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March Madness
March Madness

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9000
Date: Mar 28, 2008
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2008


Place: 312 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.4966
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.3883
Avg (non-participants): 5.7619
Views since voting: 501
Views during voting: 212
Votes: 145
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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04/10/2008 06:13:30 PM
Nice high contrast shot. It perhaps could do with a little more contrast I think.

I probably would have focussed on a smaller section of branches. There are almost too many branches in the shot so that the ones on the smaller tree are barely discernible. Although to be honest, that's the resolution of DPC for you.

karmat is right, it's very slightly tilted as well.

But I do like it on the whole, and I like the title - snow in March for crying out loud. We had a couple of inches on Easter Sunday.
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04/09/2008 11:38:56 PM
I only have a couple of comments not too much of a critique.

I would've probably opted for a complete B&W with this type of photo. The coloring in the buildings is a little distracting for me and I think it would enhance the trees a bit more.

The other is your type of border. I didn't even see it at first but I like it a lot. I can tell that IT IS a border but I can still follow the image clear to the edge of the frame. Ok, that last sentance sounds kind of lame but I'm serious that I do like it.

I think the only thing that I would've maybe done a bit differently (only in my opinion) is the B&W; other than that, "Great photo" and we'll both go for 7's in April! -BB
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04/08/2008 03:25:06 PM
I really like the busy-ness of this shot. There is alot to look at, and it is almost possible to get lost in the mire of all the branches. That said, while I like it, there are probably some who didn't.

I think the overall effect of the shot is good. The elements work together in a balanced composition and offer a lot for the viewer to look at. In a competition like dpc, though, simple shots seems to do better. Whether that is good bad is a personal thing, but I suspect all the "stuff" in the shot may have attributed to some of the lower votes.

The only other little nit pick is that it feels tilted to the right a touch. That could easily be me, though -- sometimes I think my eyes are crooked. :)

Overall, a nice shot, and personally, I like the high contrast
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04/08/2008 12:30:19 PM
Hi Donna, i downloaded your image and cropped it, let me know what you think 667062.jpg. Besides the crop, i like everything in your image, i like the high contrast and the intricate branches. Sorry but I don't have any other criticism.
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04/08/2008 11:59:45 AM
I really like the overall look of this photo, there is a lot of detail in the branches that really jumps out at me. It's not clear to me what the subject is in this photo. It's a very busy photo. When first looking at it my eye jumps to the upper left of the photo and all of the branches. I then think, that's not the subject and my eyes jump to the tree trunk, then to the park benches then to the building. Through all of this I'm never sure what the subject is so my eyes start darting around again. So I think a tighter crop would be better to eliminate some of the competing elements.

The lighting is great and it really captures the feel of a snowy scene like this.

Going back to the branches on the upper left they almost look too sharp. If the photo was just that I would think somebody had done an emboss filter on them. It looks a little unnatural, although I'm guessing it's just because of the density of tree branches in that area.

I like the photo overall but as I said above think it could be improved by highligting a central subject.
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04/08/2008 01:49:24 AM
Hi Donna, here's a critique...
This is a great snow image. The detail in the trees is amazing. I would be tempted to crop this image closer. The buildings on the left don't really add to this composition. I'm not sure about the right - there's some really nice branch detail there, so you'd have to trade this off against getting rid of the building. So I'd try some closer crops to see how much of these can be removed and still keep the feel of the image. The tree and the benches are the important part, and enough of the detailed branches needs to be kept to show the feeling. There's some subtle colours here. I can see blues, greens, and also some warmer pinks on the left, with an almost peach-blossom feel. I would work with some colour balance adjustments to see what can come from these subtle colours, and whether they could be enhanced, or desaturated to improve the overall image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 10:24:55 AM
Looked just like this here today.
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04/04/2008 05:26:27 AM
Makes me miss college.
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04/03/2008 01:30:50 AM
i would have cropped this where the tree makes a natural border on the left 5
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04/01/2008 03:16:16 PM
Nicely done.
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04/01/2008 12:48:50 AM
bbrrrr that looks cold
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