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Geology Rocks !
Geology Rocks !
Rasai


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Challenge: Geology (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A640
Location: Novato California
Date: Jul 14, 2009
Aperture: f3.6250
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/50.43
Galleries: Nature, Textures
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2009

This large rock with a natural hole all the way through it is my favorite "Pet Rock" in a collection of many hundreds. I found this while fishing in the Blue River just above the lake created by Cougar Dam near Bend Oregon.
The crystal clear river provided the view of this rock with a brilliant white 'Spot' that seemed to glow from within. I waded into the river and retrieved it and was surprised to see that there was a piece of white quartz wedged into the hole of the larger rock. I was able to get the quartz out of the other rock and have used the larger as 'the right tool for the job' many's the time. The hole in it is perfectly sized and in the right place for my thumb to grip it! While in college I worked as a consulting geologist. I've been collecting rocks ever since I was in 3rd grade and the and the rock-pile keeps getting larger.




Focal length: 21.7090

Statistics
Place: 73 out of 86
Avg (all users): 4.5943
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3125
Avg (non-participants): 4.6573
Views since voting: 724
Views during voting: 352
Votes: 175
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0


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08/04/2009 10:23:30 PM
** Hello from the Critique Club **

Very interesting image, I like your progression of geology from the rock to the pure elements.

Composition
The main problem with this photo is in the composition: it is too flat. I do like the progression from the larger rock background to the smaller rock, to the smaller elements. This progression is a benefit to this photo. However, every object is essentially in the same plane. A tighter angle with more texture on the rock holding the elements would have led to a more dynamic photo.

Technical
The lighting, while soft, is flat, leading to the compositional comment above. A second source of light would help to bring out the texture in the rock and add depth to the photo. The lighting then effectively places everything in the same plane.

Overall, it is interesting from the placement of the objects. It would be good to experiment with additional light sources and get in tighter with the shot, perhaps dropping the background out altogether to help isolate the stone itself. It definitely has promise and would be a good one to enter in a Free Study.
07/22/2009 08:53:50 AM
Just wanted to clarify my in-challenge comment. I did understand that these items were all related to geology, I just didn't get why they were together in this shot. There appeared to be a connection or point to it that was not really coming across to me. Please feel welcome to tag me as a dense voter that has to be hit over the head with a 2x4.

Message edited by author 2009-07-22 08:55:25.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/22/2009 08:45:52 AM
Originally posted by Rasai:

For any of you that seeing this post~voting message:
I wanted to indicate that EVERYTHING in this photo = GEOLOGY
Re: Description
Give us your best interpretation of geology (the scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the earth).

100% of the items in this composition = GEOLOGY!
1.The River Rock with the hole in it = GEOLOGY!
2.The thousands of grains of sand = GEOLOGY!
3.The Gold Nugget (5 pennyweight) = GEOLOGY!
4.The $1.00 Gold piece (1893)= GEOLOGY!
5.The ring is made of Gold = GEOLOGY!
6.The Diamond in the ring = GEOLOGY!
7.The Terra Cotta tile the composition is sitting on is made of rock = GEOLOGY!


Tim - You are right that every component of your entry relates to things coming from the earth (i.e. geologic materials). I think what happened with your entry is that it seems more an entry in a scavenger hunt completion.

The composition of your photo seems a bit static to me - a whole rock centered with three objects placed on it). In addition, while I think we all realize that diamonds and gold and copper come from the earth (geology), the coin and the ring seem out of sorts with the rest of the earthy feel of the shot.

Maybe a different approach with the gold nugget (the raw) and the ring (the refined) by themselves as a macro to emphasize how man has utilized the fruits of the earth for beauty etc. may have worked better here.

Finally, the image seems to lack lighting and composition to really highlight the components of the shot. The flat lighting at the top seems to prevent the rock from separating from the the tile, the harsh lighting on the right seems to blow out the details of the ring and nugget, the saturation seems to be muted - boosting the reds really add to the earthy feel of the terra cotta tile, and the sharpness and contrast could be boosted.

Here is a quick edit (i hope you don't mind) with a slight sat boost, an adjustment of contrast using USM and a quick sharpen.

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I think this edit still lacks a bit from scoring very high in the challenge due to the composition considerations above.

Sorry for the long post, but I can empathize with your thought process and questioning why your score is low. I felt a comment or two (or twenty) might be useful.

Cheers,
Peter

  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/22/2009 06:45:12 AM
For any of you that are seeing this post~voting message:
I wanted to indicate that EVERYTHING in this photo = GEOLOGY
Re: Description
Give us your best interpretation of geology (the scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the earth).

100% of the items in this composition = GEOLOGY!
1.The River Rock with the hole in it = GEOLOGY!
2.The thousands of grains of sand = GEOLOGY!
3.The Gold Nugget (5 pennyweight) = GEOLOGY!
4.The $1.00 Gold piece (1893)= GEOLOGY!
5.The ring is made of Gold = GEOLOGY!
6.The Diamond in the ring = GEOLOGY!
7.The Terra Cotta tile the composition is sitting on is made of rock = GEOLOGY!

Message edited by author 2009-07-22 21:53:27.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2009 11:35:10 PM
An iteresting choice, but the composition really does not appeal
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/19/2009 05:58:51 PM
this is an interesting shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/19/2009 08:00:24 AM
Nice detail in the pebble
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/17/2009 06:10:38 PM
Cute title! Not sure about the coin and ring on the stone though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/16/2009 04:43:12 PM
Not sure what the point of the coin and jewelery on the rock is. The connection is not even rustling my hair as it goes over my head. The pic is nice and sharp, with a good DOF to separate it from the background.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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