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life, the universe and everything. connected.
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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Lens: Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical for Canon (Black)
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Date: Sep 3, 2005
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 3.000s
Galleries: Abstract, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2005

bulb exposure on the beach in Santa Cruz, the lights are the Beach Boardwalk.

levels adjustment.

Place: 340 out of 432
Avg (all users): 4.4817
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3092
Avg (non-participants): 4.6577
Views since voting: 675
Views during voting: 401
Votes: 301
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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10/26/2005 06:11:06 PM
Well done for sticking your neck out. And forget the scores - they're only useful to you if you admire the taste of those who vote!
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09/18/2005 05:07:57 PM
Salut from the critique club!

First, I (personally) like how you are thinking outside the box in meeting this challenge. As I'm sure you saw by your comments, not everyone likes this. Not much one can do about that, but keep taking pictures! Now on to the photo

Title: The title is what more or less explains the photo to people. While many don't mind that, and think the title is an important part of the photo, others will wholeheartedly disagree, and think the photo should speak for itself. I don't mind the title, and I think it adds to the photo, but I'd like to warn you others, when voting, don't like to 'be told' what the photo is or how it relates to the photo. A classic example of people unhappy with titles was the Decisions Challenge where many stated the picture had nothing to do with the challenge except the title. It all comes down to what YOU want to do with the title, so follow your convictions and go for it!

Composition: The composition itself is pretty straight forward. Your eye is drawn horizontally across the center of the picture. Maybe next time, rotate the picture on a funky angle to see if it gives it a different dynamic.

Colors: The lights that are involved in this picture seem to be multi-coloured, but it seems to be lost due to the dominance of the light streak through the middle of the picture. I think some color adjustment to bring out the underlying colors would also add a different dynamic to the picture.

Noise: The lack of noise is excellent. I'm not sure what you used, but the lack of noise really helps make the lights the focus of the picture.

Exposure: I think if you lowered your iso to 200 or even 100, you would have prevented getting that very bright area the dominates the middle of the photo, and almost over powers the other colours as I stated above.

As a picture, this is a very interesting picture. As a picture for the branches challenge, it is definitely outside the box. This can be a good and bad thing, so be sure to take every comment with a grain of salt and keep taking pictures!

Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any questions!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 10:31:12 PM
i dont think this is realted to branch but the title kinda explains but still...
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09/12/2005 08:22:52 PM
cool photo...but i am not quite sure how this relates to branch...branches of the universe possibly?
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09/12/2005 12:20:39 PM
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09/12/2005 01:17:56 AM
Original Idea.
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09/10/2005 11:11:25 AM
I cant seem to see the branch in this photo.
09/09/2005 08:23:13 PM
Cool. I love the title. I love the dizzying branching out.
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09/08/2005 10:46:34 PM
Philisophical today?
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09/08/2005 08:15:43 PM
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09/08/2005 06:31:37 PM
an interesting photo, that perhaps its downfall is that it requires a second-thought and more time than usual to grasp the connection. not entirely convinced that the symbolism of the light is justly reflecting the universe and life. the title works for me, even the concept, i guess i've just been subjected to enough long-shutter light trick shots that its lost its novel feel. 5/10
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09/08/2005 05:18:38 PM
Fun take on this challenge.
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09/08/2005 03:22:05 PM
little too loose with the branch connection :).
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09/08/2005 08:52:48 AM
It's an interesting picture, I'm just not sure what it is.
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09/08/2005 05:28:13 AM
I'm not sure how this meets the challenge.
09/08/2005 12:59:39 AM
This is cool. I like it. Maybe a little too bright right in the middle.
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09/07/2005 11:04:56 PM
creative, although I'm not really sure about it's representation but it looks cool.
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09/07/2005 02:15:31 PM
Interestng effect, but where's the branch?
09/07/2005 10:29:15 AM
FUN!! I love the squiggliness of it.Great use of color and long exposre. Thanks for not having a tree limb!!!
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09/07/2005 01:08:29 AM
i don't see any branches.
09/07/2005 12:49:50 AM
Fantastic imagery but i think the wrong challenge
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