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At the Water's Edge
At the Water's Edge

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Challenge: On the Edge (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Belchertown, MA
Date: Dec 22, 2003
Aperture: 1:4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2003


Place: 37 out of 164
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12/31/2003 07:16:26 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts / My opinion
Fits well to the challenge, well selected place, only the composition could be improved to give it a wow effect

The content you showed us is very well picked: the ice plate has some wonderful curves and reflections, especially the strong reflection at the lower tip is great. So your choice was excellent. The white spots on the ice are a little disturbing but were probably unavoidable.
The water in the lake appears a little undefined: it's not clear enough to see well what's under the surface but also not reflecting enough to be just a smooth, homogeneous background for the wonderful ice plate. The ripples, which probably originate from water drops of the nice tip are a strong element. Sad that they are so weak.
The image comes somewhat short in the composition/cropping: the shore that can be seen at the top and the lower left do disturb and lead the viewer's eyes away from the ice. Getting closer or cropping way tighter at the top, left and bottom would have been a considerable improvement. Also consider the use of rule of third here.

Camera work -technically
To me focus and exposure are set very good, maybe a polarizer (or if you used one a different angle) might have brought in some more contrast

Digital Processing - Technical
No particular issue here. Contrast enhancement might have been an improvement

Fits the challenge
It sure does as stated above.

Good luck for you further submissions

As this is one of my first Critique Club critiques, it would be helpful to get some feedback if you like.
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12/31/2003 12:15:27 AM
I am glad that you submitted this one vs. the one you posted in the forum, this shot is full of tension and is very dynamic, it has fabulous light and lines! It also has a few points of interest, my fav being the ice itself. The ripple, the hole in the ice, the reflection of the ice in the water are all also interesting too look at. And I think this is a very enjoyable shot!!
well done
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/30/2003 03:57:58 PM
Great Idea, cold "on the edge" feeling
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12/29/2003 09:37:10 PM
like the hanging over the water would really liked to have seen a close up what appears to have been a nice abstract reflection.
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12/28/2003 05:30:06 AM
Nice and very good.
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