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Stream House - Oakland, New Jersey USA
Stream House - Oakland, New Jersey USA

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Challenge: Symmetry II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix E510 Zoom
Location: Vygeberg Farm Office Buidling, Oakland, NJ, USA
Date: Apr 28, 2007
Galleries: Architecture, History
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2007

I came across this building while house hunting. It is offically known as the Vygeberg Farm Office Buidling. It is a two story, stone structure built in 1902. The site is currently being restored by the Oakland Historical Society (Oakland, New Jersey, USA).

My aim was to capture the symmetry of the tunnel walls, the symmetry of the green moss on the stone walls and the background and the blue tones in the stone with the water and the symmetry of the bright foreground and background thru the dark tunnel. Whether or not I accomplished this is another story as well as our house hunting efforts!

Place: 219 out of 249
Avg (all users): 4.6144
Avg (commenters): 4.0833
Avg (participants): 4.5088
Avg (non-participants): 4.6771
Views since voting: 724
Views during voting: 204
Votes: 153
Comments: 16
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05/16/2007 12:26:07 AM
Despite being a nice photograph, this entry does not fall within the parameters of this weeks challenge. That being said, I must judge this photograph accordingly. :-(
05/09/2007 09:44:15 AM
I appreciate all of your comments - they are right on target and I will apply them in the future. This was my second entry and my score went up, so I am very pleased.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/08/2007 01:56:14 PM
Sorry but something about the coloring in this image just seems wrong, the strong purple cast of the water and green on the stones. Whatever it is its not to my taste anyway.
05/07/2007 12:44:52 PM
Meets the challenge and could be good, but you have some severe technical problems.

The photo isn't level, which is very distracting.
The exposure in the opening is not good; it'd be nice to see more of the walls.
Most importantly, your color balance is way off... The moss is electric green, the water is purple, and so forth... You may have had the wrong white balance setting on the camera?

If I were taking this shot I would (a) fix the color problem and (b) move into the tunnel so it just frames the opening at the far end - not include the nearer opening in the shot. But that's just my opinion...
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05/06/2007 05:01:24 AM
The colour adjustments seem really harsh to me. The purple might be an interesting accent by the green overpowers what looks, to me, like it should be a peaceful, calming scene.
05/05/2007 11:48:08 AM
symmetry is here but could be stronger. the rocks, angle of stream, branches on left side and brick pattern weakens the symmetrical theme. besides that, i like brilliant colors, contrast and composition.
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05/05/2007 05:45:25 AM
Sadly for me this photo is not working because of the overprogress. The water is magenta and to much color noise.
05/04/2007 11:20:02 AM
just a bit over-saturated , would have looked great with more antural colors, or might be my monitor
05/04/2007 10:45:18 AM
I don't care for the intensified colors. Also the image is not very symmetrical.
05/04/2007 02:25:56 AM
A good choice of subject, but you have been a bit too agressive in post-editting. Of particular note, I would revisit the photo and substantially tone down the saturation.
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05/03/2007 08:59:30 PM
Nice. ;)
05/03/2007 07:00:43 PM
To much saturation with the greens. Wish you could have gotten rid of the couple of stray bits of greenery on the left. Otherwise the comoposition of this shot is great! My son Damian loves this shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/03/2007 03:40:15 AM
The radical colors do nothing for me.
05/02/2007 03:48:18 PM
oversaturated and asymetrical
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/02/2007 01:54:37 PM
very pretty. nice job, good angle.
05/02/2007 03:08:04 AM
The other side looks like an underwater world :-O

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