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Branches of a woman
Branches of a woman

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart 735
Location: Germany
Date: Sep 1, 2005
Aperture: f/3.9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/280S
Galleries: Nature, Candid
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2005


Place: 407 out of 432
Avg (all users): 4.0036
Avg (commenters): 4.1250
Avg (participants): 3.8936
Avg (non-participants): 4.1185
Views since voting: 576
Views during voting: 380
Votes: 276
Comments: 12
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09/18/2005 11:49:31 AM
Salut from the Critique Club!

I believe you were trying to convey a sense of branch with the woman's arms. I like that your thinking outside of the box, but there are a few things that I think can improve the picture

Color: I like the contrast of her red sweater against the earth tones of the grass and background. However, it seems as though this picture was taken on an overcast day, so it lacks a bit of oomph. In your post processing, I would use levels and curves (in photoshop if you have it), as well as color hue and saturation to bring out the colors more so it's not quite as flat.

Focus: I don't feel the soft focus on her works. This is partly due to how in focus the grass behind her is. There are a few things to do to correct this. If you are using autofocus, focus on her first (in the center of the picture) by holding down your shutter button half way and then while still holding down the shutter half way, move your camera so she is now where you would like her in the frame, and then push your shutter button down all the way. Another way is to improve you depth of focus. This is done by closing up your aperture (increase your f-stop number). You will have to adjust your shutter speed accordingly. The other way is to be farther back from your subject so both she and the background are in focus, and then crop in post processing.

Composition: Having your subject off center as you do works quite nicely. However, there are a few nit picky thigns that I'm not to fond of. One is the blue leg at the bottom of the picture. The other is the sliver of background by her neck. Either a tighter cropping to get rid of those things, or a looser cropping (if this was cropped) to include more of her neck and head and leg would help. The choice is yours.
Two other things that I find distracting are the ground in between her and the grass, and the birch tree in the background. When composing pictures, (and I'm still learning this) always remember to keep in mind the rest of the picture that isn't the focus of the picture. They are often what makes a picture 'WOW!' or 'uhm, it's just ok'.

I like the way you only see part of her face, with her eyes closed and a bit of a smile, as if she is lost in her own world. I also love how you've captured the movement of the grass behind her, which mimics how she might be swaying in the wind as well.

Hope you find this helpful, if you have questions, feel free to ask.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 12:28:00 PM
Kind of a stretch but at least it isn't another literal branch. Nice the way her arms are sort of waving like the grass.
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09/12/2005 08:22:35 PM
Nice shot, but it looks pretty staged. nice color though.
09/11/2005 02:04:29 PM
sorry, it doesn't look like much planning went into this photo
09/11/2005 11:30:56 AM
I like this. I might desat the yellow a bit and play with curves to enrich the overall sense of it. This is different and her playful movement is a nice change in this challenge.
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09/08/2005 08:56:30 PM
She looks sleepy. I'd like it better if the background was blurred. Boring, sorry.
09/08/2005 08:07:12 PM
09/08/2005 04:05:50 PM
The evidence of technical ablity is here--in focus, well toned image. But take away the challenge topic (which you have admittedly stretched) and what do you have?
09/08/2005 01:21:46 PM
maybe a little less grass a litle more woman
09/08/2005 05:43:28 AM
For a tai-chi (if that's what it is) pose then less of the face and include all the limbs ie: her legs, while mid-pose.
09/07/2005 07:52:20 PM
I like this picture because it is unique and different from all of the other pictures that I have seen so far. I dont know if you intendd this but the wind is blowing the grass in the same direction that the womans arms seem to be flowing.
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09/07/2005 03:35:48 PM
The title is kind of corny because the photo doesn't exhibit "branches of a woman." Otherwise, 4

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