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two trees

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Challenge: Homemade Landscapes II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Location: NWNJ
Date: Nov 2, 2010
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Interior, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2010

I made this out of pipecleaners and tissue paper, stuck on top of a lamp.

pp: rotate and crop. Then I ran topaz on it in "desaturated blush." Then I blended the topaz layer on "exclusion." Then I brightened it with curves.

Place: 28 out of 30
Avg (all users): 4.0472
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 3.8500
Avg (non-participants): 4.0657
Views since voting: 961
Views during voting: 514
Votes: 233
Comments: 14
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11/15/2010 07:30:10 AM
Dear Don,

This is a big 'Hi' from the Critique Club.

Before we get to this specific image, I must say that looking at your previous challenge high scorers and your portfolio, you have a very specific style and preference for the more abstract. Please never change a wonderful style for the sake of popularity.

I have had a long look at your entry and read every one of your feedbacks. As you will gather from that, and in my opinion, one will either love this creation, or hate it. There is no middle ground when it comes to abstracts.

You have displayed a very good sense of composition and playing with colors. The fact that the eye must search, and keep on searching for some point to focus on, might have been the main shortcoming of the picture. The burned out area of the red, right, keeps taking the eye in, involuntary making it the point of focus.

The background would have benefited if it was a solid black. It could have at least set the image free by creating another visual dimension.

A daring image presented to a fussy membership was indeed brave. You succeeded with "Ophelia's Net Weight" (3rd highest challenge entry) in what I would call an abstract, but you must admit that that photograph is in another class in every respect. Remember abstracts and impressionisms are either love or hate pictures, this one did not appeal. By creating a more specific point of focus for the eye, and keeping the eye in photograph will surely go a long way in improving a photograph.

Kind regards,


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11/12/2010 12:44:30 PM
Well since I've been staring at this for at least five minutes, I guess it's time to let you know that my day is really very busy and now I've got these silly trees stuck in my head. I guess I like silly trees.
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11/11/2010 07:30:36 AM
Originally posted by JuliBoc:

Usually I don't mink blur, but this hurts my eyes.

Hurts mine too. And I don't mink at all!

Wonderful expressionism.

Message edited by author 2010-11-11 07:31:26.
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11/10/2010 12:47:52 AM
Are you sure those are trees? Not talk show hosts?
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11/10/2010 12:17:39 AM
Did you have this picture in your head when you started? Definitely 60's. Would have been perfect if the clouds had a peace sign somewhere. Hehe
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11/10/2010 12:09:00 AM
Jack Skellington appears to be leering inwards to the center of the frame from the far right.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/08/2010 08:31:44 PM
I'm thinking you've got the Brown Ribbon with this one. I'm sorry.
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11/08/2010 07:17:11 PM
Not really interesting or pleasing, I'm sorry to say. Looking for the hidden gem in here and am not finding it.
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11/07/2010 09:49:06 PM
A bit too abstract for me.
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11/06/2010 01:50:10 PM
Nice image,but not sure it meets the challenge.
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11/05/2010 02:03:58 PM
love the ghost face 8
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11/05/2010 12:35:39 PM
Kind of a fun take on the challenge. Is this done with light/smoke?
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11/04/2010 11:43:15 PM
Very 60s psychedelic.
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11/03/2010 09:59:58 PM
Usually I don't mink blur, but this hurts my eyes.
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