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Bird Bath

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Collection: 2005
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Springfield, MO
Date: Sep 3, 2005
Aperture: f4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/23
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005

I have only had this camera a week, and only found this site yesterday. I learned a lot by taking many pictures until I got this one.

Place: 211 out of 432
Avg (all users): 5.0662
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9857
Avg (non-participants): 5.1429
Views since voting: 680
Views during voting: 408
Votes: 287
Comments: 13
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10/05/2005 05:09:19 PM
This pic is lacking in interest.
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09/22/2005 10:37:58 PM
I think this is a great idea, although the grass and trunk seen through the holes in the birdbath pulls my eyes away from the reflection... Maybe an added ripple in the water would have given it more texture...
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09/18/2005 11:17:07 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

And welcome! I see you just started here! I think and hope you will find lots of great information and ideas here.

Now, on to the critique of your entry. I like the idea you came up with, the reflection in the birdbath is very unique and good! But what could make it better is your next question I'm sure. Well, I'm no expert but I can tell you what I see and what I would change.

First the grass around the edges is very distracting and pulls away from the main subject of the shot, the branch on the tree. I think you could have cropped the top and bottom edges so you only had the edge of the bird bath left. Leaving it there actually gives me a bit of vertigo because it looks like you flipped your shot upside down and I can't look at it for very long because of the illusion you created. While this can be cool for some shots, the main subject isn't bold and interesting enough to make me want to keep looking at it and coming back to it.

The lighting seems a bit flat as do the colors, maybe a slight levels or curves adjustment would help there. It would help bring up the colors as well to really help make this shot stand out. That adjustment with just a slight cropping to leave the feeling of vertigo could really make this shot one that people have to keep coming back to just to make sure they saw what they think they saw.

Hope my comments help and again, WELCOME to DPChallenge!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/12/2005 07:46:47 PM
It's blurry but I like the reflection. Nice job!
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09/11/2005 10:27:31 AM
I'm sure everyone will say the same thing about the crop here. The focus on reflection shots is tricky. I got some fun ones myself when my mother picked some inky cap mushrooms and didn't use them before they melted to ink.

Your focus in the reflection is good enough to make out detail in the trunk of the tree and in the wood of the birdhouse... A bit too much is left of the background in the top left corner and because of the odd focal length used, it is in focus and is distracting.

Nice concept though.
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09/10/2005 11:08:42 PM
should have done a little saturation
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09/09/2005 07:38:25 PM
Wow awesome that's so cool and creative.
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09/09/2005 08:05:50 AM
Focus on the water surface and the grass through the perforations is confusing. Nice try on the reflections!
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09/08/2005 08:33:32 PM
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09/08/2005 02:15:16 PM
okay, the perspective on this keeps freaking out my eyes, they can't figure which way was up.
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09/08/2005 01:41:52 PM
I like the unusual perspective
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09/07/2005 07:59:38 PM
09/07/2005 01:35:44 AM
the title should have been something about the branch i think.like branch bath.lol.no,but honestly i really like the photo.9
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