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The walker
The walker

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Challenge: Country Life II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Hvalfjordur/Iceland
Date: Feb 11, 2006
Aperture: F 7,1
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2006


Place: 78 out of 219
Avg (all users): 5.7209
Avg (commenters): 6.3636
Avg (participants): 5.4717
Avg (non-participants): 5.9633
Views since voting: 766
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 215
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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02/24/2006 01:42:18 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

Focus is excellent with a very deep depth that landscapes demand. There is a harshness to the man (especially his face) that seems almost oversharpened, but it lends a sense of unreality to the image. The lighting and exposure are excellent. The colors are a bit muted, other than the golden hue of the grass and mountains. The blue-gray of the sky is outstanding. Technically excellent other than the possibility of a bit too much USM.

I love the composition. The landscape itself is very nicely done - misty and foreboding. The man and the broken down building add a sense of mystique to the image, as does the more distant building. The foreground grass is almost close enough to touch, and the distant mountains are partially shrouded in mist. An excellent composition.

Overall, I'd say it's an image that makes a significant impact. It raised many questions in my mind and begs my eyes to go over and over again, looking for additional hints. It does not disappoint. As I study it, I keep finding elements I hadn't noticed before (it was a full minute before I noticed the second building in the distance). Truly a memorable picture.

<Looking over your comments and scores>

As always in photos like this, I'm enormously disappointed that you did not include a photographer's comment. It is much easier to critique an image if one is given a glimpse of the photographer's intent. Absent that, I see that most commenters really liked your pic, as I did, though many commented on "over processing" or too much USM. Your final score of 5.7 feels a little disappointing to me, and must have to you also. It likely would have scored higher if it didn't have that too-sharp feel.

Nicely done. I enjoyed the chance to study this image closely.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2006 07:24:00 PM
Very effective, good luck. 9
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02/14/2006 04:11:57 PM
stunning colours
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02/13/2006 08:28:26 PM
I like the colors, not sure what the 'walker' is... but, you have oversharpened this shot pretty bad. there are jaggies on the weeds in the forground, and on the hills, and on the hill/sky line... 7
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02/13/2006 05:16:40 PM
wonderful colors! The only comment I have is to go back and fix the hilight on his head from the sharpening. And maybe on the edge of the hills on the left.
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02/13/2006 01:20:39 PM
Interesting image. Would be even better if not so sharpened.
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02/13/2006 07:52:43 AM
Nice colors, very sharp and a nice composition, well done.....
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02/13/2006 01:19:17 AM
Looks a little over processed for my taste. Also a little too staged... Just my opinion though.
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02/13/2006 01:04:41 AM
Nice colors, good composition, good emotions, but a little too much USM (or something...).
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02/13/2006 12:45:40 AM
The face looks a bit overly dodged - enough to retitle it "The stalker" LOL

Nice shot overall though.
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02/13/2006 12:37:04 AM
Very impacting. A little heavy on the contrast perhaps.
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02/13/2006 12:29:58 AM
Man, I had deja vous looking at this. Strange.... I like the image very much but it's like I've seen it before. wow
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