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Evening at the Gate
Evening at the Gate
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Challenge: Shadows III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: My Backyard
Date: Jun 10, 2006
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2006

An old gate by our barn. This is in my backyard behind the house. I like the evening sunshine and the pattern of the shadow it made. Rotated the canvas slightly, USM, and ran through OptikVerve Labs "Romance" filter. Hope everyone enjoys it.

Stephen

Nikon D50
2006/06/10 18:33:58.8
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 50mm F/1.8 D
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/100 sec - F/5
Exposure Comp.: -0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off

Statistics
Place: 64 out of 154
Avg (all users): 5.6526
Avg (commenters): 7.0833
Avg (participants): 5.5200
Avg (non-participants): 5.7391
Views since voting: 760
Views during voting: 264
Votes: 190
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0


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06/23/2006 06:54:16 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

First impression and overall look:
First things that came to mind was: nice colors. Maybe a tad oversaturated, but apparently that does well on DPC. Second thing that came to mind was: hey! this is actually a picture of a shadow! Well done. Then came the rest. I like the late or early lighting. It does give that romantic feel that you were going for. I like the light on the leaves on the top. It frames the picture well. What I would have cropped out is the tree on the left and the bush on the right. And since this is an advanced editing challenge, I would also have cloned out the dirt mound at the back. It's distracting and doesn't add to the image.

Technical and post processing:
OptikVerve did a good job. The colors are indeed very romantic, and there is a softness in the image that many will find pleasing. The fence is a bit dark. Maybe a soft fill-in flash could have brought back some detail. Personally I might have tried a layer mask to blur the trees in the a bit more.

Meeting the challenge:
Yes it does. There is a pretty shadow, which is also the main focus of the image.

How to raise your score:
A neater enviroment could have helped you, although I realise that it would be hard to grow some grass quickly on the trodden down path. A better crop could have given you some extra decimals, but in the end I think the picture is just not interesting enough to score high with the DPC voters.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2006 03:53:26 PM
angle is distracting, it seems you(camera) were a litle high of ground. dirt mound in backgruond is distracting.
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06/16/2006 10:03:23 AM
It's hard to resist taking photos of such pleasant sights and sensations. But it is hard to frame them well and remove the unimportant elements. I think you did pretty well.
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06/15/2006 06:30:40 AM
Good use of the late afternoon sun with good colours.
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06/13/2006 11:16:30 PM
beautiful with the long afternoon shadows
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06/13/2006 08:19:17 PM
A very pretty use of shadow to emphasize the shape.
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06/13/2006 07:11:33 PM
I really like this photo. Shows how shadows can be used to balance a composition in the same way that reflections are usually used over water. And great colour too.
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06/13/2006 03:53:21 PM
Most people may not notice, but I like how your focus was actually on the shadows and had a soft blur to the actual fence. Especially since the challenge was supposed to focus on the shadow. Good job.
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06/13/2006 09:54:42 AM
lovely and serene, you've done a nice job with this
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06/12/2006 11:14:42 PM
This is a beautiful photo except..the gate looks unaturally smooth but the colors are brillant and meets the challenge well 8
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06/12/2006 07:22:01 PM
Very pretty!! I just love the leaves at the top, they add so much to this photo with their glow and the pretty framing. The only thing I don't like is the angle of the gate. It's neither straight nor diagonal, just off at some weird in-between angle. 8
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06/12/2006 01:22:51 PM
What a beautiful photo. The colours are lovely and warm.
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06/12/2006 12:27:14 AM
gorgeous colors!! well done!!
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