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straws in the sun
straws in the sun

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Horsens
Date: Jul 28, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2009

taken in raw, converted to jpg, curves, highpass filter to sharpen.

Place: 375 out of 419
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Avg (commenters): 6.3333
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Votes: 142
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08/10/2009 02:17:06 PM
Greetings from Andi via the Critique Club

First Impression: Whilst I understand the reason for the 'straws' in this image if I'm honest I think removing them would make this a better image. Ok, that might have been a bit harsh Óskar but the background and lens flair is what grabs my attention here not the main subject.

Composition: The plant is too central for me even though its not dead centre and the sun might have been better coming from the top right hand corner.

Subject: Yes, the union between the sun and growing plant works well but the plant isn't very interesting for me.

Technical: I'm guessing we should remove this section for this shot, there are times when the technical 'must do' 'rules' should be ignored, the overexposed sun and lens flare is what makes this shot interesting and the reason why I bumped this up to a 6. Even at F/6.3 you got some nice bokeh going on.

Final thoughts: An uninteresting subject brought to life by some nice flair. Óskar, have you ever looked at a lensbaby? We often have side challenges using it and I do think looking at your porfolio you'd enjoy ignoring the rules sometimes. This is July's Side Challenge.
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08/05/2009 09:59:08 PM
Its rare that I see a shot and think, "Wow, the lense flare really works and adds to this photo." In this shot, it does. I think the lense flare really adds to the "Wow" factor of this shot. Very nicely done, 7
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08/02/2009 03:52:53 AM
I do like the simplicity, but the crop doesn't work
08/02/2009 12:06:32 AM
serene...my first impression. I like creative use of flair, I find it good but not good in this image, probably because of the central placement. An interesting aspect is the connection of sun and growth of the plant. With the flair, it looks like the sun is feeding the plant! Overall I very much like it, yet maybe some further consideration to composition with regards to how you positioned the sun in the frame.
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