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Azure Shadows
Azure Shadows

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Challenge: Shadows VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Dallas Center, Iowa
Date: Mar 5, 2010
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Abstract, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2010

light source: late sunset reflected on snow
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Place: 37 out of 139
Avg (all users): 5.5687
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 5.5283
Avg (non-participants): 5.5823
Views since voting: 674
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 211
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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03/22/2010 12:43:57 PM
Hi Walter, greetings from the Critique Club!

So you decided to take the plunge and enter in the challenges, and for the first entry you landed a 37th place, very good!

Regarding your photo:

Although the tree in front does detract a bit from the image, the overall lines help to lessen this effect. Your eyes are attracted to the waves and a bit away from the trees, as if they are secondary.

Technique / Lighting
As mentioned below, with a shutter speed of 1/2000 you had some space to compromise in aperture and maybe a lower ISO (but I guess with minus 27 it was better not to have the picture shaken :)

Here is where I think it was a bit overdone. The levels and saturation caused that blue halo around the tree trunks, giving it a rather HDR feel to it (not in a good way). Probably you could have gone in the opposite direction, slightly desaturating it, and boosted the contrast, then you could've retained the original punch.

For this challenge this fitted perfectly, and you still got a 6.8 from commentators, so it pleased a lot of people.
I think that this picture with good processing could easily be in the top 20.

Continue sending in pictures :)
PS - if you want (since you're a member, you can do it) instead of putting your comments in the comment section, you can edit the details of the picture, and include it in the description.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
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03/17/2010 06:35:19 AM
Thanks all for your comments. After years of watching you folks, this was my first "dip in the pool". Placing at #38 pleases me no end.

I agree...increased DOF and less blue would have been better. Chill factor that day was on the order of -27...did not spend too much time "pondering" Ha!

Walter ('da NapCat)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2010 08:09:28 PM
Really cool shadows, should do well in this challenge.
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03/15/2010 07:24:48 AM
I like this...I like how the shadows fall on the snow
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03/15/2010 06:32:34 AM
A bit too much blue sat, IMO. Otherwise very good pic, fits challenge perfectly.
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03/12/2010 09:44:26 PM
beautiful and great energy
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03/12/2010 12:16:57 PM
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03/11/2010 04:49:01 PM
Very groovy, but too saturated for me.
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03/10/2010 05:58:29 PM
very good structure of the photo, but I kinda dislike all the blueness, it reminds me of some kind of illumination problem.
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03/10/2010 12:58:45 AM
the first tree seems a bit fuzzy... other then that good shot
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03/10/2010 12:37:45 AM
I really like your shot with those blue shadows. I think that the position of the frees in the frame let down the shot a little bit. By that i mean that the detail in the back is slightly lacking and the two trees in the middle overlap. In the post production you have produced a slight halo on the edge of the trees as well.
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