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Dead yet vibrant
Dead yet vibrant

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Challenge: Rule of Thirds III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Woods at St Johns University (MN)
Date: Apr 19, 2007
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Textures
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2007

I went for a hike in the woods on a fairly sunny day. I came across this dead log, but it looked very interesting. It was very colorful and the texture of it seemed cool. The lighting was simply the sun which made this shot very natural. I think that the back ground is a bit cluttered and distracting, but to compensate for that I increased both the contrast and color saturation by +2 bringing more of the color out of the log and near area. One concern I have with this picture is the sharpness. I did not edit or change the sharpness of this picture, but I'd like opinions (is it too sharp, should I have blurred it some?) Thanks in advance for your critiques!

It took me forever to figure out how to compress this file... finally got it done though!

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05/05/2007 12:27:54 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I'm one of those who looks for, and finds, animals in all sorts of places. And you have a delightful one in your image. see the head to the left, and the reclining body along the log as it trails off to the right? Okay, that out of the way, here goes.

You questioned in your remarks about the focusing of your image. Yes, it appears to lack focus in what I imagine to be the section of the log illustrating the Rule of Thirds, the left side. The trees are indeed distracting. Sometimes a different angle can eliminate such distractions. Crouching down or moving to a different position can sometimes do wonders to get rid of elements you don't want to show.

You've got your feet wet in DPC now, and I hope you enjoyed your first attempt. I wish you success in your time here and look forward to seeing more of your work.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2007 07:26:20 PM
The the focal point looks like it's supposed to the bottom of the stump near the top left but my eye still want to see the rest of the log in focus. Keep posting!
04/30/2007 08:57:42 AM
Sorry but to me this shot is not terribly interesting, the composition isn´t really guiding my eye around the frame so to me it lacks a strong main subject point wich the rule of thirds is really all about.
04/26/2007 05:13:20 PM
It looks like there was some camera shake or something to cause a lack of focus throughout the entire photo.
04/25/2007 08:59:41 PM
The piece of root on the left is in-your-face at the prime focal point of the picture. The tree fades too quickly to much, much smaller. A different angle would have resulted in a better picture.

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