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PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-07-30 16:10]

The flowers in the picture are good, but I think the colors and composition are a bit off. I think a different POV would've worked better. So many of the flowers are so closely bunched together that I can't really tell one flower apart from the other.

It also seems like the hue of the shot is overly blue. Did you increase the blue saturation level or play with the hue of the shot?

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-07-30 16:07] [+]

So you're in the US! If you should happen to come out to the east coast, you could visit Shanendoah National Park! Full of black bears, home of the Appalacian Trail, and packed with beautiful views of the famous blue ridge mountains. I live only a few hours north of the park. Anyhow, I love this shot.. and I love the park featured in it! Did you happen to see Yogi Bear?

Good shot here, I think. I really like the color of the river.. very wild looking, and not the color I would've expected for a river. And either the cloudiness that day or the time of day that you took the shot added a nice balance of light across the image. The cliffs on the right are softer and darker, but the cliffs on the right (that follow the river) are much brighter and sharper looking. Good landscape shot!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-07-11 8:23] [comment]

How did you get the background so dark?

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-07-10 1:09]

Lighting is BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful shot! Added to my favs!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-05-24 12:53]

Great shot Niek! I agree with you that humans complain about the weather too much. I also think that sometimes a lot of us don't stop to appreciate a sunset unless we see vivid reds or pinks. Sometimes my favorite sunset is actually AFTER those colors have passed, and you're left with a dark blue/black sky to the east, and a bluish/green sky in the west. It's really amazing how many colors the sky is able to produce. What I like about this picture is just that -- the top of the picture shows the sky as a very deep blue... if you would've taken the picture ten minutes later there probably would've been stars visible there. And at the bottom of the picture, we have a nice area of reds and oranges that really give a lot of contrast to the trees in front of them. Great shot!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-05-18 23:10]

Beautiful shot! What sorts of things did you do in post processing? The colors are beautiful, and the soft and calm lighting works well for the shot. Good DOF and focus. Great work. Congratulations on a terrific first post!
-Brian

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-05-17 23:03]

Nice picture here. I think the DOF for a shot like this would be tricky, because I'm guessing you were pretty far away from the loons when you took the shot. The lighting and colors are a bit flat (by flat I mean not dazzling), but then again neither are the loons. What I like a lot about this picture are two things ... the ripples in the water around the loons, and the positioning of the loons that makes it look almost like one loon with two heads. Interesting shot, very relaxing to look at.

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-05-16 20:35]

Hey Loot! A lot of underwater photos I've seen have a bad focus. Not sure what the problem is, but THIS photo is definitely an exception. It has beautiful colors, a beautiful focus, and beautiful lighting. Did you do something to dim the flash or otherwise control it? Everytime I use the flash on my camera it really washes out everything in view... it makes everything look way too bright. Anyway, beautiful photo here!!! Great job!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-05-15 21:59]

I'm speechless.. this picture is amazing! I LOVE the tilt to the ape's head. How did you manage to get so close? BEAUTIFUL PICTURE!!!!!

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Follow up --- of all of my favorite photos, I think is my all time favorite photo on TN. I'm really surprised that nobody else has critiqued it. My hat is off to you for this shot. Truly a beautiful shot!!!!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-05-15 21:10] - [workshop] [compare]

Nice judgement for shutterspeed. You were lucky to have had something to stablize the camera so well for the picture. It looks great! I love the colors... and the lush/moist environment you captured so well. It looks like a beautiful place! The balance between light and dark is very nice. One thing you might be able to do to improve it just a bit is to crop (or clone out) the really bright fern and leaves in the bottom right hand corner. I'll do a workshop if I remember.. I can't do one now because I'm over my posting limit for the day already. :)