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"Deep in the enchanted forest, in a dark silent pool, it's surface dappled by sunlight ..."
"Deep in the enchanted forest, in a dark silent pool, it's surface dappled by sunlight ..."

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2010-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Leica 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 Mega O.I.S.
Location: Holland
Date: May 18, 2010
Aperture: f4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125s
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2010

Processed from a single RAW file in Photomatix with further editing in LightZone.

Place: 285 out of 380
Avg (all users): 5.2344
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.2549
Avg (non-participants): 5.1538
Views since voting: 571
Views during voting: 213
Votes: 128
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2010 11:24:56 PM
I really like the colours and reflections in this shot. I would consider cropping a little more off the top to just above the darkest part of the shoreline, if it were mine.
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06/05/2010 08:24:45 AM
Pretty scene. I think I would crop out most of the bank, lighten some and increase contrast to really bring out the details here.
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06/02/2010 06:06:15 PM
Marking this so I can come back to it latter. I will also check it on my calibrated monitor at home as well but for a quick first impression which is how most people vote I would say I would have given this a 4 or 5. I will come back and give you a more detailed response but the first impression is the swan is very small and there just seems to be too much open space with competing textures. To be continued soon.

Ok so on my calibrated monitor it looks fine. A bit dark on the one I use for printing but nice exposure on my one with the tools and all on it. I think it really just lacks the wow factor so many look for and expect on a free study. A closer crop utilizing the reflection would help with that. Is it a 4 or below shot? I dont think so but when you do a free study the voting is a bit harsher. As it is now there just seems to be too much open space around the main subject and the bank is, well I would prefer more of the bank or none of it. he exposure and sharpness on the swan is excellent but is also lost in the shot, again a closer crop would help. Best of luck to you.
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06/02/2010 03:47:15 AM
ooooh,,,,,,, so lonely,,,,,,,,,,
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06/01/2010 04:06:02 AM
nice, that reflection is to die for!
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06/01/2010 02:28:41 AM
Nice colors and dreamy feel. I love the movement in the water. The bird is nicely exposed but too centered, imo. Good choice, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Thingfish.
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