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Frank Beckman

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Challenge: Rhythm (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 775
Location: Amarillo TX
Date: Feb 13, 2003
Aperture: 4.9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/396
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 16, 2003

Taken at a lake in Amarillo Tx.

Place: 64 out of 79
Avg (all users): 4.9307
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.8939
Avg (non-participants): 5.0000
Views since voting: 853
Votes: 101
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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03/01/2003 12:01:15 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club
By Inspzil

Composition - This is a really neat capture. I like the colors on the left duck. They seem a little underexposed but I don't think that's the case. I think they are just slightly out of focus due to their movement. They are really well framed. Both being in roughly the same position is a great touch and the biggest selling point of this photo IMO. The downside to this pic is the branches being out of focus. I think you probably would've been better off if the branches were moving a lot, then it would convey their motion better. You kinda got stuck in the in between, between a panning motion shot and a stop action motion shot where the background has to be a blur or crystal clear. Personally I think its pretty good as is, but could definitely improve if the background fit into one of the "approved" techniques on DPC. The panning shot is still under review (according to my shots anyway :) ).

Technical - This image lacks a little of the crispness that it needs. I don't feel it needs to be the clearest image we've ever seen on DPC but for the most part, voters in these parts generally frown on any less than crystal clear. The slight "underexposure" of the birds heads is probably not correctable within DPC rules. Some of the function might be a little bit due to the DOF if the camera is close to the subjects. I don't believe this to be true in this case.

Overall - I think this picture is pretty underrated. It's not a bad picture and I think it deserves a little better score. I think you took a lot of hits for the background not being totally focused which I don't think is totally justified. Unfortunately I can't change your score but I hope you found at least one thing in here that will help you on a future picture. Good Luck with your photos - Inspzil
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2003 09:39:02 PM
This is a beautiful picture.
02/22/2003 07:16:20 PM
I like how you got both those ducks in synchronisation, it is the main charachter in this image. The trees look as if it is very windy. Good crop here but maybe the´focus could have been a tad better on those ducks. Good capture.
02/21/2003 04:44:38 PM
Pretty good capture... that's hard to snap flying birds like that.
02/20/2003 11:06:13 PM
Great capture, the colors on the mallard are really super. You might have cropped this just a bit more at the top.
02/17/2003 04:18:33 PM
Wow! Nice capture, and their little orange feet look incredible! I wish the righthand bird were totally in the frame, but obviously you caught this as they MOVED! Very cool!
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02/17/2003 04:09:08 PM
great catch!
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02/17/2003 01:58:42 AM
way out of focus

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