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Barb ­ W
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Nov 17, 2010 14:52 |  #76

Congrats everyone, thanks judges for your comments :)

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Nov 19, 2010 08:48 |  #77

Permagrin wrote in post #11283285 (external link)
comments for week2:

This was a very strong week. There were a half a dozen shots that easily could have been rated a 1, this week. And probably half a dozen more that merited a 2. Just a really competitive week.

cotmweasal: Pretty girl. I had a couple of problems with this one. First the post processing blurring should not have gone over her arms. If you are trying to mimic a narrow DOF, be sure and be precise in your pp or it looks fake. Good colors in this. Harsh light on her (right side) face.

Jason C: Very pretty shot. Gorgeous colors. Nice use of lines & dof.

Cuypers1807: I liked this shot. It has interest & cuteness. The horizon is off a bit.

This is a really beautiful shot. I actually very much like the tonemapping on the flower. No critique here. I like the comp and the use of DOF.

airfrogusmc: Excellent abstract. LOVE the opposing rich textures to smooth darks. No critique here either.

airbutchie: Fun shot. Nice capture. Good comp. Not super strong subject matter.

Harm: I WANTED to score this one higher. I really love the comp. And the subject. Sadly the dark shadow on the lower left draws the eye away every time I look at the shot. Much potential here. Suggestions, clone out that shadow.

RyanGSams: Fun sports capture. For this shot to rate higher, the focus needs to be on your main subject. You have Peyton as your subject but your focus is on the OT (74).

Soulful2001: some suggestions for this shot...first you have a lot of sensor dust. Time to clean the sensor or clone out the dust in pp. Secondly, I like the idea of a silhouette but the subject is dead center and has the grass sticking out of it's head. So just some things to keep an eye on in future. Check out the "recommended reading links" in the first post of this thread to know what we are looking for as well as things to watch out for.

Jubu: First, I want to be there. lol Thanks for that. :lol: Some suggestions for this shot: the roof on the left draws the eye. Perhaps clone it out. Secondly, I wasn't sure what the actual intent was for this shot. Was it to draw my eye to the sun rays? Or the center of the photo (my eyes were led in by the rays but led to the center that is bokeh'd). So my suggestion would have been to use maybe F8-F11 and have that center part in focus.

Flo: Love this one, Gail. Nicely exposed. And I like your processing on it.

Dilorenzo1954: This is a beauty shot too, Ed. No critique.

oakleaf: couple of suggestions here...first, you don't want to cut someone off at a joint, that includes shoulders. Her right shoulder (photo left) is cut. Secondly, in framing a portrait, you want to think about the area around the subject as well. You have no space on the photo left and space on the's uneven so it looks like a quick snap. Secondly, the background is distracting...whatever that is in the window looks like it's coming out of her hat. Would encourage you to also read the recommended reading links in the first post, it will help to show what we are looking for in the shots as well as things to watch out for. Watching out for the "ugly" is key in portraits. Signposts, trees, things in draws your eye away from the subject.

Barb W: loved this. I was so torn this week in my choices. I had several 1 point, photos. I had to look for things to eliminate or score something lower. My only nit with this one is the haloing around the buildings. Comp is great. Nice use of leading lines.

vmlopes: only a couple of nits with this one. You were obviously going for center focusing. To nail this, you must be exact. The chair is slightly off. Also the eyes are really drawn to the foliage outside the windows. Perhaps adding a light on the chair to draw the viewers eye back to the subject. Nice use of hdr.

Edbrewer3: I liked this shot. A lot. The processing was a bit bright pink for me. But I think it was well photographed. It almost looks cgi instead of a photo.

harleypugs: This was another 1 point shot for me this week. You only got marked down because her eyes are dark. Shooting subjects with hats is hard. A reflector to highlight the eyes might have helped here. Nice shot & good conversion.

thatkatmatt: nice colors in this shot Matt. Nice comp too. Really soft lighting that suits the shot. Subject is not as strong, in a weak of top shots.

kilvas: If you are going to do a detail shot with hands, it's easier to use someone else's hands so that you can take shots from different angles to see which way, creatively, would work the best. You've got that 14mm distortion on the lower left that is a distraction that you might have been able to eliminate by shooting the peppers on a cutting board or having someone else hold them (to keep with your theme). Also, some levels adjustments here would add some contrast and help the shot. Colors are a bit flat.

lavanut: fun shot. Since your subject is "please don't hurt me" I wish the ref's hat was not cropped off. I still enjoyed it though. Love shots that tell a story.

Thanks so much for the feedback Permagrin. I have learned a lot in these fantastic POTN forums. I am a little nervous about cleaning my sensor. A little more reasearch hopefully will reassure me a bit.

Congrats to the winners.

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Nov 21, 2010 13:25 as a reply to  @ soleful2001's post |  #78

Congratulations to the 4 winners this week.

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Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/10.0
Focal Length: 200mm (70-200mm L f/4)
ISO Speed: 100

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Nov 21, 2010 14:25 |  #79

Sweet :), Thanks and congrats to the other winners and HMs.

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Nov 21, 2010 15:55 |  #80

Thanks Judges! Congrats to the other winners and HM's. Lots of talent going on here!

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Nov 21, 2010 16:01 |  #81

Congrats Winners & HM's -- Awesome phots everyone!

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Nov 21, 2010 16:04 |  #82

Excellent submissions from all! Congrats to the winners and HMs! Thanks to the judges, as always.

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Nov 21, 2010 16:54 as a reply to  @ Jason C's post |  #83

Congrats everyone :)

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Nov 21, 2010 17:44 as a reply to  @ Kilvas's post |  #84

Congrats to the winning images and HM's too.

Matt - I liked that shot of your daughter; cool idea.

Geno - your horizon is crooked. I think I may see some people falling out of your image. :lol:

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Nov 21, 2010 19:12 |  #85

wow ...

Tough lot to judge and I have no idea how you navigate that each week and stay sane. Thanks for the nod and congrats to everyone!

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Nov 21, 2010 19:28 |  #86

congrats everyone :)

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Nov 21, 2010 19:40 |  #87

congrats to the winning shots and HM's

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Nov 21, 2010 19:41 as a reply to  @ FuzzFace's post |  #88

Congrats to all.


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Nov 21, 2010 20:29 as a reply to  @ dilorenzo1954's post |  #89

WTG all.Good one Joe;)

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Nov 21, 2010 21:06 as a reply to  @ Flo's post |  #90

Congratulations to the winners and HMs! Another round of great submissions. :)

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