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After The Rain
After The Rain

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Zoom
Location: Tuggerah Lake, NSW Australia
Date: Sep 4, 2005
Aperture: F3.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2005


Place: 87 out of 432
Avg (all users): 5.5686
Avg (commenters): 5.9000
Avg (participants): 5.4503
Avg (non-participants): 5.6892
Views since voting: 864
Views during voting: 453
Votes: 299
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/19/2005 03:32:17 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Contrasting the bright red color of the flower against the watery background works very well in this photo. When you can find one thing that is different from the surroundings/background it has the beginnings of a good photo.

A few things might make this composition a little better. First is the removal of the second branch from the photo. By going forward and physically moving the branch so it is not in the picture would simplify the seeming jumble of branches to the left and allow the one remaining branch to point to the flower which is the focal point of the picture.

A slightly tighter crop, sort of like this simplifies the photo, yet keeps the flower as the focal point.
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I just don't think that the square crop helps the photo. Notice how the branches now all point to the flower, and don't leave me stuck on the ends when I am following them with my eyes.

The red flower is almost directly in the middle horizontal of the photo and gives the picture the 'flat' or dead look. Try to make it more dynamic by moving it either up or down to one of the third's lines.

I would also like to see a little more of the flower, turned toward me or some more detail in it.

Others have mentioned the seeming darkness of the picture and the softness in the branches/flower, so I won't repeat that even though I do think they are valid points. Maybe a slight levels adjustment in the dark areas while not touching the highlights would do the trick.

I would encourage you to increase the size of your photo that you submit, as your picture is only 501x480, where you are allowed to submit up to 640x640. The larger the picture size you enter, the more detail the voter will see (especially in the flower itself). I do think this would have bumped your score up by 2/10ths at least.

Overall Impression: While I did not vote in this challenge, I would have scored this picture a 5. Larger version of this would be a 6. Cropped it to get the flower more dynamic a 7. I do like the photo overall, and feel that it has potential, and just needs a little more to make it stand out.

If you have any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

p.s. People really appreciate when you click that their comments are helpful, so I would encourage you to do that.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 11:43:16 PM
Shot feels too soft over all but I really like the color in contrast with the branches. The title seems a little out of place because you can't really tell it's rained, but thats a nitpick.
09/13/2005 09:14:30 PM
wow... this is really pretty... and i totlay get the image with the title...
09/13/2005 11:49:22 AM
a little sharper...crop
09/11/2005 08:51:47 PM
wow that's really interesting, the red with the brown and blackish looking water. I like how the red is so vibrant. Great job.
09/10/2005 08:57:31 AM
A nicely composed shot, and nice balance between the line of the branch, the texture of the water and the form and colour of the flower. But just wondering if the WB was set for cloudy conditions since it seems very dark.
09/09/2005 08:05:37 PM
Nice focus. The flowers kind of ugly though and I don't like it that much.
09/09/2005 01:11:55 AM
09/08/2005 08:07:00 PM
I like the picture and the setting but it seems a little blurry.,
09/08/2005 11:33:13 AM
Like the bokeh and the red bloom/cone? Wish the limb was completely in focus, but a very good shot none-the-less. Great job.
09/08/2005 12:20:38 AM
I really like the red in contrast to most of the gray in your picture. Also the water reflection (that is water right?) is excellent. Nicely portrayed.
09/07/2005 02:28:27 PM
this image is simple and graceful. The blurred background and the flower as a central point of focus cut it above alot of similar entrys. Good luck!
09/07/2005 12:15:49 PM
My first reaction was the focus was a bit soft. The lighting also looks a bit flat, IMHO.
09/07/2005 09:08:06 AM
I wish this were a tad more focused. The red stands out nicely amidst the shimmery silver water.

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