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Challenge: Minimalist Landscape (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Reykjanes, Iceland
Date: Jun 5, 2011
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 6.0 sek
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2011

Taken with a B+W ND3 filter and a Cokin Grad. Raw processing, levels, dodge&burn, smart sharpen.

Place: 45 out of 137
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06/17/2011 07:20:18 AM
Hi Pall, welcome to the Critique Zone!

It's an interesting shot - not entirely to my taste but that is quite subjective. I would have expected a shot life this to do better on DPC, so here are a few suggestions (nothing more!) as to why it didn't.

Technical: The aperture seems a little open for a shot where you really want front to back sharpness. Given that you want a long shutter, would tightening it a little not have helped? I also agree with the comment that the shutter is not quite long enough - the water is blurred and interesting but not really silky.

Artistic: This really is completely subjective! I'm not sure that this works for the challenge. It's quite busy with very different structure in different areas, bright sky, dark rocks, bright rocks, blurred water. It's like a mash of different styles in one shot. Also, the rule of thirds is almost applied, but not quite so that it looks like an oversight rather than intentional rule-breaking.

I would have been tempted to make this b/w to remove at least some of the clutter (the colour) and 'minimise' it a bit, other than that I think that it would have done better in an FS, but even there it is not up to your usual quality as displayed in your portfolio.

Happy hunting,

 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/11/2011 11:17:37 PM
Very nice...hope it does well.
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06/11/2011 02:42:59 AM
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06/08/2011 04:00:36 PM
I love the bottom right... However that seems to be the only thing I like. The rock in the middle seems over exposed and out of place and the sky is a bit bright and contradictory to the image as a whole. It just seems like there is two different styles of image in one.
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06/07/2011 03:32:51 AM
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06/06/2011 02:21:17 PM
Very nice use of slow shutter speed to show dynamic movement. I just don't think it was quite enough time.
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06/06/2011 08:48:16 AM
I like it, might be a bit too cluttered (especially in the bottom right) for a truly minimalist photo but overall well done.
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06/06/2011 12:38:01 AM
That water is amazing.
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