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Serenity Revisited
Serenity Revisited

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Challenge: Take Two (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Canon
Location: Lake Columbia
Date: Jun 2, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1.3
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2006

my first submission on this site spoiled me. i scored a 6.7 for 4th place, and am now striving for a 6 in each challenge. i\'m finally getting my style together and am able to achieve close to 6 every challenge.

the first night i went, the lighting/sky sucked. it was so blue, no clouds or anything interesting. the second night was this one, and the sky was beautiful. i hope i get in the top 10 again with this, but if not i\'ll still be happy with it.

thanks to everyone\'s help, and good luck to everyone that\'s entered the challenge.

here is my original 4th place finish, from the branch challenge.

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i personally like the newer one the best, because of the bright, vivid colors. i'm very happy with the outcome of both of these shots, and am very thankful for the wonderful comments left by you great friends and fellow photographers.

-Jon Rowe

Place: 48 out of 161
Avg (all users): 6.2595
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1406
Avg (non-participants): 6.3404
Views since voting: 1047
Views during voting: 243
Votes: 158
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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06/13/2006 04:13:53 AM
Hi from the Critique Club!

In line with the challenge, I have looked at the original image too, which I loved by the way;)You have produced two wonderful images that would grace any wall;)

This retake has a totally different feel due the different lighting conditions; your first one having lovely soft orange hues and tones, and this one those gorgeous blues. The line of orange/yellow/red on the horizon contrasts beautifully against the blue, and is picked up in the rocks in the foreground.

The composition is a bold choice as you place your horizon in the middle, cutting the image in two. I am wondering if you did this to avoid replicating the first image too closely? I would have loved to have seen the horizon placed higher as in the first one. The horizon also looks a tad off to me, which seems to emphasize the cutting in half element. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely as it is, but I think the colours were different enough for you to get away with copying your other image's placement of the horizon,and perhaps have upped your already excellent score;)

The tree is wonderful and dramatic, I just wish it were a little closer to the foreground and filled the frame more, I guess I'm just greedy;)

You're obviously an expert at finding the right aperture and shutter speed for these lovely evening shots, and the image is clean and crisp.

A beautiful take two, can't wait to see 3 and 4;)

Message edited by author 2006-06-14 00:41:50.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2006 01:07:44 PM
Gorgeous shot> i didnt look up the original but it doesnt matter. Great colors and the lonely tree works great. Bumping up.
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06/11/2006 04:26:03 PM
Great color and positioning of the lone tree/branch. I would have cropped out the bottom part of the shot, but that's just my preference.
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06/10/2006 12:23:58 AM
Very serene. Nice colours.
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06/08/2006 07:49:30 PM
Don't know the original so I don't know wheither you did better or worse.
Colours are good but it is a bit irritating that the tree bends at the horizon. Using rule of thirds I would have preferred to have the horizon a bit lower or higher, not in the middle of the picture. That is just me!
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06/07/2006 08:41:22 PM
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06/06/2006 02:36:42 PM
Nice color. Good placement I would like to see the first time.
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06/06/2006 01:13:51 PM
I find the foreground slightly bothersome.
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