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The Hidden Bridge
The Hidden Bridge

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Challenge: Free Study 2017-01 (Standard Editing)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Location: Hays Preserve, in Owens Cross Roads, AL
Date: Jan 15, 2017
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/250, 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2017

Focal Length: 54mm equivalent

So this is my first exposure merge. Instead of doing an HDR, I took two shots at different exposures, laid the darker one on top of the lighter one, and then created a layer mask to remove the dark areas from the dark exposure.

Anyway, I think it looks okay. I expect the experts here to spot the imperfections very quickly. So why did I enter this into one of the toughest challenges. Well, I probably would not have. But I had more than 200 people like, react, and comment on Facebook about this shot, some of them from my photograph clubs too. And of course you all know that if that happens on Facebook, well... ;-)

PP: The photo merge and then color, exposure, contrast, etc...

Place: 69 out of 120
Avg (all users): 5.4930
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 5.3585
Avg (non-participants): 5.8889
Views since voting: 68
Views during voting: 104
Votes: 71
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2017 10:06:21 PM
For this challenge I am making a point of commenting on a few images which fall in different places on my scoring. This fell in a broad middle range. I enjoy the delicate feel of the grey branches against the sky and the shapes of the branches in the center reaching towards the water and their reflection. However, the overall image feels too busy and I find my eye keeps jumping around, pulled from one place to another, from the top to the bottom and from side to side, never finding a place where it can come to rest.
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02/01/2017 11:18:08 AM
Nicely shot image. I like the bit of mystique.
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02/01/2017 10:29:25 AM
Very hidden indeed!
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