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Heart of Stone
Heart of Stone

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Geology (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1000D Rebel XS
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Date: Jul 14, 2009
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2009

I shot this in raw, it was actually the first time I've used it (only had this camera for a month). Hopefully does well, I seem to be slowly improving each challenge.

Place: 48 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.3591
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8788
Avg (non-participants): 5.4662
Views since voting: 602
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 181
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/25/2009 08:33:10 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
Good potential for this Challenge, but the image seems to be more about the sky than the rocks.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
Well done for the straight horizon, however in this image, it being placed almost smack in the middle of the frame isn't enhancing the image, especially the main subject for this Challenge. The rocks look very slightly OOF (out of focus), so it appears that when framing the image in camera you may have been focussed on the water and sky, rather than the fore - but apologies in advance if wrong there.

Composition wise, a much bolder crop eliminating most of the sky would be required to bring these rocks into play more. If you had it from the original shot, more of the bottom area, where the water is foaming around the rocks would have been better included, rather than cropped / 'cut' as it is.

Your title is a little lost on me unless it is that vaguely heart shaped rock a little right of center - if that is the case, then placing that within the frame so as to be the main feature would have strengthened the concept. A much tighter crop to show it would also have been required. Again, probably composing it within the frame so it is not smack center, but rather creating a visual balance, would probably have worked.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
49/82 and 5.35 is a good score for this Challenge and I suspect that the voters were taken with the rich sky, rather than the geological element. Just read your comments and confirms this. The last comment received provides some very good pointers.

Fill flash for the scene as is may have helped show up more detail in the rocks, but otherwise I think that a much bolder crop and attention paid to where your main subject (the 'heart of stone' rock, if I am not mistaken) is placed within the frame, would have created a more dramatic image in my opinion.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2009 11:05:07 PM
I like the colour you have acheived with the sky in this shot. The midday sun though causes quite harsh shaddows and flat lighting, which does not help the overall image.......Also, the crop on the right seems a little awkward.
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07/19/2009 06:07:30 PM
nice clouds, they give the shot a sense of direction.
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07/19/2009 08:05:07 AM
Cool and peaceful image. Especially like the wispy cloud formations
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