Photo Critique: Submission #3

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Our Photo Critique section has been on a bit of a hiatus, but we figured with the holidays right around the corner this was the perfect opportunity to offer up some free praise & constructive advice.

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This submission, from John Koller, was taken while hiking along a trail in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He captured this shot with his Nikon D80 f/ 5.6 at 1/500 and low ISO using a Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II lens.

“It was about 115 °F and I came across this poor critter. It’s like he cooked on the rock! I did not know how this turned out until I got back home because the conditions were so bright that my review screen was too washed out to make any adjustments and re-shoot. Plus, did I mention it was hot! Back home I downloaded it to Aperture 2. A few minor adjustments brought out the colors in the rock formation and the detail in the shadow of the skull. I like the blur in the background. Again thanks for the critique in advance.” – J. Koller

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