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Chocolate Mint Creek
Chocolate Mint Creek

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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Collection: Settings
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Tranquility, NJ
Date: May 15, 2007
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30"
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2007

tripod for long exposure, crop, curves, resize, sharpen, that's about it!

Place: 112 out of 144
Avg (all users): 4.8377
Avg (commenters): 5.2857
Avg (participants): 4.5185
Avg (non-participants): 4.9194
Views since voting: 613
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 265
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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05/23/2007 01:33:18 PM
Gee Don, I had this placing much higher. I thought it was a beautiful representation for the challenge. Congrats on a great shot.
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05/23/2007 08:45:15 AM
Very serene feel to it Don. Makes you want to just sit back and listen to the birds.
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05/23/2007 02:50:46 AM
You forgot to plop a chocolate mint bimbo on a thirds line, silly! BTW, I think this is either Greendell or Huntsville. This photo is zen because your eyes go everywhere and nowhere at once. And when I look at this picture, I get the sensation of a cool breeze wafting in one of my ears and out the other. I am amazing for that huge bone!
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05/23/2007 12:33:49 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!!

You used a longer exposure, which is great! It's always good to manipulate settings to achieve different results. The focus is on, and the colors turned out very well. In fact, there are many very good technical aspects of your picture.

However, what it's missing is a strong center of interest. The picture doesn't have much of a subject, leaving the point of interest at the stream. A stream can be a center of interest, but it must be shot from a more dynamic point of view. Next time try letting the stream flow down into the frame, rather than across it. The composition does a nice job of drawing the eye to the stream, but it includes the unnecessarily dull greenery on the top and bottom. Always remember that it helps to fill your frame with the subject, and not surround it by anything distracting.

You are on the right track, and you nailed the technical execution. Just work on your composition and think about the picture as highlighting something that people will find interesting to look at. Happy shooting!!

--James B. Hale
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 10:07:27 PM
I can almost taste it!!
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05/21/2007 11:50:11 PM
I think a tighter crop would have gotten closer to silky smooth... A bit too busy.
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05/19/2007 05:26:56 AM
I think this photo should have been composed to eliminate some of the pale sticks and branches hanging around the edges. It makes the picture seem a bit cluttered and the focus on the smooth water is lost. Zooming in and isolating one of the lovely moss covered rocks with water flowing past the front, I feel, would have had more impact. Well spotted though.
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05/18/2007 04:28:05 PM
I would have prefered more water and less shrubbery I find that stuff distracts from the shot.
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05/17/2007 11:28:52 AM
pretty water
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05/16/2007 11:32:28 PM
My eye is lost in it, needs focal point
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05/16/2007 10:27:41 PM
nice shot---- a little difficult to see the smoothness of the water when it blends with the background.
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05/16/2007 12:10:29 AM
Nice effect with the water! However, the photo is a bit busy.
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