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Lost in the Green
Lost in the Green

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Challenge: Trees II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Los Osos, CA
Date: Apr 28, 2009
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25s
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2009

Trail of the Oaks
Los Osos, CA.
Shot in JPG mode

Thanks for all the supportive comments!!
This was a total last minute submission and I scored about as expected.
Self Critique -
1. Learn how to frackin' use manual focus! The sun coming right into the lens threw off my autofocus SO badly that I had no choice but to manual focus, even then it was hard to gauge the sharpness because of how bright it was in my eyepiece.
2. I was STUNNED while walking through the oak Forest and found this spot, it was like it was created JUST for this picture challenge. Probably sat there for 20 minutes and took over 50 shots just to get the one I liked the best with the sun at the right spot. The twisty branches coming in from the left and the right were stunning.
3. Should have Post Processed better, should have had a better monitor to do it on :( No excuses! I like the shot and There's nowhere to go from here but up!

Thanks everyone!


Place: 198 out of 263
Avg (all users): 4.9086
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.7945
Avg (non-participants): 4.9758
Views since voting: 622
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 197
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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05/06/2009 02:33:43 AM
I like the composition in this shot because of the way the dark along the top right, offsets the light along the bottom left. Brilliant flare too - well captured! Leaving it near the vertical center works ok too, however I might have nudged it a bit more right for myself.
For the DPC voting crowd, I think the following would have helped as well: sharpness, landscape or a square crop due to monitor aspects versus portrait crop, and a tad smaller border.
This is a new style for you - as I wasn't able to pick it out of the bunch as yours, well done. During voting, I voted it a solid 5, wishing I had a "5.5" button based on the attributes of the submission. Bottom line, I like it! I am looking forward to more surprises from you. - ralfw
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/30/2009 10:05:48 PM
Coming back to comment - Nice sunflare and the trees have lots of character with their twisty branches. The exposure, composition and depth of focus look great. Overall though, I feel that this seems to be lacking something - more contrast? a little bit of a saturation boost? something else? I'm just not sure exactly.
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04/29/2009 08:17:52 PM
Like the subject, but a little too out of focus for me 7
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04/29/2009 07:02:52 AM
great colors, form and comp. I wish it were sharper though. good luck
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