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Early Morning Sentinel
Early Morning Sentinel

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Challenge: Rule of Thirds III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Date: Apr 23, 2007
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2007

Out for our early morning walk, the cloudy sky a beautiful backdrop for the cactus and its residents. Just past sunrise, the light had a red tint to it. The bird, a curve-billed thrasher, I believe, was shrieking at us - I suppose we had walked too close to it's nest in the cactus- and it caught my eye.
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Place: 106 out of 380
Avg (all users): 5.9515
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7831
Avg (non-participants): 6.1220
Views since voting: 691
Views during voting: 226
Votes: 165
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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05/12/2007 10:29:20 AM
I use to live in Phoenix and I miss the cactus they always give texture to a photo.
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05/05/2007 01:13:35 PM
Hey there from the Critique Club

First of all, CONGRATS on your new personal best score!! It always excites me to surpass old scores, even just to get a new one on my profile page. Very nice work to beat the strong work you already have there.

Camera Work/Technical: Excellent focus and nice depth of field use, as well as color use, to isolate the subject from the sky background. I see that you were down at ISO 50, but I still think I see some graininess in the sky. Perhaps just a touch of neat image or noise ninja would have cleared that up.

Lighting: Terrific, even lighting gives this one a great warmth and makes it a very appealing image. I see that you added some contrast in your post-processing. I think even a little more would have benefited it. I took the liberty to make some minor adjustments to further illustrate what I am talking about. In the image below, I added a very small curves adjustment and a little bit of neat image, as well as a border (yeah, I am on that side of the never-ending border debate). I'll gladly remove your image if you'd like me too, but here it is.
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Composition/Content: Great choice of subjects and well placed to fall nicely into the rule of thirds.

My Opinion: A well-deserved new personal best. With some very minor adjustments, I think this one might have jumped that 6 hurdle. Nice work, and I look forward to more new bests from you.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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05/04/2007 11:56:03 AM
Congrats on a new personal best - a nice quiet, simple capture.
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05/03/2007 08:36:28 PM
A very nice and simple shot. What a beautiful bird! Love the contrast of the subject with the beautiful sky.
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05/02/2007 06:40:12 AM
Yay, Maxine! New PB! And I really like the shot - simple, but very engaging. Clouds and light were indeed perfect for it. Nicely done!
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05/02/2007 12:43:23 AM
Congrats on your new personal best, Maxine! :) It's a really nice shot. Even better, now when you look at each other and say, "remember that bird," You'll be able to go look at it again. :)
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05/02/2007 12:04:27 AM
I like the warm color, and the sharpness of the cactus against the soft cloudy background.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/28/2007 08:02:12 PM
The clouds look dirty. How long was this picture your camera? Just kidding around. Good shot.
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04/28/2007 10:40:51 AM
good shot, and those clouds help make a better background
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04/27/2007 05:03:13 PM
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04/25/2007 07:13:46 PM
the lighting no the cactus and bird are really nice but the pixelated/ noisy sky really detracts from the image.
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