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forest stream  |  San Gorgonio Wilderness
forest stream | San Gorgonio Wilderness

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM
Location: San Gorgonio Wilderness, Southern California
Date: Jul 10, 2009
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 0.6s
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2009

This stream was flowing from drainages near San Gorgonio Mountain- the highest peak in Southern California. The lush green contrasted with the vast majority of the scenery I've witnessed hiking in SoCal.

This is probably the first image I've edited after learning the ropes of Photoshop. Some level and contrast adjustment, a little bit of burning of some highlighted areas, and a vibrance bump for certain colors... green/yellow I believe.

Place: 318 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.2632
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2051
Avg (non-participants): 5.4571
Views since voting: 391
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 152
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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08/09/2009 08:31:50 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
The big log. Nice water, color and scene, but the big log dominates too much. I gave this a 6 during voting.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
On reading your processing, I can't help but wonder if the elements that you have enhanced are perhaps the elements that needed toned down. There does seem to be a touch too much contrast in places.

Composition wise: tough - the image is very busy, so much so that the more interesting elements, such as the stream, the flow and shape of the foliage on the slope and the interesting forest in the rear, all get lost. With the image as is, it is tough to suggest a crop, maybe going for a very bold crop on the right to bring just the stream and 'log' into play, not sure. There's no getting away from the big log and exposed root that dominate the image and compete with all the other elements.

More attention paid when 'in-situ' to angle and composition will make things a lot easier for you when it comes time to process the image and choose a crop and frame.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
Your one comment is helpful and perhaps reflects similar thoughts to what I was saying above.

A score of 5.26 is quite good for a Free Study and a placing of 318/419 is admittedly fairly low down the pack, but as mentioned above, there was probably nothing to hold the voters long enough to be drawn into the image and wander around.

A nice scene, but needs simplifying or otherwise a different vantage point to capture the feel a little more overall.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/02/2009 03:31:50 AM
nice, if not a little oversaturated
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