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Calm before the Rains
Calm before the Rains

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Natural Body of Water (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: East London, South Africa
Date: Oct 16, 2011
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.6 sec
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Oct 16, 2011

Nice calm day before the rain came pouring down.
HDR Merge of 5 images
Tone Mapping
Burn the highlights in the clouds
Hold Thumbs that the viewers like

Place: 128 out of 150
Avg (all users): 5.0909
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8545
Avg (non-participants): 5.3273
Views since voting: 283
Views during voting: 208
Votes: 110
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/20/2011 03:11:47 PM
Colors seem a bit flat. I wonder what it would have looked like if you were level with the ground. Maybe put the camera low and shot something in the foreground to have a place for my eye to focus on.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/18/2011 10:20:37 AM
You asked for comments on your photo, I am not voting in this challenge so will give an in-depth review of it,

The very first thing that pops into my mind before I even click on the large image, is that it looked grey. Then opened it up, it is very grey.

The image is flat, there needs to be something in here that pops and I am not seeing anything.

The leading line, is there some-what. The two sides with the black rocks do draw your eye to the waves and the center point of the horizon.

You have a moody sky there, but it again it is grey, a little dodging and burning would have made for a very dramatic sky and would have given it some more dimensions.

What may have been a good idea would be a little vignetting, this in turn would have given you a leading line straight to the center, would have more drama as well.

Going into selective colours and popping the reds , would have brought out some more interesting tones in your foreground, sliding the greens, cyans and blue would have given you some more depth and colour in the sea area. .

Looking at the shot from a different angle would work well With a shot like this, taking the picture actually on the ground and having a good depth of field would have worked very well, that way you have depth and interest all the way to the horizon and there would be some excitement in there. Also, if you look at your sea, you will find two lighter lines from the sun, so shooting towards that, and just having the cliffs leading out to the horizon would have worked too.

I hope that this does not come across as too blunt.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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