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Challenge: Still Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony Mavica FD-100
Location: Chico, Ca
Date: Oct 29, 2003
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2003

The only duck that didn't move when I walked by. It was like he wanted his picture taken. In Upper Bidwell Park at Horseshoe Lake in Chico, Ca.

Place: 298 out of 326
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11/17/2003 09:40:48 PM
Hi! This is my first time doing this, so please be aware! :) I'm with the Critique Club.

I left a comment on this in the original challenge, now let me be a little more detailed as I really take some time to look this over.

As I'm sure you are aware, there was a lot of discussion if this type of shot even fit the challenge since it included something that was alive even though it was being very still. That decision is entirely up to you in my opinion, if you think it fits, it fits.

As for the shot, as I said before, the framing seems off a bit, if you had something that had come across the top it would have made a very natural frame, if there was a branch you could have moved? Also the DOF is well done with the blurred tree trunks in the front and the sharper focus in the back ground though the duck still looks just a tad soft to me. The light on the trees is also very bright and almost looks blown out on the right side, a slight adjustment on the contrast might have helped that. Also a tighter crop on the top and bottom would cut out those branches all together and be less of a distraction.

The shadows on the duck are very subtle and look very nice, you can see the sharper one going down his/her back and it's a nice contrast. I'm guessing this was a lucky shot and you probably didn't get too many shots off so overall it's a very nice shot and could probably be tweeked a bit more in photo shop and even put up for a print!

Good Luck in future challenges!

DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions :)

Message edited by author 2003-11-18 00:19:13.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2003 05:12:01 PM
I like the title.
11/11/2003 08:06:20 AM
nice pic, but not a still life
11/11/2003 07:50:50 AM
11/06/2003 11:51:02 AM
Looks like she stayed put for you. A nice idea and not a bad overall shot but the trees in the front are more of a distraction to me than a fram, there is no top per say, if the branch had come all the way across the top......... The shadows on the goose are nice but the focus is a bit soft for me. A 4
11/06/2003 11:14:36 AM
still life
n. pl. still lifes
Representation of inanimate objects, such as flowers or fruit, in painting or photography.
A painting, picture, or photograph of inanimate objects.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2003 07:19:01 PM
Not still life.
11/05/2003 02:46:12 PM
Does not meet the challenge. A still life is a picture of an object or group of objects arranged to communicate ideas of color, form, tone, texture and composition. Still lifes are inanimate.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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