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The frayed color of ice

The frayed color of ice
Copyright ©2010, Jimmy Swiggers ¤

Mind the pointy end...

I wasn't sure about this one, thought it might be missing something.
Didn't know what, so I decided to post it anyway in the end.

Photographer: Jimmy Swiggers ¤
Folder: Allerlei
Uploaded: 2010-Dec-06 16:22 EST
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Camera: Olympus E-420
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f3.5/5.6
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/100s
Focal Length: 42mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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the icicle formation is attractive; it's not what's missing here, it's what's there that should not be there, me think, like the branch below on the bottom right and the one protruding on top in the BG; they do compete with the main 2 branches which should be the stars and only ones ... cheers ;-))

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 00:24 EST on 2010-Dec-07 [Reply]

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Jimmy, I like it as is, keeps one looking for ..... but perhaps a darker background to pop the ice?

Vicki Armes ¤1 at 07:30 EST on 2010-Dec-07 [Reply]

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Hi DV. Thanks for the suggestions. I had already cropped the picture to get rid of other branches, but maybe I should have removed a bit more. I have some additional pictures that I will experiment on.

Jimmy Swiggers ¤1 at 15:32 EST on 2010-Dec-07 [Reply]

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Hi Vicki. Thanks for the comment. I had actually done the opposite and made the background lighter. The picture was taken when I left the office and it was already getting quite dark. The ice was starting to blend together with the background. I'll try out your suggestion with another picture.

Jimmy Swiggers ¤1 at 15:36 EST on 2010-Dec-07 [Reply]

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I like the blue on blue. It looks so cold which I'm sure it was. I agree with dv about the extra branches. I would love to see those stars isolated agains the blue background.

Marianne Decker Win ¤ at 20:34 EST on 2010-Dec-07 [Reply]

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Like the image as is... nicely done.

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 17:56 EST on 2010-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Thank you for your comment Marianne. I was trying to find a picture suitable for trying out your suggestion, but they're all quite similar. Most have even more branches. I'll just have to wait for the next opportunity.

Jimmy Swiggers ¤1 at 15:28 EST on 2010-Dec-09 [Reply]

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Thanks Bob. Appreciate your comment.

Jimmy Swiggers ¤1 at 15:29 EST on 2010-Dec-09 [Reply]

i like your image!

although i'd like to do two things. i'd crop it from both right and left. from the right to lose the little bright triangle in the bottom right corner, and from the left in order to balance the image after cropping from the right. then i'd push it a little in terms of contrast. i admit to being bit of a contrast junkie, but i really think your shot could benefit from processing the star and bg separately, brightening up the background a little and increasing the contrast of the star. just my two cents. all in all, nice!

Sven Hamberg ¤1 at 13:07 EST on 2010-Dec-11 [Reply]

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Thanks for commenting Sven. Good point on that little traingle. Cropping it a bit further could indeed improve the picture. I'll take a look at processing back- and foreground seperately. I'm new to this, so comments like yours are a geat help.

Jimmy Swiggers ¤1 at 17:03 EST on 2010-Dec-14 [Reply]