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King of The Pond
King of The Pond

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-03 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Nikon
Location: Lazienki, Warsaw
Date: Mar 7, 2007
Aperture: 8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2007


This is one of my lowest scores. I was expecting this to do better. On my screen anyways, the gradiant in the water bottom up looks really good. I got a comment (out of THE FIVE hahaha) that says it's too dark. I don't get. I saw this on two other screens and it looked fine. Hmmm. Oh well.

Place: 437 out of 561
Avg (all users): 5.1351
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 5.1636
Avg (non-participants): 5.0526
Views since voting: 761
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 148
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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04/12/2007 01:17:51 PM
May I make a suggestion? Please don't take it as criticism, but I've take an few shots of mute swans, and I find that if you boost the colour saturation the neck seems to change to a pleasing bright yellow. I think if that if the cropping were a little less boxed in and the water ripples (which are very nice BTW) were level, it would make a lot of difference. On a brighter note, this shot seems to have some sort of a "purity" to it. I'm not sure how to better describe it, but I like it.
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04/12/2007 12:04:25 PM
I think it's the darkness of the head area that gets people saying it's too dark. People expect swans to be pure white (not that they really ever are). The result (on my crappy laptop montior) is the eye get lost. The crop is nice, but I think it's a bit tight. My .02
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2007 09:59:04 PM
Nice focus and good job with keeping the details in the whites. Looks a bit cool, though - I think you could ramp up the exposure 1/2 a step and make this pop a lot more.
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04/05/2007 03:16:21 PM
I love the water, but the border isn't working for me... or maybe it's just cropped too much. Nice shot though - keep it up!
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04/03/2007 12:48:50 PM
Nice photo, though kind of dark in the head area. Playing with the light settings I think would have made this even better.
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04/03/2007 07:10:44 AM
Right then, joke's on me as I now have to plough through 564 images and bump them all (yes, all of them) up. There'll be a third run through for fine tuning. It's day two three now and I'm running late, sorry.

Dark at the head. 5
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04/01/2007 03:12:58 PM
Well, I have to be honest, the shot doesn't really appeal to me. I'm not sure if its too dark or just not as clear as I think it should be. Maybe its the subject. I have to go with a 6.
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