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Hushed Melodies

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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Northern California
Date: Jul 29, 2006
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: .3
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

taken on the way home from the action challenge photo shoot :) couldn't resist the beautiful sky and my sister just bought this new dress and looked cute!

i think my editing probably sucks big time but i liked the overall idea of the shot

Place: 230 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.1644
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1053
Avg (non-participants): 5.2252
Views since voting: 813
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 225
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/10/2006 11:34:27 AM
very nice I love the colors and the silhouetting
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08/13/2006 01:38:55 AM
Very pretty image. I like the silhouetting and the colors are beautiful
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08/11/2006 05:30:00 PM
i gave this a 6 during challenge.. i would have liked it better if she was facing away from the viewer and looking at the sky/tree... i think the problem is that there's too much to look at in the photo. but a nice effort indeed.

friends of mine keep bugging me to get to california.. one day.
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08/11/2006 12:49:25 AM
I really like the idea and colors in this, yet I can see some details which might negatively affect the typical DPC voter.

Composition: IMO this might've worked better if you had stood a step or two to your right, so that the entire tree would be included -- unless there's objectionable stuff over there. Right now it seems a bit too unbalanced to strongly convey "serenity" or quietude.

You must be dealing with some funny hillside angles, but some compromise to at least partially compensate for effect of the obvious receding horizon line might help with people who deduct points for things like that.

Tech/Processing: The slow shutter speed has caused a ghosting at the back of the dress. It looks OK over the grass, where it's dark enough to appear like a double-exposure or just an extra fold of fabric, but the almost transparent triangular part overlapping the sunset looks odd -- I'd have tried to dodge that to match the rest of the skyline.

I thought there might be some haloing around the tree from oversharpening, but on second look I think that's about as good as it gets -- there's a surprising amount of sharp detail in the silhouetted twigs.
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08/10/2006 11:36:01 PM
I saw you were looking for comments so...

I gave this a 5 in the challenge. It got a 5 because it is a nice shot but didn't fit what I was looking for in "zen'. it is a bit busy. The tree without the model and a slightly different angle to use the path as a leading line to the tree would have done it. I also think with the model there I want to see more detail of her. She is netiher in fully in silhouete or in detail.
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08/10/2006 03:14:53 PM
overall this is beautiful and does look serene but i wish i could see mroe detail in the "model" that would make it much better for me.
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08/09/2006 02:44:17 PM
The Zen challenge was difficult because everybody probably came in with a different idea of what Zen was. Personally, I was looking for a minimalist picture. In that regard, this canvas is too full. I think I may have had the same idea as a lot of other people as at least 8 of the Top 10 shots involve negative space or at least wide swaths of similar texture (the B&W field shot). You do capture a feeling of serenity quite nicely.

The sky is well captured. Nice colors, nice texture with the clouds. That's the best part of the shot. The sillouettes are nice too, but there is quite a bit of halo around the tree. If that's from burn/dodge, then it's your bad. If it's from a high-radius USM, you didn't go high enough. ;)

I'm not too crazy about the model's pose. To me it looks like she wants to walk somewhere, but yet she's standing. In other words, I can't quite tell what she's supposed to be doing.
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08/08/2006 10:59:02 AM
the playfull and pretty title says it all
& u catched that 'zen' mood very well
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08/07/2006 02:54:34 PM
Wonderfully moody shot. The processing makes it look like something out of Like Water for Chocolate - very magical realism-ish. The Zen of it is the dialogue between the woman and the tree.
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08/07/2006 01:12:50 AM
This should have finished higher, don't know the area, (from Ausralia) but just a thought, if you had stood on the other side of the road still keeping the sky as your element, and looked towards it, using the road as a leading line into the shot and the tree, on the right of the image, rather than the town lights,IMO this would have been a good Zen,
The processing is good, as one can see what you were after in the image.
You have a good photographic eye.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 01:32:49 AM
her beauty was night
and like the night it darkened
and covered the world.
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08/06/2006 12:16:44 AM
This picture says it all. I really like how you can see motion in the bottom of her dress.
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08/03/2006 09:14:35 PM
This one speaks to me. Very nice!
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08/02/2006 01:11:51 AM
Nice - I like the skirt blowing - Just wish I could see her feet?
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08/01/2006 02:28:51 PM
This does not have the overall feeling of peace and serenity that I look for in zen photography.
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08/01/2006 06:55:42 AM
Certainly has a reflective feel to it, I'm not sure it shouts Zen to me but I do like the composition, placement of the tree is nice and the sky colours are good too :o) 8
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08/01/2006 06:34:18 AM
A good effort with the elements available, a calm posture from the model,and good lighting....7
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08/01/2006 12:27:14 AM
Although I sense some solitude in this shot, there is just too much going on here for me to be drawn into any type of serenity and peace. The multiple subject matter - the girl, the tree, just has too much interest that my mind is not calm when looking at this. It demands too much attention.
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