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A handful of serenity in the city
A handful of serenity in the city

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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Motoyama Temple
Date: Jul 30, 2006
Aperture: F13
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

A quiet place to escape to not far from my place. This is where I go when I need to think or escape a few hours. The colors and the perspective is how I see it when I am there.

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Place: 290 out of 329
Avg (all users): 4.7961
Avg (commenters): 5.5714
Avg (participants): 4.7387
Avg (non-participants): 4.8632
Views since voting: 635
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 206
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/23/2006 01:08:44 AM
Wow, the silhouette of the elephant and hand in the same photo but with a wild perspective the coloring from one side to the other is remarkable.
This is artwork and what I like to see in a exhibits, so great job on this..

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08/09/2006 09:13:15 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Hi Kat,

This is a natural and lovely idea for the challenge. I especially like the way you have captured the statue in the hand of the other one.

Regarding the composition. There are certian elements that are un-Zen-like, and really dp detract from the overall impression that your picture makes. The branch and leaves from near-by trees add a business that is not serene; this is especially the case where the leaves overlap with the statue.

Regarding the post-processing. I\'m not sure the colouring is that peaceful. Niether black nor yellow are particularly soothing colours.
I think (although I\'d have to see the original to be sure) that you lost a lot of detail in your post-processing. It would have been lovely to see more definition on the statue, especially around the hands.

I hope my comments help and Good Luck in future Challenges!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2006 12:55:54 PM
Thats pretty cool. I would prefer if it weren't backlit so much and I could see more detail in the hand but the statue looks lovely.
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08/04/2006 03:47:45 AM
Great job from the 'Great Job Baggie'! I love the foreground in this, it really gives a great sense of depth and relativity to this photo.
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08/03/2006 07:59:10 AM
Nice idea here, and the colortones work wll.
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08/02/2006 12:23:36 AM
I like the idea but it seems underexposed in your focus area. And the highlights seem a bit blown out.
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08/01/2006 11:03:19 PM
a buddha in the hand
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07/31/2006 07:13:17 PM
Excellent setting! My only advice would be to simplify the image, it looks a little too cluttered.
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07/31/2006 05:42:22 PM
I don't like the colouring here, plus I find it a little dark
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