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Challenge: Free Study 2015-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3100
Location: wiltshire, England
Date: Aug 9, 2015
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2015

On a beautiful day in Wiltshire. Short on time as I was in the way of other people who were visiting the garden. Tried to get shutter speed as fast as I could but ended up with almost black images - until I played on photoshop!

Place: 125 out of 133
Avg (all users): 5.0000
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9608
Avg (non-participants): 5.1538
Views since voting: 86
Views during voting: 92
Votes: 64
Comments: 1
Favorites: 0

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09/16/2015 07:02:16 AM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

An appealing image that contributes to the open challenge.

From your comments it sounds as though you were shooting in manual mode? I would strongly recommend trying aperture priority which would enable you to concentrate on DOF and know that the camera will at worst get a usable exposure for you. As I'm sure you appreciate the better you can get it in camera then the minimal processing needed will ultimately give you a better end result.

I like your composition with the bee in the lower half of the frame and his lovely iridescent wings against the black background. The colours throughout are quite appealing, I like the soft focus flower background but the buds in the front are not working quite so well but they are not a major issue. I think the heavy processing needed to correct the exposure has given a degree of noise and softness to the detail that lets it down a little which probably explains its low score.

Thanks for your submission, Sid
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