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Challenge: Cold II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: Winchester, VA
Date: Jan 30, 2010
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2010

The fuzzy white bits are snowflakes. Shot through a (dirty) window during a snowfall. Cropped, adjusted contrast and levels.

Place: 145 out of 154
Avg (all users): 4.0711
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
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Views during voting: 313
Votes: 211
Comments: 3
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02/12/2010 10:04:09 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I like the impressionistic feel of this shot, falling snow, dirty window and all. And yes, wildlife don't take direction well! Looks like you shot on a very murky winter day, when the sky is a flat monochramatic grey, and a flash would frighten off the bird.

Like the way the branches help frame the cardinal. Your settings and composition and fine for such a tricky shot, you scored poorly mostly due to ambient lighting than anything else.

FWIW...I live in an old schoolhouse, the kind that has three gigantic windows down each long side. I scrubbed out the window that would give me the best shot of birds with vinegar and water, and removed the window screen. This gave me the chance to get shots of the birds through almost-perfectly clean glass. May want to give it a try.

Overall, a great attempt in terms of concept, execution needs a little more work. Keep shooting!

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 07:01:16 PM
Nice idea but you didn't really get the shot.
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02/03/2010 10:38:29 AM
Cardinals in the snow are really pretty. While the falling snow is great for this challenge, I really want to see the cardinal better. I suspect he stayed uncooperatively behind that mass of branches, though.
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