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Challenge: Stock Photography (Classic Editing)
Collection: Scenic
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Canton, NC
Date: Feb 19, 2003
Aperture: 2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10/500
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2003

A pine cone.

Place: 31 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.1170
Avg (commenters): 7.2143
Avg (participants): 5.9508
Avg (non-participants): 6.4242
Views since voting: 1096
Votes: 94
Comments: 16
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03/03/2003 05:49:58 PM
Critique Club Comments by Grayce
I like this very much. Pine cones always appeal to me and you did a nice job capturing this image.
The composition is good, and it's nice you didn't center the pine cones. The way you cropped works well, that you included some pine needles in focus and the diagonal branches leading the eye to the cones.
It's a simple picture, which adds to the appeal. The little bit of green makes it fresh and refreshing. There is a hint of texture on the branches. That's nice.
There is nothing I don't like here, except maybe brighten the pine cones a little, but it is acceptable. So what more can I say? Good job!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2003 11:28:34 AM
I like how you've used shadow to create focus on your subject: the pine cones. The theme of the challenge is wide enough to include this photo, and I really enjoy the varied textures created through blur and sharpness.
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03/02/2003 09:52:15 AM
Cool... a technically good nature photo that would work well as a stock photo to be mixed with other material. Pleasant but not distracting.
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02/27/2003 03:28:54 PM
IMO your picture is quite busy and the main subject is under exposed. I would like to see more detail of the cones and not have the sky blaring at the viewer. A difficult task to correct but maybe you could have achieved about the same effect by taking the picture with the sun behind you instead of the subject. 5
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02/27/2003 02:02:35 PM
Really like the border! I would like to have seen a little more light on the pine cones, but that doesn't bother me a whole lot. Very nice shot!
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02/25/2003 08:15:17 PM
Wow - nice sharpness, dof, exposure, cropping. Good job.
02/25/2003 10:57:42 AM
Very nice shot. I love it. 10
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02/25/2003 10:42:35 AM
Good use of DOF, well composed and I even like the border, great work.
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02/25/2003 08:20:26 AM
excellent use of shallow depth of field... the lighting on the pine cones may be a tad weak, but this is a nice image anyway... good work :) - setzler
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02/25/2003 05:10:10 AM
I don't like the pinecones that underexposed. They lack color, not that they're jumping with vivid color to begin with, but I think they should look at least like wood. Great DOF on this shot.
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02/24/2003 11:01:30 PM
I like this one. One of my favourites. Universal appeal and well lit and just a pretty picture AND it fits the challenge. Good job! 9
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02/24/2003 09:23:05 PM
Nice composition. More detail in the shadows of the pinecone.
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02/24/2003 07:01:54 PM
This would make a great postcard. The contrast between the crisp pinecones and the fuzzy background is really appealing.
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02/24/2003 01:27:26 PM
Good use of the rule-of-thirds concept. I think the cones are just a little dark compared to the sky but I could see this used in a textbook or along with a magazine editorial piece.
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02/24/2003 12:36:12 AM
Really nice. The clarity, color and DOF are wonderful !
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02/24/2003 12:14:07 AM
I like the DOF here, but I wish the pine cones were a bit brighter, as they're the focal point.
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