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Challenge: Free Study II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S40
Location: Front Yard
Date: Dec 5, 2002
Aperture: f/4.9
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2002

North Carolina ice storm came a little early for this Burning Bush, which still featured a few brilliant red leaves.

Place: 3 out of 67
Avg (all users): 7.5870
Avg (commenters): 8.2105
Avg (participants): 7.7258
Avg (non-participants): 7.3000
Views since voting: 30955
Votes: 92
Comments: 44
Favorites: 24 (view)

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12/17/2002 01:08:58 AM
Critique Club
Composition Very good!
Background - The background works very well with this!
Camera work Very good great use of depth of field, exposure and lighting good!
My Opinion
An excellent shot that definitely says wow to me! It has it all great colour, good depth of field beautiful shapes it makes you want to keep looking!
12/16/2002 04:50:14 PM
Look at that! No 1s, 2s or 3s! And only one 4. This was my favorite for the week. Great eye! The crackled ice really puts this one into a class by itself. Wonderful! (easy fav!)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 12:08:10 PM
9........ I like the colours. i like it with a tighter crop on the left of the picture. I think you sharpened, but not sure..... I think i can see a bit of it.
12/14/2002 03:08:55 PM
Very cool shot. I wonder if cropping the other branch on the left out wouldn't have evem made it better? Great job, my favorite this week. DPz
12/14/2002 09:40:46 AM
Love it. Wonderful movement and color. Good work.
12/13/2002 10:13:29 AM
This is one of only two tens for me this week. It has everything a DPC photo needs.
12/13/2002 12:47:02 AM
Stunning! The person who took that other icy twig photo in this challenge would do well to compare it to yours. The composition here is beautiful, the DOF brings all the focus onto the front twig and leaf, but there is a dynamic, colourful background to support it. The curl of the leaf is a beautiful shape, and the colour definitely "pops". I love being able to see all the cracks in the ice. This just isn't a sight I ever see in Australia, so it's almost alien to me. 10.
12/12/2002 09:05:00 PM
This is very well done, obviously with a quality lens. Even if you post processed it to get this, it is still very nice.
12/12/2002 06:02:17 PM
very nice shot. like how the red stands out. great DOF and focus.
12/12/2002 01:46:01 PM
Great composition and color (or general lack thereof). The red really stands out and grabs attention for this picture. The detail of the ice is simply awesome and this is a great use of a narrow depth of field. The picture, if focused entirely, would be way too busy, but the blurry background really emphasizes the subject.
12/12/2002 01:07:37 PM
This photo just has an awesome effect. The focus clarity and exposure are good, the overall impact is great. Well done
12/12/2002 12:51:00 PM
Lovely shot. Good lighting and focus. VERY nice colours. I had probably framed it a little harder to leave the left twig out. (Well, not SO sure). Anyhow a nice photo to look at.
12/12/2002 12:50:58 PM
While there were several this week I really like, this is my favorite! I just love the cracked ice on the branches. The drip off the leaf is great too. Great color!!!! An easy 10 in my book! Swash
12/12/2002 04:06:04 AM
I really like this shot. Ive never seen anything like it before. Great DOF and the sharpness is great.
12/11/2002 10:15:10 PM
I love it. When I lived up north (for most of my life) I loved photographing ice-encased flora. You did a good job of exposing to get detail, and none of it is blown out. The colors are superb, with only the reds evident, in an otherwise nearly monotone composition.
Dof is very good, isolating the foreground subject from the bg. The bg shows just enough detail to give a sense of environment.
The only thing I'd like to see differently is to eliminate the twig on the left. Maybe...but maybe not. ;-0
12/11/2002 12:22:13 PM
like the pseudo BW and the red works well here.
12/11/2002 12:16:57 PM
Wow, great macro shot! The colours, DoF, and focus are all spot-on. I'm not so sure about the twig on the left though, and I would probably crop it out of the shot, but otherwise this is a superb shot.
12/11/2002 08:12:29 AM
This is a wonderful macro shot. Your DOF is perfect and the clarity is very good. I especially like the way the second small twig is "pointing" to the larger one that is the main subject. Good luck!
12/11/2002 02:08:19 AM
Great detail in this macro, and I like the separation from the background with the DOF setting. Good job.
12/11/2002 12:25:44 AM
This is stubborness to the enth degree. One of a kind, well done.
12/10/2002 11:08:46 PM
this one is really easy to comment on.... Perfect!
12/10/2002 06:34:58 PM
Hey this is neat... I really like the red leaf it adds a nice touch.
12/10/2002 05:27:17 PM
Live in North Carolina :-) ?

This is a nice composition. I like the clarity of the lines in the ice on the stalk. DOF may work opened up a little, not to much, the blur of the background is needed, but with as much as you have, it almost looks, i dunno, like it has jpeg artifacts, but I know it doesn't. Again, nice shot!
12/10/2002 02:01:15 PM
This is GREAT, with perfect DOF. Nice work!
12/10/2002 11:41:43 AM
This is an awesome shot. I love the red leaf frozen. Very nice colours and textures. Great focus.
12/10/2002 08:19:48 AM
This is a beautiful photo.. the detail in the ice is phenomenal. This is a good strong 10... - setzler
12/10/2002 02:33:34 AM
Very simple, but wonderful shot. Good job and great eye
12/10/2002 12:30:04 AM
I really like how you have used DOF to your advantage here. Having the icey sticks in the background, with the close up in the foreground really makes this a nice shot. I also like the color in the shot, and the focus and detail are also well done. I like the sqare-ish crop too. Nice job. good luck in the challenge.
12/09/2002 11:59:00 PM
Very nICE, sharp detail , captured the moment . Good job!!
12/09/2002 10:35:58 PM
Your DOF works well here. Good composition.
The colors work too. Nice
12/09/2002 10:07:32 PM
I don't think a border was needed for this picture, but it doesn't take away from it either. Incredible photo. The color is amazing and I just love it. in looking for a flaw the only thing I could possibly complain about is the focus on the drop of water about to fall from the icicle. None the less this picture certainly makes me say wow. Well done.
12/09/2002 09:39:03 PM
wow - this is beautiful. I love how vibrant the red leaf is. Great framing, wonderful focus = 10
12/09/2002 09:01:35 PM
Good eye! Looks like a pretty nasty ice storm. Jacko 9
12/09/2002 08:54:33 PM
nice exposure, good lighting and color. good shape for this photo.
12/09/2002 08:17:09 PM
very nice...love the DOF, only thing i would change if i could would be to only have the main branch in focus. The 2nd one on the left takes away from the main one.
12/09/2002 07:06:12 PM
Neat shot, good color and focus.
12/09/2002 04:15:03 PM
Beautifully seen, and presented. The colours are exceptional, and the detail is excellent. On the technical side, I am especially impressed with the way you were able to capture the clarity of the ice, and the full saturation of the subjects enclosed. Excellent work!
12/09/2002 03:05:38 PM
Excellent detail. The shot of color from the leaf is just perfect.
12/09/2002 01:30:22 PM
The background of this is really nice. I love the out of focus ice covered branches. The only thing I'm not sure about is the branch on the right. Can't tell if I'd have liked it better without.
12/09/2002 11:34:26 AM
12/09/2002 11:11:15 AM
Very nice composition. The DOF is great!
12/09/2002 10:56:24 AM
10. This is a spectacular photo.
12/09/2002 08:25:37 AM
I love the red against the white and cold ice. Great pic ! Shiiizzzam
12/09/2002 12:33:23 AM
excellent detail... good choice of dof.

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