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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland
Date: Apr 4, 2003
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50 sec
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2003


Place: 206 out of 295
Avg (all users): 4.7324
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 4.6187
Avg (non-participants): 4.9459
Views since voting: 724
Votes: 213
Comments: 15
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04/15/2003 12:35:07 PM
A Comment From The Critique Club

Hi Mitchell,

Spring is my favorite time here (I'm in Virginia, so not that far away from where you took this picture), and I especially love the cherry trees in bloom. They are a spectacular sight and a great choice for the color challenge. I like how you have placed the tree to the left of your photo, and how it dwarfs the person walking.

You have a scene that has a lot of potential for a great shot here, did you take photos from some other angles and distances? For the challenge, I think you lost out on a higher rating because the color didn't fill the frame (I've heard a couple of photographer teach: If you think you are close enough to your subject, move in closer) and the colors (especially those except the tree) are a little muted from the overcast weather. The overblown sky (which is impossible to avoid on an overcast day) should be minimized if you can't eliminate it altogether, so a crop on the right would probably have helped without losing any important information.

Technically, you did fine with this photo. I always say that no obvious signs of post-processing is a good thing. Also, for DPC, it is always advisable to submit photos as large as possible. I don't know whether you cropped your entry out of a bigger file and weren't able to submit a bigger size, but if you were able to, using the maximum size allowed (640 pixels on the long side) is usually a good thing.

If you have the time and inclination, I would suggest going back to the park, and start taking pictures of the same tree but vary your angle and your distances. Play around with the reflections in the water some to see what you can come up with. Photograph only part of the tree. See what the background is like if you take a shot of the tree from the other side, etc.

Anyhow, I just checked out your web page and you have some incredible images there. I also really liked your winter leaf. I'm looking forward to seeing more great photos from you in the future competitions :)

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this review.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2003 11:25:16 PM
What a beautiful spot you found - the only thing I would change is maybe to crop more of the left side of the picture out (where the stone structure is) as it is just a bit distracting from the tree and water. Otherwise an excellent shot :)
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04/12/2003 12:39:20 PM
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04/11/2003 06:02:38 PM
Great tree to shoot - maybe closer, a bit brighter exposure? Something with the water more in the shot? Good choice though.
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04/11/2003 01:33:03 AM
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04/10/2003 11:19:37 PM
I wish the image were larger.
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04/10/2003 02:24:05 AM
I like the subject/background contrast here. This is a nice shot all around. It'd probably have been better if you would have maxed out size, but it looks nice as is. There also seems to be a bizarre red dot at the trunk of your tree, but I can't say I know how to fix that. Good work. Good luck. 7
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04/09/2003 10:59:42 PM
Nice Spring shot, colors very good.
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04/09/2003 01:43:14 PM
good job
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04/09/2003 09:54:41 AM
A wonderful scene, but it needs a little more sky to brighten it up and give it more depth. 6
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04/08/2003 09:08:27 PM
This picture meets the challenge and appears to have good exposure. I wish you would have used the maximum allowable resolution for this one as there is a lot of detail in the scene that gets lost which is a shame. The sky looks a little blown out but that is almost impossible to avoid in a picture like this. That rock thing to the left of the pink tree and the sign and cart path also distract me, again, not much you can do about these things. You could get closer to the tree and try a different angle maybe. I gave this picture a 4 mainly because of the low resolution, it really takes a lot away from the picture.

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04/08/2003 07:00:49 PM
great shot!! I would have taken a close-up of the tree! It's a beautiful tree!
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04/08/2003 10:34:16 AM
Aha the first signs of spring are upon us! I bet this looked very colorful when you took the photo, I know I tried the same kind of bush but when I saw the photo the color just wasn't as impressive anymore. Okay yours looks a lot better than mine did but you should have gotten in a lot closer (and more to the left) and not tried to get the whole tree into the image. The space to the left I would have cropped out altogether. I like it anyhow, good job.
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04/08/2003 02:44:03 AM
The tree is too small.
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04/07/2003 05:46:15 PM
Nice approach to the subject. A couple of things that might improve the shot (in my opinion) are to try to but the tree at such an angle that you can lighten the shot overall while cropping out (or avoiding entirely) the blown-out sky. Perhaps a shot even from a slightly different angle that would show a better reflection...
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