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Challenge #8 in the Photo chat series. Hosted by AndrePooh, barb_s.
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***This is a complex challenge, please read the instructions and the and the comments first.*** Enter one photo showing little things, flora, fauna that are associated with ponds and ditches and also enter a -dummy- photo as shown in the example below as a second picture, see for elaboration the comment in the example. Then give constructive comment on all other photos. Eventually you can enter a second improved version of your first picture by withdrawing the dummy and use that free slot.
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Elegant hunter 2nd version
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I followed some of your suggestions, and did a slight crop to the right, and cloned out the OOF leaves there. Also eliminated the orange object on the right boulder, and added just a little more sharpening.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 31st January, 2012 08:45 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 6th October, 2011
Focal length: 300 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
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