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Challenge: Duotones II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Mt Scott Oklahoma
Date: Feb 20, 2006
Aperture: 22
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2006

Worst weather od the year to date and Fstopopen and I went to Mt Scott , road up the moutian ws closed and was nothing but ice. Hiked 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up and Fstop decides to go rock climbing, I follow him up to find this gem of a tree, many crazy wild things on ths tree. I lined this up and took the shot ( I hope it didnt copy one that fstop took while I was catching up to him.)
Post processing crop, +2 sharp, +3 contrast, -1 bright, greyscale save to jpg, neat image.

Place: 246 out of 631
Avg (all users): 5.3087
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.1412
Avg (non-participants): 5.5537
Views since voting: 698
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 298
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/05/2006 01:51:33 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

The first three parts of this critique are written based purely on examination of your photo. "Final thoughts" is written after reviewing your score, photographer's comments, and voter comments.

The subject is sharply focused but the very dark segment on the left is a little distracting. I can't tell if it's due to the light or the actual color of the object. Other clues seem to point to it being part of the color of the object. What is it?? Looks like an old gnarled tree trunk or something, with an overall saddle shape. The sharpness and textures are outstanding, and your dof gives the distant background a softness that draws attention back to the subject. Exposure looks good for the scene and lighting appears to be indirect sunlight from an overcast sky. Nice job on the BW duotone, but I wonder if you really captured the full dynamic range available. That looks like snow or ice at the bottom just left of center. Overall, the image seems to lack any clear highlights (as the snow might have been) other than the distant details on the shoreline of the lake.

My inability to tell exactly what I'm looking at makes it tough to evaluate the artistic merits of the composition. The centeredness of the subject implies its importance, but it's not clearly a tree trunk, or a segment of a tree, though I think that's what it is. Comp-wise, maybe a slightly wider take of that object would make it clearer what it is, and possibly de-centering the placement as well. Just on the basis of the image, it's tough to tell what your purpose was in making this particular picture. Is it the interest of the object itself? Its placement with respect to the surrounding landscape?? Not clear to me.

Emotional impact is a vital element for a truly great image. Does this image have it? I'd have to say not. There's nothing here that strikes me as memorable, and no element of the photo that pops out and grabs my eye. It looks more like a study of some type, but again, I have very little idea what it is I'm looking at. This, I think, is an example of a photo where technical adequacy does not rise above the ambivalence of the subject matter. It's not a bad photo at all, it's just not a terribly memorable one.

Your commenters were also wondering what it was, though it seems as though most who commented liked the image overall. I appreciate that in your photographer's comment, you confirmed that this was an old tree on the summit of the mountain. I doubly think that a wider field would have helped this shot as it would have given the voters a clear frame of reference: a cool gnarled tree is more interesting than a small (but interesting!) part of an gnarled tree. Your final score of 5.37 was above average (63rd %ile) for the challenge, but possibly a little disappointing to you. It was a large challenge that had many outstanding and memorable shots, and yours was likely lost in the mix to the harried voters. Keep shooting. I like your eye!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 10:34:00 PM
great comparison of tones between foreground and background.
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02/27/2006 09:58:00 PM
Great texture. Interesting composition.
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02/26/2006 07:49:55 PM
That is a very unique perspective. thanks!
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02/23/2006 10:34:35 PM
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02/23/2006 10:26:17 PM
I like the detail. The background is also nice. The main problem I have with this is I'm not sure what I am looking at in the foreground. Is that a tree stump? a cliff? It kinda looks like a hand rising up. Maybe a title along those lines could have been beneficial?
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02/23/2006 01:32:44 PM
love that saddle shape.
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02/22/2006 06:59:58 PM
nice details
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02/22/2006 01:47:03 PM
great textures - looks like it could be on the back of a horse :)
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