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Challenge: 30 Seconds or More (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: a park in staten island, NY
Date: Jun 17, 2006
Aperture: 16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 152 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 17, 2006

some level/ WB adjustments => USM => crop

locked the camera in a bulb exposure with remote shutter. ran around the tree with a 550ex rigged to a pocked wizard and stuck on the end of a monopod. i popped off a few dozen flashes into the tree with a colored filter (blue NY Times delivery bag) over the head.

Place: 116 out of 170
Avg (all users): 5.0076
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 4.9474
Avg (non-participants): 5.0220
Views since voting: 1107
Views during voting: 565
Votes: 394
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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07/04/2006 01:55:11 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First Impression: This image is certainly one to make viewers take a second look, because it is not apparent immediately what exactly is going on in the photo.


Composition - The photo seems a little bit cluttered to me, with so many trees, it takes a bit to notice the enchanted one that is apparently the main subject.

Lighting - The lighting here provides an atmostphere that goes well with the enchanted feeling. You've obviously created this effect on purpose from reading your comments.

Focus - The focus seems to be reasonably clear, but it's hard to tell since the details are so small because of the many objects in your shot.

Colors & Contrast - Interesting colors, and good contrast.


Meets the challenge? - You had a shutter speed of more than 30 seconds, so you've met the challenge, but this image doesn't visually express it to me, there's no reason why this couldn't have been taken at 5 seconds to me. I believe this is where your average score comes from - voters wanted to see something that looks like a long exposure.

Subject Choice - I think that choosing a closer crop to one tree, and using just that single subject would've improved this shot a lot. The background building distracts.

Title - Well you've certainly gotten an eerie feeling with this one, and the blue light certainly doesn't appear natural, so your title fits.

Photographer's comments - This was an obvious effect judging by your comments, so congratulations if you've achieved what you were aiming for. Don't let the score get you down, what's considered great on DPC isn't the only type of art out there. Keep doing your thing if it makes you happy.

My Suggestions: I'd like to see a tighter crop, and a less distracting background here. I think that would improve your score quite a bit.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this critique, feel free to PM me.

Keep Shooting!


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 01:13:50 PM
Maybe more contrast would make this pop more seems to be missing something.
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06/23/2006 01:07:46 PM
i love this one, the way you've captured it makes it looks a little eerie but intruiging.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/23/2006 02:42:31 AM
Wow...where does that lighting under the canopy come from??
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2006 01:24:20 PM
Meets Challenge:2
Technical: 1
Wow: 0
Total Score: 5
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06/21/2006 10:25:00 PM
I like your subject and framing, but the orange is a little to intense, and the green a little too muted, for my mind.
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