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A dark cloud eyeing a dry tree
A dark cloud eyeing a dry tree

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Rule of Thirds II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak LS743
Location: Northern California
Date: Aug 30, 2006
Aperture: F/4.8
ISO: auto
Shutter: 1/512 s.
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2006

Post processing:
Hue/Sat to make grass greener
Reduce noise: for noise in clouds
Cropped and resized

Place: 12 out of 320
Avg (all users): 6.6697
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.2967
Avg (non-participants): 6.9308
Views since voting: 3846
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 221
Comments: 21
Favorites: 4 (view)

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09/18/2006 10:34:25 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club. My critiques are generally geared towards trying to help you improve your score within DPC, and not on any true "artistic" merit of the photograph itself, unless it relates to DPC voters and scoring. Please keep that in mind as you read this.

Initial Thoughts

Some good, dark energy here, but beyond the background, I'm left wanting.


A good use of an off-centered subject, giving us some open area, and allowing us to find the tree, follow it upwards, and lose ourselves in the ominous background clouds. One of the points that I find detracts, however, *is* the ominous background. It grabs all of my attention, leaving nothing for the tree. However, it's obvious that the way I look at it isn't how DPC looks at it, so you've done something right as far as voters go that I, myself, have missed. I guess what I'm trying to say is.. I have nothing to offer in terms of DPC-ness, as you've obviously got the dark and moody thing down pat, and that really sells right now.


The selling point of this photo, IMO. Good work on it, and a good grab with the contrast of the foreground light.

Camera Work/Technical

A little bit off-focus to my eyes.. or soft.. somehow. It's missing that real sharpness that most high high placing landscapes have here. With that in place, I believe you might have jumped into the top-10. (That, and a little more processing.. which I'll touch on..)

Digital Processing

See? I said I'd touch on it. :) Anyway, What I feel is missing in this photo that a top-10 photo would have needed is a lot stronger "grunge" processing.. of a sort. Something that would have contrasted the tree and foreground even more-so from the dark clouds. Lessening that brightish green into something a little less saturate, but more stand-outish. Definetly more work with sharpen. Creative work on the dry, dead tree to really get it to stand out and be a little more "3D" looking. Of course, it's easy to *say* these things, and I'm not particuarily good at landscapes myself, but knowing what places high.. I know that it needed just a little more.. to really break that line and get you on the front page.. or at least in the top 10.

Fits the Challenge

It's a nice representation of the Rule of Thirds, nothing horribly askew, and it doesn't make me want to get my Ruler out ;)

My Opinion of the Photo

While I can see that DPC voters obviously liked this shot a lot, I personally don't have much connection with it. It seems to be fighting between wanting to be desolate, and wanting to be full of life.. I can't tell which one I'd rather it be, and the color, especially the green, isn't very appealing. It's a *good* photo, and shows some fine technical ability, but on an emotional scale, for me, it just isn't there.

Congratulations on a high top 20 though, and good luck on future challenges.
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09/14/2006 11:34:31 PM
Radiant foreground and then a lovely mellow background with sky to match. Wow! Congratulations on your 12th place finish.
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09/13/2006 10:48:36 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/12/2006 11:53:41 PM
this foto made me... awww
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09/12/2006 02:46:22 PM
The sky in this photograph is amazing. I feel like I am there. Great job! Good luck. You have my vote---8.
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09/12/2006 08:26:35 AM
Great colours!! The dark sky against the light green grass looks amazing. 10
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09/11/2006 07:04:43 PM
7 :) what a sky.
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09/11/2006 08:49:52 AM
Love the dramatics here. Excellent shot! 10
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09/11/2006 02:06:16 AM
This is beautiful! It would have also been great for the single tree contest. Too bad you can't enter it into more than one!
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09/10/2006 11:09:34 PM
Very nice exposer, the photo seems to have a very good range. The tree may be a bit centered for my thought for ROT but a very nice photo anyway. 7
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09/10/2006 05:15:09 PM
Very contrasting colours. A tighter crop to the left would have placed the tree more withing the 'thirds'
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09/10/2006 01:11:13 AM
love the constrast between the dark menacing sky & the well lit grass and tree.
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09/08/2006 02:52:39 PM
That is gorgeous. The sky and the tones. So pretty. 8
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09/08/2006 12:56:54 PM
Ah, those wonderful colors -- the contrast between the brightness of green and darkness of the clouds make this photo for me. Beautiful work!
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09/07/2006 06:41:23 PM
Nice feel. The ominous clouds add a lot to the contrast of green in the field and give the image a somewhat dark, foreboding appeal. I like it a lot (8)
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09/07/2006 10:03:59 AM
Whoops, here was a ribbon for the single tree challenge ;-) Great coloration and title.
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09/06/2006 10:49:35 PM
great photo
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09/06/2006 07:26:40 PM
This is one of my favorite pictures in the challenge so far. The bright green and dark sky create a really nice contrast. Not only 'cause of the challenge, but I think it would look just a little more "interesting" (for lack of a better word) if the tree was a but further left in the frame. Very nice shot nonetheless. Good luck!
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09/06/2006 12:16:58 PM
WOW. Striking colors. Beautiful photo.
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09/06/2006 08:34:20 AM
this would have been perfect for the single tree challenge!

love the brooding sky and the light in this...it's spectacular
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09/06/2006 12:20:58 AM
the contrast in colours here is really something spectacular. Well done & good luck!
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