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Special Branch?
Special Branch?

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2600Z
Location: Near Sognsvann, Oslo, Norway
Date: Sep 4, 2005
Aperture: F/3,5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/79 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2005


Place: 352 out of 432
Avg (all users): 4.3819
Avg (commenters): 4.2222
Avg (participants): 4.1429
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Views since voting: 635
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 288
Comments: 13
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09/18/2005 11:46:23 PM
Salut from the critique club!

Mmm, you can almost smell the needles! Your picture has a neat twist with the different plant mixed in (I'm terrible with plant names... sorry!) On to the picture!

Color: First thing that I noticed is the color seems a bit flat. All I see is a lot of a sort of muted green. You've got two different greens in the picture, and enhancing them with either color balance, hue/saturation or selective color in photoshop could help bring out the yellows in the one tree and the greens in the other. Then you'd really see the difference between the two trees.

Light: I can't tell if you used a flash, but there seems to be a bit of highlight on the non-needled tree. I think a bit of adjusting with contrast/brightness will help balance out the lightness on those leaves.
Another option (if you used the flash) is to up your iso, or use a tripod so you can get the exposre you want without using a flash.

Focus: It seems as though it was a windy day, which has caused a bit of motion blur. I know it can be frustrating! Sometimes, if your with someone, and they don't mess up your light, you can have them block the wind. If that's not possible, open your aperture and up your iso so you can use a faster shutter speed.

Composition: Since I think your focus was on the lighter tree, and not the needles, you've done a good job of composition. The only thing I can see is it's a bit tight cropping on the lower left branch. One other little thing is I would have removed the dead leaf on the lower right.

I see this is your first entry to DPC. You're off to an excellent start. Welcome to the addiction, and happy shooting! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 09:29:08 PM
hehe its soooo green... i like it. the different shades of green is nice
09/13/2005 12:46:02 AM
Could use a little more contrast - but I would hang it. :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/12/2005 04:45:02 PM
I think you could have played with the colors a little more.Nice job though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/12/2005 04:48:44 AM
The image obviously meets the challenge but feels far too busy for my liking. I'm unsure of what exactly I'm supposed to be focusing on. Good luck with the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/11/2005 02:24:39 PM
Why's it special??? :S
09/10/2005 08:00:10 PM
Nice lighting and nice photo!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/10/2005 07:34:09 PM
Cute title, interesting pic
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/08/2005 08:36:45 PM
09/08/2005 06:34:19 PM
I just wish there were better definition on the "special" branch. If the highlights were more subtle, perhaps....
did you think about desaturating the red-orange to lower the importance of the dead leaves caught among the branches of the pine?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/07/2005 07:26:21 PM
i think this picture has a lot of potential. mess aroudn with coloring and such...it could be really cool. 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/07/2005 02:48:06 PM
too busy
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/07/2005 07:35:37 AM
The composition just seems higgeldy-piggeldy. I don't get the reference to the branch being 'special' either I'm afraid.

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