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The Tranquil Sea Occasionally Gives up its  Ghosts
The Tranquil Sea Occasionally Gives up its Ghosts
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Challenge: Free Study 2014-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5D
Location: Sydney
Date: Sep 14, 2014
Aperture: 29.0
ISO: 64
Shutter: 8
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2014

I tried a Sunrise shot using a ND filter to soften the water its a long exposure.Editing was minimal dodge and burn around wall of the large rock brought out the moss on the rocks healing too remove water spots sharpen and straighten.. I thought i had a reasonable photo but the way the voting s been going its very disheartened not sure where i went wrong ..I gather it just wasn't interesting to the eye

Statistics
Place: 48 out of 154
Avg (all users): 6.0326
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.9437
Avg (non-participants): 6.3333
Views since voting: 250
Views during voting: 138
Votes: 92
Comments: 3
Favorites: 1 (view)


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10/12/2014 07:55:26 AM
Critique Club:

Really lovely image, and one I gave an 8 during the challenge. That said, as I look at it again, and read your comment regarding your surprise at the score (something we've all done, right?), I believe I see some things that may have earned you that very solid 6 and not something higher.

First, let's talk about what works. With ND's and moving water in this kind of light (as opposed to hazy, horizonless skies) it's essential to nail the exposure time so that you don't completely wash out the water but still soften it enough to be ethereal, and you did that very well. The pastel colors and cool highlights on the foreground rocks work very well, though you may have burned in the highlights just a little too much. The moss pops on the background rocks and adds a nice contrast to those in the front.

What doesn't work? The two most obvious things for me are the crooked horizon, and the extreme haloing over the moss covered rocks (some in the fore as well), which is what I believe most folks would have given you a hit on. While the horizon is at a 1.5 degree tilt, a lot of that is masked by the wave and it made me miss it at first (I'm usually a stickler), but the fact is it's there to be seen and should be corrected. The halo is merely an artifact of over-structuring or sharpening. Really a shame, because it's so easily eliminated with the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop (or Elements). The 16:9 cinematic crop is nice, but it makes me wonder if the original would have allowed you to bring the water line out of the bottom right corner and lead the eye into the image a little better?

Still, a lovely image, well seen and taken.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2014 03:23:00 PM
Beautiful
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10/04/2014 03:59:17 PM
Interesting title, and good photo above it. I especially like the green moss on the rocks to the left.
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