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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Punta Cana
Date: Mar 12, 2008
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 19, 2008

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Place: 479 out of 500
Avg (all users): 4.6028
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.5192
Avg (non-participants): 4.8378
Views since voting: 688
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 141
Comments: 8
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04/08/2008 12:47:08 PM
This is a subjectless landscape. Not all images have to have a subject to make it good. However, making a convincing image without a focal point is more difficult. Without a central subject, it is important to have eye movement in the frame, whether this is from leading lines, use of triangles, repeating patterns or other techniques depends on the image at hand, but it is essential, otherwise the viewer's eye just gets lost in the frame.

In you example, you'll notice how on both sides of the green field there are trees, almost creating a valley. A better picture in this case would have been looking down through the green grass with the tress on both side, pulling the viewer through the frame.

You might want to check out this challenge below, which was to shoot an image without a subject, there are a lot of good examples in there.

Challenge: Image without Subject

Other than that, the photo has good dynamic weather and interesting terrain. Just a different viewpoint might have worked a bit better. Good luck to you and hope to see more photos in the future.
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04/08/2008 11:59:54 AM
Besides what has been said before of softness and lack of subject I think what this picture lacks is some sort of dynamism. As the viewer, I see it and I'm like "ok that's a pretty view" but I take the whole frame at once, there is not aspect of it that stands out and there are no lines leading me into the frame to make me feel the depth of the scenery. There are a bunch of horizontal (or almost horizontal) lines in the frame (the darkest clouds, the trees in the foreground, the horizon, the mountain tops, the second set of trees, the brown in the rolling hills). All these lines are isolated from each other, none of them seems to lead you into the next one.
the image by tmorningglory96 253190.jpgis different to yours in the fact that the first thing you see is the trees to the left, the the trees to the right (which are a little bit deeper into the frame) and lastly the trees in the background. So your eyes just went from left to right to center of the frame, your eyes were just guided through the frame and toured around the scene. In your image, the whole thing hits you at once and you don't know what too look at. Even though tmorningglory96's image does not have a subject there are things in it that grab your attention.
the image by io 254054.jpg does have a subject (or at least to me it does). It is the tree almost in the middle, which also happens to be lighter than the others attracting your eye to them. This image also has stronger lines like the circular edge of the pond, the diagonal ground to the right, the diagonal of the top of the trees to the left, another diagonal of the top of trees to the right. All of those diagonals converge close to the central tree, again bringing your attention to it. The main thing that distinguishes this image from yours is the diagonal lines and their interaction.
Hope this helped, let me know if you have any questions

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04/08/2008 07:22:57 AM
CB, I'll leave a few comments for what they're worth. From a technical standpoint the picture looks soft or a bit noisy, can't really tell on my monitor. The color seems to have a bit of blue or green cast to it, finally it appears to be a bit small. Composition is the problem though. As several people have pointed out, the foreground is not very interesting - just a bunch of bushes without anything leading into the shot. The mid-ground is fine although the lighting tends to flatten out the rolling hills and thus takes away any energy. The background - mountains and clouds are lacking in contrast. As pointed out before you have a pretty static picture with the very solid lines of foreground, midground and background just divided by fairly hard lines. The idea you have is good, perhaps under a little better light, better leading lines, and processed with more contrast it may work better. Hope this helps (again, just my opinion).
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04/08/2008 07:21:21 AM
Its a nice view, but thats about it. Nothing special in the photo to capture attention.
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04/08/2008 07:00:52 AM
Here's a critique for you...
Well, this is a photo of some blue and some green. To really hold the viewers interest, a landscape needs to have some promiment feature or interesting lines to make the composition. This photo has one straight line across the horizon, with blue and clouds above and green below. The colour of the green grass is very lush, but that's all this photo has in it. Find something interesting to add to the foreground, and make use of more depth to join the foreground object to the background.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2008 12:51:39 PM
Very pretty countryside. Nice processing.
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04/04/2008 06:15:03 AM
Seems a little soft and no main point of interest to focus on.
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04/02/2008 10:50:34 AM
sky and golf course look great... i'm not a big fan of the bushes in the foreground
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