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Trees with Snow by the Road
Trees with Snow by the Road

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Challenge: Tribute (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Z
Location: Boulder, CO
Date: Jan 19, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2006

I tried to copy Ansel Adams's style here. I love all of his winter shots.

Place: 120 out of 188
Avg (all users): 5.4346
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0845
Avg (non-participants): 5.5843
Views since voting: 705
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 237
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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06/05/2006 07:39:11 PM
I am not a huge fan of the icey sidewalk, although there was probably not much you could do about it. The picture also seems a little tilted to the left, could just be me though.

Overall though, I love the shot, especially the contrast between the tree branches and the sky/snow.
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02/05/2006 03:11:54 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

A moody image with the wonder of a lightly fallen snow. The branches of the trees outlined with snow gives an interesting texture and dimension to the scene.

The overall composition follows the classic concept of the rule of thirds by allowing the path to end off center. The path itself provides an appropriate entry to the scene. There are, however, a few distractions (as noted by some of your commenters. The drainage grates could have been eliminated so they would not conflict with the lines of the walkway. The parked cars demand attention because of their detail and so take away from the rest of this quite composition competing with the detail in the brances.

The exposure has the range of detail one expects but the scene feels a little too grey. In scenes like this, I strive to achieve the full range of tones from a true black (which you have here) to a true white--the snow should be, in my opinion, truely white. A little adjustment of the levels (contrast) could achieve this.

Overall, a fine composition that lacks that final "punch" to make it a winner. (As far as the challenge of a "tribute," the commenters made clear that they did not understand who you were trying to emulate--I'm sure that hurt your scores. As for Ansel, it's just not the subject matter he shot--snow, yes...suburban scenery, not so sure.)

Keep shooting!
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02/05/2006 03:10:07 PM
--first CC comment didn't seem to register

Message edited by author 2006-02-05 15:12:45.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2006 11:02:12 PM
The use of leading lines in this image is spot on and highly effective. As my eye is drawn into the photo, alas, there is a figure just to the horizon to stop me from going any further. The snow seems a bit gray though. Since we could clone out items, I would have probably cloned out the drain on the right of the road. This would really emphasize the road and it's distinct features. I would also remove the dark area to the bottom right of the image ;) Great job though and a bit of a boost in curves would really make this image a great one! Great shot my friend.
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01/29/2006 07:50:23 AM
This is good, very good.....
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01/28/2006 10:25:48 AM
I really like the way the limbs and branches are accented with the snow. THere is a slight tilt that is sort of distracting.
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01/27/2006 01:05:55 PM
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01/26/2006 03:28:11 AM
and whom may be the photographer you are tributing I dont know 1
01/25/2006 05:00:26 AM
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01/25/2006 03:17:55 AM
beautuful...love this
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01/25/2006 12:39:04 AM
What is this a tribute to?

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