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A Country Life
A Country Life

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Challenge: Country Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Livermore, CA
Date: Jun 24, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2003

This is right next to Highway 580 in Livermore California. I drive on this freeway almost everyday. This is only about 30 minutes from San Francisco. I was born and raised in this area. The shot was taken at 6:00 AM to capture the shadows and early morning light. I used a circular polarizer for the first time. Hope you like the picture.

Place: 32 out of 249
Avg (all users): 6.0684
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.9658
Avg (non-participants): 6.1709
Views since voting: 910
Votes: 234
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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07/08/2003 12:16:40 AM
Greetings From the Critique Club:

Hi, Tarbini

Challenge: I do believe that this is a pretty picture that nicely shows the countryside. Therefore, you have met the challenge well.

Composition: There is absolutely nothing that could be done differently with the composition here. The single hay bale in the front is nice. The shadow of what must be a tree to the right provides a nice contrast and adds to the picture. The sky is a beautiful blue, however, I still agree with my comment made during the challenge that it would be even better if you had some wispy clouds the day you took this picture. The rolling hills provide a nice backdrop to your picture.

Technical: Once again, I still agree with my comment made before. I think the picture might be just a tad on the bright side. I would like to see the colors "pop" out just a little bit more. The yellows and greens seem just a bit flat. Other than that, I would say that it was perfect. I'm not familar with circular polarizers, so I'm curious as to how it affected the scene.

It was also interesting to see the comments that you recieved concerning your border. As always, as border that differs from the plain black becomes a controversy. I happen to like the transparent border and disagree with those that said it distracts.

Overall: A very nice countryside picture. I stand true to the score that I gave it during the challenge. While it didn't bring out the "WOW" factor, it was nicely done. I looked at some of your other photos and am very impressed with your work. Look forward to seeing more.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/01/2003 07:39:44 AM
nice shot- the bale in the foreground is very helpful in telling the story behind this photo nicely done!
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07/01/2003 06:14:26 AM
Very nice picture.
How did you do the transparent border?
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06/30/2003 07:51:27 AM
Wonderful image. Fits the theme well. 8 Morgan
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06/28/2003 11:39:37 PM
I think I would have prefered more sunlight on the front of the bales. Nice capture of the distance. (border perhaps unnecessary here - would have given the imagination a nice continuation without.)
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06/28/2003 10:35:15 PM
I like the image. The soft colores are a good match for the mood. I don't care for this border.
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06/27/2003 03:31:31 PM
Great country photo and border works very well. I must learn how to do this.8
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06/27/2003 11:36:27 AM
superb location however I think the shadows in the foregroud detract from the images impact
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06/27/2003 09:33:54 AM
Great forms and subtle light and colors. Don't like the border.
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06/27/2003 02:24:08 AM
I dont feel as if there is anything that attracs my eye here.
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06/26/2003 05:46:59 PM
i think the border takes away from the photo.
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06/25/2003 04:10:29 PM
Oh this brings back memories good photo too the colors just blend togrther 7
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06/25/2003 02:22:23 PM
Excellent representation of country.....
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06/25/2003 04:13:54 AM
My only problem with this photo is its size. You should be able to upload a larger photo than this. Otherwise very nice. Maybe a little bright on the ground.
06/25/2003 02:08:17 AM
fantastic image. Very, very well done.
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06/25/2003 01:20:34 AM
Very pretty countryside. I think you could have used a little more saturation to make the colors a little richer. Also, too bad you couldn't of had some whispy clouds to make the sky a little more interesting. 7 Good luck in the challenge.
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