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Challenge: Water (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Schellinkhout
Date: Dec 14, 2003
Aperture: F5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/640s
Galleries: Sports, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2003

I think it stinks, but spent a lot of time on it so I want to hear how to improve this kind of stuff.

The reason why I think it stinks? Because it has got to much empty space and I don't like that dike going trough my frame. It also lacks fine detail.
(1) It is winter, there was only one surfer there, else I would have chosen wideangle and included 30 of these guys. In the summer it looks far better with all kind of different colors.
(2) Light, the sun was at such an angle and with only one subject I had no choice but to shoot from this position at this angle
(3) The lens, 602 Fujinon EBC with an Olly TCON17 on it. It is too soft and even at F5 there was an enormous amount of Chromatic Abberation (took it by desaturating the magentas a bit)

I took out some birds that looked like dust spots, that's the only december editing on this one.

Place: 79 out of 139
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2003 09:13:12 AM
Nice simple composition, which is what I like. The colours seem a bit flat tho, 7
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12/20/2003 11:04:18 PM
I understand what you are trying to do here. I also think that this would be a nice shot at 8x10 or even better at poster size. At the size that we are alowed to post here it really doesn't have much punch. You can hardly see the lines connecting the two parts of your subject. A closer shot of only the skiier would IMHO been more potent.
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12/20/2003 10:18:22 AM
Great composition- colors are a tad undersaturated for my taste.
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12/19/2003 03:12:28 PM
Very interesting composition! I like the way the kite fabric points towards the surfer.
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12/19/2003 02:15:55 AM
Horizontal cropping works perfectly here, helps composition look very interesting. Nice and simple. Colors looks flat except the parasail which helps to pop out of the frame.
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12/18/2003 10:35:52 PM
Nice to see an original take on the challenge. The crop is perfect to me. 8
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12/18/2003 10:52:05 AM
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12/15/2003 10:13:05 AM
Very cool! Makes me want to be the surfer!
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