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Rain Soaked Tree
Rain Soaked Tree

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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: May 9, 2008
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2008

I saw the way the trees looked this morning and thought, oh, those are pretty, I should take a picture. Hours later I was browsing through the forums and reading the thread about this challenge and suddenly thought of the trees and this title. YAY! Not even a shoehorn ;-)

BTW, the tree is a Japanese Snowbell, in case anyone cares. Pretty, hardy, keeps its roots to itself, smells lovely when in bloom.

PP - converted from RAW, cropped, levels, white balance, dodged/burnt foreground clump, increased saturation, cloned leaves onto bright sky spots in background, resized, sharpened with noise reduction, added border, blurred a few cloned spots and cloned a bit more tree trunk on the far right so it didn't look crooked.

Place: 121 out of 194
Avg (all users): 5.6043
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3143
Avg (non-participants): 5.8986
Views since voting: 764
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 139
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 09:47:05 PM
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05/16/2008 12:05:18 AM
For me, at first glance, your image is visually deceptive. My eyes saw the dark tree on the right and followed the outstretched branch, leading me to think the flowers were from that branch. As my eyes adjusted to your image I saw the flowers are hanging by a different branch and in a way seem to be kind of...."floating" for lack of a more technical word. (I'm not much of a technical person, so you'll have to bear with my first impression comment).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/13/2008 10:14:19 PM
Composition: 4 - Not sure what it is - maybe a little too much of nothing on the right side.
Technical: 6
Creativity: 6
Appeal: 5
Challenge: 6
Overall Calculated Average Score: 5
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/13/2008 01:52:45 PM
Perfect title for this shot and for the challenge. Nice focus on the flowers and the background is nicely out of focus. I think I might have cropped out some of the background and made it a vertical image, although you would have to have some of the background to support the "tree" in the title.

Great shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/13/2008 03:49:29 AM
Although you have a good depth of field, the composition of the back is a bit distracting for me. I like the being pulled to the earth by gravity. Pretty
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05/12/2008 05:47:19 AM
I like the idea of the image, and the composition is interesting. Unfortunately, the flowers blend into the too similarly coloured background.
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