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Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Cape May, New Jersery
Date: Jan 7, 2011
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/100s
Galleries: Water, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2012


Place: 281 out of 287
Avg (all users): 4.6600
Avg (commenters): 4.5000
Avg (participants): 4.5556
Avg (non-participants): 4.9286
Views since voting: 390
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 150
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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09/06/2012 04:07:33 PM
While I think you did a fine job of balancing the amount of light on your son and allowing the sunset to still be visible and well exposed, the choice of on camera flash caused a harsh look. Further, the use of an appropriate gel to modify the color of the light from the flash to better match the light from the sunset would have really evened out the light.

For me, the balance of the colors of the light (harsh blue flash light and the soft warm oranges from the sunset) conflicted with each other.

Like others have stated, it is a great photo of your son and you SHOULD be proud of it. But for next time, get a set of gels so you can really make this one stand out for the rest of us!
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09/06/2012 04:07:10 PM
Flash is too harsh, and not color balanced for the scene... Diffuse more and use a color gel.

Message edited by author 2012-09-06 16:07:35.
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09/06/2012 04:03:03 PM
I think the reason it scored low is because it's kind of caught in the middle. Is it a landscape? Is it a portrait? I think it needed to be either closer(portrait) or further away(landscape).

Keep in mind that is just in terms of DPC and scores, had that been my son and I took that picture, I would proudly have it blown up and hanging in my living room.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2012 10:29:17 PM
You've balanced the ambient and the flash but the flash is on camera. Try to follow the direction that the natural light is coming from and add to it rather than trying to fight against it. The results will look more natural.
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02/01/2012 12:45:17 PM
nice lighting
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