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Highway to blue sky country
Highway to blue sky country

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony Mavica CD1000
Location: Colorado
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002

I-70 going West from Denver.

Place: 48 out of 243
Avg (all users): 5.8373
Avg (commenters): 6.7000
Avg (participants): 5.8014
Avg (non-participants): 5.8868
Views since voting: 946
Votes: 252
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/10/2002 08:37:10 AM
Hi, Jim. This is on behalf of the Critique Club.

Composition: A simple shot showing a highway leading through snow-capped mountains, made superior by the choice of portrait orientation rather than landscape. As the title suggests, this is blue sky country, and your compositional choice of 2/3rds sky evokes that feeling well. To remove the highway completely (as has been suggested) would clearly take away an important element of the story being told. I would however, like to see the removal of the light coloured area to the right of the highway that distracts and pulls the eye the wrong way; and I probably would have cropped out the intersection at the very bottom.

Technical: It is a long distance shot and therefore focus is not really an issue. You seem to have captured the light quite well. Whether or not a polarizing filter would have "improved" the image is, I think, open to question.

Overall: This doesn't have any WOW factor for me, doesn't hit me in the eye as an interesting piece. However, I believe you have well captured the mood that you probably were looking for and therefore I think it should be counted a success.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 11:31:57 PM
nice. is that colorado? nice placement of the horizon line. 7
12/08/2002 08:11:33 AM
Why portrait? This is an awesome shot. This would be a much more effective shot landscape IMO. You've confused me on this one. Inspzil
12/08/2002 12:24:39 AM
Oooh! If not FOR the highway, a much better picture. Honest, crop the highway out (it's how it looked when it loaded in my browser), right above the distracting green trees on the left, and it's a much better pic. Really. You could've even kept the title, making it all the more zen.
12/07/2002 11:59:01 PM
One of my favorites of the week. Beautiful. No more need be said. PTL 10
12/07/2002 01:18:36 PM
Beautiful but spoiled by the road. crop out the highway.
12/05/2002 07:43:53 PM
This is very good..
12/04/2002 08:31:50 PM
Very nice. Reminds me of my trip across Canada when I was 10. Jacko. 8
12/02/2002 04:00:00 PM
Love Montana, nice shot
12/02/2002 12:20:00 PM
12/02/2002 05:14:00 AM
Was there anyway of gettting closer to the Highway. This is a landscape shot. Needs to be a good visual trail.
12/02/2002 04:37:00 AM
Seems a bit hazy. A polariser may have helped.

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