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Two Bridges
Two Bridges

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Challenge: From the Ground Up III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Date: Aug 8, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30s
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Aug 8, 2006

Market Street and Walnut Street Bridges in Chattanooga

Place: 30 out of 361
Avg (all users): 6.2009
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.3488
Views since voting: 846
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 224
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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08/22/2006 07:04:36 AM
Hello from the Critique Club.

This image is very well done and a good subject choice for this challenge. I remember when I voted on this image that I liked the bridge and the technical aspects of the image but that there was a lot of other stuff competing for attention. The part of this image that grabs my attention first is the under lighting of the bridge. This part of the photo shows great texture and really addresses the subject of the challenge. From there, my eyes went to the far right side of the image to the lights reflecting in the water. Then I glanced over to the colors in the sky over by the second bridge. As you can see, the great from the ground up perspective was lost by all of the other pleasant looking things in this image.

Here are a few suggestions you could try to see if they help bring focus to your image. I suggest you crop off the reflected lights on the right side of the image, including the two bright lights that are under the bridge. Since the eye naturally looks from left to right, this crop would eliminate the competing subject of the reflected light and make the second lighted bridge support a complimentary secondary subject. I would also suggest cropping some off the left side of the image so the bridge bisects the upper left corner. This will let the bridge act as a leading line to the wonderful lighting underneath. If you feel like re-shooting this image, I would suggest staying a little longer and see how it looks when there is less color in the sky on the left. This bridge has so much texture and character that it should be able to stand on it own merit.

If you have any questions regarding this critique, feel free to send my a PM.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/15/2006 02:08:18 PM
nice lights on the water reflections, great angle.
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08/14/2006 09:08:10 AM
black spots a bit distracting, beautiful shot
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08/13/2006 04:08:06 PM
I like the perspective
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08/13/2006 12:26:38 PM
Perfect lighting.9
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08/13/2006 02:01:35 AM
Stunning colors. Too bad you can't clone out the speck in the upper right corner. Still an 8 in my book.
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08/11/2006 05:55:03 AM
I like the colors and I don't get to see to many large rivers and bridges like this. Only thing I noticed is the little blur (Cloud?) at the top-right which is slightly distracting.
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