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Power And Strength
Power And Strength

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: Jul 4, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2009

Taken in Hyde Park Sydney.

I was trying to emphasize the idea of strength of the statue in the foreground by filling the entire background with the spray from the fountain.

The idea came from a similar shot of the same fountain I saw at a photo expo in Sydney.

Place: 257 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.5306
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.4825
Avg (non-participants): 5.6970
Views since voting: 475
Views during voting: 228
Votes: 147
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/09/2009 08:47:52 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
I remember voting on this (gave this a 4). I remember wishing that the fore statue was in focus which I think would have created a stronger image.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Whilst the blue of the sky is quite nice, I think it causes the statues (and 'theme' of your image) to be less dominant, so I can't help but wonder about a toning applied and whether that would have created more drama in the image.

Perhaps a slightly deeper dof, or at least the fore statue the dominant focus - and perhaps also a slower shutter speed, to get the movement and shape and flow in the water, may have achieved more of what you seem to have been aspiring to (from your comments).

The tilt - yes, it works, it is 'ok', in my opinion, but I don't know that it is enhancing the image so much. I'd imagine that this straight but with an interesting angle, would perhaps be better - but of course, this tilt may be part of what you were aspiring to.

The contrasting overexposed areas of the water with the oof fore on the dark statue, are a little detracting and not working together that well.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
257/419 is fairly mid ground and not bad for a Free Study. Your score of 5.53 is quite good.

Most of your commenters really liked it, but with an average score from them of 6.5, makes me wonder where their scoring was.

I like the vision and think that a few more attempts at the scene may prove a challenge for you and allow you to 'achieve' what you have in your mind. Having said that, if this is your vision, then good - that's the main thing.
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08/08/2009 11:15:25 AM
beautiful. 8 from me.
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08/08/2009 01:34:30 AM
Didn't come up for me in voting, but it caught my eye while browsing the results. Very nice! I think you conveyed what you were after.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2009 09:22:43 PM
Nice use of counterlight - too much unsharp mask? I like it.
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08/03/2009 09:42:55 AM
Wow! and that's all i'm going to say!
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08/03/2009 08:56:45 AM
I love the angle on this
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08/02/2009 05:42:13 PM
Just a little busy.
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08/02/2009 10:31:58 AM
Very cool!!!! 8
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08/01/2009 06:28:04 PM
Interesting shot here, good capture of the water too... I think the composition may leave some viewers a tad confused (more so directed at the speed voters), but that's what I like about this shot. That effect is what made me stop, take in the shot, and then comment. Well done!
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