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Winterscene in sodium
Winterscene in sodium

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Backlighting II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Location: Borlange, Sweden
Date: Jan 8, 2006
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20 s
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2006

Some details along the rivershore backlit by the industrial lights on the other side of the river. Set WB on "sun" and kpt the glow on purpose.

Place: 61 out of 324
Avg (all users): 5.8655
Avg (commenters): 7.1333
Avg (participants): 5.6261
Avg (non-participants): 6.0229
Views since voting: 772
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 290
Comments: 18
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/24/2006 12:42:57 AM
**** Greeting from the Critique Club ****

- Relevant to the Challenge? Yes
- Is subject unique (vs. unoriginal or rehashed)? Yes

- Good or Bad? How can it be fixed? Nice use of the Rule of Thirds for composition. The subject is interesting with the curves of the puddle and the straight lines of the twigs and stones.
- Good use of Depth of Field? Yes. I am amazed at the work you did with ISO 100, aperture f/11. It would require a 20 sec exposure. I don't know that I could pull that one off myself (although strictly speaking I can only do an f/8 with my camera...)
- Good focus? Yes

- Good use of light? Yes. Interesting use of white balance along with the long exposure.
- Are there any over-blown highlights? Thereare a couple of edges that are blown out, but minorly. My eye keeps going to the lit edge of the top middle stone with the very sharp white edge.
- Good use of shadows? Yes
- Are there any overly dark shadows? Actually the biggest rock I'd like to see more details in the shadows.

Aesthetics/Artistic Appeal:
- Colors and Contrast. Contrast is excellent, and I don't know that I'd choose the WB to give the orange color cast, but it works for many of the commentors/voters.
- Sharpness. Maybe a little over sharp. Did you post-process at all. Maybe soften it a little.
- What is my reaction or feelings? A great image with lots of details. Very respectable score for your second submission. I can't wait to see more of your work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 11:56:24 PM
nice amber effect
01/17/2006 09:11:46 PM
Gorgeous golden glow. 10.
01/17/2006 09:03:11 PM
Highly interesting treatment. That twig is certainly an oddity. Bumping up.
01/17/2006 07:22:19 PM
Nice microcosm. It is all encapsulated here with the branch and the ice
01/17/2006 01:39:25 PM
Nice composition. Color? BW might be just as good.
01/15/2006 01:05:38 AM
nicely done
01/14/2006 01:41:44 PM
this is amazing
01/13/2006 07:21:39 PM
01/13/2006 05:24:36 PM
Feels very cold in spite of the warm color. Nice found composition.
01/13/2006 03:24:23 PM
I light the water highlight in back of the little tree. Very novel shot.
01/13/2006 04:53:16 AM
Unusual color tone, but I like the subject matter very much.....
01/12/2006 03:09:13 PM
This is growing on me. Its strange and the composition is a little unusual... the warm tone and ice is usually not a good mix, but I get the feeling that the surreal is part of what you were going for. The type of picture that is probably more powerfull viewed in print than on a computer screen...
01/12/2006 02:47:19 PM
nice photo!
01/12/2006 03:22:07 AM
One of my favorites in the challenge! The twig in the glare is what makes this image, in my opinion.
01/12/2006 01:52:33 AM
Wow, I love how the twig is caught right in the long reflection of the light source.
01/11/2006 08:10:44 PM
Since it's a winter scene, I'd imagine it either in grays or blues. This makes it look so much warmer and inviting that it probably is!
01/11/2006 02:00:41 AM
Beautiful shot. nice composition and use of lighting here

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