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Challenge: Constructed By Nature (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: Bull Creek, Western Australia
Date: Feb 11, 2010
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 11, 2010

A bushfire swept through this small area of local bush about a month ago, melting some power lines in the process it was so hot. I noticed that after a tiny bit of rain we had, everything is coming back to life.

Nature reconstructing after devastation.

I changed the white balance when converting the NEF to be much cooler, as I used a warming gel on the flash when shooting which I decided didn't give me the effect I was after, I also bought greens & yellows up a bit as they were down from the warm gel.

Place: 70 out of 119
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02/24/2010 09:29:19 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I can see how some thought you did selective desat here, the tree is scorched enough to give that effect. The dead coals in my woodstove have that same tone to them, if they haven't been reduced to ash. The vibrancy of the green does a lot for this shot.

Compositionally, I feel a lot more could have been done to draw the viewer in. It has a snapshot feel to it, with the crop being quite tight on the left, and the bulk of the tree forms a little bit of a dead end. Also the very high ISO, for a stationary object like a tree, is a little fast. FWIW I notice that I start to get noise at over 400 ISO, so you would want to keep it as low as possible. The aperture is fine, the shutter speed could probably have been slowed down quite a bit.

Artistically it does make a very strong statement, that of rebirth after such devastation, and the other areas of green in the shot give a sense of hope. Overall a pleasing shot but I feel you could have told a much stronger story.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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02/24/2010 02:49:19 AM
MaryO, there is no desat there at all, that tree and everything else was completely scorched.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2010 09:30:23 PM
Well titled. Partial desat really makes the green shoots stand out dramatically.
02/21/2010 08:28:06 PM
The green really stands out well from all the gray. Nicely composed.
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02/20/2010 03:16:53 PM
i love the contract of colors and the vibrant green 6
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02/18/2010 08:41:39 PM
I like this alot
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02/18/2010 12:54:28 AM
nice very nice
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02/17/2010 04:45:57 PM
Like the contrast and the concept of how the subject is created by the tree.
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