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A Winter Afternoon
2nd PlaceA Winter Afternoon
orvaratli


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Reflections Without Mirrors IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Straumur, Iceland
Date: Feb 6, 2008
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2,5 sec
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Feb 10, 2008

I realy take pictures for challenges these days but when I saw this challenge I knew excactly where to go and what to shoot: Straumur art center in my hometown of Hafnarfjörður. I have used this before in a free study:
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My first entry with my new Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens. As a landscape photographer I just love this lens.

At first I thought this shot was a failure. I had used a GND filter on a Cokin filter holder. At 10mm the lens actually captures the holder it self and it also creates alot of vignetting. But after looking at it in my PC i realized that if I croped out the filterholder the vignetting was helping this image by focusing the viewer towards the building and the reflection.

Thanks alot for the constructive comments.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 188
Avg (all users): 7.2929
Avg (commenters): 8.4706
Avg (participants): 6.8974
Avg (non-participants): 7.5500
Views since voting: 8579
Views during voting: 401
Votes: 198
Comments: 42
Favorites: 18 (view)


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02/23/2008 12:33:13 PM
I love looking at this shot. The clean feel of the blues and the white, the warm feel of the window lights, the serene setting and the perfect presentation all come together in a stunning shot. Congratulations.
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02/22/2008 10:13:42 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Well, how much can I really say about a shot that got 2nd place and 11 favorites that hasn't already been said in 40 comments?

It was nice to read your comments, and your experience with the new lens and filters. I'm glad you saw the positives in this shot, and worked to save it after thinking it was no good.

So, lets see if I can find anything I would have changed with this shot, since we already know a lot of the positive aspects from reading all of the other comments. First, comparing the last shot in the free study to this one, one of the things that stands out to me with this shot is the lights in the windows. They give a warm life to this shot in the cold environment. I find the bright spot in the clouds a bit harsh, compared to the rest of the shot, but at the same time the light contrasts the dark shadow under the rock nicely. Lastly, there is a reflection or something in the water down at the bottom. Maybe finding a way to get rid of that, or even cropping the shot a bit at the bottom (would put the horizon not quite centered too which could be nice) would be an option?

Anyway, it's a fantastic shot. Congrats on your 2nd place finish! Well deserved!

Hope this was helpful in some way. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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02/22/2008 08:48:53 AM
Frábær mynd í alla staði
Til hamingju með borðann!!
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02/22/2008 02:50:38 AM
Beautifull!!
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02/22/2008 02:33:05 AM
Boy its nice.
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02/22/2008 02:32:35 AM
Where is the location?I am in California.The photo is breath taking.Try the 17~40 you might like it.I do use it at the beach.Do you get any distortion?Great photo`s.What are you looking for in wide angle photography.I do long lens photography.
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02/21/2008 11:22:09 AM
Mögnuð mynd og verðskuldaður borði. Ég sem hélt að Straumur væri fullmyndaður, það væri erfitt að toppa fyrri myndir af gamla húsinu og speglun þess í tjörninni... en þér tókst það afburða vel. Til hamingju.
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02/20/2008 08:37:58 PM
One of the most serene and beautiful images I've ever seen... Makes me want to get back into photography!
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02/20/2008 10:38:06 AM
Frábær mynd, til hamingju með hana. Finnst flott að sjá tvær hliðar á húsinu og það að það skuli vera kveikt ljós setur punktinn yfir i-ið.
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02/20/2008 08:34:32 AM
Jahú. Flott mynd. Til hamingju!
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02/19/2008 04:34:18 AM
Til hamingju. Frábær mynd flottir litir og speglun.
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02/18/2008 05:28:28 PM
Congrats.
Til hamingju. Flottir litir og ljósin í gluggunum.
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02/18/2008 10:54:30 AM
Congrats on another lovely image of this location!
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02/18/2008 08:09:15 AM
I love the naturally diffused light and reflection. Nice work indeed.
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02/18/2008 08:08:11 AM
A really cold landscape. The simmetry works well. Congrats for red.
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02/18/2008 06:44:27 AM
you guys in iceland suck .get some sunshine and give everyone else a chance :)
seriously an awesome image congrats on the ribbon well deserved
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02/18/2008 05:22:54 AM
Great shot.
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02/18/2008 01:02:40 AM
Wonderful image. Great color. Congrats!
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02/18/2008 12:56:39 AM
Congrats. Beautiful to say the least.
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02/18/2008 12:41:20 AM
Very beautiful photo! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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02/18/2008 12:32:08 AM
Terrific photo. Congrats on the ribbon. The winter weather and the different composition make this a totally different photo from your previous effort.
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02/18/2008 12:04:19 AM
Congrats!
I knew I recognised that building. :p
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/17/2008 11:51:47 PM
Wonderful :) I cant say I'll be surprised to find this in the top10 or even top5. How many "you lucky Icelander" comments did you get ;)
Easily makes my top10.
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02/17/2008 10:03:33 PM
beautifully done
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02/17/2008 08:30:19 PM
Love the shot, great angle, just beautiful clear and great reflections. 10
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02/16/2008 11:58:02 PM
Love the blues.......
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02/14/2008 09:13:10 AM
8 - Nice scene and composition.
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02/14/2008 08:27:36 AM
Beautiful, but it looks really chilly there.Great exposure.
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02/13/2008 03:55:05 PM
Ooooh, bet this gets a ribbon! I wonder if it's in Iceland? The yellow lights in the houses are the icing on this beautiful image. Love the tones and blues!
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02/13/2008 12:17:32 PM
stunning image. breathtaking.
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02/12/2008 09:52:46 PM
expect to see this on the front page with a ribbon. 10
i hope you frame this.
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02/12/2008 01:06:37 PM
just the hint of red/yellow in this blue shot gives me the sense of wanting to be on the inside looking out -- one of my favorites this challenge
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02/12/2008 12:03:39 AM
i love that the reflection of the house is a little blurred. it adds interest
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02/11/2008 10:50:20 PM
Beautiful shot, I like the light from the house and it's reflection
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02/11/2008 09:41:35 PM
Look like a place i visited in New Hampshire. A very beautiful capture.
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02/11/2008 09:41:09 PM
the lit windows bring alot to the photo
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02/11/2008 04:35:04 PM
beautiful. I like the yellow windows, they add a nice touch of color. my only nit-pick is that the horizon is too centered. I would have liked it more on a third line. Maybe crop some of the foreground out.
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02/11/2008 02:42:55 PM
WOW. Amazing. The light in the window, the sky, the reflection, the composition, the see through water. Incredible.
10.

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02/11/2008 12:15:43 PM
beautiful
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02/11/2008 10:55:42 AM
Dang, you guys live in a beautiful place. ;P
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02/11/2008 10:35:11 AM
Iceland wins again.
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02/11/2008 10:30:13 AM
they will love this best


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