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Reflections on the quietness
Reflections on the quietness

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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Alicante, Spain
Date: Jul 30, 2006
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

The place where I made this photo is quite ugly. It's a stinking pond, very small (all of it is the photo) and it hasn't been cleaned since 15 years ago at least. That's why the colours are so greenish. But I was passing near this place looking for photos for this challenge and gived a try. I think can do well... just kidding, it will fall as usual.

PP: ACR, levels, USM, resize, USM, save for web.

Place: 109 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.8214
Avg (commenters): 6.1429
Avg (participants): 5.7100
Avg (non-participants): 5.9375
Views since voting: 617
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 196
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/10/2006 01:12:13 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Hi Alex,

Reading your Photographer's Comments I have to say it seems you've managed to make a beautiful picture out of an ugly scene - good eye for a shot.

This submission seems to have met with varied reactions - some like the bottom two-thirds and some like the top two-thirds. Looking at it I think the problem is that it does seem to be telling two stories that don't really go together - the reflection at the top and the rock at the bottom don't go together; perhaps because the reflection is so soft and gentle and the rock is so sharp and harsh.

I think the scene as a whole would have worked better if the rock hadn't been quiet so over-sharpened. This would have lent the whole image the soft diffused feel that the first comment refers to.

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

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 12:49:47 PM
Can't quite make out the Zen here.
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08/05/2006 08:19:42 PM
A nice idea here...
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08/05/2006 07:30:05 AM
awesome 9
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08/03/2006 11:49:47 PM
The perfect reflections give good idea of calm waters. A simple and well executed photo. The muted colors in reflection and concrete hard rock seems to be like reality sorrounded by dreams. Goodluck.8.
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08/03/2006 09:33:43 AM
the mind
of a fog machine
must be thrown into the water
to swim. 5
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08/01/2006 06:41:57 PM
7: nice but to be honst I'd rate it higher if the reflection was cropped out!
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08/01/2006 01:51:04 AM
Interesting shot! The only negative I see is the rock at the bottom. The rest of the picture has a hazy / dreamy quality and then there is that rock. The sharpness and slight overexposure sticks out and ruins the mood. Maybe a little blurring of the rock would have helped. Otherwise, nice job.
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