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Challenge: Calendar (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: In my house, North Finchley, London
Date: Nov 7, 2004
Aperture: f4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2004

Visited the local park to collect leaves in as many shapes as I could find and in all the wonderful autumn colours. Also collected some red and yellow berries too. And only these three leaves made it into my entry!

Decided to enter this for October rather than November because we seem to be a month or so behind in terms of weather and seasonal change this year.

The background was white card but it came out with a grey tinge (as I was too lazy to set the white balance to the card) so I decided to delete the background to white to better match the actual cardboard. Played with levels and burned in the edges of leaves a touch. Cropped and sized.

Was tempted to reshoot to get rid of the white gap between the leaves but too lazy...

Place: 69 out of 190
Avg (all users): 5.7005
Avg (commenters): 6.9286
Avg (participants): 5.4811
Avg (non-participants): 5.9560
Views since voting: 1618
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 197
Comments: 21
Favorites: 4 (view)

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01/06/2008 10:42:37 PM
A simple captyre but so strong in composition, color and balance.....
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06/22/2005 06:41:58 PM
LOVE this shot.
I was one of your 3 tens.
I am really surprised that this didn't score higher in the challenge. The colours are great. The composition is good and the focus is spot on.
Love it.

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03/30/2005 08:08:12 AM
Simple, beautiful, and goes directly to my favorites :)
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11/17/2004 08:28:17 PM
very creative...very good work...love it
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11/15/2004 05:07:59 PM
great job , thought you would have scored higher with this
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11/15/2004 08:50:54 AM
This was one of my favorites for many of the same reasons that Glen mentioned. Particularly the simplicity. I like the great colors and the set up and feel the colors really pop on the white background. Great work.
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11/15/2004 02:07:29 AM
Hello from the Critique Club! Maybe you'll get mine to critique, lol.
Oh, and I hope you don't mind that I've "borrowed" your critique pattern that you posted in the forum :)

Initial Thoughts

Nice, simple photo that is pretty effective.

Composition / Content

I really like the composition here. Nicely centered, circular, and simple. (I'll be using that word a lot.) I think only Halloween (for many people) says more about October than colored leaves, so your content is also very nice.


I don't know about anyone else, but I think the white background works very nicely for this piece. It sets the subject apart and helps focus your attention on it. To me, the open area in the middle of the leaves helps ground them as well.

Camera Work - Technical

Focus seems a *little* soft to me, but it could just be an effect of the bright background. Your exposure is wonderful for what must have been a difficult metering.

Digital Processing

I'm not too big on the burned edges of the leaves myself, especially on the red leaf against the yellow. Your levels work is very good, giving the leaves quite colorful presence.

Fits the Challenge

Well, I honestly think it's a little bit of a stretch. You fit the *month* perfectly, but as a calender it takes a little bit of imagination for me. Still, I *can* picture a calender that has various formations of leaves or other flora to a monthly theme. You may have lost some points in that area from other voters though.

My Opinion of the Photo

I love the simplicity of this. It's effective, has a good monthly tie-in, and was shot beautifully. A refreshing change from many of the usual Fall landscapes in the challenge, so good work. Love the creativity, and keep it up :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/14/2004 05:18:19 AM
Beautiful! I love dead leaves, and this is just great =). I'm not quite sure I could see it in a calendar, but I guess I could.
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11/14/2004 12:31:00 AM
Clever and very effective indeed.
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11/13/2004 09:52:49 PM
Nice concept, good selection of colors. It contrasts too harshly with the white background however.
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11/13/2004 09:20:53 PM
Simplicity in the sometimes less is more realm.
Great composition.
Well done. ((8))
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11/13/2004 06:33:34 PM
Nice clean shot
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11/12/2004 09:32:30 PM
Clean, simple, elegant. Great composition.... (9)
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11/12/2004 01:36:18 PM
A calendar for the season! Great idea and use of primary colors. Simple subject arranged with symmetry. Good job.
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11/11/2004 02:53:47 PM
very nice 6
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11/10/2004 01:08:14 PM
Nice setup, but a little to static, and too much white around the leaves.
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11/09/2004 08:07:51 PM
Well thought out.
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11/09/2004 07:44:18 PM
Great composition, good lighting. Well done. Simple and elegant.
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11/09/2004 07:14:21 PM
nice and simple 8
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11/08/2004 04:18:03 PM
I like the shape that the leaves make and the blend of colors is also good. The white background is nicely white but the leaves almost feel a little too isolated and just floating there. It certainly conveys the chosen month well.
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11/08/2004 04:01:00 PM
Simple, effective. Good entry.
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