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Water in the dry lands
Water in the dry lands

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Challenge: Free Study 2016-06 (Standard Editing)
Lens: Sony DT 1855mm f/3.55.6 SAM AF
Location: Gaastmeer, Netherlands
Date: Jun 10, 2016
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2016

This shot was taking in Friesland, the Netherlands. This place is a small island between the Zandmeer and the Gaastmeer, which are both lakes.
It was taken at sunset, I was lucky enough to get some nice clouds!

(Taken with a Sony Alpha 58, camera isn't on the list so I'll say it here)

Place: 59 out of 92
Avg (all users): 5.5294
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5714
Avg (non-participants): 5.4375
Views since voting: 179
Views during voting: 89
Votes: 51
Comments: 1
Favorites: 0

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07/29/2016 08:52:58 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I love the tones in this image, you have caught twilight very well. The light texture and ripples in the clouds, the pastels are wonderful, and they contrast perfectly with the darkness and heavy cracks in the dry mud. The reflections in standing pools of water are great too.

So why didn't DPC voters, infamous for loving landscapes/seascapes/sunsets in their Free Studies, vote this image higher? From my own experience here, there are three key reasons:

1) Portrait orientation for a landscape. Not for nothing is horizontal orientation often called 'landscape'!

2) Tied into that...often voters look at images on a phone or device, and must scroll down in order to see the full picture, and lose some of the impact of the image that way. And most importantly...

3) Though a lovely setting...it's a very static shot with no true focal point to draw the eye. Even just one person caught walking through the frame would help unite that lovely sky with the foreground, tie it all together, give a sense of scale to the image and interest.

Hope this has been useful,

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