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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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Sitting Duck (Second Version)
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After evaluating your various comments, I decided that cropping to one duck (the colored one) is the best option, leaving out the poo and other distractions. Also I adjusted gamma a bit brighter and saturation a bit higher to brighten the image and enhance the colors although since the original image was SOOC JPEG, I couldn't adjust that much. As to shooting perspective, the physical topography and barriers make this the best possible composition. Thanks for your comments.
Submitted: Monday, 30th January, 2012 01:20 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 27th December, 2011
Focal length: 75 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F5.3
ISO: 100
Views: 750
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