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Xavier Ascanio

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  1. I like shots that include the moon. My longest lens is only 200 mm so I look for a nice foreground and use the moon as an accent for the overall scene. This shot was 159mm, ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/25 sec.
  2. Thanks. At one point I had cropped it but the remaining file size was pretty small. As you mention, the other problems can't be fixed so I'm canning this one and will try to apply the lessons learned to future shots.
  3. Thanks -- when I fixed the WB, the Ugly Blue house turned into a not quite as ugly White house but of course the OOF issue still kills it. Lesson learned.
  4. What do you all think about this one? To me it represents recreation, solitude, and possibly tourism. Thank you for your looking and sharing your thoughts!

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  5. Significant vignetting -- possibly from filter?
  6. What if you brightened the image, flipped it horizontally so action is going left to right and cropped out some of the empty ice on the bottom?
  7. Have you tried a hot shoe bubble level to help keep your shots straight?
  8. It does seem to be a bit of a crapshoot sometimes. My guess is they have a high turnover of reviewers and that leads to inconsistent reviews.
  9. Thanks. Another microstock site accepted it. Now we'll see if anyone likes it enough to buy it.
  10. Thanks - I like it too and will find another use for it.
  11. Thanks for the idea, Mike. In this case, I was already at f/22 and ISO 100. Shutter speed was 1/10sec. I would have needed to add a filter to get a longer shutter speed but it didn't occur to me to do that.
  12. Thanks - this was a good learning experience. In hindsight, I wish I'd increased the ISO to 1600 and shutter speed to 1/160s. It would have been a good test for the high ISO capability of the camera.
  13. Thanks all for review and suggestions. SS rejected the image for "out-of-focus/too soft" and "over-use". I agree there is motion blur due to the grass and foliage blowing in the breeze. I think I can fix the over-use issue but I can't fix the focus without re-shooting at a faster shutter speed to freeze the grass and foliage. Any other ideas? I'm also submitting the image to other sites to see what they say. Maybe I'll just enter the image in the contest at the county fair this summer and hope for a ribbon. Any other ideas?
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