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A fragile message from the nature
A fragile message from the nature

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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Kajaani / Finland
Date: Oct 22, 2005
Aperture: 7.10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Abstract, Water
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2005

It was really like letters was written in the calm surface of a pond.


Here is the place photo was taken:
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The original (minor edit):
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Place: 32 out of 279
Avg (all users): 5.9876
Avg (commenters): 6.5385
Avg (participants): 5.8353
Avg (non-participants): 6.0705
Views since voting: 1963
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 241
Comments: 38
Favorites: 10 (view)

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01/11/2006 05:02:54 PM
This is great. Pity it scored so low.
11/04/2005 01:11:35 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

First - since I just critiqued one of your photos, if you would prefer to have someone else critique this, contact me after and I will arrange for another member of the club to also critique it.

Composition/perspective - The use of negative space here is one of the strong elements that helps to make this image stand out. When I first saw this image I had a feeling it was flipped - something about the reflections. Your comments confirmed this. Excellent technique and perfect image to apply it to. Placement of the subjects is well done and the minimal content lets all the other elemnts come though.

Lighting - natural light obviously, but no hint of source. In other words, excellent control of the reflections, glare, bright spots in the image. I suspect this has a lot to do with time of day so good timing! The overall luminosicity of the shot is quite efffective.

Color - this image contains a nice palette of complementary and contrasting colors that never seem to collide. Despite the low levels of some of them, the tints are enough. The processing performed seems to have added greatly to the overall balance of this element - bringing out one side of the spectrum, subduing another while maintaining a overall tonal quality that is very pleasing to the eye.

Processing - the image is crisp and clear. A lot due to excellent camera control, but the processing did not upset that at all. The cloud definition through the many layers remains intact which is a very nice quality giving the image a sense of depth/height depending on which side you want to look at.

Challenge requirements - minimalism has certainly been your friend here. The lack of an overbearing subject coupled with the relative size in the image as whole certainly expresses the concept of Delicate quite nicely.

Overall/my opinion - very well done image with a lot of subtle qualities that a quick glance just will not reveal. This is a fantastic image that is extremely pleasing to look at and very well presented. I am usually not a fan of borders, but the thin blue works here as it helps define the area instead of enclosing it. Very well done!

Message edited by author 2005-11-05 00:55:00.
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11/02/2005 05:44:29 PM
I'm laughing that I was trying too hard to spell something. It's a stinking reflection!! WOW - you are pretty smart you are!!!!
11/02/2005 03:38:37 PM
That's a reflection!!! Retracting all comments...I am an idiot and you are a master!
11/02/2005 09:14:21 AM
you already know how I feel. I can't believe this didn't even break 6. What a shame.
11/02/2005 03:21:01 AM
Unfreaking believable! This is amazing I am glad that you posted the original otherwise I would be knocking my head against a wall figuring it out. Now that the challenge is over maybe you can add some color to the sky to dramatize it. Just my opinion of course.

11/02/2005 12:16:38 AM
I thought this should have finished much higher, I gave it the 10 it deserved.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 11:46:35 PM
Wow. Surreal.
11/01/2005 08:39:14 PM
Great use of reflections.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2005 02:46:20 PM
Very Interesting...
11/01/2005 07:06:29 AM
This is an eyecatching, interesting natural abstract. Great job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/31/2005 03:48:34 PM
Wow! What a cool picture! Too bad you didn't have this for the Reflections challenge!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/31/2005 10:27:42 AM
How did you do this picture? First time I looked at it I thought "no way is this natural"..... great shot!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/30/2005 07:19:41 PM
it took me a few seconds to realize that this was a reflection in water! very ethereal image -- well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/30/2005 06:26:50 PM
Very intriguing to see these branches as well as their reflections combined with the clouds' reflections without seeing the separation between water and air!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/30/2005 01:21:31 PM
I can't tell what that is, but if it's a reflection on water then it's an amazing shot!
10/29/2005 02:25:44 AM
One of the best reflexion pics I have seen! Delicate and perfect in composition.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/28/2005 08:07:44 PM
What does it say? 'opicko'? 'chiko'?... Interesting composition, but I just can't read what that message is! I'll check back later and might see something. Update: This is driving me mad! - The first letter looks like 'c', then 'p', then 'i' then 'k', then 'e'... but that doesn't spell anything!
10/28/2005 02:55:56 PM
cool shot, almost invites you to search for a cryptic message
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/28/2005 02:42:06 PM
splendid image! congrats!
10/28/2005 10:48:01 AM
interesting......i like it
10/28/2005 03:37:45 AM
I got it , I can read it, it says give it a 3
Surrealism just isn't my favorite school when its good, and I'm afriad this isn't
10/27/2005 04:04:25 PM
If this is unprocessed then it is really cool!
10/27/2005 02:42:30 PM
Is the message SPIKE? I really like the clouds but your "message" doesn't look even remotely natural, it's actually kind of freaky. I am not getting your meaning at all.
10/27/2005 07:46:39 AM
That's one weird font, almost illegible. ;-)
10/27/2005 07:42:20 AM
Whoha! Holy reflection Batman! Love this shot, cool enough to make me wonder if it´s fake but I of course gave you the benefit of the doubt. Love it, gave it a 10 and it went straight to my favorites.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/27/2005 02:38:04 AM
That's got to be the most still water I've ever seen. Like glass
10/26/2005 10:50:40 PM
did it occur to you at all that if you just glance at this, the word "dike" pops out of the branches. just a little bit of an oversight there.
10/26/2005 10:29:38 PM
Spike? Beautiful sky, but I just don't understand what that means. OH, wait... SICKO.. HEE HEE I get it. WAit, no I don't. Hmmmmmmmmmm I see a profile and an eye.... This is interesting.
10/26/2005 10:14:53 PM
too complicated for me to read....I see a "D" , "i" , and "k"
10/26/2005 08:52:16 PM
Interesting picture. I keep looking at it and I still cant figure it out. It does look like words but they must be branches out of water or something. The clouds are amazing, they look continuous. If this is a reflection, Its hard to tell the difference. Very captivating.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/26/2005 06:12:17 PM
wow.. this is unique and quite incredible,, it's hard to tell exactly what I'm looking at, and where the sky meets the surface. but i'm going to give it an 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/26/2005 03:30:43 PM
Very nice catch!
10/26/2005 03:09:45 PM
10/26/2005 10:09:05 AM
almost looks like it should be spelling something... but how is there no horizon?!
10/26/2005 09:08:11 AM
cool, looks like nature has sketched a message in the water!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/26/2005 01:44:15 AM
10/26/2005 12:43:23 AM
holy crap. this is the best photo i have seen on dpc...enough said. 10 and favorite favorite.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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