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From Chaos into Calm
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Challenge: On the Edge (Classic Editing)
Collection: Abstract
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Garden
Date: Dec 21, 2003
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Abstract, Action
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2003

Cropped, rotated, adjust brightness/contrast, added border, submitted.

It looks over exposed, yes, but that's how I wanted it to look :)

The background is my garden. It isn't really blue, but I used a custom white-balance to change the colour.

In the print version I cloned out a few little specks.

Statistics
Place: 25 out of 164
Avg (all users): 6.0751
Avg (commenters): 7.1538
Avg (participants): 5.7108
Avg (non-participants): 6.3077
Views since voting: 3011
Votes: 213
Comments: 20
Favorites: 14 (view)


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01/04/2004 10:42:48 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

The message
The creative input (blurriness, brightness, etc.) de-emphasizes the water used to create this image and allows the viewer to project his own thoughts and imaginations aroused by it. The differences above and below the definite edge are dramatic and obvious, and provide much fodder for the imagination. The title (chaos to calm) is but one possibility. For me, it reflects the creative process with a lot of jumbled possibilities finally emerging to a coherent stream. Others who make the effort to try will see different things. To me, that makes this a very successful image.

Creative choices
As mentioned, it is the creative choices that make this image work so well, and they are great. The lighting puts emphasis right where it is needed. The background with unfocused spots works well (certainly better than a solid or gradient color would). The colors match the shapes of the corresponding areas well. The relative amounts of space in the two areas is pleasing. The slanted edge adds energy as does the vertical format; this isn't an image for one to just sit back and enjoy. Viewer involvement is needed and invited.

Technical aspects
Focus, exposure, color rendition, and sharpness were all carefully controlled to achieve the final result.
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12/31/2003 01:11:31 PM
Originally posted by Imagineer:

I wonder how many people have twisted their necks to see how this looked the 'right' way up! Great shot and I love the colours (achieved mainly in camera then?).


Yep, all I did in photoshop was resize, usm, rotate, and brightness/contrast. I've written a How'd They Do That which Drew said he would put on the site later today, if you're interested :)
12/31/2003 12:39:40 PM
I wonder how many people have twisted their necks to see how this looked the 'right' way up! Great shot and I love the colours (achieved mainly in camera then?).
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/30/2003 07:30:37 PM
nice photo....different!
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12/30/2003 05:29:47 PM
I'm sorry, this is just too cool. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one get the blue ribbon. Only thing I can pick on is the hot spots, but I really kind of like them too. Color and composition are excellent, very impressive shot.
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12/30/2003 01:45:24 PM
Nice water shot
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12/30/2003 11:47:05 AM
Beautiful colors and action.
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12/30/2003 10:39:01 AM
This is a beautiful shot, with remarkable color and movement. One of my top three for the challenge.
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12/28/2003 10:26:33 PM
I especially liked this. I would love to know how it was done. I like the transition between the two spaces and the focus change between them.
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12/28/2003 06:58:28 PM
Very interesting shot. Beautiful blues. 9
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12/28/2003 01:05:57 PM
Cool, love the colors. The water seems to be a bit bright. Also, I don't know if I like the slope of the edge of the water, wonder if it would look better if it were more horizontal?
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12/28/2003 04:15:39 AM
Great shot, especially the non-conventional lines made by the picture. Also fools the concept of where up is up, nice color balance too!
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12/27/2003 12:14:47 PM
over-sharpened a bit, I think
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12/26/2003 09:01:02 AM
8.
12/26/2003 03:55:30 AM
Excellent job. I love the colours in this image. 9
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12/24/2003 04:51:46 PM
out of focus
12/24/2003 09:26:03 AM
interesting. How'd you do it?
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12/24/2003 07:38:00 AM
Very interesting. Doesn't quite work for me, but I'll be interested to see how it was done. A little out of focus and too "blue".
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12/24/2003 06:08:29 AM
Like this idea.. the two colour tones really make it.
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12/24/2003 01:18:41 AM
wow!
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