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Zephyr Cove ~ Lake Tahoe
Zephyr Cove ~ Lake Tahoe

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Challenge: On the Beach II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD with Piezo
Location: Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe, Navada
Date: Aug 3, 2012
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.6 sec.
Date Uploaded: Aug 4, 2012

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Place: 24 out of 71
Avg (all users): 6.0660
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.7949
Avg (non-participants): 6.2239
Views since voting: 449
Views during voting: 243
Votes: 106
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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08/17/2012 11:30:55 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

By your score and placement, obviously this is a successful image. I think it blends a great scene, and a great sunset, and rolls in some emotion. I think often emotion is difficult to get from a non-human image, but this one does so. What person wouldn't want to be sitting on that beach and enjoying that wonderful view and sunset. Looks to be the perfect setting.

Color-wise, I think you successfully popped the orange and yellows of the sunset. I think I might have tried to increase the vibrancy of the blue though. A really great sunset in my opinion has a wonderful blue sky, which contrasts well with the orange and yellows of the illuminated clouds. A little burning might have done you well on the brightest area of the clouds too, but I'm not entirely sure it's necessary.

Cloud-wise, part of me wants to walk up the beach, to the right, a little more in order to capture a little more of the swirled cloud. As is, it leads in well to the trees, but it's also in conflict with them. A little more separation might have worked even better for you, that way you could have a wonderful division of light and dark. Sky and silhouette.

For landscapes, I've also found that a taller crop can sometimes lead a viewer to spend more time on your photo. I think it's mainly because it results in more visual space for the eye to get lost in. With my hands, I played with different crops on your image, and I think cropping off the right 20-25% of the image could have been an even stronger composition. That way the division between light and dark would be nearly central. I understand why you stuck it at 1/3, but the middle crop seems stronger to me. It emphasizes both the trees and the sunset more evenly, and basically gives your image 4 quadrants.

Looking through your editing steps, I see that you adjusted sharpness prior to resizing the image. Now, I'm no pro at editing, but I personally think the sharpening at that level does not affect the final outcome of the 800 px size. I tend to do all of my sharpening after the final resize, as that's what really counts to the viewer. I am not familiar with PSE10, but on CS5 I use the smart sharpen filter. Set the radius to 0.6 to 0.4 px, and it can be used to finely adjust the sharpness of your final image. It helps a good bit, because no matter what, you will get some automatic smoothing whenever you downsize, although it honestly doesn't look too bad. Anyways, it's something to experiment with because for the longest time I had wondered how some members could get such amazing clarity of details on their images. Again, a great image and a pleasure to look at. It makes me want to go visit the lake!

Food for thought.

James Downing
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08/13/2012 12:11:03 PM
Amazing colors and beautiful silhouette, I don't understand the 1, 2 or 3 votes.
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08/13/2012 12:32:21 AM
What is this doing way down here. This photo was incredible!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/12/2012 11:34:04 PM
Somehow looks better than before. Bumping to 7
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08/12/2012 11:25:36 PM
Pretty colors in the sky. Voted earlier.
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08/12/2012 06:09:02 PM
Love the colors. So peaceful.
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08/10/2012 10:05:11 PM
i've been there!
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08/07/2012 09:24:40 PM
I have never been successful at taking pics this time of day...It seems that dome colors are blown out but you are very close.
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08/06/2012 12:50:58 PM
I need to go here one of these days
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