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Can U Spot the BARRACUDA ? ?
Can U Spot the BARRACUDA ? ?
dmadden


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Challenge: On the Beach (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5
Location: South coast, Jamaica
Date: Jul 17, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jul 18, 2006

Had some difficulty composing this shot. Trying to keep the DOF to a minimum and preserve the oceon. But oh well...

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11/15/2007 08:35:20 PM
YuP! u guys certainly taught me to pay attention to detail :)
10/31/2007 09:58:45 PM
This is a good find, and even with the horizon out of level, it makes a cool looking image. It also looks a lot like a moray eel with the split at the end of the limb, but more people recognize a barracuda, so good choice for the title. I can see that you were using the bottom part of the stump as the base line in your composition, and why you overlooked the horizon when shooting this.
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08/01/2006 01:01:21 AM
Your comments helped me plenty. I got tunnel vision on the driftwood, not paying attention to the horizon. But u live n learn. I really find it difficult working with lighting and its going to take a lot of practice. Trying to find the sweet spot with a 1/2.5 CCD is very challenging. But it'll have to do until i go APS-C or full SLR.
And with u guys steering me n the right direction, i'll iron out the bugs soon enuff. So thanks again for u'r constructive criticism, it means a lot to me. Keep it coming hard I can take it.

Originally posted by Neuferland:

Greetings from the Critique Club!

Why yes, I can see the Barracuda! ;) Very nice.

This is a good shot and with a little work could be a fantastic shot. I like the composition and the idea behind the shot. Nice eye catching the image in the driftwood.

But two things caught my eye almost immediately, first the feel of the shot, working in the direct sun can be a nightmare and this is one of those instances. Looking up your camera I see you can adjust the aperture settings and when working with bright light like this you might want to close your aperture just another notch or two. Make it a little darker and work with it later in Photoshop if you need. Or even try a couple of different settings to see how they come out. The hardest thing to learn with a camera is lighting. I'm still fighting with mine most of the time.

Next was the horizon, even though you did a great job with your DOF, you kept my attention on the wood and still had enough detail to the ocean to make it a viable part of the picture, the horizon is very crooked. A problem in that it throws the whole shot off but how would the driftwood look if you tilted it to correct the ocean? Well, using my magic envelopes, I took off the bottom of the picture and the peice of wood right behind the Barracuda so all I could see was the ocean and the part of the driftwood that is the Barracuda. What a difference this made in the shot. I didn't have all this other stuff fighting for my attention and the wood really stands out against the ocean, making one think the barracuda was jumping from the ocean. Maybe if you were a little lower and reframed your shot? And watch your horizon.

One last thing, the title. BARRACUDA!! would have been plenty. If you can use less words, do ;)

Well, looking at your profile, this is your 4th challenge, let me say Welcome to DPChallenge and keep it up, I really like your ship shot.

I hope my comments help and Good Luck in future Challenges!

Deannda
07/31/2006 07:29:07 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Why yes, I can see the Barracuda! ;) Very nice.

This is a good shot and with a little work could be a fantastic shot. I like the composition and the idea behind the shot. Nice eye catching the image in the driftwood.

But two things caught my eye almost immediately, first the feel of the shot, working in the direct sun can be a nightmare and this is one of those instances. Looking up your camera I see you can adjust the aperture settings and when working with bright light like this you might want to close your aperture just another notch or two. Make it a little darker and work with it later in Photoshop if you need. Or even try a couple of different settings to see how they come out. The hardest thing to learn with a camera is lighting. I'm still fighting with mine most of the time.

Next was the horizon, even though you did a great job with your DOF, you kept my attention on the wood and still had enough detail to the ocean to make it a viable part of the picture, the horizon is very crooked. A problem in that it throws the whole shot off but how would the driftwood look if you tilted it to correct the ocean? Well, using my magic envelopes, I took off the bottom of the picture and the peice of wood right behind the Barracuda so all I could see was the ocean and the part of the driftwood that is the Barracuda. What a difference this made in the shot. I didn't have all this other stuff fighting for my attention and the wood really stands out against the ocean, making one think the barracuda was jumping from the ocean. Maybe if you were a little lower and reframed your shot? And watch your horizon.

One last thing, the title. BARRACUDA!! would have been plenty. If you can use less words, do ;)

Well, looking at your profile, this is your 4th challenge, let me say Welcome to DPChallenge and keep it up, I really like your ship shot.

I hope my comments help and Good Luck in future Challenges!

Deannda
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2006 07:53:17 PM
Shame about the tilted horizon, apart from that a great photo.
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07/25/2006 02:55:58 PM
who cares if the horizon isn't straight! :)
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07/25/2006 02:20:29 PM
Great job. What knocked this one for me was the tilted horizon, and a bit of graininess in the sky. The driftwood clarity was very good, as are the colors.
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07/24/2006 06:58:20 PM
Great find & photo!
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07/24/2006 07:45:47 AM
There is too much cyan here.
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07/24/2006 05:05:04 AM
yes I can
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07/21/2006 11:09:50 AM
Yes.
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07/21/2006 10:04:59 AM
yes!
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07/20/2006 01:21:31 PM
Yes, I did spot the 'Cuda

Great shot!
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07/20/2006 08:32:17 AM
I like the colors, but the horizon is crooked. I think if that were fixed this really has some potential.
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07/19/2006 10:23:17 PM
Oooooh, the water color! I would've fixed the tilted horizon though
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07/19/2006 05:04:40 PM
Yes...nice observation! (Level the horizon)
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07/19/2006 12:27:25 PM
I see him, that's cool!
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07/19/2006 09:36:19 AM
Clever! Very clever.
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07/19/2006 08:36:02 AM
I can definitely see the barracuda. I just wish the horizon was straight. As is, it tends to be distracting to the forground. Nice beach find.
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07/19/2006 12:43:50 AM
Great piece of driftwood. Oh, how I wish the horizon was straight. You have a terrific start here.
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