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Driftwood
Driftwood
Gracious


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Challenge: Free Study II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Kodak DC4800
Location: On the Beach, Vero Beach, Florida
Date: Dec 8, 2002
Aperture: Automatic
ISO: automatic
Shutter: automatic
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2002

Driftwood at the Driftwood Inn along the Treasure Coast of Florida.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 67
Avg (all users): 7.0978
Avg (commenters): 7.6571
Avg (participants): 7.0794
Avg (non-participants): 7.1379
Views since voting: 20120
Votes: 92
Comments: 41
Favorites: 16 (view)


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05/26/2007 07:37:10 AM
Really nice...
04/11/2004 09:35:57 AM
nicely done - contrast is great, abstract is great. is that a dog in the background?

12/22/2002 06:44:41 AM
Critique Club

Composition - absolutely beautiful. I love the fact that you do not have the hole in the middle, the offset really adds to the picture.

Exposure - Excellent on the wood that surrounds the entire photo, not so great on whatever is inside the hole, but that is very tough to get the right exposure for both things.

Color - love that you have it in black and white! makes it very dramatic looking, and it would have not been good in color, especially because whatever is in the hole may have drawn away from your subject if it was in a brighter color

Focus - great, no complaints!

Background - what you can see through the hole kind of bothers me.... I can't tell what it is, maybe a lower dof might have blurred this more, or opening the dof more might have helped so you could tell what was inside. It does leave curiosity to the mind though, which is intriguing in a photo.

Fit for challenge - free study, anything goes.

Wowability - this is a really cool photo that catches your eye. You definitely say WOW!

Final comments - great job on this, you got a great placing. It could have been better only by what was in the hole in the wood! Good job and congrats!
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12/16/2002 09:57:37 AM
Gracious, I really enjoyed this photo. It was one of my favs in the free study challenge :) Maybe you could elaborate on what is visible through the hole in the wood? That puzzled me from the beginning, but I still love the shot :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 09:39:08 PM
This has some serious potential, but it\'s missing something, I can\'t put a finger on it. I don\'t know what the rest of the wood looks like, so I\'m not sure if you can step back a bit without bringing something ugly into the shot. Or maybe something of greater interest in the window like a sunset or a flower, maybe a tree??? I like the subject - 8 Gotcha
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12/14/2002 10:02:13 PM
Great use of B&W for this shot. Great detail in the wood. The only thing I wish was different was something to see out of the hole in the wood.
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12/14/2002 09:20:14 AM
Great texture and contrast. I am not sure if I like whatever it is that is visible through the hole, but I really like what you did with the black and white.
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12/14/2002 12:26:11 AM
Fantastic image. Great shot.
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12/13/2002 10:11:35 AM
To me this is an inspiring shot. You have done a wonderful job of presenting your skills. Would work well in this weeks challenge also.
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12/12/2002 06:36:56 PM
great texture, maybe it might be better without the background peeking thru the hole. love the black and white.
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12/12/2002 02:10:12 PM
Well taken photo. The whole is nearly shaped like an eye (I wonder if something couldn't have been done to accentuate that!) 7 Swash
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12/12/2002 01:55:41 PM
I like the motion this shot has and the black adn white is truly effective
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12/12/2002 12:31:57 PM
Wiow! Beautiful! The high contrast black and white brings out all the detail in the wood, giving it a real sense of age and wear. The composition is very strong... it takes my eyes around the wood and then off towards the horizon, making me wonder what is out there in the distance. I love it! 10.
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12/12/2002 03:20:33 AM
The right side is a little too dark, and the top is a little too light... But all in all its a well-taken photo
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12/11/2002 09:03:17 PM
This is amazing!!!!!!! Its almost like a drawing, what an impact it has!!!! Light is a little bit harsh on the upper left curve, maybe if it were toned down a bit it would be a bit easier on the eye. However, I love this!
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12/11/2002 12:36:16 PM
The shapes, lines, and detail in the grain of the wood are amazing - it's just a shame that large areas of it are blown out. Some levels adjustments might be able to rectify this, depending on what the original was like.
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12/11/2002 12:20:57 PM
excellent nature abstract. may be oversharpened but works ok in this case
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12/11/2002 11:33:38 AM
I love driftwood and this is a great piece. It seems a little too bright and contrasty and loses some of that soft weathered feel, but still a 7. :-)
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12/11/2002 05:00:44 AM
nice abstract look. I took a similar shot of some wood like this. I like this shot, but it is a little bright.
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12/11/2002 12:08:01 AM
A great abstract in B&W. Bet it's beautiful in color.
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12/10/2002 11:20:05 PM
I like the idea... but theres something about the texture of the wood, or post processing that gives it a strange look... also like it's digital art and not a photo?
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12/10/2002 09:24:23 PM
Wow..... your choice of black and white makes this look like a Georgia O'Keefe painting! What beauty!
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12/10/2002 08:38:14 PM
Makes me want to go get my surfboard and drop in! Really an interesting photo. I don't know if you tweaked the contrast at all, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more detail.
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12/10/2002 08:32:12 PM
Fascinating. I really love how you have us looking through the driftwood. Black and white is an excelent choice here. you have taken away an element (color) that could be distracting to the texture here, and have in turn brought out supurb textures. Angle and framing/cropping are great, and the subject is very interesting to look at. Great find. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/10/2002 04:17:45 PM
I love the shot, especially that it is b&w, and your composition is terrific. I feel as thought I want to see *more* through the opening of the driftwood, but that doesn't bother me a whole lot. 10. lhall
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12/10/2002 11:35:55 AM
I like this very much. Very interesting. You can look over and over again and find new things. Perhaps a little too hard for my taste (really don´t know if you say so in English - it means that the contrast is too high). It isn´t that much, just a little. Overall a very good photo with great composition. (9)
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12/10/2002 09:19:57 AM
This photograph shows a wonderful sense of "place" (if that makes any sense). I think the one small improvement that could be made is to have "something" showing through the hole in the middle, maybe a persons sillhouette. That would make it into a doorway or window.... Nice use of Black and White.
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12/09/2002 11:51:32 PM
Neat shot, I like the composition. It seems a bit over sharpened and contrasty though. DPz
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12/09/2002 10:39:56 PM
Neat picture. Quite abstract. It doesn't grab my attention completely though. none the less well done.
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12/09/2002 10:18:45 PM
I like how the swirl in the wood frames this shot. The colors or lack of color emphasize the age and helps bring out the detail. I am left wondering what is in the middle part though and that area is what draws my attention most. I wish there was a bit more depth because of that. = 7
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12/09/2002 07:53:32 PM
Great black and white. Composition and shades are perfect. Good job.
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12/09/2002 07:13:58 PM
Lovely motion, texture and dof. Just a little over exposed and could be toned down a little. Still the focus is nice and the feel of the shot is very nice. Good work.
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12/09/2002 04:01:57 PM
This is a beautifully composed image. I can see either an eye with an eyebrow raised or an ear, reflecting or listening to the world deeper inside the blury part of the image. The tonal range is that of an Ansel Adams picture, with very sharp well defined lines. I would love to see it in a larger size, or in print. Excellent job, a 10!
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12/09/2002 03:27:40 PM
I love the high contrast feel of this image.
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12/09/2002 01:13:15 PM
Lovely, I really like this photo. Did you add noise for the grainyness? I think it works well, it emphasizes the rough texture of the wood. Not really sure if that's water or something else through the hole. I think the real high contrast brings out the grain of the wood as well.
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12/09/2002 12:16:40 PM
This is a great shot... It reminds me of some Edward Weston shots I have seen in the past... = 10 - setzler
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12/09/2002 11:33:48 AM
Fantastic - would like it even more without the exaggerated contrast but that's just personal preference. The DOF works well - I like that the framed view is out of focus compared to the detail of the wood. Great curved and just the right composition/ crop.
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12/09/2002 11:08:06 AM
Wow! I like the texture, the B&W, the contrast. Excellent.
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12/09/2002 08:29:16 AM
I love the b/w tone. It almost gives this a pencil drawn look. Really cool photo ! Shiiizzzam
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12/09/2002 05:48:19 AM
Great texture and wonderful image. 9
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12/09/2002 01:07:37 AM
Loved this, gave it a 10
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