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April 1, 2009
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Shutter Speed
2/1 second
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 27, 2009, 11:14:55 AM
Tangled Surf by Matthew-T Tangled Surf by Matthew-T
Near Devil's Punchbowl, Oregon.

Canon 450D XTi + several Neutral and Graduated Neutral Density filters (created the purple sky).

The only editing was some slight levels adjustment to remove a redd-ish tint that came from the off-white balance of the camera when shot and also sharpening. The vignette came from the stacked filters.

-Matthew Tauzer
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Hi Matthew. I like your image a lot. The shutter speed and use of the filter has thrown the attention square on the twisted root and the colour gradient is pleasing.If I was to improve the image I would look at two things. The island out to sea is a secondary element which could be better included by selecting and lightening a path across the water for the eye to follow. I would also try and adjust the photo so the top of the tree root was not so buried in the gradation of the filter. Excellent and well composed work though.
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Awkward disclaimer: I have absolutely no clue what I'm talking about.

Now that that's out of the way, I'll dive into my impressions of the image and go from there. My first thought upon seeing this was that I very much liked the effect of smoothness of the waves-on-sand contrasted by the scraggliness (apparently not a word, but it should be) of the branch. The soft and eternal worked very nicely with the not-so-eternal and broken. The color scene was wonderfully smooth and relaxing without being boring. Pastel but working with the overall feel of the image rather than against it.

Two things jumped out at me, though. One is that - for me - having a darkened border-ish effect very rarely works. Perhaps it's dramatic the first time I saw it, but in this image, it just seems contrived for me. Yes, it narrows the focus onto the front of the branch, but it also swallows up the sky, and I almost wonder if the image was darkened round the corners to hid over-smoothing on the farther branch. I'll freely admit that I'm biased by my own perception of art and photography, but what opinion isn't?

Me, I'd almost consider undoing the vignette effect or making it even more subtle. Like in make-up, the best result will be when the viewer can't see what was done, but only sees the beauty. Instead of a guy seeing a girl and thinking "Oh, under all that eyeliner, her eyes are beautiful" he should just think "Oh wow, I can't stop looking at her eyes."

By the way, I'm very glad this image has no border. That would have killed it.

So, my other thought: Have you played around with the idea of sharpening the branch/root? A full sharpen on the image would just kill it, but a few, light applications of a sharpen brush in a few places might make the image even more stunning by bringing in the details as further contrast to the smoothness. I tend to like shots crisp and clean, so that preference shows, heh.

Finally, winding down, I wanna say that I very much like the placement and composition of the image. The colors work fantastically together and I'm glad I had a chance to look over this image. Thank you for sharing and good luck with your art!
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teragram98 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
RyuuOrion Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Simplicity is impressive.
chemicalkidd Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
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dresdenblue Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Hmm. I feel like the vignette is a bit too oppressive on this, particularly along the top - you have all these wonderful elements, but they don't really get to shine here. The lines out to sea feel a bit stilted, and you lose some of the lovely detail in the end of the tree in the upper right. Beautiful color tones, though.
Dweezal Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Featured! [link]
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
PierreRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful, i love the graphism and the light

Matthew-T Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I appreciate it :)
dl-p Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
:w00t!: Congratulations! Your deviation has been featured by :iconskyandnatureclub: under the category of Waterscapes for 'The best of March 2010' :la:

You can view the news article here: > [link] <

Keep up the good work! :icontardbounceplz:
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