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Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: worcester MA
Date: Mar 5, 2006
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2006

crop flatter
strech to make square
selective desaturation
save for web

Place: 296 out of 369
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03/31/2006 01:46:37 PM

Message edited by author 2006-04-03 09:03:52.
03/17/2006 12:41:59 PM
from the Critique Club

Well, other posters have said it, but it perhaps bears repeating: both the de-sat and the stretch seem to have no point to them. What did you gain? What did your image gain? Stretch-wise, the interest in the organic forms of the tree has been dissipated - it has been given an unnatural feel - the curves of the branches are just all wrong. Selective de-sat is a process I have little affection for anyhow, but here it seems almost boubly pointless: that big blue sky was surely big enough anyhow, and was there really such colour in the grass and houses to make a distraction here?

I just don't understand your thought-processes in taking this approach I'm afraid. To my eye, what interest there was would be in the delicate patterns and shapes of the bare tree, but, as stated, I think stretching that has destroyed the interest.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/11/2006 03:07:03 AM
i don't find the composition very interesting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/09/2006 11:13:30 PM
The tree in the center is so dominant that there is really nothing else for the eye to explore in the photo. The result is a bit of an uninteresting photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/09/2006 01:01:15 PM
To me, this image looks like it was stretched...something about the proportions are just skewed that way. In either way, I like the strong color of the sky, and that the remainder of the image looks to be B&W. It is an interesting shot, so much so that I felt led to comment (it takes something to make people stop and stay a while, so good on you for that). Have fun...good luck.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/09/2006 11:19:32 AM
Not sure the selective desat works here.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/08/2006 04:19:45 PM
Beautiful blue sky
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/07/2006 01:28:47 PM
no impact, and no distinguished point of interest, i know the tree in the middle is centered, but all the other trees, which are underexposed, distract from it, and nothing about the center tree draws my eye in
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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