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Moss Heaven
Moss Heaven

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Challenge: Flora IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-700D Rebel T5i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 III
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date: Mar 19, 2016
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2016

Shot on a hike in Whistler, British Columbia. In a forest completely covered in moss or snow, this stump stands out with a strong contrast between the bright green moss and the snow crystal looking moss. A very fresh sight as the melting snow uncovers a world of green!

Place: 62 out of 70
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04/01/2016 07:17:31 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I spent almost 7 years living in BC - Vancouver and Terrace - so thought this probably was a redwood stump with all that moss and lichen on it. I like the idea you're going with but you have major technical issues to deal with. Mostly the composition is boring - it's a mossy stump. There's nothing to grab the eye, no real focal point.

The high ISO means you have some detail in the stump, but also blows out the snow and washes out the colours. That's a major no-no. The aperture is only f5.6 which probably isn't nearly enough for a stump this size, and the shutter speed is too fast. I see you're using a kit lens, so get a tripod. Go back. Shoot at your lowest ISO, make the aperture much smaller and increase the shutter speed to, say, 2.5 seconds. Go from there!

 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/29/2016 05:19:50 PM
i'm lichen it
03/28/2016 01:21:06 PM
Beautiful I give 8
03/23/2016 01:11:20 PM
It appears that you were left with the same level of "flora" that I was, and experienced the same problem I had with moss - it's just hard to show in a photograph. Did you rotate this 90 degrees right? It works better for me the other way if you did, and wish you're rotated it left if you didn't. Tough to find something in this that draws you in but I appreciate you trying to do something different.

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