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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Floral
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Sep 4, 2005
Aperture: f/4.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/90s
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2005

This is an experiment in being as squarely "on-topic" as possible and using the tackiest colors I could come up with in my photoshop tweaking (all within basic rules, mind you). Let's see...

Statistics
Place: 39 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.0261
Avg (commenters): 6.9412
Avg (participants): 6.0192
Avg (non-participants): 6.0331
Views since voting: 1282
Views during voting: 422
Votes: 307
Comments: 42
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09/19/2005 04:19:07 PM
Thanks to everyone and especially to Neuferland for comments and critique. I think, my experiment (see above) worked - nobody accused me of being off-topic, and I found that about half of the viewers liked the colors and another half found them tacky and unnatural. Of course they are unnatural, that was the whole idea, if I kept the original sky color it would be one booooring photograph. Surprizingly, over a span of the past week I more-less made peace with the colors here, so while for me they still ARE tacky, the overall package kinda works, not as a photograph, but as a piece of pop-art. I can see it on a wall in some New York Upper West Side apartment :)
09/18/2005 10:26:42 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

So, you didn't tell the results of yoru experiment! :)

This is square on topic and the tacky colors seem to have backfired a bit looking at your score, people liked it!

I personally look at it and say, "Cool colors, but very unnatural." The edges around the branches don't seem right for some reason, not exactly sure why.

The lines coming in and out are very nice, leading in, leading out. I'm thinking if you had just adjusted the colors to a more natural blue it would have done even better but we may never know, right?
Nice job.

Deannda
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 10:51:18 PM
Pretty colors here..
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09/13/2005 09:50:19 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Love the starkness and clarity of the foreground as well as the gradation and striking color of the background. Hope this does well for you.
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09/13/2005 09:07:27 PM
wow this is realy great i think that the colors are awsome!! the way u got it to fae... too cool!
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09/12/2005 08:21:32 PM
Bright, and nice contrast, but its just not doing it for me.It looks really staged and fake, and I think you could have done so much more with the topic.
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09/12/2005 08:03:23 PM
What really caught my eye about this picture was the bright colors. But besides the colors nothing really sets it apart from other pictures of trees with branches. However, I like your idea and it's interesting.
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09/12/2005 07:28:11 PM
Interesting, but looks too cartoonish/unreal for my taste.
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09/11/2005 06:24:53 PM
Interesting
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09/11/2005 11:12:11 AM
Yup. Nailed it.
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09/10/2005 10:53:17 PM
Cool colors, and very nice contrast.
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09/09/2005 08:06:59 PM
Cool colors and lighting.
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09/09/2005 11:36:13 AM
I would rate this higher if the challenge was digital art, abstract, or something along those lines.
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09/09/2005 10:45:17 AM
cool coloration. would have been good in the high contrast challenge
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09/09/2005 07:40:44 AM
One of the best shot to include tree branchs. This one has great colour. Did you use a hue/sat adjustment layer? Top 10, and 10 from me. Good luck.
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09/09/2005 05:58:03 AM
8 - Colors and the 'twisted silhouette' obviously really dramatize this shot. Criticism; I would like to see it more 'balanced', either with the main trunk to the left more and more 'branches' on the right, or perhaps centered. Very nice, even though I like the silhouetting, I wonder how this with a 'softened'/blurred effect would have worked. If possible, the only other thing would be if the whole of the canopy, at least on one side, could have been 'framed', may have also made this even more unique.
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09/09/2005 01:04:22 AM
This is beautiful.
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09/08/2005 08:28:08 PM
I like the background color, and the black subject reminds of one of those iPod commercials.
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09/08/2005 08:23:51 PM
ooooooooo like the colors and the dark dead tree
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09/08/2005 07:20:52 PM
like the gradient coloration, am not judge so have no idea if that is too much editing or not, LOL, but I do like the photo
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09/08/2005 06:20:56 PM
I would have liked to have seen the colors of the sky on this one... Personally, I don't really like the added pink/ purple colors.
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09/08/2005 05:28:08 PM
Is that real? It's awesome!
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09/08/2005 03:32:57 PM
wonderful colors and shapes. of course there are many photographs in this challenge that demonstrate a similar approach, but yours is the best I've seen so far.
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09/08/2005 02:46:44 PM
very good
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09/08/2005 01:13:23 PM
too much saturation
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09/08/2005 12:12:47 PM
almost like pop-art - I REALLY like this one and i hope it does really well. Makes a change from the monotomy!
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09/08/2005 11:22:30 AM
nice silhouette - are the colors natural or did you tweak them?
Either way, I like the over all effect. 9
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09/08/2005 04:16:16 AM
Wow amazing colours, really like this
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09/08/2005 12:25:49 AM
impressive colors and shilouette; i like it;
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09/08/2005 12:16:40 AM
Nice abstract.
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09/07/2005 11:23:17 PM
Gorgeous colors! Great composition!
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09/07/2005 10:54:29 PM
fun colours :) liking the silhouette
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09/07/2005 08:10:50 PM
Oh dang. Thats really trippy...
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09/07/2005 05:39:30 PM
way cool
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09/07/2005 04:27:59 PM
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Message edited by author 2006-08-17 12:08:34.
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09/07/2005 02:24:13 PM
WOW, the sky looks really amazing in this image. The sillouette of the tree in the foreground is really crisp as well. Great capture!
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09/07/2005 12:11:26 PM
Very Cool shot. I love the color and the dark imagery of the tree limbs. Great Job.
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09/07/2005 11:52:27 AM
Amazing color. well done
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09/07/2005 09:47:41 AM
nice colors and composition I liked it...7
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09/07/2005 09:39:09 AM
Very impacting. Love the sky and contrast of the limbs. Awesome. 10.
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09/07/2005 02:27:38 AM
Very cool background color. 6
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09/07/2005 12:37:01 AM
I like the composition, but the shocking pink-purple sky ruiins it for me. I'd have been fine with a blue sky, a white sky, or even a gray sky.
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