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Challenge: Negative Space (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-700UZ
Location: Birch Bay, Washington
Date: Sep 13, 2002
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2002

It's low tide at the coast. These darn birds are pretty shy. Took lots of zoom to get it.

Place: 51 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.9939
Avg (commenters): 7.0870
Avg (participants): 5.9796
Avg (non-participants): 6.0055
Views since voting: 905
Votes: 328
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2002 11:02:00 PM
i like the composition on this one. karmat
09/22/2002 06:04:00 PM
Nice use of the reflection -- well done all around!
09/22/2002 11:31:00 AM
your picture is poorly framed (shore-line through birds neck).
09/22/2002 07:08:00 AM
very nice work.
09/21/2002 10:17:00 PM
I classify this as a double negative space. The WOW really comes out with the right size and story. Nice photo. 10
09/21/2002 12:13:00 PM
I like the shapes caused by the reflection but find the reflected head too close to edge of frame.
7, Kavey
09/20/2002 07:02:00 PM
Great shot! Green grass in the background would have been nicer. (Could you go plant some and return in a year?) Is this on the 1/3 line? Really, I don't see anything I would change to improve this shot. Staying with the 9. Swash
09/20/2002 12:11:00 AM
cool 9
09/19/2002 12:28:00 PM
This is a nicely done shot. A comment I made on a few others, which I'll do here too, is that I really like the fact that you didn't try to do something with one plain, empty background because while the space is "negative" it's not effective. Your framing of the water and shore really good and since the Egret (?) is about the same color as the shore it pulls the eye down through the photo to follow the reflection. Really nice.
Score: 9
09/19/2002 09:45:00 AM
Good use of negative space - nice tones. Pity there were ripples in the water around the reflection of the head.
09/18/2002 07:49:00 AM
Very nice bird shot. Close ups aren't always necessary to a good shot and you have proved that.
09/18/2002 02:40:00 AM
love this picture!!!!! great shot
09/18/2002 02:30:00 AM
That water doesn't look deep, but it is cool how it reflects like that. I like this one. 8
09/17/2002 10:42:00 PM
09/17/2002 11:26:00 AM
Good idea. Photo may have video artifacts, or may be oversharpened.
09/17/2002 05:17:00 AM
Composition: nice but I think a different crop would have made it better perhaps portrait rather than landscape 6
Lighting: good 5,
Appeal: 6, Total Rating 6 Sulamk
09/17/2002 12:16:00 AM
nice shot.
09/16/2002 07:35:00 PM
I like how he's not centered, rather off center. The reflection is so clear. I definately see the use of neg. space. The focus and clarity are really nice. The angle and framing are excelent. The only thing that stands out right away is the meeting place of the water to the dirt. It appears crooked, like it has a left tilt to it. I do understand that there are other factors that make something appear crooked when actually it isn't. I think that one of those factors applies here becuase the bird is standing straight. What I think has happened, is that the water line is in fact curved, or rounded, and that's what happened. Overall, this is a really great use of neg. space. Good luck in the challenge. ~hbunch7187~
09/16/2002 11:46:00 AM
Great combination of composition, colour blending and reflection. This is a worthy challenger… Only gripe relates to space at the top of the shot, perhaps cropping the subject closer to the topmost area may have improved the picture. Small gripe, and I'm not even sure if that would help anyway… (9)
09/16/2002 10:53:00 AM
Pretty shot, nice composition. Score 8 Justine
09/16/2002 08:35:00 AM
Very nice reflection. shame you got all that dirt in the top of the frame
09/16/2002 06:05:00 AM
Beautiful--wonderful reflection--andrewm
09/16/2002 03:54:00 AM
cool reflection
09/16/2002 03:29:00 AM
Nice reflection, nice photo. It's a shame that it wasn't possible to eliminate the ground so that only the bird and the water remained. (You probably know this already.) However, at tleast the ground (sand?) colour ties in well with the bird.

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