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Icy Creek
Icy Creek

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Landscape (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-2100UZ
Location: Wheeling,Illinois
Date: Jan 6, 2003
Aperture: f7
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2003

A little half frozen creek by my house.

Place: 89 out of 219
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Votes: 227
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01/25/2003 10:27:57 AM
Critique Club Critique

(1) COMPOSITION (CONTENT) I find the layout of this photograph to be very strong. The gentle curve of the creek is a very powerful leading line and pulls the viewer right into the photograph. This is repeated in the curve of the vegetation along the creek, and repetition is one of the things that makes this photograph so compelling.

(2) BACKGROUND There is not alot of background in this picture, but what little there is works well to keep the focus on the creek. The background is not distracting at all.

(3) CAMERA WORK ,TECHNICAL Exposure is very well done. Your exposure keeps the whites very crisp without losing any of the detail in the water or bushes.

There are so many facinating details that one really must look this photograph for a long time. My eye keeps getting drawn to the tiny little ripples in the close front and the way the light is reflected from them. I love the coldness from the snow and ice, yet the colors of the vegetation are on the warm end of the spectrum. This is a wonderful contrast. Beautiful capture.

There is only one little thing that bothers me about this photograph, and it is something that I doubt you had any control over. That would be the bare branches on the left side of the foreground. They seem to cut into the picture and are a little bit distracting.

(4) DIGITAL PROCESSING ,TECHNICAL Your post processing is very good. You have cropped this in such a way to add to the beauty of the scene.

(5)MEETING THE CHALLENGE This photo does a very good job of meeting the challenge. This is a very relaxing scene and filled with natural beauty.

(6) MY OPINION ON THE PHOTO When I requested a photo to critique, I was thrilled when I got this one. The subject here is wonderful. The way you executed it is wonderful. I think perhaps this is a photo that you might try to reshoot in many different lights and times of day and in different seasons. This is a great location to get some really neat shots. Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/19/2003 06:35:30 PM
Love the "blue" creek. Great job of getting the curves of it in the photo. It's really neat that you can see the ice in parts of the creek. It's a very relaxing photo well deserving of this 9.
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01/17/2003 01:14:58 PM
Brrrrr. A lot of times I look at photos and try to put myself in the scene as the photographer. Am I on a bridge? Rock? The exposure is great, it brings out the nice color saturation.
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01/17/2003 12:18:12 PM
very nice, it is very hard to get good contrast of colors in winter photo graphs. Mine always seem to look like black and white. good job.
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01/16/2003 01:39:57 PM
Great shot, love the curves in teh creek, the bush in the left to frame the shot, adn the contrast in the complimentary colors and the light and dark in the photo. Might have liked it lightened up a bit or an increase in mid and high levels, if it didn't get blown out. 8
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01/15/2003 07:58:17 PM
I would have cropped this a bit higher than lower...IMHO. Excellent lines leading to the top of the image...not to mention the beauty of the subject. Good luck!
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01/15/2003 04:27:15 PM
nice clarity...
01/15/2003 10:53:50 AM
Very nice. Good luck in the challange.
01/14/2003 05:22:31 PM
Great composition, reflections.
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01/13/2003 09:02:10 PM
Cool view, good light, color.
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