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First - thanks to SoulfullOfHarmony for her esteemed UA on my last upload.

Taken last winter - it has been sitting on my hard drive since as I remain unconvinced by the illusion of scale. This image was taken with the clock slightly propped up at the back to ensure the full face was visible, but I am worried the effect is false and it makes the image look like a ham fisted composite.

Opinions welcomed.

Adam

Edit - just seen the square crop as I uploaded this - see version 2.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:6 Dec 2010 - 5:40 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/18.0
Shutter Speed:0.6sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Time to Mature
Username:sherlob sherlob
Uploaded:24 Jan 2013 - 3:57 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Growth, Landscape / travel, Time, Time in the landscape, Trees
Votes:29
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53992 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 4:38 PM

I like V1 and V2, it did initially look like a composite but i knew you don't usually shoot like this so glad you point it out. The big hand is also lost in the snow a bit, would you increase the contrast of the hands to bring them out more?
If it were more buried in the snow it might look more like one shot?

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8520 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1088 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 5:00 PM

I wondered when you would return to this series. I see what you mean about the angle of the clock, maybe lying flat would have been better. But I'm just delighted that this is real and not a montage.
The blade of grass lying over the rim adds a lot, but I like JackAllTog's suggestion of digging in a bit.
Moira

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Bonvilston
24 Jan 2013 - 8:15 PM

For me the v2 is a good enough image, but nothing lifts it out of the mass of snow shots around at the moment. V1 impresses me more. It shows thought and planning and is well put together. It leaves you thinking. For me that is the essence of a good image ( as opposed to just a technically correct photograph). I definitely prefer v2. .....peter

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 10:28 PM

I couldn't give a flying **** if the image is "real" or montage Adam.

Its the imagination and impact the maker decides that ultimately holds attention and its a great juxtaposition.

Time and frozen motion , quality idea !

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 7:29 PM

Both work for me Adam. V1 holds your attention well
Regards Richard

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