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Challenge: Barns, Farms or Rural Countrysides II (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
Lens: Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Location: Steptoe Butte, WA (USA)
Date: Jun 14, 2016
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2016

Thank you for the votes and comments. Much appreciated.

I got a Fuji X-T1 recently, so I don't have to lug around the D800 when I go on hikes or whatever. It's been great so far! The X-T1 is a good camera. It does not replace the Nikon D800, but it is an excellent second camera and it definitely will replace my older Nikon D7000.

I shot this in the evening at almost 8PM on a very windy and cold day in the Palouse area of Washington State in the USA. This is from Steptoe Butte, the highest point in the Palouse, looking sorta south, maybe a bit west? From Steptoe Butte you can see farmland in all directions, with distant mountains, and often great skies. Even though it was so cold that I was still shivering even with 2 shirts, my heavy polartec sweater, my down vest and my windbreaker on, it was a beautiful evening, full of storms in the distance and really warm filtered light all around. This was shot handheld, using a polarizer lens on the 55-200 lens. I was sorta using the outdoor cement washrooms as a shelter from the wind, and it didn't smell too good. I am using the Velvia settings of the X-T1, and love it! I used to love FujiFilm way back. Anyway.

The original is rather dark and not prime quality. I shot it RAW+JPG. In Lightroom I reset camera calibration to Velvia, then applied a couple presets I have to lighten/brighten the image. Sent to PS and finished by processing the top/bottom parts separately since the bottom was way darker than the top. I increased the colours and especially the reds, that is, if I remember, I shifted the yellows towards red or something like that. Anyway. As usual, I am rather experimental and random when it comes to both shooting and processing, which suits me just fine, but makes it difficult to explain how things were done. Oh well.

Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 53
Avg (all users): 7.8448
Avg (commenters): 8.8333
Avg (participants): 7.9615
Avg (non-participants): 7.7500
Views since voting: 1526
Views during voting: 146
Votes: 58
Comments: 33
Favorites: 11 (view)


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07/01/2016 04:08:53 AM
excellent!
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06/29/2016 09:22:27 PM
Gorgeous!! Congratulations on a well deserved blue!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2016 01:13:29 PM
An absolutely stunning image, captured by a truly remarkable photographer.

I never cease to be amazed by the incredible talent you possess Ursula. Very nice indeed.

Ray
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06/28/2016 03:58:22 PM
A fav and congrats on a well deserved blue. I love it when a plan comes together!
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06/27/2016 04:56:55 PM
Beautifully captured. Well deserved blue. Congratulations.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2016 01:00:06 PM
Wow!!! Nice!
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06/27/2016 12:33:21 PM
Thank you for the votes and comments. Much appreciated.

I got a Fuji X-T1 recently, so I don't have to lug around the D800 when I go on hikes or whatever. It's been great so far! The X-T1 is a good camera. It does not replace the Nikon D800, but it is an excellent second camera and it definitely will replace my older Nikon D7000.

I shot this in the evening at almost 8PM on a very windy and cold day in the Palouse area of Washington State in the USA. This is from Steptoe Butte, the highest point in the Palouse, looking sorta south, maybe a bit west? From Steptoe Butte you can see farmland in all directions, with distant mountains, and often great skies. Even though it was so cold that I was still shivering even with 2 shirts, my heavy polartec sweater, my down vest and my windbreaker on, it was a beautiful evening, full of storms in the distance and really warm filtered light all around. This was shot handheld, using a polarizer lens on the 55-200 lens. I was sorta using the outdoor cement washrooms as a shelter from the wind, and it didn't smell too good. I am using the Velvia settings of the X-T1, and love it! I used to love FujiFilm way back. Anyway.

The original is rather dark and not prime quality. I shot it RAW+JPG. In Lightroom I reset camera calibration to Velvia, then applied a couple presets I have to lighten/brighten the image. Sent to PS and finished by processing the top/bottom parts separately since the bottom was way darker than the top. I increased the colours and especially the reds, that is, if I remember, I shifted the yellows towards red or something like that. Anyway. As usual, I am rather experimental and random when it comes to both shooting and processing, which suits me just fine, but makes it difficult to explain how things were done. Oh well.

Thanks again!
06/27/2016 12:30:31 PM
Gorgeous light and layers.. congrats!
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06/27/2016 10:45:04 AM
stunning
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06/27/2016 09:52:18 AM
Glad to see an entry from the legend!
Let's hear about this amazing image :)

And yeah, when "Raking LIght" challenge came up, I thought of this image :)
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06/27/2016 08:53:06 AM
A beauty! Congratulations.
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06/27/2016 08:50:51 AM
raking light
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06/27/2016 07:31:08 AM
This is so beautiful! Congrats!
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06/27/2016 04:36:13 AM
How could it not win? Congratulations.
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06/27/2016 02:30:36 AM
Stunning....this is the stand out winner!!!
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06/27/2016 01:05:35 AM
I keep wanting to touch it.
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06/27/2016 12:34:59 AM
Were you needing a ribbon fix, darling? Welcome back and congrats :)
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06/27/2016 12:20:15 AM
Congratulations on the blue, Ursula. This is just gorgeous and had to win.
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06/27/2016 12:08:39 AM
Every time you enter you win the blue, so very beautiful and congratulations Ursula.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2016 11:06:29 PM
One of my favorite pictures in the challenge. Great job.
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06/26/2016 11:04:28 PM
Spectacular! You still need to explain how you get this to glow. :)
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06/26/2016 08:24:35 PM
Absolutely stunning! Top shot. 10
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06/26/2016 07:30:46 PM
Splendid.
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06/25/2016 05:59:27 AM
What a beautiful picture. Love this
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06/24/2016 11:13:23 AM
wow - this is breathtaking! Even the vertical format does work great here. Maybe I would have cropped the last messy edge of the field at the bottom line of the picture.
I hope this will end up at the front page and we'll get some information about where and how
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06/24/2016 02:53:14 AM
Wow, first 9 Incredible texture, sharp and rich.
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06/23/2016 04:51:43 PM
This photo immediately stood out when viewing the thumbnails of entries.
I love the movement created by the shadows on the rolling fields. Texture! Rule of thirds! Sharpness! All wonderful, but especially that you did a landscape in portrait!
Love the way the vertical line (in the foreground) of sorts is on another rule of thirds line and everything right of it reminds me of chenille fabric. Perhaps a bit overly warm, but this is merely my humble opinion.
Nicely done!
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06/23/2016 02:00:54 PM
That is some really neat looking landscape.
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06/23/2016 03:18:47 AM
What a delicous scene, full of vividness and high contrast. The rolling hills are lush and velvelty! The sky is overwhelmingly powerful. Top two for me.
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06/21/2016 10:34:22 AM
Quite a melody here.
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06/20/2016 06:04:30 PM
Langdon must really add the option to vote 11, I tried but without avail. Here's a 10 then.
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06/20/2016 02:34:06 PM
This Is utterly beautiful.. love the copper filed in the foreground and the colour variations throughout, the shadows, the leading lines, the sun filtering through in the background.. Would love to learn your processing on this.. definitely the winner... Wonderful .. 10...
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06/20/2016 12:17:56 AM
Blue. Right here in the green and red. :D


Definitely Blue.
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