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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Date: Jul 29, 2006
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500th sec
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2006

Levels, hue/sat, curves, a little equalize, some masking, color correction of skin, crop

Place: 125 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.7178
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.5686
Avg (non-participants): 5.8700
Views since voting: 686
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 202
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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08/09/2006 11:20:53 PM
greetings from the critique club:

i think this shot is hilarious and extremely well-composed. technically i don't have too many suggestions for you: the point-of-view, shadow, and crop (i almost typed 'crap') all work very well together.

although it's calm and balanced, it seems that people shots didn't fare too well in the zen challenge. i think that's unfortunate, because i believe this fits very well.

sorry i don't have more details than this. i realy think you nailed it.
08/07/2006 06:51:51 AM
Underrated to the nth degree! Thought it would do heaps better, a lovely shot
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 11:47:31 AM
Super nice job here. Great perspective.
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08/05/2006 11:31:16 AM
I love where you were going with this image. If he had been free floating without the noodles, it would be a 10 in my book. Calmness, solitude, texture, and a sense of tranquility. Congrats.
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08/04/2006 10:33:08 AM
Great shot for the challenge! Love the minimalism and the 'zen' feeling this gives me.
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08/04/2006 03:35:50 AM
i think you've definitely captured some element of the whole zen thing; the lad appears deeply relaxed in an almost medatitive sort of way. the high view point and angle also adds a higher degree of interest, and makes it feel different. the lovely hotel-brochure blueness of the pool just adds to a sense of tranquility; and technically i can't fault any element of the shot, from composition to focus to everything. i like it :) 9
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08/01/2006 11:12:49 PM
aren't we
always? 7
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08/01/2006 03:21:38 PM
Wow, looks like a really giant pool, and he looks calm, I like it. Maybe I would adjust the selective color and make the cyan more blueish.
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08/01/2006 10:16:55 AM
Ahh, fantastic! Love the use of the negative space here, but even better is that it contains relaxing shapes of reflection. The model looks relaxed and peaceful, and the gentle curves of the foam floaters adds yet another element. Wonderful!
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07/31/2006 12:34:05 PM
Very nice, love the shadow.
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07/31/2006 08:10:34 AM
What a perfect take on the challenge. Simple, calm, balanced. You got it. 8
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07/31/2006 06:14:57 AM
Nice composition, I like the movement of the water :o)
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07/31/2006 03:21:49 AM
superb...great colours and perfect exposure...I love the vantage point and the composition
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07/31/2006 01:57:32 AM
Although the subject is at rest, and the subject is minimal in the overall photo, the business that the light creates in the water disturbs the overall attempt at a quiet photo.
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