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Challenge: Free Study 2014-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2014
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4
Date: Jul 18, 2014
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Jul 22, 2014

Taken while kayaking on Lee's Pond in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Statistics
Place: 52 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.0361
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0455
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 437
Views during voting: 134
Votes: 83
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0


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08/08/2014 08:50:08 PM
I think it's the lack of truly dark silhouette... for me anyway. (I didn't vote, but I would have given this a six.)

The contrast could have been added in post processing.

Still... it's a lovely image.
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08/08/2014 08:15:39 PM
I gave it a 6. While I don't object to strong highlights, I think that two hot spots lined up vertically on the left overpowered the subject. I think I might have tried a tighter crop and cloned out the pinpoint hot spots on the duck's reflection. I do like the color warmth and overall mood conveyed.
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08/08/2014 06:17:16 PM
I liked it - gave it a 6. Had a lot of initial visual impact, but impact declines a little bit when I go into critique mode and start picking it apart. Pretty much all of the things previously mentioned. Tha said, it would have done much better in a topical challenge like maybe "Sunsets & Duck Silhouettes" ;-) As stated, a 6+ in a FS is laudable.
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08/08/2014 05:28:33 PM
I gave it a 7 because I loved the warmth it had and the misty look. However I do feel as if you could've had more detail on the bird itself.
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08/08/2014 04:18:09 PM
I think a 6 is fairly good. But the world is going to end; you have blown out areas. Personally, I like the composition. Maybe for a photo like this, a portrait crop would work better, but I'm no expert to say. As far as story and emotion go, there isn't all that much, however it does leave room for some (again, in my personal view). I would probably have voted 6, maybe 7, depending on the time of day, the position of the moon, sunspots, etc.
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08/08/2014 02:52:46 PM
If this had my name on it it would have garnered a 4
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08/08/2014 02:49:03 PM
Boring but OK 4 or 5 if I was on a high.
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08/08/2014 01:49:25 PM
I like the golden color captured, but those 'bumps' in the water near the top third of the image distracted me a little, and the loon seemed a bit washed out - probably due to the pretty light - but to me - I didn't enjoy looking at the loon as much because of the softness.
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08/08/2014 01:00:25 PM
Bright areas represent areas of lost detail due to being blown out glare. Also, detail lost in the shadows, as it is mostly a silhouette. The composition is awkward and leaves the viewer in a quandary as to where to focus attention. I continue to look for something interesting to view in the scene, but come up empty. The score is a gift. I didn't vote in this FS challenge.
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08/08/2014 12:53:34 PM
Originally posted by Kroburg:

I had a long look at this one and hesitated about the score I would give you. For me the big problem were the two blown out areas on the left side, my eyes kept going there instead of to the bird. I decided on a 5 at last, but with another crop without those white areas it would have been an easy 6. Hope this helps.


Use your hand to cover the bright area, and you just get a really boring loon on the pond. To me, the bright spots made the photo.
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08/08/2014 12:39:46 PM
I had a long look at this one and hesitated about the score I would give you. For me the big problem were the two blown out areas on the left side, my eyes kept going there instead of to the bird. I decided on a 5 at last, but with another crop without those white areas it would have been an easy 6. Hope this helps.
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08/08/2014 12:19:55 PM
It's a nice image but it just is on the boring side. It is lacking some punch. I would give it a 5.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2014 07:16:42 AM
I really like the mist feel to this.
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08/03/2014 09:16:52 AM
Great timing and low perspective.
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