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Sycamore Gap
Sycamore Gap

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Challenge: A Single Tree (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Sycamore gap, Twice brewed, Northumberland,England
Date: Sep 9, 2006
Aperture: f25
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2006

This is a solitary tree on hadrians wall in Northumberland, England. The film robin hood prince of theives was filmed here, also has many other tv shows and films This shot was taken at sunset and levels has been tweaked as i am not into this advanced editing lark, i like my photography to be real, Thanks for looking stu

Place: 73 out of 251
Avg (all users): 5.7783
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.7634
Avg (non-participants): 5.7909
Views since voting: 781
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 203
Comments: 9
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09/23/2006 02:05:17 PM
Critique Club Review:

I'm impressed the shot is as clear as it is with an 8 seond exposure. Focus is very good for conditions. And reasonable even if it weren't a timed exposure.

I find the foreground rock a bit distracting. However, at the same time I like the leading lines of the path that take the eye to the tree. I might try this shot with a depth of field that softens the foreground a bit to see how that works. Or alternatively, crop just above the rock to save as much of the leading lines as possible.

The only other problem I see is the sky. It's almost empty. Maybe a day with a better (more colorfu) sunset... Or a day with some great clouds. As is, there is a fair amount of blank canvas in this piece that begs for the artist.

Overall a very nice picture.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/16/2006 03:21:57 AM
nice leading lines
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09/12/2006 06:13:11 PM
Not bad. I like the bits of wall and rock that break up the photo. I do think this would have been about 4,000 times more appealing had you arrived earlier or stayed later to get the full effect of that sunrise/sunset that is going on in te background. Good luck.
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09/11/2006 09:56:11 PM
As far as "a single tree" is concerned, I don't think you can get more spot on than this. :-) I love the way the valley draws the eye in toward the tree, and the texture and color of the image is nice as well. It does feel underexposed, however, and I think that ends up hurting the photo overall. My guess is that a compromise had to be made to preserve the lovely colors of the sunset in the sky, and the foreground ended up looking dull as a result. The nice thing is that it's obvious that there is still plenty of detail in the shadows, and those could easily and selectively be brought up in post with a little dodging work. This photo would look great with some enhancement of the highlights and perhaps even a little extra saturation in the sky. That being said, it's a wonderful shot and I think it will do well in the competition. Good job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/11/2006 07:38:19 PM
i like the soft magical feel to this one.
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09/11/2006 07:10:22 PM
The pathway inviting the viewer to wander into the picture to the tree is pleasant. I think that with a little overt processing, some of the colouring could be boosted and a more dramatic effect achieved.
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09/11/2006 05:23:50 PM
No Robin Hood this time ;-)
Congrats on the effort, its a fair old walk up there.
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09/11/2006 04:04:09 PM
Fits the challenge, and you've got a few interesting lines - the path and hills. Otherwise, it doesn't really effect me. 6
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09/11/2006 05:39:28 AM
nice warm colors, good composition and use of guiding lines, attention is immediately drawn to the tree
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