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The Awakening
The Awakening

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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Sony Alpha/Konica Minolta
Date: Mar 26, 2011
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2011


Place: 25 out of 167
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Views since voting: 915
Views during voting: 308
Votes: 162
Comments: 13
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04/19/2011 08:32:42 AM
Louis thank you very much for your critique. It's funny because the technical aspects of this shot were what really frustrated me. I really wanted to add more contrast to it, but when I tried to, it added allot more noise in the grass. I had to run a ton of noise reduction as it was to make it tolerable. As most know by now, the D200 is terrible with noise at higher isos, and I had to keep the iso higher because this shot was actually taken from the bow of a moving boat. I have never shot in fog before, and I have a new respect for those who do. Its really not easy. Truthfully, I had this image pegged at 4.5-4.7. I had ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Yospiff take a look before hand and he said it would find a decent fan base and to just enter it any way so I did. I was shocked that it did as well as it did. I think with the Fine Arts challenge, people gave higher scores towards images that moved them and focused less on the technicals. I love Fine Art, but its not something you can just pick up a camera and do, at least I couldn't. Well anyway, I feel the same way about the richer contrast and boldness, I just couldn't find a way to do it with all the noise (I'm sure there is a way to do it, I'm just not that skilled with photoshop) Thank you very much for taking the time comment on my image and thank you for your jury service.
04/19/2011 01:04:00 AM
I enjoy spare images, and photos that mostly hint at what they're all about. The best story pictures -- those photographs that have something to say to the viewer, whether or not it was intended by the photographer -- are suggestions of meaning, quiet nudges in the direction of some kind of story element. This photo quietly says something about its imagery. It works on that level. For me, it suffers, however, from its technicals, its presentation, and the post work. Unfortunately, and this is probably a style bias I have, its tonality is too flat to appreciate what's going on here fully. It's also over-sharpened, for me. The razor-like blades of grass are disharmonious with the gentleness of the message I feel is being hinted at. What would have made this a killer image for me would have been a hint at the imagery, as much as the story is only hinted at: subdued sharpness, even some edge blur, a shorter depth of field, a restrained hand in post (or no hand at all). Richer contrasts would have helped it for me, but again, I'm sure it's a style bias, as I prefer boldness in the articulation of light and dark (and this image is about light and dark to me). Your restraint is highly evident in what you've chosen to show us. I think that's the mark of a skilled photographer. Less restrained, though, at least for me, is what you decided to do with what you'd found.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/14/2011 12:11:10 PM
great mood set by the fog....awesome in black and white.
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04/14/2011 01:15:09 AM
Astonishingly philosophical through economical means. True art. 10
So much for using an i-pad! Your picture remains wonderful.
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04/12/2011 04:56:24 PM
Beautiful layers and depth. The veil of fog is masterfully rendered.
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04/11/2011 10:44:16 PM
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04/10/2011 08:45:37 PM
Gorgeous image. Love the mist and the sun breaking through.
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04/10/2011 05:51:34 PM
I really love this. With a minimum of fuss it coveys mood and is visually very pleasing .
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04/10/2011 04:08:00 PM
This has to be the winner. If not, it is the winner of this challenge in my book. What a lovely scene and just enough moodiness to really take it to the next level. Perfect example of what in my mind is a fine art shot.
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04/10/2011 11:58:46 AM
Very cool composition.
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04/10/2011 10:32:03 AM
love this.
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04/08/2011 11:00:12 PM
Sweet mist shot. Perfect tones....10
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04/08/2011 07:08:50 PM
So peaceful and inviting. Very pleasant to the eye!
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