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Can You Hear The Ocean?
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Challenge: On the Beach (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI
Date: Jul 13, 2006
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2006

How fortunate that the beach challenge happened to be during the week I was on vacation at the beach!!

This was a product of the last of four conch shell shoots I did over the course of two days. Still not quite what I pictured in my head, and I could have done a much better job of post-processing in photoshop, but alas, I haven't access to it right now. I also find the shadow on the sand, the noise, and the two glare lines on the shell highly annoying.

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Statistics
Place: 99 out of 326
Avg (all users): 5.7124
Avg (commenters): 6.7857
Avg (participants): 5.6972
Avg (non-participants): 5.7211
Views since voting: 862
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 299
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/31/2006 09:47:44 PM
Amy, thanks for my on the beach entry and I thought i would return the comment. I think this is a good beach shot but i think I would have liked to have seen more beach and not sucha tight crop. Maybe a wider shot with the shell not placed so directly in the middle of the photo. Also I know you didn't have access to photoshop but the size of your photo file is really small 35 kb, but having your file closer to the 150 kb max would have helped abit. Just some suggestions, and thanks for your comment, joe.
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07/31/2006 12:07:41 PM
* Greetings from the Critique Club *

Hi Amy. It was fortunate that you were on vacation at the beach when this challenge came up and you chose a great subject for it.

Two things come to mind as to how this photo could of been improved upon and both have been mentioned in previous comments. Framing is important and placing the lovely shell smack in the middle of the shot probably hurt your score quite a bit. I know it's filling the frame but maybe if you had of pulled it back a tad and used the rule of thirds to compose it to add a bit of impact to it.

I understand that by your comment you didn't really have access to proper editing software. This is a real shame as the top half of the photo really needed some cleaning up. There's some serious noise and artifacts around the shell and the ocean which no doubt would of affected votes too.

I really love the colours you've captured and they really stand out well. Considering it looks like you've shot in full sunlight I wouldn't be too concerned about the few blown highlights on the front of the shell. You've kept them pretty well under control. You've also got some wonderfully crisp focus on the shell too.

All up, well done on your 2nd entry. It scored well and placed well. You should be proud. Best of luck in future challenges.

Neil
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2006 04:33:59 PM
Good photo. I would have rated it higher if the shell wasn't centered. Remember the "rule of thirds"!
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07/25/2006 02:14:16 PM
very sharp
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07/25/2006 01:05:02 PM
Great job! I see a bit of graininess in the sky and water, and around the edge of the shell. Although this is a very nicely executed shot, and the colors are extraordinary, I'm knocking it lower than I wanted to because of the artifacting. You did meet the challenge perfectly however, as some people seem to think that because they have a water or shoreline pic, that it equates to a beach theme. In my eyes, they do not. However, yours is truly meeting the theme, which I appreciate the most.
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07/25/2006 12:26:35 PM
nice colors on this one!
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07/24/2006 12:30:10 PM
A little to. centered. Too far back to give it an abstract look.
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07/22/2006 09:51:21 PM
Crisp, clear, gorgeous colors. Makes me happy!
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07/20/2006 09:40:39 PM
great colors!
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07/20/2006 07:28:12 PM
too staged
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07/20/2006 07:25:37 PM
Love the contrasting colors Blue/Orange
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07/20/2006 06:47:32 PM
seen this too much.
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07/20/2006 05:20:53 PM
Very good
07/20/2006 12:01:53 PM
Great color rendition! The blue in the background really makes the image so much better
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07/19/2006 11:28:57 PM
I conch hear anything but I sea a nice photo.
07/19/2006 03:13:05 PM
nice colour composition.
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07/19/2006 12:06:12 PM
Nice photo, USM halo sort of blows it for me. 5.
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07/19/2006 05:03:35 AM
wonderful colours...there are a few artifacts in the sharpening around the top of the shell which you might want to look into for your next challenge
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07/19/2006 02:08:56 AM
Kinda looks like a 1950's era postcard from Florida.
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07/19/2006 01:59:30 AM
Nicely done!
07/19/2006 01:34:21 AM
This is a great close-up, of a beautiful focused shell.....
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