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River Rock
River Rock

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Image without Subject (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Kirkland, Washington USA
Date: Aug 23, 2006
Aperture: F/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2006

Photographer’s Notes
• This is harder than it seems.
• And it was fun!
• Pebbles on our watery beach at sunset.

Post Processing
• Color correct (Curves)
• Increase mid-tone contrast (Curves)
• Sharpen (Unsharp Mask)
• Blur (Gaussian Blur & Fade)
• Crop
• Blur (Gaussian Blur & Fade – Again)
• Sharpen (Unsharp mask & Fade)
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Brightness & Contrast
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Nikon D200
• 2006/08/22 18:34:41.3
• JPEG (8-bit) Fine
• Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
• Color
• Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
• Focal Length: 65mm
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Metering Mode: Spot
• 1/40 sec - F/9
• Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
• Sensitivity: ISO 400
• Optimize Image: Vivid
• White Balance: Auto
• AF Mode: AF-S
• Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
• Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
• Tone Comp.: Normal
• Hue Adjustment: 0°
• Saturation: Enhanced
• Sharpening: Medium high
• Image Comment:
• Long Exposure NR: Off

Place: 153 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.1176
Avg (commenters): 4.8000
Avg (participants): 4.9881
Avg (non-participants): 5.2754
Views since voting: 608
Views during voting: 200
Votes: 153
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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09/10/2006 03:41:01 PM
Critique Club Review:

Interesting photo for a tough challenge. I think it does fit the challenge well. I like the overall composition of the piece. Your choice of lighting works very well here. However the post processing leaves me with some questions. I try to see what the photographer was trying to do, and sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm way off, and this could be one of those times. With the sharpening you've done, it looks over sharpened almost to the point of beind surreal. Some of the rocks, especially the large white one, have a dark halo. Was this intentional? At the same time, upper right and lower left rocks look a little out of focus, like depth of field was a little short, which could indicate that you were not trying for a surreal piece, but trying to fix a problem. I like the sand/water background, it almost looks like a fog or mist, which takes me back to the surreal image.

Exposure, color, saturation, hue, and contrast all are done very well. Had I voted on this challenge, I would have given you an 8. Overall I like the piece, and would have gone with the idea that it was supposed to be a bit surreal.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2006 07:24:43 PM
Has potential but you told us what it was. A better edit and title would have given it a 10. Giving it a 6
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09/02/2006 10:57:58 AM
Think the haloes made it a bit static. Makes it by not depicting or focussing on a specific object, but lacks appeal as a whole picture. Damn it's close though... 6
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08/28/2006 07:25:49 PM
this looks very artificial
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08/28/2006 04:55:01 PM
Would be stronger if it had more compelling patterns or colors. As it is it doesn't thrill.
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08/28/2006 03:22:42 AM
Very cool effect you have going here
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