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Mono Lake Mirror Pool
Mono Lake Mirror Pool

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Location: Mono Lake, California
Date: Oct 18, 2009
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2009

My first time to Mono Lake California. The early light on the Tufa's was wonderful!

Place: 144 out of 403
Avg (all users): 5.9096
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.8083
Avg (non-participants): 6.1739
Views since voting: 575
Views during voting: 259
Votes: 166
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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11/11/2009 07:04:59 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Good potential, I like the reflection. For me, the biggest issue in this photograph is that your 'mono lake pool' is competing too much against the foreground and the background/distance, which also makes the image on the whole a bit busy.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
As is, a more refined crop to showcase the pool better would improve the image, in my opinion. If you get a chance to go back, I'd suggest trying a variation in angles to, at least, eliminate the water behind - or maybe include it more but either way, trying to ensure that the "tufas" (?) stand on their own against either a shallow depth of field if land in the background, or else be able to 'use' the water behind them. This would seemingly mean that a very careful 'clamber' across the rocks at the fore would be required to be able to get a somewhat extreme angle, but you might end up with a photograph that truly showcases what you are trying to show.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
144/403 in a Free Study is a very good placing, especially for your 2nd entry at DPC. A score of 5.90 seems about average that placing. Your average of 6.75 from your commenters, is a little more information for you to couple with their comments.

Nice lighting and, as mentioned above, just some variation in cropping/composition, plus possibly a perspective correction (water levels, fore & rear, reflections, etc (?)), make this an even better image in my opinion.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/04/2009 01:55:45 PM
Love the sky.
11/04/2009 12:57:02 PM
Good composition and the background gives it depth.
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11/02/2009 11:45:18 AM
Beautiful clarity
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11/02/2009 08:37:13 AM
nicely captured. It's been at least 17 years since my one and only visit to Mono Lake. Brings back some nice memories. 8
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