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Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR
Location: Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Date: Jan 15, 2012
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2012

I knew this would be a great shot as soon as I saw the lighting on the leaf. This is natural light with zero editing except for the crop and the resize for dpc.

Place: 205 out of 287
Avg (all users): 5.5139
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
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Avg (non-participants): 5.5750
Views since voting: 211
Views during voting: 219
Votes: 144
Comments: 7
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02/13/2012 07:09:42 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Have to agree with the comments on soft focus, it's not quite here or there. Love the colours and rich texture, and that you did virtually nil editing. The lighting is nice and the settings are fine for a handheld shot. The title could use a little work! :-)

However although the leaf does have many interesting aspects to it - the stem, the texture, the veins - it really needs something to draw the eye in and lock it. A bug, a snail, a frog, anything at all, even if it's also green, but there has to be something there for us to find and not just skip over it. Lack of focal point and the softness is what hurt you here.

But it's not a complete train wreck, you can do better and I hope you're still shooting and entering.

Feel free to PM me,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2012 09:36:18 PM
the colors are so rich, and the texture looks like cloth.
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02/05/2012 05:42:57 AM
Well, we all seem to have to get used to this automatic filling in of titles.
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02/03/2012 12:43:36 PM
nice macro, could maybe pop the detail a little more, it's there, maybe just a contrast adjustment, just my opinion, the back lighting is nice
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02/02/2012 01:12:50 AM
the focus is too soft for this kind of shot. the color and the light coming through is really nice. a strong focus and clearity would really make this image stand out!
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02/01/2012 06:41:40 PM
A little soft, but nice...
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02/01/2012 02:37:54 AM
Soft and serene. Unlike many attempts at this where they are harsh and blasted with sunlight.
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