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Stand Against Fading Light
Stand Against Fading Light

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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Lexington, KY
Date: Jan 21, 2009
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60sec
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2009

I took the shot at twilight (my favorite time to shoot). Editing - Rotated image
- Applied cooling filter (80)
- Color saturation (yellows, blues,magentas)
- Slight contrast adjustment
- Slight sharpen
- Slight noise reduction

Place: 202 out of 209
Avg (all users): 4.1742
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 4.1481
Avg (non-participants): 4.1959
Views since voting: 741
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 178
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/04/2009 10:50:56 AM
Greeting from the Critique Club…

The first thing that grabs me about the photo Stand Against Fading Light is of course the dynamic colors. I like the contrast of silhouette of the tree to the background. This is the prefect time of day for a great shot like this.

I am not sure if you used a tripod or not for this shot but there is some blur. If you can I could use a tripod or something around I would defiantly use it to steady yourself. If the tree and branches were crisper I think it would have helped your score.

Another thing I would recommend is checking out the tutorial on resizing the image for the challenge. It really is beneficial and would probably help the score as well if you can maximize the size of your photo for the challenge.

You have a good eye and good timing; I look forward to more challenges from you.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2009 08:35:51 PM
Beautiful colors.
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01/30/2009 09:35:56 PM
Lovely silhouette and beautiful colors! Seems a bit grainy??? Maybe, oversaturated??? This would make a great web background tile!
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01/30/2009 06:49:23 PM
looks like your focus was a tad bit off. beautiful colors though
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01/29/2009 08:25:03 PM
I like the gradient colors in the BG. So many color tone. But at the same time I think tree is little blur. Also, Too tight crop. I would have liked to see some more surroundings.
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01/29/2009 04:38:44 PM
the colors are beautiful and the composition isn't bad, but i'd like to more depth in the tree itself.
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01/28/2009 10:29:05 AM
This seems blurred and unclear. I think most of it is due to the use of excessive JPEG compression. I can also see some artifacts around the edges of the silhouette. Your file size of only 76k indicates a highly compressed image and that is what is robbing most of the detail and sharpness from this image. Check your compression settings when you save your file. Always adjust JPEG compression so that your file size is as large as possible, but within the challenge limit. (200k for this one)
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01/26/2009 08:00:10 PM
Colors are fantastic and I love the silhouettes. The negative- the focus is soft. Try using a tripod or rock, car hood anything to steady the camera.
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01/26/2009 12:35:25 PM
Interesting colour gradient in the background. The tree seems a little soft.
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