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Lake Michigan

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Challenge: Motion (Classic Editing)
Collection: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-2500L
Location: Lake Michigan
Date: Dec 2, 2002
Date Uploaded: Dec 2, 2002


Place: 33 out of 167
Avg (all users): 5.8583
Avg (commenters): 6.1500
Avg (participants): 5.6667
Avg (non-participants): 6.0070
Views since voting: 1475
Votes: 254
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/16/2002 10:37:01 PM
I tried to study this photo before reading the comments, and guess what jumped out at me ... the horizon is slanted. :o) If you use a photo editing program like photoshop then you can use a grid or guide line to check lines like this.
I personally like technical shots and ranked this above average because I liked the quality. The focus is good. Exposure is good (it's a bit dark but goes along with the stormy mood and was probably accurate for the conditions).
I think you may need a stronger subject. The waves and the dark diagonal of concrete draw the eye first, but I'm left wanting more.
The colors are rather dark and drab which adds to the mood but also feels a little "blah". You know what I would suggest trying? Keeping everything as it is but adding in a brightly colored subject in the bottom right (follwing the rule of thirds). Someone looking out to sea, walking away from us, or sitting on the rocks in a raincoat might work.
Of course, if you could throw in a colorful boat on the left side of the horizon or a lightning bolt in the upper left then that would work too. ;o)
If nothing else, you could have moved some so that the (whatever it is) on the horizon isn't so centered.
I wouldn't categorize this as "motion" off hand, but it does fit the challenge.
Overall, this is a good photograph but doesn't have enough interest to draw me in and keep me coming back. Very good score nonetheless!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 10:22:35 PM
I like the forground, but I would level the horizon.
12/15/2002 08:48:13 PM
i do like the visible "motion" of the waves, but the front of the composition doesn't interest me... also, it would've been better if the line of the horizon was straight...
12/15/2002 04:28:47 PM
Too easy. Composition a bit off.
12/13/2002 05:05:09 AM
Horizon not level, but this is the best of the sea pics so far. Could get a bit lower to get the white breaking through the horizon a bit better, and could crop a bit more on the right.
12/12/2002 08:52:46 AM
nice composition and capturing of the waves hitting against the blocks! i like the definition between the water and the sky! nice job!
12/12/2002 08:40:24 AM
Good job catching the waves. I live near the Pacific, but Lake Michigan still impresses me everytime I see it. Focus and lighting look good. Meets the challenge. 7 waltoml.
12/11/2002 11:34:20 PM
Nice exposure.
12/10/2002 11:58:04 PM
Wow, you can even see the water sheeting... I used to try and capture that motion up north, but never quite caught it with my old point and shoot!
12/09/2002 11:05:33 PM
intriguing colours
12/09/2002 10:15:40 PM
Nice photo. Makes me thnk of cold weather! Cub
12/09/2002 10:01:19 PM
My husband is a Chicago boy..he's flying there on Wednesday...well if UA has enough duct tape!! Love this shot, good color, dof, action, texture, focus. Nice work.
12/09/2002 09:48:47 PM
A nice landscape, but horizon needs straightening.
12/09/2002 09:28:39 PM
great shot of a great lake. i live by lake michigan in MI....good job
12/09/2002 03:52:39 PM
I love this shot, nice composition, colors work well, very nice.
12/09/2002 03:05:20 PM
The horizon is tilted! and smack dab in the middle of the frame. I think the rule of thirds would work well here. I like the look of the waves.
12/09/2002 12:55:23 PM
It's a little tilted to the right by a couple degrees, but otherwise a nice capture!
12/09/2002 11:48:36 AM
Nice water barriers! Too bad the day you took this photo it was overcast! ;) jgillard7
12/09/2002 09:59:52 AM
The horizon is a bit slanted. This can fixed very easily in most any editing program.
12/09/2002 01:20:53 AM
the horizon seems to slant a little, no? I woulda preferred more ocean and less clouds... ala rules o' thirds, maybe? I do like the colors... looks like the Gulf of Mexico!
12/09/2002 12:35:34 AM
Very nice , I cna almost feel the spray

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