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Sleepy goose
Sleepy goose

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Challenge: Duotones II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 500
Location: Auckland Domain, New Zealand
Date: Feb 21, 2006
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2006

Taken in the early evening as this goose was getting ready for sleep

Place: 566 out of 631
Avg (all users): 4.2814
Avg (commenters): 4.5714
Avg (participants): 4.1722
Avg (non-participants): 4.4522
Views since voting: 626
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 295
Comments: 9
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03/06/2006 03:01:04 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hi, Robin! The first thing that strikes me about this shot is the tight crop...others seemed to have liked it as well. The way the goose fills the whole frame is very effective, especially the way the goose seems to be just staring right at the viewer. However, the small image size definitely hurt you...always try to max out your dimensions if you want the best result.

I love all of the soft details in the feathers on its wing and the sharper focus around its neck; I think they would stand out even more if you adjusted the curves and levels for a slightly higher contrast--make the whites a little whiter and the blacks a little blacker, you know?

Your title is direct and obvious, but even though the goose is about ready to go to sleep, it doesn't exactly seem like the goose is 'sleepy'. It's your call how you title it, really, but in my opinion it doesn't connect as much to the photo as a different title might.

Overall it's a cute picture with great focus, excellent composition, and nice lighting. Just make it a little bigger next time :)

Good luck!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 01:34:27 PM
good crop
02/26/2006 08:27:00 PM
an excellent crop, great crisp focus yet soft too... this all works
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02/23/2006 06:48:27 PM
I'm a sucker for photos like this, you really should use the maximum size possible width 640px in this case as it would be so much more forceful.
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02/23/2006 04:29:14 PM
Would've liked to see it a little larger, but a nice shot overall
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02/23/2006 03:54:56 PM
02/22/2006 05:51:14 PM
too small, would have liked to see it at full size
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02/22/2006 10:54:38 AM
A little small. Love the composition and detail in the feathers.
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02/22/2006 10:53:30 AM
Try to max out the image dimensions next time
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