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Sunset Lake
Sunset Lake

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Challenge: Free Study 2014-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-70D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM
Location: Medford, NJ
Date: Oct 27, 2014
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2014

Taken at a nearby lake, just at sunset.

Composite of 3 images, +/- 2 stops. Combined images in Photoshop / HDR Pro, then processed using Adobe Camera Raw utility. Resized, and cloned out some minor imperfections.

Place: 111 out of 159
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10/25/2015 05:22:19 PM
Greetings from the Critique club

An appealing image that contributes well to the open challenge

Your calm landscape taken during the golden hour has an instant appeal, the water reflections are the real strength of the image. I am not a huge fan of HDR but your use of it is reasonably subtle and enhancing. I am not keen on the composition it is too central and makes the image feel very ordinary and much less appealing. I find the twigs on the upper right detrimental to the overall result. I would suggest some serious cropping would go a long way towards rectifying this; crop to the level of the single tall tree on the right. The bulk of the overpoweringly blue sky will be removed, it will move the distant shoreline to the upper third at the same time removing all the detrimental stuff on the right and place the emphasis much more on the water reflections which is where it undoubtedly should be.

Apologies for the delayed critique, I hope it helps, Sid
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11/05/2014 02:14:11 PM
Super calm water there, I like how clear the reflection is.
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