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Colorado Drought 2002
Colorado Drought 2002

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Challenge: Photojournalism (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 990
Location: Pueblo Reservoir, Colorado
Date: Nov 18, 2002
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Photojournalism, Water
Date Uploaded: Nov 19, 2002

Dry lake bed at Pueblo Reservoir. 3.6 inches of moisture in 2002 at site so far.

Place: 40 out of 147
Avg (all users): 5.7164
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.5980
Avg (non-participants): 5.7892
Views since voting: 1250
Votes: 268
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/06/2002 05:32:25 PM
This photo tells a great story of a drought. You can practically feel the heat rising from the dry, parched earth. The detail is wonderful, from the dark depth of the crevasses to the fine lines on top of the soil. It makes a very nice close up shot. I think, however, I might have liked a different angle for more impact--perhaps an angle close to the ground as is, but then reaching farther into the horizon to encompass a broader area---to show just how desolate this drought really is. Technically, this is really nice--your darks and lights have good contrast. I like the slight glare of the white because it enhances how bright and hot the sun really is. All in all, I really like this, very nice work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2002 11:19:00 AM
Too new at this to offer technical critique - but I like this photo - different!
12/01/2002 07:50:00 AM
Wouldn't mind swapping weather with you for a while. I'm starting to grow a bill here!
12/01/2002 06:40:00 AM
Nice shot, tells a great story. DPz
11/30/2002 05:21:00 PM
Okay... but how well will a textured shot do for photo journalism? Photo journalism on drought brings other images to mind. Things with tension in them, and a bit more human interest. Dried up ground only goes so far.
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11/29/2002 10:25:00 PM
Stunning photo. National Geographic quality.
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11/28/2002 09:05:00 PM
Good title and dramatization of the situation. Very simple. Maybe to simple. Would like to see more of the area looking like that, too show how wide spread the draught is. But what you have is technically good photo wise. Just need a little more, in my thughts. PTL5
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11/27/2002 11:44:00 PM
This is one of my favourite pictures this week. I can almost feel how parched the earth is. If I saw this in the newspaper, I'd definitely want to know the story. I like the symmetry. 8
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11/27/2002 10:06:00 PM
the only tough part is that it's hard to get a feel for how many square feet of ground we're looking at here. this'd be a great place for a macro shot i bet, be sure and get some.
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11/27/2002 08:56:00 PM
Very intresting.
11/27/2002 12:40:00 PM
Great texture.
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11/27/2002 10:18:00 AM
The light is very bright, which distracts somewhat. This is a great topic for the challenge, though. I wonder if a shot that shows more dried out ground and some of the horizon might have more impact. Without the title (and, granted, almost every photojournalist-type photo would have a title or caption), this could be a close-up of skin cells or something. There's not much visual indication that this is dried-out ground. muckpond
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11/26/2002 09:45:00 PM
Worthy of front page. 10

Jim msp
11/26/2002 08:15:00 PM
Very good shot, looks like it would appear in Natural Geographic almost, reminds me of a photographer who takes lots of aerial views of the earth and then makes these famous exhibitions in major cities, don't remember his name but this pcture reminds me of his style... Is it a photojournalism picture? I don't know anymore. I think there's a grey area and when a picture's in a grey area it shouldn't influence the score, so that will be my philosophy.. Good work!
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11/26/2002 06:44:00 PM
I like this kind of pictures. Yours is very nice. I would've prefer less contrast.
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11/26/2002 02:26:00 PM
When I look at this photo, the first thing that hits me is a similar photo of a guy crouched on the soil like the one in the photo with something in their hands and a nice caption similar to your title. The photo is well executed and meets the challenge but that first thing I wrote would be my suggestion for improvement.
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11/26/2002 11:11:00 AM
Illustrates the concept, but a more horizontal angle showing more expanse might have been more effective.
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11/26/2002 06:14:00 AM
Nice texture but It hard for me to find it journalistic.
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11/25/2002 12:27:00 PM
This picture would be better if there was more 'story' to it. Like showing the effects of the drought in the background.
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11/25/2002 10:52:00 AM
Very good photo. Perhaps pulling back a little may have helped to be more comprehensive for meeting the challengs.
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11/25/2002 10:49:00 AM
An excellent photo of the devastating effects of drought !!
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11/25/2002 09:17:00 AM
Nice clearity and focus. Lighting and composition is well done. Very interesting shot.
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11/25/2002 01:10:00 AM
I would like this better with less exposure so the light wasn't so glaring
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