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Challenge #10 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 that you entered in any previous challenge, which -to your dismay- scored below 50%. This challenge is to find out why. Also give a link to that particular entry and elaborate. 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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by liya
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23rd place
Thanks for the helpful hints. I cropped out much of the sky and used a 16-9 orientation as suggested. brought down highlights and added vibrance and clarity for punch. also brought up some blacks. it was jpg so not much room to recover the blown out sky.
Submitted: Thursday, 16th February, 2012 13:49 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 20th December, 2011
Focal length: 28 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Views: 407
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