more than I actually do :-( What's NOT to like? A curving stream, some shorebirds, an interesting tree... The elements are here. The composition's decent. But the processing isn't doing this justice; you've used tone mapping to flatten the scene very unnaturally, and it's also feeling very "crunchy" as a result of too much added structure or local-area contrast.

But, beyond technical issues, there's nothing much in this image to serve as a focal point around which it can organize. That's not always a serious flaw, but the issue here is that there are so MANY details that we need at least ONE aspect of it to stand out and take control. If, for example, one of the birds were wading in the nearer foreground, that might help a lot.

5 from me
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10/18/2013 11:41:30 PM
I like the composition of the image.

Something looks wrong with the processing of the image...overprocessed maybe? The bottom left seems to have whatever it is the worst to me. Maybe it is nothing and that is just the way the foliage looks I don't know.

Gave it a 4
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10/18/2013 10:41:15 PM
I think the image is a bit overprocessed, that it takes away any good points I would have given for the other factors that I would have considered.

5 from me
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10/18/2013 10:07:28 PM
I like these scenes, but not the HDR effect. Good to see that you appreciate the variety of textures out there, the composition is balanced although I feel a little tilt to the left (maybe I'm the one tilted). The mood probably fits the first part of the story. The wild and undeveloped, but doesn't go much further than that as a connection, probably an old shack or muslim looking model somewhere, but I understand the constraints of trying to come up with that ;) 6. because I like the scene.
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10/18/2013 12:45:29 PM
this processing, with these colors, are unattractive. it looks like mucus. 2
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10/18/2013 12:48:52 AM
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10/17/2013 09:09:05 PM
Seems a bit too much like a grab at the title and not so much the story. The processing on the back row of trees comes off well, but the middle and forward trees it doesn't work as well. I do like the herons on the bank, but not really relevant to this. 5
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10/17/2013 09:35:19 AM
I like this shot and think it could have worked really well, but it's a little too harsh for my liking. A little too much on the tone mapping, IMHO.
The title is fitting. The colors are nice.
A little softer look and I would have scored it higher.
Gave it a 6
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10/17/2013 05:44:15 AM
Little heavy on the PP, but still nice shot.
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10/16/2013 10:20:49 PM
Nice capture of the rive that perfectly relates to your chosen book! The birds on the bank provide some added layers of interest! Only critique is the overuse of tonemapping, ad the trees and foliage have taken on an unnatural appearance. Tone that down slightly, and this would've been really good!
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10/16/2013 09:10:40 PM
4...not fan of the processing, though the reflections in the water where it's still are really mesmerizing.
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10/16/2013 03:14:30 PM
One of the most literal illustration of the title of a masterpiece that does not send me one bit to think of the novel.
The sharpening is way to pronounced, the foreground is unnecessarily blurry. I feel that you have to take the picture again to give justice to this place
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10/16/2013 12:34:30 PM
The ott processing spoils this image and the focal point unclear.5.
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10/16/2013 10:19:04 AM
Yes yes yes.
Very well done this could be the cover.
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