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natural nerves network
natural nerves network

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Challenge: Macro III (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Sony DSC-P1
Location: Shirakawago, Japan
Date: Dec 20, 2003
Aperture: f/29
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2003


Place: 42 out of 165
Avg (all users): 5.7986
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 5.8750
Avg (non-participants): 5.6279
Views since voting: 1122
Votes: 139
Comments: 13
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01/03/2004 03:15:19 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts/My opinion
What a wonderful subject! Too sad that it comes short in its technical representation

The content itself could have been a winner in my opinion: the fragile leaf structures, the remaining parts of the leaf between the veins are a wonderful object. Something that has a woow effect to the viewer. One of the best contents shown in the challenge IMO.
However, it comes short in its representation: it's presented rather flat, in a way that it might be printed in a text book for biology student. It almost could have been scanned in by a scanner.
The reduction of a 3-dimensional object to just 2 dimensions often results in new perspective to the object. However, if the object is already 2-dimensional by itself, keeping it at 2 dimension is not a good choice. Adding the 3rd dimension could make the point !
For your leaf it would for instance I suggest to bend it, play with light to produce structure and depth. Also showing it's shadows on a surface might be great.
An artistic approach is somehow missing (beside placing the center vein in the lower third). Also the background is not to well suited, especially due to the darker spots and the homogeneous illumination.

Camera work -technically
Sharpness could be a little better. Exposure is on the dark side.

Digital Processing - Technical
A little bit more of sharpening might have helped to make the image more crisp. Also exposure and contrast could have been enhanced.

Fits the challenge
Of course it does!

This critique sounds a little harsh, but that's because I think you could have done better if only some technical aspects would be enhanced. The creativity in selecting a subject is just great. This also shows in many of your other submission.

Hope to see you with a ribbon.
Good luck for you further submissions
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2003 04:10:19 PM
This is very nice. A very good composition with a bold horizontal line that helps solidify the image while all the small details create a fun and interesting image. Duotone helps put the focus on the composition and individual elements. -9

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12/27/2003 06:08:30 PM
Veins, not nerves, but intricate and interesting. And nicely photographed.
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12/27/2003 12:12:36 PM
interesting cropping compositionally, good clarity and texture
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12/24/2003 03:33:54 PM
Very cool! Great mac shot, love the title!
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12/24/2003 04:56:25 AM
Love the color and the subject. Would like to have seen a more dynamic composition, but overall, I like this a lot. 8
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12/23/2003 02:03:33 PM
Very interesting shot ... love the detail!
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12/23/2003 11:03:42 AM
I think this picture looks great with the sepia tones. Very interesting details, nice twist on the leaf shot.
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12/23/2003 10:56:50 AM
very nice
the title is off though
could be considered a fuel network, or non-municiple water system
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12/22/2003 10:53:17 AM
nice idea...very eye catching....so complex looking for such a simple subject!
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12/22/2003 09:42:11 AM
Very unique and interesting.
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12/22/2003 09:10:49 AM
Oh, this is nice. Like the sepia tones, scalloped edge of the decomposing leaf.
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12/22/2003 12:18:24 AM
I love this. Patterns in nature is one of my all time favorite subjects and this depicts just that and beautifully. Congratulations on a job well done. Good luck! 10 from me.
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