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The Grass Dance to ask for a Blessing of the Circle.
The Grass Dance to ask for a Blessing of the Circle.

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Bear Mt. NY
Date: Aug 5, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000th
Galleries: Emotive, Performance
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2006

Slight crop to remove distracting spectators in background. Boost Hue and Sat. Curves. Dodge and burn to bring out subject from background.

My many thanks to the Native American family who gave me permission for taking this image.

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Place: 69 out of 212
Avg (all users): 5.8325
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 5.8082
Avg (non-participants): 5.8475
Views since voting: 1136
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Votes: 191
Comments: 11
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08/18/2006 01:13:40 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Michael,

This has a great sense of movement, and you have succeeded well in stopping the motion. Well done.

The spectators in the background are indeed distracting, unfortunately there isn't really much you can do about it in such a setting. Apart from this my only comment is to do with the colour contrast: the combination of the blue and yellow overlapping as they do, with the green grass background makes it really difficult for the eye to pick out the definition on where the subject ends and the background starts. I think this might be a result of your boosting the saturation on the whole image. With an advanced editing challenge I would have recommended you place the dancer in a seperate layer to get perfect.

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

 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 10:48:01 PM
Wow, what delightful color in his costume.
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08/13/2006 01:27:49 PM
This is my favorite!
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08/13/2006 12:14:48 PM
This is very nice....I wish the DOF were a bit more shallow lessen the b/g but this shot shows off the fringe on the costume perfectly!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/11/2006 01:32:15 PM
very nice capture. interesting subject, captivating colors.
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08/10/2006 03:17:15 PM
First - Wow! Bright!!! Maybe too bright? I think the color saturation is a little too much, and you're a little sharp also. This looks like a fun event to photograph. Good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/10/2006 07:13:16 AM
such vibrant colors!
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08/10/2006 05:14:55 AM
Seems to be a bit of noise/grain around the face. Nonetheless, a good picture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/08/2006 06:17:24 PM
Great color and contrast.
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08/08/2006 12:18:44 PM

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