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Engineer's Pass
Engineer's Pass

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Colorado
Date: Jul 5, 2009
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 6400
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2009

Photo taken at Engineer's Pass in Colorado. I left the ISO at 2000 from the night before.

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Place: 94 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.1208
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.1579
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 700
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 149
Comments: 4
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08/08/2009 03:54:11 PM
Greetings from Andi via the Critique Club. First off congratulations on your #2 image!

First Impression: An interesting landscape, its quite a barren looking place and probably not much different in colour. Whilst the clouds look ok I think some careful dodging and burning would make them more dramatic,

Composition: My initial thought was to crop the bottom 1/3 off however that would be a mistake as your lose the road and the little bit of foreground that anchors the image and becomes a platform to enter the rest of the image

Subject: Mountain ranges and good skies often do well here though to score very well they need to be perfect and maybe even better looking than real life. This is a strong image and am sure it would look good as a large print.

Technical: Well, am guessing you have a post-it note on your camera that says 'Check ISO' now? We've all done it but maybe getting into the habit of a quick review of the setting before a new shoot would be prudent? That said I don't think the image was really harmed though the shutter speed was a little extreme and you probably lost some detail.

Final thoughts:It might have been taken in Ansel Adams territory but don't think it comes up to his standard however, its a great shot and easily worth its score/placement in the June FS.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2009 02:01:42 AM
Very nice ... great contrast.
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08/03/2009 12:15:15 AM
Perhaps the highest compliment any reviewer can pay a photographer is that Ansel Adams would have been proud to have taken this image. While the image has a couple of minor issues, from an artistic standpoint, it's perfect, powerful and purposeful. There is a lot in this image to recommend it to the casual viewer, but perhaps most importantly, it captures a single moment in time which Adams was a master of. Very effective - well done. The best of the challenge in my opinion.
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08/01/2009 01:05:04 PM
why B&W?

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