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Challenge: Free Study 2015-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Olympus 17mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Digital
Location: Humble, Texas, USA.
Date: Dec 22, 2015
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2015

Neotropic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax Brasilianus) rest in the branches of trees that are barely visible in the thick morning fog that hangs over Lake Houston in Humble, Texas, USA.

[Jan. 7th, 2016 11:23:55 PM]

This is my 100th challenge entry and I am really happy with how it is performing. It looks like it will become my highest scoring monthly free study as well as the highest score with the lens and just maybe a front page result (I know it is going to be close). I am surprised that my 100th entry was not my typical wildlife or macro photograph and that it was taken with my older camera that has become my always on me camera. Which is why I was able to get this shot.

Thank you for the votes and all the comments.

Place: 3 out of 126
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Avg (commenters): 8.1250
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Views since voting: 1296
Views during voting: 135
Votes: 77
Comments: 13
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/10/2016 12:59:40 PM
Simple yet beautiful, congratulations on your yellow ribbon.
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01/10/2016 09:55:26 AM
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I really struggled with the crop on this one. I only had one lens with me (an equivalent 35mm prime) so was pretty limited in what was included in frame. I really liked the natural vignetting that came out in the photo. If I cropped to place the trees higher the photo seemed to dark with all the black at the bottom and if I cropped to place them lower I lost the black on the bottom that I really liked. So.......in the end I went with no crop........really should have shot a few more frames with a bit different composition but was standing on a busy bridge in heavy fog with cars doing 70mph past me and wanted to get the shot and get out of there. With µ4/3 you have twice the DoF compared to full frame so I really shot higher then 5.6, in this shot I went with 4.0 and the resulting shutter speed. I could have stopped down more but I am a wildlife photographer and never really think about how landscape people shoot at those crazy small apertures.....I prefer wide and fast :-)
01/08/2016 08:00:46 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Aw dang, a ribbon winner....always the toughest to critique as the vox populi have already spoken and voted. So will do my best. *looking for flaws*.....hmmmm....this could take awhile. *off to refill wineglass*

OK. Your comp is a little centred, but that happens a lot in images where the minimalistic approach rules, as it does here. I recognized the birds as cormorants because we have them here too though I don't think in the winter months. Nice gentle leading motion from left to right with a variety of scale in terms of the silhouettes. Nice that you have a perfectly calm surface to work with. A little surprised that you shot so fast, but who am I to argue? There is almost a natural level of vignetting happening too here, both above and below. You did a great job here, congrats on the ribbon and keep up the good work!

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01/08/2016 08:17:27 AM
Congrats on the Yellow.
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01/08/2016 06:01:13 AM
Congrats! Really like this one!
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01/07/2016 04:30:28 PM
like passing thoughts

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01/07/2016 12:12:39 PM
Nice image. I think a little less centered would make it better. Just a thought.
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01/06/2016 05:44:05 AM
Fantastic sense of scale.
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01/06/2016 12:18:56 AM
Intriguing Simple and beautiful.
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01/05/2016 07:12:33 PM
No beginnings or endings. A beautiful moment and well caught.
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01/04/2016 03:43:45 PM
Very simplistic and very nice photograph.
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01/01/2016 11:06:40 PM
just like a Japanese screen - beautiful
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01/01/2016 11:30:00 AM
I really love the simplicity and the balance in this one... 9
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