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Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Maryland
Date: Mar 1, 2006
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 3, 2006


Place: 262 out of 369
Avg (all users): 5.1364
Avg (commenters): 6.1429
Avg (participants): 4.9917
Avg (non-participants): 5.3636
Views since voting: 558
Views during voting: 261
Votes: 198
Comments: 9
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03/17/2006 02:36:58 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club,

You have the distinct honor of recieving my first official and formal critique :-) I hope you are cool with that. The good thing is, that I will be checked up on, so if I am totally full of baloney I'll hear about it! (just kidding :-), I shall try to give you a good view of my opinion)

This is your entry in the 'Square Crop' challenge. First off, your shot definitely fits the challenge well, easy to discern in this case, since it is indeed a square crop. I happen to be a fan of the square crop. I look for an image though that works well and/or is strengthened by it. I feel in this image, it works very well. Your composition forms a nice vertical across the square, and lets the eye travel nicely over the photo, and then that is a great capture of the bird to keep the viewer anchored on the shot with interest.

The exposure looks pretty good, and I like the subtle backlighting that shows in the wings and tail. The sky has a nice natural gradation to it, and a nice blue that I think goes nicely with the light colors of the bird. As noted in several of the comments on the entry, there does appear to be a fair amount of noise/grain present, and the body of the bird seems to not be too sharp. At first, I thought maybe you had to go with a high ISO to get fast enough shutter speed to catch the action, but I see your ISO was 100. One might think that focus was just off a little, due to the bird being hard to capture in flight, but seeing the grain in the sky, I might guess that you did aggressive cropping? I don't see what lens was used, but an extreme crop could cause graininess perhaps. If that is the case, maybe a little looser crop would of still worked well and made for a little stronger presentation. I think that, by the comments given, the noise/grain issue was a big factor in your final score.

Definitely a great capture, catching him with the wings in that position. Great action, and a stimulating composition. I'm sure without the grain issue, this shot would of scored much higher.

If you have any questions, or comments, or wish to discuss any of these points, or if you have any feedback at all concerning this critique, feel free to pm me.

Happy shooting,
taterbug :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2006 09:17:49 PM
Certainly a memorable capture!
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03/11/2006 02:35:12 PM
If only a little sharper, this would have been amazing!
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03/11/2006 12:25:22 PM
lots of noise and a bit fuzzy
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03/10/2006 09:20:40 PM
Great capture and composition. Love the tail fan.
The image appears noisy to me.
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03/10/2006 12:23:18 PM
well caught.
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03/09/2006 03:47:42 AM
Great capture.
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03/07/2006 02:06:38 PM
too blurry for me to appreciate this image
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03/06/2006 09:40:32 AM
Very cool angle. A great flight shot. The composition is really nice with the square, too. I wish more of the bird was in focus.
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