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Life isn't about the breaths we take, it's about the moments that take our breath away.
Life isn't about the breaths we take, it's about the moments that take our breath away.

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Challenge: Motivational Poster (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: Dec 25, 2003
Aperture: f 27.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 0.7 sec
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 25, 2003

Taken Christmas day in the Mt Cootha botanical gardens. This is actually a small water course that looks far larger in this photo.

High ISO as it was late in the day and the light was not good, but I think it doesn't show in this.

Place: 10 out of 94
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Votes: 179
Comments: 17
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06/02/2004 01:45:09 AM
I love this shot! And the title for it is absolutely perfect! Outstanding in my opinion...I can almost hear that rushing water....great job!
01/07/2004 09:54:41 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts/My opinion
Wonderful tranquilling and peaceful scenery. Easy understandable, well fitting text. A joy to look at.

While the topic you chose is not new, i.e. showing a waterfall with long exposure, you selected a very nice one and didn't use a too long exposure time. The 0.7 s just made the water soft enough to make the overall mood quiet and peaceful (one does not think about a gurgeling creek as one would at faster shutter speed), but the water still looks natural because it is not just featureless white, especially at the central fall and in the very back.
On your composition I also like that the creek serves very well as a guiding line: the viewers eyes can walk it up and down and sees everywhere some nice spots and features which are all of equivalent quality. Same holds for the plants and rock.
Maybe that's the most important part of this composition: nothing is particularly standing in the foreground and nothing serves as a background for something. Very homogeneous while there is still plenty to see.
Hence, the title you gave it fits very well, because it's a calm, peaceful and philosophical title. Something to contemplate on.
As it has been commented, the image itself might not be breathtaking for everybody, but it's the best image to start contemplating about life and the own breathtaking moments one had. So image and title are very well chosen.

Camera work -technically
You for sure know how to handle your camera: the aperture is set great to not bring anything in the foreground or back by blurring it, exposure is on the spot, very balanced (the white portion of the water seems to be overexposed, but hey: they are just white).

Digital Processing - Technical
Also well done: well cropped, like the border and text.
It could be sharpened a little more, but really only a tiny bit. Too crisp would disturb the atmosphere.
Speaking of atmosphere: a slightly warmer tint, less bluish might have been better IMO.

Fits the challenge
Of course it does!

Good luck for you further submissions and hope to see you with a ribbon soon.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2004 05:20:04 PM
Love this picture, although I don't get along too well with the choice of font. Beautiful.
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01/02/2004 12:09:18 PM
Certainly a breathtaking scene. Seems a bit blurry. The colors are probably realistic, but making them a bit warmer would improve the image I think.
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01/02/2004 06:03:29 AM
Good photo ... 9 from me
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01/02/2004 03:47:32 AM
A wonderful peaceful scene and great text. I think the amount of blur in the water is exactly right, still enough structure but also a nice soft flow.
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01/01/2004 11:51:00 AM
Lovely image, fills the criteria perfectly for me 10
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01/01/2004 09:42:35 AM
Superb entry for the challenge. Crisp, great color, and just the right shutter speed to capture the water's movement. The choice of font works very well with this image, as well. Great job all around.
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12/31/2003 02:32:47 AM
It is a most wonderful picture and the words I treasure. It is a remind me of a place long ago where I will go to pray and a friend who is dear to my heart.
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12/30/2003 09:44:14 PM
Very nice flowing waterfall shot/ not exactly breathtaking or emotional- but it is prettier than what I see most days.
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12/30/2003 08:43:32 PM
One of the tops in this theme. Perfectly executed and aptly described.
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12/30/2003 06:48:33 PM
A lovely motivational message and nice image to go with it. This kind of project is one of the few times when I think a wider border would look better. I'd also opt for a less fussy font. Those are just personal preferences, of course!
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12/30/2003 02:28:40 PM
Nice use of slow shutter on the moving water, and a nice contrast between the moving water and the still water.
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12/30/2003 04:10:02 AM
great text - nice picture
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12/29/2003 01:11:58 PM
Fantastic dof, perspective, light and color. Compliments only.
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12/29/2003 06:44:12 AM
Simply Gorgeous!
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12/29/2003 05:10:23 AM
Beautiful soft water effect, great depth and perspective, good composition. I would bump up the colours a bit (maby add some soft reddish tones on the rocks).
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