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2nd PlaceSwamp Land

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Challenge: Non-Ribboner's Landscape/Seascape/Cityscape (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MARK II
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Location: NJ
Date: Mar 14, 2020
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2020

Auto levels contrast sharpened and resized this is new jersey swamp land,

Place: 2 out of 6
Avg (all users): 6.6923
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7397
Views since voting: 694
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 78
Comments: 33
Favorites: 0

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04/01/2020 09:49:32 PM
No surprise here that this wonderful image won a first ribbon for you! Congratulations! I hope it is the first of many for you!
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04/01/2020 06:41:51 AM
Congratulations on your red ribbon and new PB. Such beautiful reflections and colours.
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04/01/2020 05:47:31 AM
Thank you all for my first ribbon and all your comments and votes. This is actually a picture of the swamp land in North East New Jersey
04/01/2020 04:45:13 AM
Great reflections, love the colors too. Many congrats on your ribbon.
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04/01/2020 04:27:07 AM
Congrats on the red!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2020 08:42:57 PM
some great reflections and the way that they meet at the water.
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03/30/2020 11:05:32 AM
Lovely water-and-land-scape.
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03/29/2020 08:13:36 PM
Nice capture of the reflection and ripples. I think I would like to see more of the tree tops and straighten the shoreline a bit, all in all nicely done.
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03/29/2020 04:17:03 PM
I like it a lot. Love how the reflection slowly disappears in the movement of the water. Well seen.
I am not sure whether I would like it even better, whether the bank was perfectly balanced or whether the trees would affect my sense of balance. It's probably a matter of personal taste
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03/29/2020 02:32:24 PM
from the other photos i've seen this looks like a ribbon winner to me .. most likely blue .. but just so you know .. i'm not a good judge of what is going to do well .. ;)
i'm LOVING the reflections .. you've totally nailed this ..
i'm a sucker for reflections .. :)
ps.. just came back to have another look .. it's not just the reflections that grab me it's the gorgeous lighting too ..
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03/29/2020 01:23:53 PM
Overall a very interesting image for the eye to travel through. The array of colors and textures are pleasing and not over processed. I think a slight vignette would be an asset here and maybe a lighter upper center to take the eye to the center of the image.

Coming back to add more: I think a crop off the bottom would be a good thing. I say that since I think you intended the tree trunks to be the main subjects. The eye goes to lighter areas of the image first, then it travels around to find other things. The bottom part of the image is the lightest and has basically nothing there to look at. The more interesting part is in the water from the middle of the image and going to where the tree trunks start. A 16:9 crop would be good here, or even a square crop would work too.
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03/29/2020 12:08:13 PM
Personally, I think this is pretty good, myself, I would have cropped it where that sunshine level starts, so just a short amount of the trunks can be seen and the rest water shadows. Maybe just a little contrast and a tiny bit more of saturation on the water, but other than that cropping this reminds me so much of ' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ursula For a Free Study, I would have given this a 5/6 for now, it is an 8

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03/28/2020 04:44:44 PM
Wonderful reflection! I'm liking how you choose to make IT the subject by cropping off the trees at the top. Really nice.
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03/28/2020 01:16:48 PM
I like this. Although I think I would have gone total abstract and cropped it just before the shoreline and only shown the reflection.
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03/28/2020 11:03:52 AM
It's wonderful how the upper realism morphs into abstraction in its reflection. Many reflections have this quality, but this transformation is just right -- departing from faithfulness to the original yet not muddied beyond recognition. The colors are muted and lovely. Because of the proportion of upper to lower the subtle blues of the sky are gently introduced. This lower half of the image alone would do beautifully as a fabric.
Personal favorite of the challenge.
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03/28/2020 09:30:42 AM
This would get a 5 from me because it forces me to ask the question "What are they trying to show me and why do they want me to see it?"

There are certainly some interesting elements here, particularly in the way the ripples interact with the reflection, and I get that this is what you're trying to capture. But there's no "And then what?" Others may have said this but this would work much better rotated 180 degrees, giving the "trees" an abstract, painterly quality. As is the lines of the trees lead your eye up to the dark and incomplete shoreline where I have to wonder if I'm missing something in the woods?

Otherwise be careful with the interplay of dark and light areas. The shoreline is too dark and high contrast. Let me see some of the details in the darker areas as textures add interest.

There was definitely something here you could have done something with. It just falls flat for me as is.
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03/27/2020 06:56:04 PM
looks safe to me - given our current culture.... no people, no gators... sign me up
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03/27/2020 12:59:42 PM
Very melodious. Must be in the South somewhere
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03/27/2020 09:37:24 AM
Interesting contrast/transition between the near-abstract of the foreground reflection and the stark lines of the tree trunks at the top.
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03/26/2020 11:03:19 PM
Not a bad image. I like the rippled reflection in the water. The light on the trees is a little distracting. I wonder if it would look better to have cropped that portion out.
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03/26/2020 08:14:56 AM
you are my #2
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03/26/2020 04:37:59 AM
I think if you cropped the top bit out of the shot and left just the reflection, then turned the image upside down you would have a great chance of the blue ribbon, the gold & blue tones rippling together makes a much better image than a bunch of tree bottoms with no focal point.
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03/25/2020 10:14:00 PM
Wonderful reflection. Just the reflection on it's own would have made a stronger impact on me, however. The small bit of shore at the top draws my eyes upward to the least interesting part of the image.
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03/25/2020 10:06:58 PM
This is a lovely photo as it is but when I scroll down to the top of the reflection, it is stunning and would have been my pick for blue if cropped to eliminate the shore. That is just my preference of course. Top two as it is.
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03/25/2020 03:21:58 PM
Very artful! I often see photos like this hanging on office walls. Good job!
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03/25/2020 02:21:40 PM
I love the reflection of the trees in the water, especially from the sun-lit trees in the back. Nice found, a 7 from me
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03/25/2020 01:01:48 PM
The composition looks fine. The reflection is making it interesting, but that's about it. If it's an attempt to make it artsy, there is a lack of order (straight lines vertically and horizontally). I also believe that this would look better in black and white and a more dramatic processing. In this challenge it is in my top 3.
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03/25/2020 11:14:08 AM
Fun image. Beautiful reflections and composition.
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03/25/2020 10:48:53 AM
very pleasing abstract image. good patterns and colors
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03/25/2020 07:22:21 AM
Those reflections are really nice especially with the ripple effect. I find the top section of the photo pulls this image down but I am not sure if cropping the photo to just the reflection would have worked.
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03/25/2020 07:04:52 AM
My pick for yellow in this challenge.
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03/25/2020 12:39:04 AM
I always love reflections in the water especially of trees. Great job on seeing the beauty in the water.

A couple of nitpicks is, itís a little bit contrasty, tone it down next time and straighten the horizon a tiny bit.

My pick for yellow.
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03/25/2020 12:16:36 AM
It's good how you captured the consistency of the ripples in the water. This image might have been just as interesting with only the water surface shown and rotated around.
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