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Thou Art the Potter.... I Am the Clay
Thou Art the Potter.... I Am the Clay

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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Active - My Favorites
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Southern Colorado
Date: Apr 1, 2011
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Apr 7, 2011

I enjoy capturing the fantastic shapes and moods of the junipers growing out of the rocks at Sand Gulch. The trees clearly have spirits of their own, and shapes appear without much help... This one reminded me of hands shaping a coiled pot.

Cropped, adjusted levels, Topaz adjust, unbalanced the colors, added black and white layer and desaturated to 13%, noise reduction,saved for web.
Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to comment on this image. I have to admit, though, that I like this image very much and am puzzled by the comment I received that this image is not "created" enough for the challenge,and does not show much about me as a photographer. Here is the original photograph Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_946764.jpg. The processing (creation) allowed me to reveal the colors I saw as well as make the connection between the abstract, randomness of nature and another depiction of created art itself (an artist creating a coiled pot). Here is another unedited shot of the natural form. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_946763.jpg I might also say that abstract is only one aspect of "fine art" and I believe I did indeed 'craft my own impact from the choices I made'. I chose to leave the tree visible and acknowledge the wonder of form, shape, texture and color which together creates something meaningful.

Place: 67 out of 167
Avg (all users): 5.5466
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.4875
Avg (non-participants): 5.6049
Views since voting: 1805
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 161
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/04/2011 07:14:41 AM
another beautiful image, this was well seen and taken, perfect for this challenge
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04/17/2011 02:24:10 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

I should say up front, I did vote on this image and my vote is one of your lower ones. My views are therefore not representative of the wider audience and I note that you received many positive comments and three 10s.

For me, though this is certainly an interesting find with great textures and interesting colours, I don't find it 'created' enough for this challenge; I don't see much of the photographer here. I think that's less of a problem for pure abstracts that communicate the intent of the photographer through constructed form and colour; but this shot falls short of pure abstract and instead we see enough to discern its true form. This creates an impression of reliance, even dependence on the form of the tree for your impact rather than crafting your own impact from the choices you have made.

Is the scene well-captured? Certainly. Is it an interesting piece of wood? Of course. Is it an interesting photograph? Not to me I'm afraid - but as I said, I'm definitely non-typical of this image's voting audience. An outlier.

Overall, is it a successful image - yes it is, just look at that average vote from those who commented: 7.6667. All we can ask with our images is that we connect with others - and you certainly did that. Well done.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/14/2011 01:17:25 AM
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04/11/2011 11:52:38 AM
Looks like a sculpture in nature. Lovely.
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04/11/2011 01:35:39 AM
OMG is that a tree trunk? FREAKY it does look like a potter and clay! Really Really good job!!
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04/10/2011 01:56:28 PM
I definitely see the hand molding the clay. Very cool. A bit harsh on the pp'ing though.
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04/10/2011 09:45:48 AM
Great colors and textures.
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04/09/2011 10:15:26 PM
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04/09/2011 03:04:00 PM
tighter crop would sell it better? great find here. gl
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04/09/2011 02:30:12 PM
Makes me wanna jump in.
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04/08/2011 01:20:08 PM
I just want to keep looking at this image. The shapes and colours are just superb.
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04/08/2011 09:08:50 AM
Neat find, it really does look like hands shaping clay on a potter's wheel.
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