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Challenge: April Fools 2015 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Long Branch NJ
Date: Apr 4, 2015
Aperture: F 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2000
Date Uploaded: Apr 7, 2015

Long Branch NJ

Place: 24 out of 42
Avg (all users): 5.1333
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8000
Avg (non-participants): 5.3000
Views since voting: 211
Views during voting: 170
Votes: 75
Comments: 1
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07/17/2015 01:29:39 PM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

First impressions are of a challenging moment reasonably well executed that does not meet the challenge. I'm sorry you haven't received any comments, I will do my best to make up for it.

Any action shot has its challenges and may not always turn out as you expect, often worse sometimes better, I'm not sure how you feel it turned out for you but for me it has stopped the action but all the important elements are missing. The main missing elements are the board and the face, without the board he could quite literally be falling from the sky into the water and not be on a board at all. Without the facial expression we are missing the excitement of the moment he is hopefully experiencing making it more difficult for us to engage with the image.

You have done well to capture the moment but the shutter speed is so high that it has stopped all the droplets of water which I know a lot of people like, I, unfortunately, am not one of those, I much prefer to have some motion blur to help me experience the moment of frenzied activity more fully. The composition is too central and would have benefited from a more effective rule of thirds hotspot approach, perhaps the upper right third, you could, of course, crop the image to achieve this if you agree with my idea.

Even with your title which should help, I still cannot see how this can be interpreted as April Fool, I must be missing something and welcome your explanation to help me understand more fully. Thank you for your submission, Sid.
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