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Challenge: Seed (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Romsey, Hampshire, England
Date: Sep 17, 2006
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2006

Taken in quite subdued cloudy light with a telephoto.

Post Processing: Saturation increase, resized and sharpened.

Place: 128 out of 163
Avg (all users): 4.9281
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 4.7222
Avg (non-participants): 5.0588
Views since voting: 520
Views during voting: 186
Votes: 139
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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09/29/2006 06:38:28 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hi Steve

Here goes....


The whole impression, to me, is of a busy image with no obvious place for the eye to settle. The pinecone should be the focal point but does not really stand out and it is too central in the frame

I think concentrating more on the cone by using portrait format rather than landscape would have been better but also taking a further look around where you were and trying to find a cone with much less going on around it would really have helped this shot.


As your comments have suggested the image is way over saturated and this is the biggest problem I feel you have and the reason for you sub 5 score. Most of the detail has been lost on the pinecone and the overall image has a very unnatural feel to it.

I would suggest that if time allowed you tried to return to the area when the light was better as this would have prevented you from having to try and make the colours 'pop'. Failing the opportunity to return, a tighter crop and much less saturation may have worked better.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

- Natalya :o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2006 06:39:20 PM
a little too green over all for me, makes the pinecone blend in too much to pop. 5
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09/20/2006 02:22:56 AM
Needs just a touch more contrast. It is too hard to pick out the green on green pine-cone.
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09/19/2006 04:37:37 AM
The greens look oversaturated on my monitor. Hard to get detail out, it all blurs into one big poison green mass. Something to either let the seed pop out more or make the background less busy would have helped. In my opinion anyway.
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09/18/2006 07:36:58 AM
too much saturated
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09/18/2006 06:44:51 AM
I think a less-centered composition would help add interest to this shot. Check out the winning photos in the recent Rule of Thirds challenge to see what I mean.
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