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Morris Island Girl
Morris Island Girl

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Challenge: Diagonal (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Date: Nov 26, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Seascapes, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2006

Taken at Folly Beach, SC. In 1880, the Morris Island lighthouse was 2,700 feet from the shoreline. Today, the lighthouse stands more than 1,600 feet offshore.

This was a candid image shot as soon as I came over the dunes. The little girl's mother was taking pictures out of frame to the left, and the girl just happened to be sitting directly under the lighthouse from my perspective. I intentionally set the DOF to keep her just out of focus, and tilted the camera to try for a more dramatic angle. I think it worked better than the other straight shots I tried, and just happened to fit into the diagonals challenge. :)

Converted from RAW with saturation and shadows adjustments, resized and USM.

Place: 318 out of 345
Avg (all users): 4.6114
Avg (commenters): 3.5385
Avg (participants): 4.3049
Avg (non-participants): 4.8817
Views since voting: 711
Views during voting: 242
Votes: 175
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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04/10/2007 09:44:43 PM
Taken at Folly Beach, I see. :) Interesting take on the challenge; certainly gave me a laugh so no "shame" in that!
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04/10/2007 09:39:36 PM
Well heck, the lighthouse and the girl would not have both fit in the photo if you didn't tilt the camera! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2006 10:27:50 PM
Simply tilting the camera isn't the best way to incorporate a strong diagonal element.
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12/05/2006 04:47:15 PM
Nice photo, but for me it's a golden rule not to have water horison on a angle.
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12/04/2006 06:39:08 AM
i like it, -7
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12/03/2006 10:14:42 PM
Personally, I think this missed the point of the challenge entirely...
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12/01/2006 10:22:42 PM
I think this would be better as a vertical image.
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12/01/2006 10:56:49 AM
A tilted horizon is not wrong per se, but I believe it should be used carefully and for a specific purpose, for example to increase drama, to compliment an unusual perpsective, or to compliment at theme such as abstract shapes. In this case, to me, it brings nothing and indeed detracts from the viewing experience.
If it wasn't possible to use a very narrow aperture, I would have been tempted to leave the girl in the foreground out.
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11/30/2006 10:36:25 PM
ummmm ///
11/30/2006 09:16:05 AM
A tad too staged.
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11/29/2006 11:32:41 PM
Sorry, for me the diagonal compositon just does not work in this instance; especially with the water.
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11/29/2006 08:04:04 PM
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11/29/2006 05:49:03 PM
Not sure this meets the "Spirit" of the challenge. IMHO - tilting the camera doesn't make for a great composition.
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11/29/2006 04:05:51 PM
I'm very curious to see what straight version of this photo would look like. the tilt seems a little contrived as it is.
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11/29/2006 12:42:37 PM
Plus: composition, colors
Minus: foreground too out of focus? would have almost liked it the other way around, her in focus. some of the details a little bland
Score: 6
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11/29/2006 11:11:44 AM
very nice...
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11/29/2006 06:21:07 AM
I really don't feel that tilting the horizon like this is going to be Top Ten stuff.
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