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drick172


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Geology (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Great Falls, Maryland
Date: Jul 9, 2009
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5s
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2009

Taken at Great Falls Maryland. The Blue Heron waited for the entire 5 second exposure. I guess it was hungry. this is my most still shot of other not so bad photos that evening.

I think the waterfall fit for this theme, the rocks are in focus with a lot of great detail. I added only a touch of exposure increase in PP. Letís see how it does. I hope this is my highest score yet. I hope its not DNMC!

I got this framed 24x36 and it looks great, although the print lost some detail on the feet.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 86
Avg (all users): 7.2577
Avg (commenters): 8.6154
Avg (participants): 6.4000
Avg (non-participants): 7.4465
Views since voting: 4298
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 194
Comments: 38
Favorites: 12 (view)


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07/27/2009 10:50:28 AM
Wow I love the way the water looks...looks like a blanket of fog, memorizing.
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07/26/2009 03:42:52 AM
Hahaha! My hope got realised! (see my earlier post)
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07/25/2009 10:56:25 PM

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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
(Deja Vu) I admired this briefly the other day and my first impression then was: a beautiful image with a well done long exposure, featuring one of my favorite birds, but the geology aspect wasn't as dominant as I'd like to have seen for the Challenge, but only slightly. The image of course shows good formations, but there are other fine elements within the image that compete for center stage.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Composition is very good, perhaps a little more visual balance by a little more height in the rear rock and a slightly tighter crop at the bottom, not sure - but of course, with the bird in this position and the flow of the waves - some things cannot be 'shifted'.

The lighting on the rocks, especially at the rear, is nice and warm and shows the surface and details well. The control of the whites looks very good and it sounds like you notched it up just right in pp.

It's good to hear you printed a larger version of this and are content with it.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
As I've said before: first place, can't complain. 7.25 I see is your new PB, so well done with this excellent score. You won the hearts of most of your commenters.

Summary
A rare opportunity well captured - you produced a very serene and gentle image that shows the constance and harmony between geology and other elements of nature.
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07/25/2009 10:34:25 PM
Wow, how surreal. The bird really makes it for me.
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07/25/2009 07:09:14 PM
And now first place! :)
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07/23/2009 06:47:10 AM
Wonderful image and well deserved second place
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07/22/2009 07:29:48 PM
i chuckled at the "i hope this is not DNMC". See, when I first saw the photo, i thought "this is so not EROSION". I think I gave it maybe a 4. Then I stared at it, and it dawned on me that it was erosion, and that the picture is really amazing. I hated it at first because im sooo sick of the water-motion blur-beach photos. But this one is different. And I gave it a 10.
After that novel....CONGRATS!
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07/22/2009 12:55:43 PM
Excellent shot. One of my favorites. Amazing that the heron stayed so still for 5 seconds. Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/22/2009 11:59:10 AM
Lovely shot! Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/22/2009 11:12:29 AM
Beautiful color tones and composition. Congrats on your ribbon!
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07/22/2009 10:48:17 AM
Congrats on 2nd!
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07/22/2009 10:01:50 AM
amazing shot. just such a brilliant find. like a dream
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07/22/2009 09:07:25 AM
congrats!
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07/22/2009 08:14:00 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon.
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07/22/2009 07:22:59 AM
Nice! Congrats!
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07/22/2009 07:05:58 AM
Beautiful photo. Congratulations on the ribbon :)
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07/22/2009 05:34:09 AM
Smoother than a painting, great capture, congratulations:)_
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07/22/2009 05:24:35 AM
Love this shot. Great Falls is a worthly location for a geology study. Movement and stillness all in one. And that is what Erosion is all about.

Congratulations on the ribbon.
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07/22/2009 04:20:58 AM
really pleased for you - congrats on your first ribbon this picture was a favorite for me
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07/22/2009 03:25:15 AM
Congrats, Daniel. Beautiful shot.
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07/22/2009 02:33:40 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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07/22/2009 01:58:44 AM
Truly spectacular! I would have wanted this at nr.1! (Sorry, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' pall)
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07/22/2009 12:46:38 AM
Congrats !!!! This is a beautiful shot.
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07/22/2009 12:33:04 AM
Thank you all for the generous votes and comments. This was an exciting week, the close score with this and Ja-9 made for a worn out mouse and a tired photographer.

stelalie Thanks for the critique. Your right, adding a bit of contrast helps out a lot.
07/22/2009 12:10:56 AM
Such an Awww inspiring shot...this is so very well done and deserved!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/20/2009 04:00:59 PM
The depth and texture in this photo is stunning! Great capture!
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07/20/2009 03:16:31 PM
wow the bird remained still for the entire exposure nice capture
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07/19/2009 07:38:28 PM
wonderful image, great the heron(I think heron) in that position
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07/19/2009 05:35:32 PM
this is an amazing shot, Perfect.
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07/19/2009 11:52:14 AM
i really like this picture - well done
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07/19/2009 07:17:32 AM
Fantastic.....9
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07/17/2009 09:35:22 AM
"You told me the only reason he didn't move was that he was tired and shagged out after a long squawk!" - Monty Pythons Parrot Sketch.

This has got to go high - it's great!
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07/16/2009 11:34:53 PM
The long exposure over the rocks works well, and the bird, in the bottom corner, although small, adds to the image as well, making it about more than just a long exposure..........
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07/16/2009 10:48:21 PM
Obviously, you've perfected the coveted flowing water effect. Unfortunately, some gentle vibrations seem to have run through your camera and your rocks appear to be blurry. I also feel this could use a little more contrast as the forerocks and crane seem a little too light.
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07/16/2009 07:12:44 PM
This image is absolutely surreal, its gorgeous, its amazing.
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07/16/2009 02:53:02 PM
awesome photo
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07/15/2009 11:07:40 PM
Beautiful. I like everything about this photo. Silky smooth.10
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07/15/2009 12:42:58 AM
Oooh... so lucky you have an egret heron (<-duh) in this shot, otherwise I would have rolled my eyes and moved on ;)

Message edited by author 2009-07-22 05:38:49.
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