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stantheman1313


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Challenge: Homemade Landscapes II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Colorado College
Date: Nov 2, 2010
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2"
Galleries: Landscape, Horror
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2010

Green Sweater Vest from Thrift Store: $1.99
Navy t-shirt from Thrift Store: $1.99
House Figurine from Thrift Store: $3.99
Swisher Sweet Cigar: $0.99
Getting a "talk" from my RA on making my whole hall smell like cigars: Priceless

Editing:
Crop
Brightness/Contrast
Vibrance
Black+White
Unsharp Mask
Dodge and Burn
Save for Web

Prediction? Not too good. Another last minute shoot. Hopefully a 5.7?

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 30
Avg (all users): 6.5622
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 6.3810
Avg (non-participants): 6.5789
Views since voting: 2034
Views during voting: 551
Votes: 249
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/16/2010 05:06:18 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club,

Stanley,

You are a very creative and gifted photographer. Your portfolio in general shows a man with a special talent.

Looking at a picture in the top 10 with a score of 6,5622 is most difficult to critique depending on approach. This critique will hopefully give you a little bit of how others may have seen it.

First of all, the photograph fits the challenge, is very creative and the monochrome works very well. The feedback from all the members who took time to comment was very positive and rightly so.

I considered a number of points looking closely at this picture.
In my opinion this work would have had a bigger impact if it was landscaped and not in portrait. That would also have given you the opportunity to play with the Rules of Thirds. That definitely would have had an impact on your composition. You have three points of interest IE the lighted mansion, the moon and the fog. The foreground gets lost as the eye diagonally from the house through the mist to the moon, hence my suggestion for a landscape.
It is also a fact that a little sharper house and more visible trees would have enhanced the appeal. The house should also have been horizontal and not sloping to the back for a bit more of the realism you worked into this picture.
Finally, I would have played with a little more contrast and then neat imaged the whole photograph to take the graininess out of the mist.

In Summary;
A clean, smooth spooky mist, a sharper,level house, more tree visibility and a tad more contrast on a landscape would have made this more of the winner it already was.

Congratulations on a well placed and scoring photograph.

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11/11/2010 12:20:12 PM
Congratulations.. This was my very fav!
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11/10/2010 12:13:52 PM
Quite amazing illusion. Congrats on the top 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/08/2010 08:28:13 PM
A lovely image. 7
11/08/2010 05:29:46 PM
But for the rough edge of the moon, it's way too realistic - fantastic execution and fabulous lighting. Hope this ribbons.
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11/07/2010 10:05:37 PM
The lights from the windows and fog add a great deal to the effect. Very well done.
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11/06/2010 11:54:44 PM
This one is my favorite hands down. It really fits the season.
11/05/2010 12:26:19 PM
Spooky! Love the lighting.
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11/04/2010 11:49:38 PM
This is "home made"???? Killer.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/04/2010 03:54:07 PM
Great, moody image. Timely as well. Looks like a still from a halloween cartoon. Nice work.
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11/04/2010 03:41:19 PM
creepy! i love it 9
11/04/2010 10:56:27 AM
Nice lighting and resulting mood.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/03/2010 12:16:51 PM
Nice!! 8
11/03/2010 09:34:44 AM
I think if there was only one room with light in the house it would have been more creepy.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/03/2010 02:50:16 AM
Addams family manse?
11/03/2010 12:34:51 AM
Seriously Cool! Looks like a real scene!!!


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