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stop swimming and start flying ...
stop swimming and start flying ...

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Challenge: I Quit (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1000D Rebel XS
Lens: Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
Location: Leuven
Date: May 21, 2009
Aperture: 5,7
ISO: 100
Shutter: 166
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2009

This was only the 5th shot of some ducklings in a pool, and already I was very lucky to shoot this one

Place: 21 out of 65
Avg (all users): 5.2488
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.9130
Avg (non-participants): 5.2912
Views since voting: 896
Views during voting: 398
Votes: 205
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/09/2009 10:07:06 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

This is a good catch of a very cute duckling learning to fly. I see it's just your second entry. I think it's a good improvement over your first one and you scored well with it being in about the top third.

As one commenter said my initial first reaction was that the duckling occupies too little of the available space and that there is too much blank "negative" space around it. I do get the point of the ripples spreading out from the center, but I feel the picture would have had more impact by sacrificing the ripple effect and cropping for more detail in the duckling. I agree with your comments about not wanting to lose the splashes and not wanting it to be moving out of the picture, so perhaps leaving it with a centered position but cropping some from all sides would help bring out the duckling and get rid of parts that don't add to the picture.

I also agree with the commenters who said it did not meet the challenge. This duckling looks like it's far from quitting. You tried to use the title to shoehorn it into the challenge, but from personal experience I can tell you that rarely works well. This may have worked in another challenge or perhaps the monthly free study, but in the free study you had better have a great shot to have any chance at all. With that in mind you are fortunate to get the score you got.

You did well on the focus and the sharpness with just enough motion in the wings to show the movement was perfect. I don't understand the shutter speed listed as 166.

Keep it up. You're doing great for your 2nd entry. I would recommend you start commenting on other people's pictures. You will find it helps you as much as others. Sometimes newcomers don't feel qualified to critique others shots, but as long as you give honest, non-hurtful feedback it will be fine. Try to keep your comments given and received count in proportion. Your one comment here seemed a little defensive. We're only trying to help each other here. Please PM me if you wish to discuss this critique further.
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06/03/2009 03:56:12 AM
Originally posted by jotaga:

I think the duck is too centered... Why not use the rule of thirds?

When I put it on the right 1/3 side, the flying water droplets are partially out of the picture, but I liked them too much. If the duck was on the left 1/3 side, it looked like it was going nowhere, so I put it just right of the middle.
Did you have a better solution in mind?
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/01/2009 10:39:06 PM
Nice picture, but doesn't really meet the challenge, IMO.
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05/28/2009 04:00:43 PM
Not kinda of my idea for a quit theme, but the capture and quality of photo is fine
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05/27/2009 08:29:42 PM
I think the duck is too centered... Why not use the rule of thirds?
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05/27/2009 11:42:03 AM
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05/27/2009 10:13:47 AM
At first I thought it should have a tighter crop...but then after looking at the ripples a little more I think you got it just right. Great job!
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05/27/2009 06:47:24 AM
very cute! did he make it? 7/10
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