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Challenge: Diagonal (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Williamsburg, VA USA
Date: Nov 28, 2006
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2006

Photographer’s Notes
• The photo was taken just outside Williamsburg Virginia in a nature park on a stunningly beautiful Saturday afternoon. My wife, son, my son’s fiancι and I were walking through the woods and I was trying to capture the nature of the beautiful fall day. This leaf caught my eye. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Post Processing
• Rotate Canvas
• Reduce Noise
• Correct Color (Curves)
• Mid-tone Contrast (Curves)
• Crop
• Crop Further
• Hue/Saturation
• Sharpen (Unsharp Mask)
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Nikon D200
• 2006/11/25 14:24:20.2
• JPEG (8-bit) Fine
• Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
• Color
• Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
• Focal Length: 120mm
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Metering Mode: Spot
• 1/640 sec - F/5.6
• 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
• High ISO NR: On (High)

Place: 107 out of 345
Avg (all users): 5.6461
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.5422
Avg (non-participants): 5.7368
Views since voting: 691
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 178
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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12/08/2006 03:11:56 PM
Hey there from the Critique Club

Camera Work/Technical: Terrific focus and perfect white balance to provide a very warm feeling to the capture. I do like your depth of field choice that provide the bokeh feel that emayner mentioned.

Lighting: Pretty nice work with very harsh lighting conditions. My only issue with the lighting is the harsh shadow on the left leaf, as well as the part of the branch. This creates a dark hole that distracts the eye, thus trapping it into one area of the image.

Composition/Content: Your chosen composition is just a bit tight. The leaf touching touching the bottom of the frame creates a feeling of tension that contradicts the overall warmth of the image.

My Opinion: I like it, and I think that the scoring was appropriate. While it is diagonal, I don't think that it captured the spirit of the challenge (nor did my sub-5 entry). If this were a bokeh challenge, I think the score would have peaked a bit closer to 6.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2006 10:46:52 PM
the brokeh is beautiful!
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11/29/2006 07:11:37 PM
Composed and Lit Gracefully! Nice. 8
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11/29/2006 10:38:23 AM
Beautiful colors, bokeh and light. Don't see much of a diagonal aspect to this shot.
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