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Prelude to a Storm
Prelude to a Storm
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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Pentax
Location: Middle Swan. Perth, Western Australia.
Date: Jan 22, 2009
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

Just a tree in a paddock 5 minutes from home. The biggest challenge was composing the image so that only 1 tree dominated the shot. Shot with a polarizing filter.

Statistics
Place: 64 out of 209
Avg (all users): 5.8967
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7875
Avg (non-participants): 5.9808
Views since voting: 722
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 184
Comments: 8
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02/06/2009 08:58:18 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!

Initial impression from this shot is the stark contrast between the green of the tree and the brownish yellow of the grass. This makes the tree pop from the foreground well. I think the use of
a polarizer was wise, because the dark blue where the sky is present is a nice addition. The color and saturation of the entire scene is great, but I might have considered lightening the dark areas of the tree a bit, myself. You did a nice job of capturing the varying amounts of light, and the clouds have a
nice amount of contrast to them. There is a small area in clouds, upper left, that looks a bit overexposed, but it is rather insignificant. Several comments allude to your tree being cropped, but on a closer look, it appears that you included the entire tree that is your subject, and that it is background trees that look cropped. That is somewhat distracting, not only because it looks cropped, but also because your subject doesn\'t separate from the background. I assume this only happened because of the spacing of the trees, since you carefully included
the entire tree otherwise. I like the choice of your subject- the way it sprawls along the ground is interesting. Your score may have suffered a bit for the thicker borders, given the increasing displeasure with borders lately. My opinion is that it is a bit thick, but not overwhelmingly so. Lastly, I would associate the title you chose with more ominous cloud cover. This looks like it might be the front part of a warm front, and thus a storm would be somewhat nearby, but your title choice makes me think of more imminent changes.
Personally, I like this image a good deal, and would have assumed a bit higher score than the end result.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2009 10:16:16 PM
Beautiful textures between the grass and the sky, the roughness of the grass and the soft texture of the clouds. Makes one want to rest under that tree on a hot day!
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01/29/2009 08:42:09 PM
Beautiful. One of my favorites so far. Everything from the framing to the colors to the subject. I love it!!
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01/26/2009 09:00:22 PM
looks almost like Out of Africa, nice capture and colors
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01/26/2009 02:29:19 PM
The tree is slightly cropped. I like the picture, and i understand that the composition is better with the tree where it is, but you could have edited the tree a bit. Clone the sky and background to try and make your main subject whole. Other than that, good colors, nice picture. 6
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01/26/2009 01:03:21 PM
Great colors, personally not liking the border though, don't feel it enhances the overall image.
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01/26/2009 09:46:19 AM
Gorgeous tree, wonderful sky, is this Africa?
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01/26/2009 08:00:34 AM
Beautiful shot!
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