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Elusive Warmth
Elusive Warmth

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Challenge: Cold II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon
Location: Edmond, OK
Date: Jan 29, 2010
Aperture: F 3.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2010

This is just a case of the weather cooperating with me. 2 freak snow storms in the span of 1 month. How lucky can a guy get. Unfortunately, I wasn't here in Oklahoma for the Christmas Eve blizzard, but I was here for the ice and snow this time. I took a few shots before my hands froze and this one was the best. It's an electric lantern mounted on my in-laws' porch.

Place: 29 out of 154
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Views since voting: 749
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Votes: 217
Comments: 9
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02/15/2010 08:25:17 AM
Hi Mark, greetings from the Critique Club!

Regarding your photo:

Your sharpness and bokeh is great, we can really feel the cold in the picture just by looking at the ice on the lantern.
I don't think the black bar hurt this photo, in fact it adds a strong balance point for the rest. I just wish there was some more space above or under the lantern, like this in the middle is not the most perfect position for it. Also, a wee tiny bit of the ice was cut from the photo.

Technique / Lighting
Very moody shot, at 1/40 it's amazing the clarity of this photo. Your DOF is brilliant for this photo, the background is just so slightly blurred as to enhance the front element.

I would probably try to tweak the white balance of the snow, since it's a bit blue instead of white, but since this being basic then it would mean that probably the lantern light would be off. Still, I'd like to see a whiter picture. The contrast is great!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2010 11:16:33 PM
Most Unique! Great Work! :)
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02/09/2010 10:22:48 AM
good pic
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02/07/2010 07:29:32 PM
Interesting idea, not sure about the block of blackness at the left though. Unavoidable I know, just my humble opinion ;)
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02/06/2010 10:42:19 AM
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02/05/2010 05:35:38 PM
very cool. Great job making me want to be cozy!
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02/04/2010 10:01:05 PM
Very nice!
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02/04/2010 04:59:13 PM
Good exposure and composition
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02/03/2010 10:32:13 AM
Very nice with the light coming through the ice coating.
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