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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0-5.6D
Location: Cave Rock at Lake Tahoe, Nevada (I think NV)
Date: Oct 20, 2005
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005

Taken at Cave Rock on Lake Tahoe. The grain was produced by using Levels.

The work on this image includes Levels, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, USM, cloning out a small rock in the water, cloning out the halo added with USM, and extra sharpening on the rocks. Straightened, sized and border added.

Place: 150 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.1771
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 5.0336
Avg (non-participants): 5.4110
Views since voting: 710
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 192
Comments: 5
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11/02/2005 05:17:31 PM
Greetings from Critique Club.

A good landscape scene in B&W.

B&W seems to have been the best medium to use for this challenge and you have chosen a photogenic scene for your entry.

A nicely composed shot that would have done very well in a landscape challenge but falls slightly short in the Image Grain challenge, a fact that is evident in the scoring. The grain is evident in the hills in the background, but not so evident in the foreground. The border works well and is not obtrusive. There is a Zen-like quality to your shot which would work well in a straight landscape. Perhaps tighter cropping on the deck and 'pergola' would have accentuated the grain in this part of the photo. I cannot fault the composition, just the grain that evident.

Your technique looks fine, but the extra sharpening of the rocks may have destroyed the grain that was inherent in the original. You did not lose anything in sizing and saving for web, which I assume you did, although it is not stated.

I like the feel and stucture of your entry, it slightly missed the overall grain effect in the foreground. B&W was the right choice and I imagine the original would look great on anyone's wall. There is a real Japanese feel to this photo. With more grain evident in the foreground your score would have been higher.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2005 12:40:45 PM
The grain workes well here!
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10/26/2005 01:10:05 PM
Where is the image grain? I just don't see it. I see a lot of texture on the hills in the background due to trees, but no grain. This is a nice image. I think with slightly different processing this would be a strong image.
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10/24/2005 01:10:19 PM
IMO this scene does not work well with noise/grain. I think grain goes more with a dark or brooding atmosphere or an old-timey look. I think this would be a good shot without the grain and in color.
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10/24/2005 10:59:02 AM
very very nice landscape. not too grainy, but one of the best.
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