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Low Tide
Low Tide

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Straumur, Iceland
Date: Jul 21, 2009
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 15 seconds
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2009

Last week had the most amazing sunset yet this summer (at least what I have seen). After shooting lava and the sunset for an hour and a half, I couldnīt resist stopping by my favorit location on the way home: Straumur art center. I have shot at this locaiton at least 20 times before but it will allways offers new possibilities every time I am there.

The tides where pretty low this time so it revealed a small but nice top of basalt columns that I had not seen before.

This place is just 5 mins drive from my home so I stop there often when time is limited for further away locations.

Place: 13 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.6938
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.6475
Avg (non-participants): 6.8421
Views since voting: 1540
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 160
Comments: 10
Favorites: 3 (view)

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08/09/2009 07:02:12 PM
Orvar, as always it is a pleasure to see your photography. I remember this place, and I definitely remember how beautiful it is. I think you did a great job capturing its beauty, especially with the sunset. Congratulations buddy! I continue to enjoy your work and look forward to the next time I can visit!!!
08/08/2009 07:28:01 PM
Wow, what a picture! This is one of DPC's best. Congrats on your finish.
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08/08/2009 02:54:25 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Ah good, an easy critique for me - you know I liked this. I gave this an 8. Beautiful scene, beautiful colors and nicely captured elements.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Composition wise - the biggest issue I had with this image is the solitary rock in the middle at the bottom of the frame. I liked that it gave more context and think that it cropped out might leave the image unbalanced... but not sure. It may also allow that interesting underwater detail to come into play more too, which would be a very good thing.

For an aperture of f7.1 there is an amazing amount of detail in the image, but I can't help but wonder about an increase in the aperture to allow even more detail, especially in the fore rocks, water and also the 'greenery'.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
Average of 8.33 from your commenters speaks for itself, they were all taken with the image. Nothing in your comments gives you any 'critiquing' of the image itself, which makes it difficult if you are seeking that, which I guess you must be if you ticked the CC box. A few mention the location is familiar to them, I wouldn't be phased by that at all. The same scene has a myriad of images to be captured of it and each photographer has their own style. It also creates a challenge for you to capture the scene in your own way, and uniquely, each time you visit it.

I just read your Photographer's Comments and glad to see what I just said was spot on to your outlook for this. Good stuff.

As for your score, 13/419 is excellent placing in a Free Study, however I'm somewhat surprised to see your score of 6.69. You got 160 votes, which is around 10 more than the average I've seen so far, which I guess is indicative of the power of the thumbnail view.

With the image/scene captured as is, I think more detail and a slight crop refinement, and possibly a fraction more light on the land, may produce an even stronger image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 08:31:09 PM
8 - Beautiful palette and scene. Really like the detail at the fore too.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/05/2009 01:20:02 PM
nice (this view is becoming familiar)
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08/04/2009 09:34:20 AM
beautiful light and tones...9
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08/01/2009 09:22:14 PM
Lovely shot. Wonderfully processed. excellent composition. Not too overdone. would have gotten a 10 if had voted (no vote)
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08/01/2009 05:58:17 PM
Strikingly wonderful capture 10
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08/01/2009 03:52:32 PM
Interesting - I just saw this at a very different time of day. Love the reflection and clarity in the water on this one.
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08/01/2009 04:34:01 AM
Gorgeous! 10!
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