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Juniper Bonsai in Early Morning Fog
Juniper Bonsai in Early Morning Fog
deepfrog17


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Olympus C-5050Z
Location: home
Date: May 28, 2006
Aperture: F8
ISO: 64
Shutter: 8 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2006

great challenge!! i'm still learning how to do this, but there is so much opportunity for really cool stuff. you haven't seen the last of the bonsai. darkroom includes dodging some, burning some, adjusting some levels, sharpen once and done.

Statistics
Place: 30 out of 238
Avg (all users): 6.3846
Avg (commenters): 6.7333
Avg (participants): 5.9000
Avg (non-participants): 6.6000
Views since voting: 1646
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 260
Comments: 21
Favorites: 3 (view)


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10/07/2007 10:05:17 AM
I love the lighting and the smoke... beautiful image!
06/07/2006 08:58:56 PM
==Greetings from the Critique Club==

Composition
The overall choice of composition intrigues me because it's not really centered, it's not rule of thirds, but it's only slightly off center. I think I would prefer the horizon line just a touch lower, but that's just my initial impression.

Camera Technicals
Overall, the exposure is good, but the overexposed highlights create more contrast than I think is best for a "fog" picture. Fog would be best presented in a slightly "flatter" exposure, I think.

Post Processing
Seems well done, but the abundance of green destroys the "fog" mentality a little, so maybe desaturating or using selective color might allow the fog to be more dominant.

Challenge
I think it's clear you met the challenge, and the use of directional light enhandced that very well.

Overall Impression
My single biggest negative thought is that I don't "feel" the fog. Perhaps it was not dominant and wasn't intended to be, or it was difficult to bring it out. However, once you put that in the title, I really expected a more "foggy" image.

I hope you find these comments and thought to be helpful and constructive; they are simply expressions of my opinion and are not intended at all to be harsh or overly critical. Thank you!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 10:45:04 PM
Love this shot
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06/06/2006 05:07:36 AM
very nice shot...
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06/06/2006 01:23:54 AM
Very interesting. 10
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06/05/2006 11:59:53 PM
The smoke is a good effect nad I love the crisp reflection, but the lighting (hopefully artificial) is harsh, causing blown highlights.
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06/05/2006 09:29:27 PM
This is Wonderful. I have nothing bad to say about this. I can even smell the place.
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06/05/2006 03:25:10 PM
I like this image, but feel it has a strong feel of studio lighting. The color and intensity of light does not make me think of early morning. I do like the angle of the light and the streeks in the fog. The reflection is wonderful, almost dreamy.
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06/04/2006 12:45:53 AM
very cool
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06/03/2006 10:44:56 PM
this is just cool, it may be sitting on a mirror but it i love the misterious fog and side lighting
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06/03/2006 10:44:37 PM
The challenge specifically states artificial light. DNMC. Otherwise a great image :(
Thank you for your PM. I've reconsidered my vote and am changing it to 8
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06/03/2006 09:40:22 PM
Artificial light source??

Great pix, nice color, great atmospher, the light even though good I question if it meets the challenge rules, nice movement, a it blown out on the edge of the leaves and mid tree
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06/03/2006 03:31:08 PM
very clever....8
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06/03/2006 01:52:42 PM
Very nice effect with the smoke and lighting. the lower branch on the tree is a bit blown out but the rest looks fine
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06/02/2006 04:47:35 PM
cool
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06/02/2006 04:38:00 AM
Surreal, absolutely beautiful.
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06/02/2006 01:15:50 AM
I like bonsai trees. The lighting/sharpening is a bit harsh, like the right side of the tree trunk, but I really like the fog--although, the purply-orangeness on the right is a bit distracting.
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06/01/2006 01:25:21 PM
very magical aura, reflection adds so much to the beauty of this image
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06/01/2006 10:40:15 AM
Breathtaking, picture perfect..... A "10" from me, as I love Bonsai plants.
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05/31/2006 04:32:23 PM
Too bad you didn't tone down the highlights just a little bit. Really good otherwise.
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05/31/2006 11:06:24 AM
Very pretty, similar to a photo in one of the earlier single light source challenges.
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