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Old Nov 11, 2009, 11:53 AM   #1
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I am starting to get together a handfull of shots to enter a photo competition her in Norway, the theme beeing "Nature and Environment" - in a very broad sens of the meaning.

I'm allowed to enter 3 pictures, and I thought that this should be one of them. Any thoughts about this shot? Any objections or suggestions for alternative PP?

Obviously, the photo will be sendt in full size and both sharpness and saturation will be better than can be shown here.


This one is done in Dynamic-Photo HDR:

The slight pink tint is from reflections of the night-sky with a red horizon (opposite direction of the house) - just before the sun came up.

The picture was taken very early in the morning one September-day, so it's actually a night-shot and I want to keep the night-feeling - is this the right night-feeling?

Personally I like the heathers-field, just below the house. Nothing was added and nothing was taken away, just a slight crop on the bottom. I was tempted to clone-out the power-line, but I'm afraid it would ruin the picture...

Looking forward to hear your comments, objections and / or suggestions!


Edited: My wife said the 'orange' windows in the white house are spoiling the picture - she told me to 'make them black' (??)!

This orange 'light' in the two windows is nothing more than reflections of the sun-red horizon. You can actually see a cloud-bank in them....!

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Old Nov 11, 2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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Looking at the pic I thought the orange windows was just the lights on inside the room. Have to look hard to realize its a reflection. This is a picture worthy of entry in any contest.
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...This is a picture worthy of entry in any contest.
Thank you, Bynx!
Is that to mean you have no suggestions for anything to change, no improvement? No tweek, lighten or nothing to clone?

What about the power-lines?
Should I leave them as they are (am afraid to 'mess up' the photo if I do...)?


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Walter: you’re setting so high standards that’s difficult to say a word about your picks, but I felt this one was slightly unbalanced to the left. I tried to figure out why, and found the horizontal roof line is not parallel to the up crop of the pick. It’s not an optical effect. Easy to correct I guess.
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Thank you, Bynx!
Is that to mean you have no suggestions for anything to change, no improvement? No tweek, lighten or nothing to clone?

What about the power-lines?
Should I leave them as they are (am afraid to 'mess up' the photo if I do...)?


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I wouldnt bother taking out the lines. They are part of the landscape. They dont interfere with anything. Id leave them.
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is this for a camera club competition is a good photographer doing the judging? the reason i ask is over the last year and a half i have had a few of my images judged by some pro's with almost all the alphabet behind there names like LRPS etc etc in other words lots of photography qualifications i personally dont know what they mean though LOL ive had them tell me buildings are too central , too much sky and too much foreground are you going to be there for the judging and comments walter?
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I would like to enter a contest and come in last as long as they explained why I was last and everyone was ahead of me. As it is now I enter a contest and never get told anything. Just come and get your prize. I think they use one of those 8 Balls, give it a shake and see if it says, WE HAVE A WINNER, or WE HAVE A LOSER.
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bynx i have only been shooting with my d90 a little over a year now , i find the judges comments and crituque very helpful it is a great way to learn and improve one judge a very qualified woman who had made a lot of money out of photography asked me to stand up when she got to my picture (in front of 25 people) she slated it and of coarse the others laughed as i did .... it was a huge learning curve for me that day after the comp herself and her husband pulled me to one side and explained how they started out making money from photographs doing flyers for underground clubs / raves .....then to full blown landscape , nature etc they shared loads of info with me and gave me little tips and pointers regarding natural history competitions on what they look for when judging .... herself and her husband are set to return early next year to judge again i cant wait to be honest she and her husband are the best judges i have ever come across so far and i know i have grown from our last encounter so i cant wait for her comments im sure i wont be singled out and standing up this time
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It's a national competition set up by a Digital Camera Magazin and sponsored by the national Canon-agent in Norway, consequently all the prizes are Canon cameras and -equipment. (I sure could use a dSLR...)

But, myself beiing a p&s Panasonic-shooter, I'v got about as much chance as that famouse snowflake in subtropic hell.

Anyway, I can never compete with the 'big guns' of dSLR-folks quality wise, as they will pixel-peep and scrutinize ever picture. The jury is made up of 3 guys, 1 marketing manager from Canon, 1 independent nature-photographer and the editor of the magazine (which is very Canon-biased...!).

But I thought, what the hell, there is no entry-fee and I have never entered a photo-competition before, so I might just as well try.

Wish me luck!


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...but I felt this one was slightly unbalanced to the left.
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Ordo - and also for your comments.

I'v scrutinized the pic and raised the left horizon just a tiny bit. Your eyesight is pretty good, Ordo! Thanx.
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