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The Dam in Mid-Summer
The Dam in Mid-Summer

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Watertown, MN
Date: Jul 31, 2009
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30,1/8,1/2
Galleries: Water, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2009

4475, 6, 7

Late afternoon, ND filter and circular polarizer.
Merged -2,0 and +2 exposures in Photomatix. Sharpen and a bit of Topaz adjust in Photoshop.

Place: 255 out of 419
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Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5138
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Views since voting: 613
Views during voting: 219
Votes: 145
Comments: 3
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08/11/2009 07:46:52 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Initial impression: Very well-shot dam, very safe, not taking any risks here. Inoffensive.

Technical: Good use of the ambient light. Interesting use of multiple shots with only changing the shutter speeds. Composition plays a bit safe, being so centred, but I like the bridge in the bg and it being slightly offset. I am not overly familiar with Topaz and how it works, but recognize that it has been used here to add a painterly effect esp to the foam on the water.

Artistic: Would have loved to see a different pov here, to give a sense of the size of the dam and the power of the torrent, something to draw the viewer in a bit more. Good capture of the textures.

Overall: Not a great shot, but a good one. Again, would have love to have seen more done to convey the power here, but nothing outstandingly bad either.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2009 09:02:34 AM
nice, but the composition is a little too central for me...maybe a more creative comp would have lifted this 6
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08/03/2009 12:09:38 AM
The time lapse water movement effect is one of the most overused, and generally inappropriately so, techniques in the amateur's arsenal. In this case, it works because there is a contrast, the technique is not over done, but used to artistic effect with detail. While that may sound confused, it really does describe how this image works. Well done.
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