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Lazy Loxahatchee River
Lazy Loxahatchee River

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Loxahatchee River, west of Jupiter, Florida
Date: Sep 2, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.3 sec
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2006

I took this during a break while kayaking down the Loxahatchee River. I used a circular polarizer and a .6 graduated neutral density filter to reduce the exposure of the sky through the trees and to enable the use of a slower shutter speed than I would have been able to use. Post processing was levels, shadow/highlight tool and history brush.

Place: 115 out of 615
Avg (all users): 6.1087
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.0647
Avg (non-participants): 6.2444
Views since voting: 868
Views during voting: 254
Votes: 184
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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06/24/2007 02:42:57 AM
This was one of my favorites in this challenge, and I pleased I visited it again.....
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10/13/2006 02:59:45 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This is a very nice capture of a beautiful place, I didnít get a chance to vote on this in the challenge, so itís great to be able to take a closer look at it now.

Letís get right to the details!


The first thing I notice here is the implied horizon line is not dead center in the frame. It gives us a chance to enjoy the smooth water feel that your long exposure gives.

Iím not particularly wild about the plant and log on the left. To my eye it grabs my attention and leads my eye right out of the frame. Since it is the main object in the water section (water being all dark and desaturated, and the plant being light and very saturated) it draws my eye right to the plant, then up and out on the log.

The human eye tends to be drawn to the area of high contrast in an image. In moving pictures this might be the area on screen with movement, in still photography itís the highest level of sat/desat, tonal contrast, etc.

Your use of the grad ND filter took that high contrast away from the sky behind the trees and left it for the plant in the river.


Iím very impressed with what you did with the lighting. Use of the ND filter to balance this image in camera is a great insight on your part Ė

Use of the shadow/highlight to further balance this image and add some detail back into the shadows is well done. I would never have guessed you used it Ė so that kind of subtlety in post processing is to be commended too.

If it were a perfect world:

At least according to me, Iíd love to see a subject. To me you have a perfect background for a number of applications. My first thought when I read your comments was ďgee, I wish there was a kayaker in thereĒ. Given your long exposure, that would have been difficult indeed.

However, Iím longing for an interesting stump, a small waterfall, anything in that lower righthand corner to draw my eye back into the photo and away from the plant/log that Iíve already discussed.

So I have great admiration for the technical side of this photo Ė your savvy in using an ND filter to even out your exposure is inspiring (gotta get some of those in MY bag so I can follow your example). The weakness is in the lack of major subject material to hold my eye and engage my interest.

I hope you find this helpful. I admire your work and look forward to seeing more of it int the future.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this critique through the message system here on DPC.

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10/08/2006 09:25:16 AM
When I first saw this shot I swore it was by cam. Little did I know it was my arch nemesis. Very nice work. I gave this a 7 in challenge. I liked the colors and details n the shot. Good feel overall.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2006 04:20:32 PM
7 - Nice image. Wish it were 720 - sure this size doesn't do this justice. Probably looks very good wall sized. Like the composition. A slight tweaking of the 'ranges' might have given this a little more depth/drama and even more of an edge, but perhaps difficult with likely resulting pp issues. Good detail and dof.
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10/03/2006 07:11:56 AM
NIce lush green tones, and good composition between trees and water.
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10/03/2006 03:58:51 AM
Beautiful calmness in this image.
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10/02/2006 04:41:45 AM
lovely colour and comp
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10/01/2006 11:11:51 PM
great exposure
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10/01/2006 11:11:28 PM
This is so real I'm scared of 'gators'!!! Deep rich color. Fantastic.
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10/01/2006 10:01:22 PM
what a lush scene...I really like the soft ripples in the water
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10/01/2006 07:54:20 AM
I get a good sense of calm and stillness from this image.
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10/01/2006 06:47:21 AM
Another very good image with a mirror reflection, thats like velvet.....
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10/01/2006 02:50:32 AM
Impressive composition, and color.
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