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Trying to break the confederate line.
Trying to break the confederate line.

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Vicksburg, MS
Date: Jul 10, 2009
Aperture: F / 11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1 / 200
Galleries: Military, Horror
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2009

This was taken at Vicksburg National military park. The only editing that I did was a small amount of brightening and some saturation...

Place: 409 out of 419
Avg (all users): 4.4247
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.3694
Avg (non-participants): 4.6000
Views since voting: 721
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 146
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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08/08/2009 05:47:29 PM
Greetings form the Critique Club...

I really think it's sad that only about 1/3 of the participants in this challenge took the time to vote on your image. That's unfortunate :(

This photo didn't really deserve a score of 4.4 to be quite honest. It lacks a high level of visual and/or emotional impact, which is a rather serious requirement to rise to the top of a free study challenge (or any challenge for that matter). The photo does show a carefully composed and well thought out composition though. I can see that it's not just some random image that was captured on a bus ride through a park :) Compositionally, I like what you have done here, but I think the image would be stronger if you had filled the frame a little more with your subject. Another technique that might have provided some more impact would have been to use a longer lens with a larger aperture to blur out the foreground and background to boost the presence of your subject within the frame.

I found the comments you receive rather entertaining as well. The only one that has much merit is the "Lacks wow factor" comment because, in a nutshell, that's the simple reason this photo didn't do well in this challenge. I didn't participate or vote in this challenge either, but if this photo placed at #409 out of 419 total images, the overall quality of images in this challenge must have been fantastic. Your score is probably also skewed because you didn't get an adequate sampling of voters to properly evaluate your image. Sad but true...

The comment about the soldiers is the kind of comment that really bothers me as a photographer. The person who left this appears to be a decent photographer based on his scores and the quality of his images, but this comment, to me, is simply insulting and shouldn't have been provided as it is. I think it's insulting when someone tells you that you should have photographed something other than what you chose to shoot. I'm sure if he was shooting this subject he would have rounded up some soldiers from somewhere or passed up on the shoot because the subject as it is wasn't worthy. Bah...

The comment about flat colors isn't really significant either. Most photos you see that have hyper-saturated colors usually have a good bit of noise from the post processing.

At any rate, don't let the score on this photo get you down...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 07:29:22 PM
the composition while obvious in its effort loses a bit without the soldiers - the cannon seems to lose a bit of bite
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08/04/2009 09:24:34 AM
lacks wow factor :(
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08/03/2009 10:17:17 AM
Colors seem a bit flat for an advanced editing challenge. I found that making a few slight changes using curves and levels really helped me in this area. I live on the Mason Dixon Line, so I really like the subject. Good luck.
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