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Old Oct 12, 2010, 3:15 PM   #1
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Please critique this shot! Note: More critique please! I added some updated photos.
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 4:11 PM   #2
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It looks to me like there are artifacts/ghosting up in the leaves. Either way they just don't look right althought the colors are nice. Also, this branch on the left side foreground that crosses over the branches of the featured tree is distracting so I would remove that.
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 7:20 PM   #3
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Oddly, this single-image HDR looks better than my 5-pic HDR. I removed the branch to the left, and the whole tree to the right.
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 8:13 PM   #4
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Here's another editing attempt.
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i would like to see the normal shot ...
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 4:25 AM   #6
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Here's the original. I should add that the intent of this shot is to win a local contest hosted by a local nursery - take a picture of a tree in your yard.
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 6:40 AM   #7
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The photo seems to be out of focus or unsharp. Nice tree however and deck setup!
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 6:50 AM   #8
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I would try to isolate the tree, show the roots (i mean the entire tree) and wait for the golden hour. use a tripod if you can. it is a fascinating tree but you must convey the fascination to the viewer.
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ordo, i think the trees roots are under the deck. it appears that the deck is built around the tree?

i does look like the tree is out of focus. And there is WAY to much stuff going on to focus my eyes on any one thing; the chairs/pots on the deck, the fence, the other tree branches, the house, etc...

i think i like the original better than the processed versions.
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Maybe try thinking outside the box. Instead of going for the whole tree just take a few leaves and the branch, the bark, or the roots. Do something that is creative and unique and produces an image that you will say, WOW, Im going to hang that one. This shot doesnt do that for me. The tree and fences and background are all too busy to appreciate any one thing. How about putting the camera on the ground pointing up the tree. That would be an interesting angle.
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