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Constable Country
Constable Country

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Challenge: Country Life II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Location: Whitford, Auckland, NZ
Date: Feb 12, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2006

Spent a great afternoon out shooting with FleaNZ all around the multi-million dollar rural-residential area not far from our family home. This area is where I used to race my mums car on gravel roads and shoot possums safely because there were no houses ... LOL

We covered a ot of territory and took a lot of different wonderful shots, but this one with the late light, the warmth of the summer colours and the water was the stand-out. The water has bugged me no end. It is real. Ex-camera it is this almost powder blue and it just doesn't look real but it is.

People are no doubt going to accuse this of being over processed, they probably haven't been to New Zealand:)

Post processing is NO crop, a straighten, +25 contrast and a slight colout balance away from the blue haze. Otherwise, it's almost as we saw it.

Place: 70 out of 219
Avg (all users): 5.7630
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6869
Avg (non-participants): 5.8304
Views since voting: 925
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 211
Comments: 13
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02/26/2006 12:19:09 AM
Its a wonderful shot. The countryside is just awesome. I may have cut just a tad off the bottom, with the harsh light on the grass.

But it really is quite nice, great photo.
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02/25/2006 02:38:56 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Hello,KiwiPix. We meet again. It's always fun to critique one of your images; you show me new things.

I very much like the foreground fence. Any higher and it would have blocked the viewer from the remainder of the picture, as it is, it acts as a leading line and introduction to the rest. Good shadow control. (much darker would have been disaster)and lovely soft colors.

I do see your dilemma on the water and background mountains. Actually, the biggest problem I see in this very nice image is the bald, bright sky. YOu've been through all this already, I"m sure, but my suggestion would be to crop out the mountains & sky and just leave that heavenly blue water as the final backdrop to this gentle, peaceful photograph.

again, very nice. And good luck in your future DPC Challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/19/2006 06:00:24 AM
Composition: 5 - Technical: 5 - Creativity: 6 - Appeal: 6 - Challenge: 6 - Overall Score: 6 - (weighted - NOT a calculated average)

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02/16/2006 04:41:17 PM
A little too much to look at IMO... Nice view and colors though.
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02/16/2006 01:01:52 PM
I like the view here. I do not like the appearance of the water and the hills in the background. Both are the same color. I would have cropped out the water and the hills on this image.
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02/15/2006 07:56:45 PM
absolutely beautiful colors and use of the entire photograph
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02/15/2006 04:43:24 AM
great shot...love the colour
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02/15/2006 12:29:22 AM
certainly looks what constable would do if he was around today, I like the way you have used thr fence for a natural frame
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02/14/2006 06:34:20 PM
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02/13/2006 06:03:29 PM
Great colors.
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02/13/2006 06:10:29 AM
I could live here.....I love how you have used the light. I am going to say "WOW" factor here.....
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02/13/2006 03:11:58 AM
Lovely image ... so powerful and clear.
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02/13/2006 01:18:19 AM
Awesome lighting!!! A bit busy though. Your colors look a little oversaturated for my taste and the water doesn't look the right shade, but damn you got some nice lighting! Where is this?
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