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This photo submitted by Paula Marcum-Ice was taken with an Olympus C750uz with an exposure of The lone picnic table adds to the foreground.

This photo submitted by Paula Marcum-Ice was taken with an Olympus C750uz with an exposure of  1/60sec at f/4, ISO 50. The lines and reflections in this photo make it a fascinating image.  The lone picnic table adds to the foreground. The sky lacks interest and due to the overcast sky the image overall lacks some punch and appears to be slightly underexposed which can be corrected using curves.  Consider a different crop, removing the far most left tree and yellow house and some of the sky making the image all about the pond and reflective trees.  Looking over the full size file the tree tops are a little soft and may have been over sharpened, something that in a smaller print would not a huge distraction but a reminder to keep your main subject in focus. In the case of this photo with the overcast sky a higher ISO could have been used to get the shutter speed up and allow a handheld image a sharper focus, also a smaller aperture would have kept both the foreground and the trees in focus.  Try different combinations of aperture and shutter speeds to give you different final images.

—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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