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Here or there?
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Challenge: Choices (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: The hills near Tracy, CA
Date: Jun 12, 2004
Aperture: 1:8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 13, 2004

Another hike in the hills. Too bad they won't let us see ALL of them!
I took this with forced aperture and shutter speed, auto focus. In PS I adjusted levels, contrast, and sharpened just a bit.

Place: 62 out of 227
Avg (all users): 5.4226
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 4.9901
Avg (non-participants): 5.6890
Views since voting: 675
Votes: 265
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/29/2004 02:16:53 AM
Greetings from the Critque Club!

Love it! Everything is in balance. The bar, the sign, the road etc all fill their section of the frame without overly imposing on any other part. I picture the choice of this photo not "here or there?" as your title says. But far more significantly "To obey, or rebel". Which is a basic tendancy of human behavior. No one likes to feel repressed, told they can't do something etc. And this photo brings out that on-going inner struggle beautifully.

The lighting is out of your control in this photo, but you captured it well. The colors are bold, and contrast well with each other. Very nicely captured.

Your choice of aperture size works well for your photo. The depth of field is spot on where it should be. Leaving the most important foreground in focus, and the trail leading away gradually softened. The photo seems perfectly exposed. I see no overly dark shadows, or overly bright highlights.

Your adjustments were well done. The photo looks very natural. I can't say I'd have done a single thing different. Based on the size of your image I think this is just resized (no cropping). If so very nicely framed. If not, nice choice on cropping. Your border works very well for framing this photo in.

This is a great photo. A great idea for this challenge, and honestly should've scored a lot higher. I think your title killed you. For myself I voted this photo a 5, and I think it was the title that made me not impressed. Here or there? Just isn't a compelling choice. Obedience vs law-breaker, and you have a ribboning choice photo. I very strongly recommend giving your titles more thought, or even foregoing a title completely on such a powerful photo.

Keep up the great work. I hope you get a more deserving score next time.
06/23/2004 12:13:59 AM
Not bad, keep up the good work. They say that rattle snakes are most abundant and active during May, June and July. Watch your step.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2004 09:09:31 AM
The road just beckons me to want to hop the fence so I can see around the bend. It might be a little overexposed, but then again dry grass is difficult. Good job.
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06/21/2004 06:32:26 AM
I love this picture. The feeling of temptation to head down the forbidden road is almost irresistable. The green from the post and the red of the sign are just awesome against the sand tones. The gate cutting across the front adds a quirky element to the image that is in no way out of place. This is an awesome shot.
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06/18/2004 10:18:09 PM
I like this shot alot. This is the type of shot i would like to take, the type i wish I "saw."
But... much like my own shots, something is lacking. Here are my thoughts. First the green mold is awesome and the colors are superb. the grey, the tan and the blue are perfectly saturated. The road and the fence are perfect and your eye is drawn where it needs to go. The sign is nice but it is too powerful in the corner. And the rail on the bottom really stinks.
but hell, that path, the desert, the sky, its poetry. great great job
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06/16/2004 04:41:03 PM
My professor always told me that words are a crutch. Nice scenery though.

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