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Hawksbill Crag Upper Buffalo National River  Wilderness Area
Hawksbill Crag Upper Buffalo National River Wilderness Area

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Challenge: Postcard (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Newton County AR close to Boxley
Date: Apr 30, 2003
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2003

Taken while on vacation not knowing the challenge topic this week. This is the most photographed scene in the state of AR That's my hubby on the rock.

Place: 17 out of 106
Avg (all users): 6.5122
Avg (commenters): 7.2143
Avg (participants): 6.3026
Avg (non-participants): 6.8511
Views since voting: 5948
Votes: 123
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/15/2003 04:39:06 PM
A Comment From The Critique Club

Hi Kandice,

my first impression was - WOW - that's quite some scenery there. Definitely postcard material!

COMPOSITION / CONTENT - Composition is fine. Your husband is positioned so that the viewer can easily take in the scenery but won't miss him (and you wouldn't get the sense of scale if he wasn't there). If you hadn't said you didn't know about the challenge I would've suspected that you planned for him to wear an orange shirt! It fits in perfectly, makes him stand out without standing out too much. For a postcard, I think I would've preferred him looking over the land rather than right at the camera but that's a minor quibble. It's a shame there was a big cloud over the woods in the back but of course you didn't have control over the weather ...

CAMERA WORK / TECHNICAL - I think you did pretty well here. Everything's nicely in focus as it needs to be for a scenic postcard such as this one.

POST-PROCESSING - The lush shades of green are very nice, I'd like the sky to be a little more saturated and blue (as they are often a little oversaturated in postcards), but overall I like the colors. The text is sized about right and I like the font, I just would've moved the text a little more to the left, right now it feels too close to the edge of the picture.

I like your entry to the challenge a lot, and so did most of the voters judging by the score you got. A well-deserved high placing. I just read through the comments, and it seems that many people agree with me on the sky and I'm in the minority on the text ... I do like the suggestion to add the state to the text to make it even more postcard like. Good work, keep it up :)

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

05/13/2003 11:32:28 PM
Congrats on the great finish Kandice!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/11/2003 10:45:11 AM
I think I'd want to be wearing a parachute...
05/10/2003 02:10:04 AM
05/09/2003 01:12:47 AM
i love it. The inclusion of the man on the far off cliff is just the right touch! :) Spectacular view!
05/07/2003 03:30:53 PM
Fantastic! It's the kind of place I love...the great outdoors. Including a person for scale really makes this even better. Good job! Where is this?
05/07/2003 01:19:49 PM
Having that person up there really adds a ton of perspective to the picture. Great shot.
05/07/2003 12:12:38 PM
Everything's so green! It's beautiful and makes a great postcard.
05/07/2003 10:37:34 AM
Excellent. How much did you have to pay him to stand there? You'd have to pay me a lot! It's a tiny bit dull - perhaps tweak the contrast/brightness a little.
05/06/2003 11:45:08 PM
Great photo. I like the balance between the sky and the trees. It would be too easy to get too much sky or too many trees, but you got a healthy dose of both. Plus you did well to capture the height of this outcropping. Gotta say though you missed out on a great opportunity for some kind of slogan. Anything...
05/06/2003 08:43:47 PM
Very nice composition. Great shot as a stand along. Super great shot by adding the person ... gives a sens of size. Good Job. Jacko. 9
05/06/2003 06:03:38 AM
Good postcard shot. The green tones come through well. This would have looked awesome if you had used a polarizer filter to bring out the blues of the sky.
05/06/2003 02:19:54 AM
Very nice. The only thing I would do is pump up the blue in the sky a bit. 8
05/05/2003 11:12:18 PM
Very nice framing and exposure. there is a pronounced yellow cast to colors. If others comment on this as well, consider checking your monitor calibration. I've been burnt on one of my submissions that I edited on an uncalibrated system!
05/05/2003 06:41:19 PM
Oh man that guy is brave standing out there!!! The shot overall has a greenish/yellow "tint" to it. Do you do that on purpose to make it look older? The text isn't very good. Should use a nicer font and then add in the City and State. Great pic however!
05/05/2003 12:06:48 PM
I don't like the person on the rock - other than that this is a great pic!!
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05/05/2003 10:13:28 AM
the person makes this and gives a real sense of scale
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05/05/2003 01:00:09 AM
THe contrast on this picture seems a bit to high to me. The Greens are so green, yet somehow the blues aren't very blue. The shot itself is really nice I like the perspective here a great deal. The white text doesn't seem to fit very well, I'm not sure what I would do to make that look better. Overall this would be a decent postcard. Good job.
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