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Washboard Road
Washboard Road

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Challenge: Road (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A95
Location: Middlebury, VT, Creek Road
Date: Jan 17, 2006
Aperture: 5
ISO: auto
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2006

I hope this submission will help me learn. I had to submit this photo taken on AUTO because I neglected to change the size under my Manual setting.I think the composition is good...I need critique Though. Thanks.

Place: 179 out of 230
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07/19/2006 08:12:15 PM
Hi! This has the potential to be a really interesting shot with the right pp in it. You have a good start, basic composition with your road leading you in and around the shot but then it ends. It doesn't take me the rest of way through and that's not always a bad thing if you have something for me to look at when I get to that point. But in this shot there is not much there for me to see.

A couple of ways you could have made it this more interesting was to adjust you different colors in Hue/Saturation with Layers. Adding a layer to adjust the blues, one for the greens, etc. Do this and you can see the picture really start to come to life with color alone. Right now it's just there, nothing to really grab my attention and make me want to stay around.

Another is cropping, I would bring it in just a bit more on the left so the side of the road is on the left boarder so the whole road is what is bringing me in. Then taking me through the picture.

Now you called this washboard road, and having grown up in Montana I know washboard roads and this could be one but not a very defined one. I can see a few bumps but not very many. Maybe if you tried a different angle to really bring out the bumps in the road, giving them more detail, which can also be accomplished with level and curve adjustments. Either that or just change the title so I'm not looking for the bumps.

It's not a bad shot overall and has the potential to be a much better shot with some work. Don't give up, looking at your portfolio you have an eye for this. :)

Hope my comments help.

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02/03/2006 06:37:16 PM
i agree, something lighter in the background, because the trees just look like one giant blue, when u could see there silluette(sp) if u had more light behind them
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01/30/2006 07:16:42 PM

Not bad for your first challenge. And the picture itself is not all that bad. The road pulls you through the picture but there's nothing in the picture that really pops. Maybe a nice sunset or sunrise would help. The picture may look a lot better in the spring or summer. Keep it up, your pictures will improve.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2006 05:45:14 AM
The empty space works well in this image.....
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01/21/2006 02:27:10 PM
A little washed out - and the title does not seem to fit as I cannot see the washboard effect.
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01/21/2006 05:48:11 AM
Apologies if this sounds rude, but first impressions are usually the most honest.
I find it flat and boring, no specific point of interest. Probably should have been one to throw in the bin.
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01/20/2006 11:36:56 AM
a not well detailed shot
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01/18/2006 04:04:57 PM
A rather dull shot: nothing to interest the eye.
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01/18/2006 03:39:27 PM
Hmm, this is a pretty stanard road photograph. Not that much appeal.
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