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A Bright Spot in the Storm
2nd PlaceA Bright Spot in the Storm
sjhuls


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Focal Point (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Date: Mar 22, 2011
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2011

My 10 year old had to really hang for dear life to the umbrella. We started this shoot just as a storm was coming. We finished up right as the hail started falling. We had to make a run for the car.

The lighting is a little forced, wish this was advanced and I could have fixed it easily. I still like it, and hope it will do better than I am expecting.

Score prediction: I think it will get good scores from most people, but there will be a few that will see its many flaws, so I am going to shoot for a 6.2 and hope for the best.

Well there is my red and my 7 Yeah! Thanks to everyone who helped critique this photo before submission.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 145
Avg (all users): 7.1700
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 7.2545
Avg (non-participants): 7.1379
Views since voting: 4939
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 200
Comments: 38
Favorites: 6 (view)


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04/05/2011 12:44:35 PM
You certainly don't need simple flattery here on this one, but it is very good; IMHO it was the best of the challenge. the range of blues in the shot is simply fantastic; the mountain side cobalt, the cerulean sky and the ultramarine clouds; too good. the sharpness and grain of the field is special as well, congrats.
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04/02/2011 12:24:52 AM
Originally posted by nightpixels:

This is such a difficult challenge to vote in. In my mind when I hear the word focus I am thinking depth of field has to play a role otherwise how else do we know what the camera has really focused on. This picture is great for a challenge like "Point of Color" and it would have gotten a 9 from me (not 10 because I am not too crazy about the processing style), however I realize that there are many interpretations of this whole focal point thing. In this image everything is in focus and your subject stands out due to significant difference in color compared to the rest of the image not due to it being in focus and the rest of the image not being in focus and because of that my eyes do travel all over the picture and doesn't rest just on your main subject. Very difficult challenge to shoot for and vote in due to various interpretations of the theme. I just gave you my interpretation. Also the bright white snow and the clouds in the background are another reasons that the viewer's eyes are not let to rest on your main subject (those whites keep pulling my eyes away too). I am giving this a 7. Good luck. It should do well. (This is the longest comment I have written for somebody since I joined DPC)
Interesting comment. Not sure what the topic was though - the challenge or the photo? Or both? :)

Message edited by author 2011-04-02 00:26:52.
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04/01/2011 11:00:03 AM
Well done and congratulation for your ribbon. A stunning photo and the mood is captured perfectly. And yet I have a huge but ……….. my eye does not rest on this photo anywhere. (as requested in the description) It keeps going from the umbrella to the mountains to the clouds to the lines on the ground. Maybe I am too critical, definitively not jealous. Please forgive me Jennifer, that’s how I see it.
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04/01/2011 04:16:53 AM
stunning location!
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03/31/2011 11:49:05 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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03/30/2011 11:41:12 PM
Interesting photo

Message edited by author 2011-03-31 07:23:00.
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03/30/2011 01:17:35 PM
I really liked this one. That umbrella color just pops. And what a view! You are so lucky to see that. Excellent shot - especially in a basic editing challenge. Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/30/2011 12:37:22 PM
You had a very interesting subject and a pleasing photo to look at. Good job placing your subject off-center. Congrats on your new PB, Jennifer!
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03/30/2011 12:24:17 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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03/30/2011 11:58:41 AM
Well done, your amazing since joining the site so recently!
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03/30/2011 11:48:28 AM
You are pretty consistent! Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/30/2011 10:35:47 AM
Well done to you and your 10 year old, really nice!
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03/30/2011 10:17:11 AM
Amazing image! Fantastic view, excellent processing, huge congrats!
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03/30/2011 10:06:45 AM
Jutilda is soooo right -beautiful image !!!!
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03/30/2011 08:27:58 AM
Epitome of focal point. OUTstanding. Should have been the blue.
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03/30/2011 01:38:29 AM
Great shot, well deserved in the top three.
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03/30/2011 01:07:06 AM
Congrats Jennifer, some people risk a lot for an amazing photo , and if no-one gets hurt all the better.

Message edited by author 2011-03-30 01:07:50.
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03/30/2011 12:33:06 AM
Excellent job. Well thought out and extremely well executed. Worthy of your first 7 and your first red.
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03/30/2011 12:31:05 AM
This is so amazing! I'm so happy to see it graced by a shiny red ribbon :)
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03/30/2011 12:30:39 AM
Congrats for the Red!
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03/30/2011 12:29:01 AM
Gettin' into that ribbon hoggy territory now, Jen! Nice going.
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03/30/2011 12:21:17 AM
Congratulations on the 7+ score and the ribbon. Way to go!
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03/30/2011 12:10:22 AM
Good work, Jenn! 'Grats on your red!
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03/30/2011 12:03:54 AM
Awesome!!! Congrats on the 7 and the red!!! Wheee! (obviously, you should never ask my advice. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/29/2011 09:57:27 PM
Great image. Worthy of a ribbon and more.
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03/28/2011 06:35:58 PM
nice set-up
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03/28/2011 03:41:50 AM
I like this shot, it's really got a pleasant mix of elements. But, I'm left feeling like the focal point is subverted by the composition. The overwhelmingly bright mountains and sky pull the viewer there instinctively, and the lines of the field pull us away from your subject as well. To me, very few things bring us toward the person, with their relative darkness (their white is subdued, the colors are darker and, though nicely saturated, are not particularly bright or eye catching to me).
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03/26/2011 12:25:26 AM
Excellent idea and great execution.
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03/26/2011 12:15:12 AM
great! 10!
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03/25/2011 03:15:06 AM
i can smell a ribbon...( 10 )
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03/24/2011 08:46:40 PM
Just stunning, all the best.
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03/24/2011 07:43:08 PM
there we go. this is how it's done.
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03/24/2011 05:50:41 PM
Definite FP. I think it would be better if the umbrella was located to the left and at a greater distance. The lines in the field would take your attention to it and the FP would keep you going back to it. Love the sky!!
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03/23/2011 10:59:17 PM
The umbrella really catches the eye. This looks like an HDR, well done.
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03/23/2011 05:33:55 PM
Is that a focal point or the lesser known "grab you and hold you" point? Great landscape, colors, focus and composition. I like this one - 8
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03/23/2011 01:32:00 PM
This is such a difficult challenge to vote in. In my mind when I hear the word focus I am thinking depth of field has to play a role otherwise how else do we know what the camera has really focused on. This picture is great for a challenge like "Point of Color" and it would have gotten a 9 from me (not 10 because I am not too crazy about the processing style), however I realize that there are many interpretations of this whole focal point thing. In this image everything is in focus and your subject stands out due to significant difference in color compared to the rest of the image not due to it being in focus and the rest of the image not being in focus and because of that my eyes do travel all over the picture and doesn't rest just on your main subject. Very difficult challenge to shoot for and vote in due to various interpretations of the theme. I just gave you my interpretation. Also the bright white snow and the clouds in the background are another reasons that the viewer's eyes are not let to rest on your main subject (those whites keep pulling my eyes away too). I am giving this a 7. Good luck. It should do well. (This is the longest comment I have written for somebody since I joined DPC)
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03/23/2011 09:52:58 AM
Nice!!
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03/23/2011 08:29:32 AM
YES!!!!! Fabulous. I would love to see this HUGE!! Great example of a true focal point.
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