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Ocean View
Ocean View

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Ogunquit, ME, USA
Date: Oct 11, 2009
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Oct 12, 2009

[Nov. 3rd, 2009 09:39:32 AM]

Almost walked by this bench without taking the photo. I bent down and thought this would be a good shot, didn't realize it would fare so well in the challenge.

Single exposure psudo-HDR, layered with versions of the original w/ masking.
Applied level adjustments, hue saturation, and blended a lucis art filtered layer to bring out the grain on the bench and waves on the water.

Place: 117 out of 403
Avg (all users): 6.0479
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 5.9677
Avg (non-participants): 6.2791
Views since voting: 522
Views during voting: 261
Votes: 167
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/11/2009 07:17:05 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Do/did like this perspective and the inclusion of the bench. I remember pondering this for a very short while, imagining myself sitting on the bench looking out to sea and thought you captured that 'moment' quite well. I gave this a 6 during voting.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
The image needs just a fraction more width, room to the left of the bench (maybe at the bottom too), in my opinion as the bench dominates the shot a little too much - plus because some of it (especially the fore) is OOF (out of focus), it (the oof) dominates a little too much at the fore of the image. Having said that, I do like how the bench is minimized somewhat in the image as a whole, because that does let the 'view' dominate - if that all makes sense.

I like how you have left the dark clouds in - they provide a good framing. The light on the rocks is unusually placed within the image compositionally, but does work. The lines on the bench lead you out to that.

Barely noticeable, but the horizon is out by a whisker.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
117/403 is a decent showing in a Free Study and at least you score over 6. 7.83 average score from your commenters does strongly reflect their comments - all of which seemed to appreciate your vision and how you have captured & processed it.

As mentioned above, a little more room at the left and possibly at the bottom, makes the 'expanse' grow in the image and as a viewer, takes you 'there' a little easier.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2009 07:16:27 PM
Nice perspective..
11/07/2009 06:44:38 PM
Nice job. This is very cool
11/07/2009 12:00:18 PM
Love the use of a bench as leading lines!
11/06/2009 07:30:28 PM
Great capture.
11/04/2009 06:55:01 PM
Inviting perspective keeps me gazing at all elements in the ocean and sky.
11/01/2009 08:01:47 PM
Love the colors and light. Very nice linear perspective.
11/01/2009 12:30:14 AM
WOW ... i find this image so appealing .. the empty seat and the dark ominous cloud .. excellent lighting with the seat in shadow .. there's a wonderful story here that is begging to be told .. love your perfect processing .. everything totally works .. i'm not voting yet but wanted to make a comment anyway .. :)

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