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Challenge: Contre-Jour II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Kitatinny, NJ
Date: Dec 6, 2009
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Black and White, Blur
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2009

I took a lot of contre jour shots so I could get a good score this time, but then I like this the best, something snapped out the window.

Place: 126 out of 164
Avg (all users): 4.8146
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 4.8095
Avg (non-participants): 4.8169
Views since voting: 653
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 205
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/22/2009 03:33:25 AM
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First Impression/Opinion: My first thought when looking at this image was this is a lovely abstract image. the blur is nice, but i can still tell that these are trees and the sun is shining through. This shot gives a very calm feeling.

Composition: i like the feeling of movement here, nice motion blur.i can understand why one commenter said that there is no focal point. I agree that there isn't really a strong subject standing out in this shot, but i don't think it is necessary in my opinion.

Post Processing: i like the black and white, i can't imagine it looking better in color (it would be too distracting). the contrast is good, obviously for this particular challenge you are going to have blown out highlights thanks to the sun! :) i think it is appropriate under the circumstances.

Challenge Criteria: fits the challenge.

My Vote: I gave this image a 7 during voting :]

Placement: 4.8 is low in my opinion, but somewhat expected for a shot like this, although this is a very artistic image, it is not a typical ribbon winner shot. The lack of strong subject is what hurt you here i believe. also not everyone is a fan of motion blur!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2009 11:57:53 PM
Interesting use of light and dark. Motion blur or Vaseline?
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12/15/2009 07:33:21 PM
I really like the "Blair Witch Project" effect.
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12/14/2009 03:47:52 PM
High speed drive-by shooting adds interest and fluidity. Good exposure control and S/S. Meets challenge. Just nothing going on for me to enjoy fully.
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12/14/2009 01:38:52 PM
I don't personally care for it but you certainly have met the challenge quite well.....so much above the other entries I gotta score a 10....Actually, I think I do like it. Good Luck.
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12/09/2009 04:36:45 PM
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12/09/2009 02:40:49 PM
Very well done, well controlled.
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12/09/2009 07:46:22 AM
An interesting shot, but not for me. There doesnt appear to be any particular main focal point although the use of the sun to create the contrasting trees is good.
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