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Challenge: Perspective VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Nikon
Location: Denver, CO
Date: Feb 9, 2010
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2010

This photo was taken for the Perspective VI challenge on February 9. It depicts a sculpture on the performing arts complex in Denver, CO. The lighting was natural sunlight at about 4pm on a *very* crisp afternoon. The sun bouncing off of the snowy ground seemed to add to the contrast between the sculpture and the sky. Edits: Noise reduction, sharpening.

Place: 52 out of 163
Avg (all users): 5.8376
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 5.5469
Avg (non-participants): 5.9774
Views since voting: 719
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 197
Comments: 12
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02/17/2010 01:02:23 PM

Okay! I am so pleased that this image came up when it was my turn to draw an image from the Critique queue. I enjoyed it in the Challenge and now get to enjoy it again.

You interpreted the gracefulness of the sculpture well and the angle you selected was perfect for the Challenge. If it was mine, I would probably crop out more of the sky (not a lot, just some) to concentrate the action on the figures while still leaving room for them to leap/dance.

On compression issues, my only suggestion would be to set you camera on "Large" or if you can process it, "Raw" so that you collect the most pixels possible. Then when resizing for the web, hang on to as many pixels as you can. I think there is a pretty good tutorial on DPC telling how to resize if you're unsure.

As far as monitors go, yes, it is important to check your work on as many monitors as you have access to. They DO vary enormously, and of course your viewers have an infinite variety.

In any event, congratulations on your personal best, and your steady climb up the scoring ladder. Pretty soon you'll be in ribbon territory if you keep going at this rate.

Take care!


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02/17/2010 08:32:47 AM
Wooot woot! Personal best :) Each of my last few entries has scored higher than the previous one! I see the compression issues some have mentioned on my work computer, but the photo looks good on my laptop at home. Any suggestions on that? How to avoid?

Thanks for all of the comments!

Message edited by author 2010-02-17 08:34:53.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2010 11:23:30 PM
Simple and effective. Well done.
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02/16/2010 12:43:53 PM
Lovely light and nice exposure on the whites. Quite unusual image and has nice depth and perspective. 6
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02/14/2010 01:28:22 AM
Great composition, perspective and detail on the FG leg. Edges are jagged though especially in the arms. I think there was too much compression when you saved it. 6
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02/13/2010 06:20:48 PM
i really like this, nice and clean,and as an added bonus the ice looks like a hairy leg!
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02/13/2010 09:14:28 AM
I don't know if it's my monitor, but I see non-fluent lines around the statue.
Considering the sun came in as a player, this is a great job.
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02/12/2010 02:09:19 PM
great colors - I've found I like white against blue....is that little icicles on the leg of the close sculpture?
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02/12/2010 12:57:28 PM
Great catch. Perfect angle and nice contrast. It does seem as though there may be some compression issues but I am no expert. Well done.
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02/12/2010 12:11:06 PM
What a cool looking sculpture this is. Good entry for this challenge.
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02/12/2010 11:45:40 AM
Very good perspective
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02/10/2010 05:14:51 PM
nice! the small icicles/details under legs of the sculpture add a lot to photo.. that's just me though. nice lines
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