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Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon

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Challenge: Free Study 2014-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 2.8L II
Location: Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
Date: Jul 13, 2014
Aperture: 20.0
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/1600
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2014

This is my very first entry. Hopefully I have not broken any rules :) The photo was taken on a recent trip to Iceland. I am a complete novice in Lightroom/PS. I would love to get some feedback and perhaps some tips on LR/PS-features I should look more into.

Update August 8th:
Thanks to everyone who voted. I am ecstatic that almost half of the votes were 6 or higher. giantmike's comment and whoever gave it a 9 totally made my month :)

Place: 105 out of 177
Avg (all users): 5.5833
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5303
Avg (non-participants): 5.7778
Views since voting: 274
Views during voting: 135
Votes: 84
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/03/2015 02:37:59 PM
Stunning yet subtle. Plus everything Tome said. I remember that this image made an impression on me during the challenge... can't believe I neglected to comment or make it a favorite then. Hope we will see more of your work.
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08/25/2014 12:28:29 PM
critique club:

i have no idea why you shot at f20 and ISO 3200 and a shutter at 1600, still pretty clean that that ISO. nice refection and i like the b/w conversion. i also like the softness of the image in the sky and iceberg. very calm feel to this image.
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08/24/2014 06:59:04 PM
Didn't get to vote this challenge but I thought for a while that this image deserved some feedback. First off, fabulous darkness! I actually would not make any changes to the tonality because, this IS a dark, moody scene, with everything in it. For me it's not always about finding the perfect tonality curve. Here, imho, adding contrast would detach the main element from the background (wondering if it would even need sharpening) and probably ruin the mood of the image. Composition wise, I like how you placed the iceberg in the composition - a bit strange but effective. And the awkward, mysterious metallic gray reflection (what is it? is it water? at 1/1600 it's perfectly still!), just adds to the confusion here. This confusion is what makes my eye wander around and I love that. Great stuff!

Message edited by author 2014-08-24 18:59:43.
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08/09/2014 06:26:12 AM
Hi Robert (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' yakatme)!

Thanks heaps for your support and great advice! I will definitely look into that tutorial and make another attempt at editing my photo. I'll post an updated version in the commentary field later, if I can get it right. It might take me a little while :)

BTW your 'I did NOT need this today' picture is hilarious (and of course also a great shot) :)

Thanks again,

Message edited by author 2014-09-02 07:14:06.
08/08/2014 10:19:44 AM
Hi Arna, that is a great first entry! I was disappointed to see that nobody has yet responded to your wish for feedback and tips.

There is one step that would have rocketed this image to a much higher placement in this challenge: A simple S-Curve curves adjustment to increase contrast.

Check out the tutorials under "Learn" in the bar at the top of the page for a lot of good information. The specific tutorial on curves adjustment is here: //www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=58

Try the second example on S-Curves for increase in contrast and keep entering challenges!

Message edited by author 2014-08-08 10:20:03.
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