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Boring Branch, Beautiful Background
Boring Branch, Beautiful Background

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Backyard
Date: Sep 5, 2005
Aperture: 22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2005

I took this photo in my backyard. It was kind of last minute...I couldn't think of anything else to do, but I think it looks very nice.

Place: 326 out of 432
Avg (all users): 4.5493
Avg (commenters): 4.8333
Avg (participants): 4.4238
Avg (non-participants): 4.6917
Views since voting: 6467
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 284
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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09/18/2005 11:34:18 PM
by karmat

You have used the dramatic lighting to your advantage in this shot by capturing the "rays" and using a form of backlighting to silhoette the branches. That sets up a nice contrast, and makes the sky look even brighter. Looking at your settings, I wonder if you could have used a lower aperture value and faster shutter speed. I think that might have made the branches appear more in focus simply because the slight blur they have looks as if the wind was blowing or something.
Compositionally, I think there might be a bit too much "dark" on the left of the shot. I think cropping a bit on the right and left, would make the composition seem more balanced, and complete.

You don't mention any post-processing, but it looks to me like you upped the contrast a bit, and it may have affected the clouds a bit too much -- there are spots on them that are a bit overblown, it seems.

<Inside the head of the dpc voter> My first impression is that this shot is a bit out of focus. Unfortunately, when viewing hundreds of shots, the first impression is usually what gets to determine the vote. The composition seems a bit accidental, and the clouds are a bit blown out in areas. Had a voted in this challenge, I probably would have given you a 4 (for the aforementioned reasons), and maybe a 5 because you did an excellent job of capturing the "rays" which is not always easy.

Best to you in future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 11:26:36 PM
too dark
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09/13/2005 10:51:47 PM
Nice clouds and lighting. I like the colors.
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09/13/2005 01:11:19 AM
ummm... the background seems more the focus here than the branches...
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09/10/2005 01:28:29 AM
Too bad the challenge wasn't for beautiful sky scenes.
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09/08/2005 11:54:05 PM
The silhouette doesn't appear to be in sharp focus. I do like the rays of sunlight in the background.
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09/08/2005 04:57:49 PM
nice attempt at trying to leverage the negative space, but sometimes less is more. perhaps a different crop would simplify the image a bit more.
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09/08/2005 01:10:55 PM
gosh what an amazing sky! it seems somewhat out of focus?
09/08/2005 05:35:04 AM
Not so much a 'boring' branch as a 'too far out of the shot so it becomes sidelined and could have been much more dominant' branch. Has potential to be a really stunning and suitable shot.
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09/08/2005 01:28:13 AM
dramatic sky and light effects. if only the trees and clouds could have been in sharper focus, i would have voted it even higher. here's an 8.
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09/07/2005 10:22:58 PM
The title says it all... but branch is the challenge, not background.
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09/07/2005 07:48:52 PM
Focus and color seem like they could be better here, also the crop to get rid of the left side of the photo
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09/07/2005 05:29:57 PM
Great colours in the sky and the leaves on the left are strong. Would have been nice without the tree to the right of the picture and would have benefitted from the having some of the black space cropped from the left edge
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09/07/2005 03:25:41 PM
Like how you've captured the God's rays, but there doesn't seem to be any focal point to this photo.
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09/07/2005 08:27:24 AM
tad blurry, otherwise like it
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09/07/2005 01:05:37 AM
The title says it all. "A" for effort.
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