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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Quantaray AF 28-90mm f/3.5-5.6 for Nikon
Location: Miami
Date: Jul 30, 2006
Aperture: 5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500sec
Galleries: Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

I used a polarizer filter+ a wide angle 0.45x add on to my lens. played around with contrast, cropping , minor cloning, and colors.

Place: 195 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.4065
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2222
Avg (non-participants): 5.5943
Views since voting: 643
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 214
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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08/11/2006 04:49:23 PM
Hi! Here’s a comment from the Critique Club.

First Impression:
Nice shot. Eye drawn to the dark hair then up to the sun glow, the shore and then back to the person.

Centered composition works for this shot. Wide works, but I find the shallow height raising questions. Given the light & shadows, it makes me think you cropped out a bridge. Not very Zen like. I would have liked to have seen a bit more shore between the person and the bottom. They look crowded.
I like the feeling of “space.”

Meets challenge

Given the Zen topic, I like what you did technically.

I like the attempt at “space” but more height would have been effective

Nice shot and post processing. I think the cropping and the aggressive aspect ratio may have worked against you.
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08/07/2006 09:09:05 PM
I liked this shot a lot and gave it a 9, thought it would finish higher than it did.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 12:43:26 AM
Nice. I really like how there is a distinct line connecting the girl and the light.
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08/05/2006 12:58:39 PM
very nice color in the water. thats a lovely reflection of the suns light. but I would prefer more space under her tush. just a tad. it seems like the picture is cut off too soon.
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08/05/2006 12:39:48 AM
the sun in the lake
pretends to be your mind. shake
it out of your hair
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08/04/2006 03:50:07 AM
A very nice photo, meets challenge by it's minimal use of color and subject matter. The movement in the water is a tad distracting from the overall attempt at calmness, in my opinion, but still one of the better shots on this challenge that I've seen so far. Great job from the 'Great Job Baggie'!
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08/04/2006 12:45:37 AM
I'm glad you see not many things being captured in this photo. I like the idea but would have preferred to see non-centered placement of subject and a little more of background. Selective desat works well on this one. Goodluck.7.
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08/03/2006 04:43:37 AM
Cropping is a little tight for my tastes. Love the expanse horizontally, would have like to have seen more vertically.
08/02/2006 09:54:17 PM
She´s too close too the border in my opinion, I like the desaturation :)
08/01/2006 05:59:41 PM
beautiful silence
08/01/2006 07:04:52 AM
Nice idea, good colours. I would like to have seen just a little more room at the bottom of the frame but still an 8 from me :o)
07/31/2006 02:27:17 PM
07/31/2006 08:07:29 AM
I like how the sun is coming right "into her." I might leave a tad more space in the foreground. Simple and pretty.
07/31/2006 01:37:54 AM
I would like to see more water and the subject off center. Like the muted colors.

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