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Seagulls at Sunset Cliffs
Seagulls at Sunset Cliffs

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Challenge: Triptych (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Nov 11, 2005
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Animals, Diptych / Triptych
Date Uploaded: Nov 13, 2005


Place: 180 out of 234
Avg (all users): 5.2101
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.1570
Avg (non-participants): 5.2574
Views since voting: 744
Views during voting: 418
Votes: 257
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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11/26/2005 08:33:00 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective - in my opinion you have to consider the three sections as a whole to really appreciate this composition. Although the division is well done (see below) the whole scene is very serene and quiet. Another element that makes this work is the fact it is all sky, no land. A nice play off your title. The number of birds in the scene is enough to keep the ratio of apparent negative space and the subjects becoming imbalanced. Their placement is the shot is very well done and the space between them is short enough that the group can be considered as a whole helping the balance.

Color – as a whole there is a very nice gradation from top to bottom in this scene and with the divisions (see below) separating the shot very well. Each panel has its own place in the palette. The birds silhouetted against the colors in all areas is perfect. They allow the color to stand for itself and creates a second viewing balance – between the birds and the colors of sky. The strongest aspect of the colors in the shot, in my opinion, is the leading line affect they have. I find myself drawn over the shot following the color shift from top to bottom.

Lighting – natural light very well used. Time of day was chosen perfectly for this exposure. A little later and the birds would start to get lost in the darkening blue and earlier and the horizon would be too bright. The small clouds on the horizon attest to good exposure control for the available light as well. Well done!

Challenge requirements – at first glance I can see where people would be somewhat turned off by this as a Triptych. However, the division into thirds of this shot is such that is creates a perfect triptych. Each panel has its own color tone which separates them very nicely and creates three separate moods in the shot. I also find it interesting that the top and bottom panels only have two birds in them. Done on purpose? Either way, I find it an element that lends strength.

Overall/my opinion – this is a very beautiful shot with a lot of emotive force. The colors are excellent and at just the right intensity to create synergy with the mood. The grouping of the flock of birds is well done and their arrangement in the scene couldn’t be better if you asked them to pose. Very well done!

EDIT: Removed paste error

Message edited by author 2005-11-26 16:38:06.
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11/21/2005 10:45:46 AM
gorgeous photo
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11/21/2005 10:35:51 AM
I just loved this photo! I think it's an awesome photo and works great as a triptych!

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11/21/2005 02:40:35 AM
Yup! You're in San Diego! Say hi to the cliffs for me, willya? I'm surprised this scored so low, except I guess the PP artifacts were just too much for the voters.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/19/2005 12:02:18 AM
Looks oversharpened. Visible halo around birds.
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11/17/2005 10:35:12 AM
nice capture
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11/15/2005 02:08:57 PM
Why there's a glow around birds? If it is made on purpose, I think it's not a good idea.
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11/15/2005 11:28:21 AM
How does the division of your picture into three frames enhance the photo? How does this "tell...a story or illustrates a concept or object" better than the original image?
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11/14/2005 09:00:53 PM
i love it!!! 10
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11/14/2005 12:51:43 AM
A pity about the haloing artifacts. If this is Sunset Cliffs in OB, San Diego, you're right over the hill from my old house...
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