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The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep...
The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep...
ecdillon


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Adirondack Park, New York
Date: Sep 2, 2005
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2005

Taken at Rollins Pond, Adirondack Park
Cropped, upped contrast, adjusted hues.

Statistics
Place: 150 out of 432
Avg (all users): 5.2300
Avg (commenters): 6.1538
Avg (participants): 5.1060
Avg (non-participants): 5.3676
Views since voting: 948
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 287
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/19/2005 04:00:44 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

First impression on the photo is that there is no real overall theme or focal point to the photo. You have done a good job on the exposure to get the sillhouettes to be sharp.

I do think that the colors overall do contribute to the photo. The sky is just a small section that is blown out, but it does not detract from the photo.

A couple of improvements that may help:

First is that the branches, while the theme for the challenge, do not seem to be a focal point for you to look at. Rather, they are jumbled together and generally seem to form a detraction to the eyes. The eyes are almost forced to jump around from place to place trying to find somewhere to rest and really look at for a while. Especially in sillhouette shots, there should be something that really makes me stop and look at it for a while. Simplify the composition by removing some of the trees/branches from the photo.

Second would be the crop. The trees are supposed to give me a vertical feel, they should be tall and lofty. Instead with the crop that you've given me, everything feels stumpy, short and confined, which is exactly the opposite of what trees should feel like. Also the trees seem to be leaning all to the left (except the one to the far left), so a little clockwise rotation would help to give them more of a vertical feel. If you want the crop you have here, at least remove the branches which are poking in from the right side of the photo.

Overall Impression: While I did not vote in this challenge, I would have scored this picture a 4. The sillhouette and feelings evoked by this photo give it potential, but it just needs a little more of a focal place to make it stand out.

If you have any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 10:30:22 PM
nice lighting
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09/12/2005 08:23:51 PM
i like this photo alot. clouds and sky are great. contrast of branches against sky is good. nice.
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09/12/2005 07:59:01 PM
A nice photo. I really like your idea and the picture in general, it's interesting.
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09/12/2005 10:41:09 AM
gray/blues are nice here
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09/12/2005 04:54:07 AM
A very nice image, dark, broody, mournful...yet at the same time beautiful. 7
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09/10/2005 08:16:32 PM
Love that it was taken at night! It is way different from the others! good idea!
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09/09/2005 01:07:02 AM
interesting.
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09/08/2005 07:19:06 PM
The composition doesn't work to create an interesting picture for me --
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09/08/2005 07:17:18 PM
Nice photo. I like it.
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09/08/2005 02:09:24 PM
I'm having a real delema scoring this one. It's a great shot but the dramatic sky as well as it being dark and monochromatic gives me the creeps. I sure don't see "lovely" but rather scary. My problem is reconciling the image with the title. Tough call...
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09/08/2005 12:44:21 PM
Very atmospheric! not too keen on you title, but the photo is great!
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09/08/2005 10:09:12 AM
Ooh I like that altogether.
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09/08/2005 09:31:27 AM
Nice job
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09/08/2005 06:09:04 AM
Cool colors in the sky and the shadowy trees really give a dark feel to the shot. Nice Job.
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09/08/2005 12:00:25 AM
I can't agree more; like the message and the photo...
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09/07/2005 05:12:59 PM
... but I have miles to go before I sleep...
Is that from the same poem by robert frost, or do I remember it incorrectly?
Nice silouettes! :)
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09/07/2005 05:02:47 AM
Very poetic! Wonderful job!
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