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Rows of gulls
Rows of gulls

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Challenge: Shallow DOF II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
Location: River Thames, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Date: Dec 16, 2005
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: unknown
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2005

Early afternoon on river Thames @ Marlow. Murky day helped keep attention on the 'subjects'

Place: 81 out of 346
Avg (all users): 5.7323
Avg (commenters): 8.1111
Avg (participants): 5.5495
Avg (non-participants): 5.8608
Views since voting: 653
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 269
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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01/03/2006 02:56:54 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I am happy to get this great shot to critique! You did a great job with the Shallow DOF, your photo meets the challenge perfectly. Now for my attempt to help you to score better:

I notice that the focus is a little soft on the subject (this was possibly on purpose), this can cost some points with the voters. I believe that the contrast could be bumped up a little bit. Your shot was taken in the middle of the day where the lighting is not always desirable, (I know that this was when the opportunity presented itself) however the voters here score photos taken at dawn and dusk higher since the lighting creates a more dramatic impact.

I really like your shot and believe that it should have scored higher.

Keep shooting shots like this one and you will ribbon soon.

  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 07:36:08 PM
Wonderful capture! I like the composition and the application of DOF.
12/27/2005 03:29:22 PM
nice image
12/27/2005 01:16:01 AM
Simple image done really well.......................
12/25/2005 10:46:30 PM
Love the seagull shots. I take them almost daily. This is very pretty, and the CORRECT use of Shallow DOF. Nice job! (9)
12/24/2005 12:17:47 PM
Great shot - nice light - a rare chance all gulls together - moments later probably gone.
12/23/2005 09:25:09 AM
Just back for some comments...
How did you manage to find all of those birds posing so nicely for you? The composition is great with the line of posts and the railing both leading into the focal point. I think the only thing lacking in this picture for me was the dull color. The swan biting the duck's tail on the right is also kind of silly! I gave this one a 9. Good luck!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/22/2005 07:34:18 PM
Nicely done.
12/22/2005 03:41:44 PM
7- great shot, could use cropping on the top to the farthest blurred gull or just past the grassy area, and from the right to the closest blurred gull, maybe slight brightening and contrast
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 10:53:33 PM
Nice capture
12/21/2005 12:44:19 AM
Nice photo! Would have liked it a bit brighter, perhaps, but very nice!
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