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Little Creek
Little Creek

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Challenge: On the Edge (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, California
Date: Dec 20, 2003
Aperture: F4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2003

The photo was taken at Paradise Point, San Diego on early morning in December.

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01/05/2004 12:21:16 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts/My opinion
What a wonderful place: everything looks so fresh, especially the plants. One even can hear the water bubbling. It has some compositional imperfections and also some regarding the light.

As already mentioned the place for itself is beautiful and using the little creek as guiding line to the waterfall is well thought out. The post in the foreground is however disturbing a lot: it's not meant to be a focal point (at least it's not sharp) and it's also not helping to pass your intention to the viewer. Therefore it should have been avoided in the first place or cropped out later (works fine, I tried it). Maybe zooming in a bit more would have helped too: it would have focused the attention more on the water fall.
Also there is something looking like a lake or so on the upper right: it reduces the feeling of looking into a rain forest a bit. Cropping wouldn't have helped here, because then the creeks waterfall would stop just at the image border. Maybe moving somewhat to the right would have helped.

Camera work -technically
Focus and colours are great, only the exposure has some problems IMO: the suns shines too bright onto the stones, making them a little overexposed. Of course, going one EV down or so would not help, because then the nice leafs on the left would have turned out to dark. While the sun light works fine on the palms, for the stones they are too much. Probably taking the image at a different time of day (early evening) would have been better, but that might have not been possible. As you see, my comment on exposure is actually a compositional comment.

Digital Processing - Technical
It seems as if you sharpened digitally after the frame was added. This leads to a two pixel wide artefact around the image. Better sharpen first and as the last step add the border.
Otherwise sharpening is well done and hue/saturation are nicely set

Fits the challenge
It does not depict "on the edge" to strong, but still, it somehow fits, especially compared to other entries.

Good luck for you further submissions
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/30/2003 07:01:43 PM
Beautiful cropping and composition.
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12/29/2003 03:42:31 PM
Wonderful photo! :-) Amazing colours and composition, maybe the trunk in the foreground could be a bit sharper. I am sooo jealious that you live near places like this oneeeee! :-)
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12/28/2003 05:40:14 PM
looks like a tropical place!
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12/27/2003 02:52:06 PM
i seriously dont get it!!!!
12/27/2003 11:36:43 AM
Nice and bright, with good focus.
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12/27/2003 09:09:43 AM
Beautiful color and a lovely scene.
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12/26/2003 03:03:36 AM
Nice colors and sharpness. This photo is too busy for my taste.
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12/25/2003 07:10:37 AM
Though I don't like the inclusion of the foreground post which I find crowds the picture, your crisp focus and lighting gives the photo a feeling of clean freshness. Also, there are a couple of spots that are overexposed.
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12/24/2003 03:25:48 PM
Nice exposure - the wood stump/railing in the forground should be cropped out.
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