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Zen Garden
Zen Garden

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Challenge: Pattern (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II for Nikon
Location: Portland Japanese Garden
Date: Dec 23, 2005
Aperture: F/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Abstract, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2005

Telephoto shot looking down on garden through trees. Image cropped, contrast enhance USM, yellow darkened, green and yellow increased saturation, other channels desaturated to turn pebbles grey.Resampled and final USM.

Place: 155 out of 240
Avg (all users): 5.0852
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.8319
Avg (non-participants): 5.2344
Views since voting: 681
Views during voting: 386
Votes: 305
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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01/08/2006 06:45:22 PM
Hi from the critique club :)

At first when i saw this image i thought that the greens were very blown out and that the pattern did not seem like the main point of this picture. Upon further inspection my initial feelings were correct for this image.

Although the green moss and the bamboo leaves (I believe thats what they are) add to the photo nicely, when you increase the saturation of a certain color too much it becomes to look too saturated, and thus attains a fake look. Also another thing to realize is that when you reduce a color from a photograph (in this case yellow) you a re decreasing the color from the whole photo not just the part you want to unless your using selective desaturation. I say this because it is a common mistake not to realize where certain colors are and how they affect the picture. Before i do any desaturation of colors i bring the saturation of that color all of the way up just so I can see where that color is located and what areas it will affect when i do the desaturation. I think this affected the photo for me because of the pebbles seeming almost a non-real color. Also the bamboo leaves have yellow in them too and the desaturation affected them aswell.

As i said before in this photo the pattern in the pebbles does not seem like the main point in this picture. When i see this picture i see the rocks as the main focus. I think that this is also one of the reasons why this photo got voted down.

This critique is not meant to discourage you in any way, and keep up the good work. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail or private messaging.

-Dan Gruskin
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01/04/2006 05:24:30 PM
My first thought was wondering if the tree leaves were hurting the picture, but ultimately I think it be too bare without them. The subjects are nicely composed and I like the green of the moss. I think the biggest problem with the picture is how the gravel turned out. It looks far too much like noise and not enough like discrete rocks. Perhaps shooting at a different time of day would have helped. It looks like this was shot at high noon which is always a difficult time for photographs.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2006 01:23:07 PM
A real delight for me - simple and effective and mutiple but subtle patterns
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12/30/2005 06:41:39 AM
I like the softness, peace and serenity in this simple Zen garden image...........
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12/29/2005 04:38:54 PM
Stone frogs. Very good composition. I like the blurred bambu at the front.
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12/29/2005 08:27:54 AM
Something's missing in this shot and I can't put my finger on it. The image quality seems grainy (not for artistic reasons) and the composition doesn't do anything for me. Nice idea though!
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