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Dana is just beginning to work with her new Nikon D300, at 1/1000 sec, f/4.9, ISO 80. At first glance this image appears flat which can be improved in post processing. The tree is almost a silhouette but not quite, adjust the levels both the black point and the white point to make the most of the available date.

Dana is just beginning to work with her new Nikon D300, at 1/1000 sec, f/4.9, ISO 80. At first glance this image appears flat which can be improved in post processing.  It also looks like Dana went with straightening the horizon in the background, in this image it might be better to straighten the foreground elements, the land the tree is on.  The tree is almost a silhouette but not quite, adjust the levels both the black point and the white point to make the most of the available date. To bring back details in the sky and the tree make adjustments with curves, contrast and saturation in select channels. As to composition this is a basic reflection shot but Dana has done a nice job including the complete tree creating a nice symmetrical photo.  The small boats add scale but detract from the symmetry. 
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets three and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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