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Deception Pass
Deception Pass

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Challenge: Bridges (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-720UZ
Location: Deception Pass State Park
Date: Mar 7, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2003


Place: 70 out of 229
Avg (all users): 5.8685
Avg (commenters): 6.3077
Avg (participants): 5.7388
Avg (non-participants): 6.0886
Views since voting: 1179
Votes: 213
Comments: 14
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03/19/2003 02:05:47 PM
A Comment From The Critique Club

Hi Steve!

My very first impression on your photo was how the color of the bridge matches the water and just how high the bridge seems to be. Very cool :)

Your composition is good, I think under the bridge shots often work well, and it does here, too. The metal 'parts' make for interesting patterns without obscuring the landscape on the other side of the bridge. Your eye is lead all the way through the picture by following the bridge, and actually finds a 'resting place' on the other side, but doesn't wander out of the photo, because there's still space to the right. Well done.

The thing that lets your photo down a bit is the bland white sky. I know you can't exactly control the weather, and I don't know if you could've come back at a different time of day (that might also eliminate the shadow on the water), but a polarizing filter helps sometimes unless the sky is just a gray mass of clouds to begin with. If it is just a washed-out blue, the polarizer could be used to enhance the color. Another suggestion I've been given on bland skies is to simply exclude the sky from the photo altogether, but I feel that wasn't an option here for you.

The photo seems just a tiny bit soft, did you use unsharpen mask? If you didn't or usually don't (I know I didn't even know what that wasuntil after I started at DPC), it is best used after you crop and resize your photo, resizing it down makes it inherently a little softer, and unsharpen mask counters that. I believe there is a tutorial on this site, too. Your border nicely enhances the photo without being distracting.

Your entry definitely met the challenge, and has a lot of potential. There are some things that you could improve on further, if you live close enough to the bridge you might want to go back when the weather is better for photography and take another set of shots and see what a difference it can make.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this review.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2003 11:41:47 PM
Great color in the water..but wish the sky wasn't so washed out.
03/12/2003 08:06:42 PM
Yes, my kind of shot! Oh man, i think i'm feeling sick. Got to get away from the edge! Seriously, there some noise in the photo that distracts. Great shot though.
03/12/2003 03:50:00 PM
I like the clarity of the photograph.
03/12/2003 02:36:02 PM
I like the teture in this photo. The colors are nice.
03/11/2003 10:41:28 PM
It gives one the sense of height. Very effective.
03/11/2003 09:29:22 PM
good angle, the water looks nice too
03/11/2003 12:44:49 PM
My only comment on this photo, would be to try shooting the bridge from the other side, to remove the majority of the shadow in this photo otherwise, a beautiful bridge. 7
03/10/2003 11:32:45 PM
I'm from this area, and you could have gotten a better picture than this. It seems a mite out of focus for some reason or other. Why not back up to the other side and get a shot of the entire bridge showing the ocean off, too?
03/10/2003 07:07:51 PM
The sky isn't so great but the bridge shot is very good. Use a polarizing filter on your camera if possible.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 02:40:34 PM
nice picture i like the idea good work
03/10/2003 01:00:04 PM
this is good, it seems a little out of focus though
03/10/2003 12:45:09 PM
OH,... I like it! Nice shot
03/10/2003 07:55:38 AM
Great photo

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