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Fourth of July Sky
Fourth of July Sky

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: RI Coast
Date: Jul 5, 2009
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Sky, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jul 7, 2009

Ok, It was actually taken on the 5th, but there were fireworks that night. This is a little known spot in southern RI, one of my favorites to watch surfers. There was a pretty EPIC sunset, this image actually has very little editing done.

Shot with a 3stop cokin nd grad filter and a circular polarizer on the lens.

Place: 154 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.8472
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.7946
Avg (non-participants): 6.0313
Views since voting: 536
Views during voting: 236
Votes: 144
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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08/08/2009 02:35:18 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Nice colors and long exposure effect. I gave this a 6 in voting.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
I wonder whether a little deeper DOF would have allowed more detail in the water and fore rocks to come into play. Compositionally it is quite sound, although the unlevel horizon bothers me slightly, which I imagine a perspective correction or even 'straightening' would fix. The flag is an interesting element, but seems a bit out of place composed within the frame as is.

The colors are good in the sky and on the water, but there seems a slight cast on the fore rocks, but could be enhanced by the sunset glow and the color of the rocks themself, either way, I wonder about tweaking them a fraction in pp to lessen the.. magenta (not sure).

Comments, Score & Placement Review
154/419 and a score of 5.84 is decent in a Free Study.

An average of 6.5 from your commenters seems like some honest voting that matches some of their comments. I agree with the placement of the horizon and also wonder about a variation of that to showcase other elements of the image, however it does still work as is.

Some tweaking in pp to adjust the color and some slight perspective correction would likely have produced a stronger image. Whether a variation in crop would enhance the image, I'm doubtful - I think it would just produce 'another' image, showcasing the top or bottom part of the image, which both have their own unique elements.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 10:44:01 PM
Nice -- maybe a bit oversaturated.
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08/02/2009 11:39:50 PM
pretty scene, hard to judge the subject with the frame almost split in half by the horizon. I like the movement of the water.
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08/01/2009 06:05:38 PM
Beautiful colors and movement in the water. Very nice capture
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08/01/2009 04:34:08 AM
Wondering if the magenta tint is natural or post processing. That's my only critique is the tint, little too much on the magenta side. Otherwise, love the composition, smoothness of the water and the drama of the sky. Beautiful shot.
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