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Geese Migration 2009
01/01/2010 08:44:56 PM
Geese Migration 2009
by melissamp99

Comment by VitaminB:
One of the few photos to show a lot of birds in the shot, which I really like. I think this would be better if you used all 300 pixels, and if you cropped it to just the sky.
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YA BABY A LITTLE TO THE LEFT!!!
03/13/2009 07:03:58 PM
YA BABY A LITTLE TO THE LEFT!!!
by melissamp99

Comment by WickedB:
I think the picture would pop more if there was more distinction between the giraffe and the background, maybe upping the green in the background would help.
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YA BABY A LITTLE TO THE LEFT!!!
03/12/2009 08:31:43 PM
YA BABY A LITTLE TO THE LEFT!!!
by melissamp99

Comment by JunieMoon:
Great light, but the bokeh background takes away dramatically fro the giraffe. The two seem to flow into each other too much for my tastes. Maybe a lighter touch on the background would have created more of a separation of subject.
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IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST AND THERE IS NO ONE THEIR TO HEAR IT?
01/28/2009 12:31:24 AM
IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST AND THERE IS NO ONE THEIR TO HEAR IT?
by melissamp99

Comment by kaiser_chief:
I am not sure that black and white processing suits this photo. There is so much detail in it that i feel has been lost as the different colours (but similar tones) merge into one. The higlights are too blown out which means detail has been lost.
I like the idea of the fallen tree and the ever present question however
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LIFE SUCH AS IT IS
01/13/2009 06:34:49 PM
LIFE SUCH AS IT IS
by melissamp99

Comment by Rainbow-Coloured-Soul:
It's a good effort to show such a stark subject. I would have zoomed in closer to the spoon, lighter and their hands, and cropped more off the top. The blue colouring is good.
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Japanes garden of peace
12/31/2008 04:41:32 PM
Japanes garden of peace
by melissamp99

Comment by Ja-9:
could you have cloned the person on the top left out? Colors pushed a little to much
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Japanes garden of peace
12/30/2008 11:40:50 PM
Japanes garden of peace
by melissamp99

Comment by zackdezon:
Maybe a little too much DOF, oddly enough. This image doesn't seem to have as much depth as it should in my opinion. The colors are a little too homogeneous for me, too...
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ALl I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOR ALL MY BROTHERS TO COME IN  OUT OF THE COLD
12/23/2008 02:42:59 PM
ALl I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOR ALL MY BROTHERS TO COME IN OUT OF THE COLD
by melissamp99

Comment by tanguera:
Nice subject and desat. But the background is way too distracting, especially that beam through his head.
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Ken and Buddy
12/23/2008 12:02:21 PM
Ken and Buddy
by melissamp99

Comment by Yo_Spiff:
A cute idea, but lacking crispness, and I think I can identify what it is. At 31k in size, I think your image is suffering from the effects of excessive JPEG compression. Using less compression and the full 150k allowed would have likely resulted in a more detailed and snappy image. Most image editors will allowyou to adjust the compression when you save the file.
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Ken and Buddy
12/23/2008 10:34:30 AM
Ken and Buddy
by melissamp99

Comment by HeiSch:
I'm struggling with the personification part in this shot. Technically: there is a lot of nois and blown out areas in your pic. The picture is very soft focused.

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Melissa,
in general these kind of pictures do not do well at DPC - as cute as they are. Even getting a squirel to pose does not help.
The noise you can primarily see in the grass of your background. This might have various reasons: high ISO or your crop is at 100%.
In PS these is a feature to reduce noise.
from your composition: your picture looks kind of squeezed into the frame. there is no room for the shadow of the car and the worst part: the front of the car is cut off.
With every shiny surface the reflections of the sky on these objects come out as too bright. See the surf board, the arms of the Ken and the top of the car (hood), the bottom of the entry into the car. There is only one good way to avoind this: use of a diffuser. It is a lot of effort, but the only safe way to avoid these blown out areas. THis will become even more critical if you start taking close up, macro photos or outdoor portraits.
A very simple and cheap diffuser can be a shower courtain that is semitransparent and is colorless. THis will diffuse the light enough to avoid direct sun light falling onto shiny surfaces. I know that it seems impossible to do sometimes but usually it is 'only' that you have to put in more effort to still do it. If you read up on the many-ribbon winners and the effort and time they put into each shot, I know, I understand why my pictures don't look like theirs.
Soft focus: look at the features of the dash board, look at the squirel, look at Ken's face: all of this is slightly blurred. THe sharpest part in focus seems to the the side of the car that's closest to the camera.
This tells me that your focus point was not on the squirel or Ken but somehwere on the wheels, making the rest of the pic - OOF out of focus.
You probably shot this picture handheld. AM I right? THat could be an other reason for soft focus as your hand is shaking while the camera exposes, blurring your picture. A very simple solution is a tripod, or a bean bag to stabilize your camera while you're shooting. Or lean against somthing strong like a tree or a table. All this will help to stabilize the camera. Believe it or not - breathing has an influence on sharpness. For a steady shot breath in and let about 2/3 of the air out, then hold the remaining 1/3 in and shoot. This is the most stable beathing technique.
Hope this gives you some ideas of how to improve your picture. Let me know if you need more help or have other questions.
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