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Challenge: Free Study 2014-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2014 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 for Nikon
Location: South Daytona Beach, FL
Date: Sep 19, 2014
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15 sec.
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2014

DSC_0444-1 2014 09 19

Converted from RAW
Moved to PsCC
Color Efex (x2)
Saved for WEB

Place: 24 out of 154
Avg (all users): 6.3441
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 6.2466
Avg (non-participants): 6.7000
Views since voting: 341
Views during voting: 161
Votes: 93
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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10/10/2014 08:45:42 AM
Critique Club Comment:

Ah, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Ja-9, we meet again.

As I said already, I really love this photo and how any reasonable human being could give this a 1 or 2 is beyond me. Up front, I gave it an 8. The capture is wonderful and the processing, while perhaps a little heavy handed on the noise reduction(?), really enhances it. It's got great contrast and details throughout and you nailed the symmetry between the footings.

What keeps this from being a really great photo for me is the intrusion of the next set of footings in the upper corners. While the walkway to the left offsets the symmetry it's not nearly as distracting as the little bit of dark on the edges. And as mentioned, there are some dark artifacts from the processing that could/should have been dealt with.

My suggestion would have been to:

1) Do your work in DFine 2.0 before going into your other tools as eliminating noise up front is much easier and better than to do it after boosting structure and contrast in Viveza and other tools as once you get the structure in the noise you have to overcompensate to eliminate it (my "heavy handed" note).

2) Use the Perspective adjustment in Free Transform (PsCC) to stretch the top of the photo a bit to get the extra footings out of the frame. Yes, the change is noticeable, but only if you knew what it looked like before.

3) Use the Dodge tool, or some other method, to lighten up the dark spots left from structuring and detail enhancement.

As for the familiarity of your subject, I suppose I haven't been around long enough to notice it, but I guess the people of the forum are sending you a message. :)

Nice work, nonetheless.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2014 03:25:36 PM
I love everything but the stuff that pops into the frame in the upper corners. Without them it's a 9 or 10 for me. Perhaps a little free transform perspective warp to stretch them out of frame?
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10/05/2014 02:24:57 PM
Nice detail, but find I'm rather burnt out on the subject having seen it previously. Also, some artifacting/sloppy masking on the right hand side I find to be very distracting.
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10/04/2014 11:51:21 PM
This looks familiar...
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10/04/2014 02:45:30 PM
Really like how the movement of the waves has been captured.
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10/03/2014 12:21:02 PM
Great perspective and I love the water crashing in.
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10/03/2014 03:00:13 AM
Slip one into FS too ja9 :) nice processing and detail maybe a tad over sharpened.. i bet you cant pick mine..lol
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