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Touching The Surface of The Natural Mirror
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Perspective II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Oulu River / Oulu / Finland / Europe
Date: Sep 10, 2005
Aperture: F/7.10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Water, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 12, 2005

It was just a perfect calmness at the river, cool evening just before the sun was set.

I took this photo so low over the surface that my hands were touching the water - luckily not my camera. I used the focal length of 18 mm to make photo as wide I could.

Although I liked the picture as it was, I made these to make it even better:

Little bit NeatImage (although, it was not really needed).
Little bit cropping for rule of third.
Contrast/Brightness.
Saturation.
Color balance.
Shadow/Midtone/Highlight.
Noise removing to make it even more smooth (just to remove some noise after contrast and color changes).
Little bit USM.
Frames.

--- Post notes ---

I thought it was my best photo but this is almost too much. Thank you!

New retouched version.
The original photo with details.

More my photos at
http://miisami.net

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 544
Avg (all users): 7.6444
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 7.5414
Avg (non-participants): 7.7717
Views since voting: 20217
Views during voting: 536
Votes: 284
Comments: 72
Favorites: 91 (view)


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10/09/2005 06:31:18 AM
I keep on coming back to this photo. So adding to my favorites good work sz1_.
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09/23/2005 01:20:47 AM
I think this shot has stirred up quite a controversy, about challenge definitions, and POV verses Perspective. I hope in all this they don't miss the fact that this is a great shot, Congrats on the blue !!
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09/22/2005 09:51:18 PM
Was I right or what? Congratulations on your BLUE with this vibrant and outstanding image. Indeed, the most impressive entry.
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09/22/2005 04:42:37 AM
Because my computer has been going so slow its been impossible to vote but I must say that this is so beautiful clear clean and such a worthy winner. So well done Congrats on your blue
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09/22/2005 03:15:08 AM
Wow. Outstanding shot! Perfect crisp shot and the colours are sooo inviting! Going in my favs!
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09/22/2005 02:09:38 AM
I knew this was a winning pic right from the start. Good Job mate!!!
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09/21/2005 09:21:05 PM
Congratulations on your winning image! Its a breathtaking scene! Awesome!
09/21/2005 08:19:26 PM
WOW in the 500+ pics I did not get to vote on this one but WOW! WOW! WOW! I went and looked at your preprocessed photo and thought it was good but processed brings out some amazing color in both the horizon and the boat. Congrats on the blue!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/21/2005 05:13:27 PM
What a gorgeous picture! Congratulations on the blue ribbon! Well done!
09/21/2005 04:52:49 PM
Fantastic Picture
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09/21/2005 02:06:30 PM
I missed voting on this image but it is by far spectacular! Congratulations on your blue ribbon! Well deserved!
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09/21/2005 12:53:49 PM
Great capture... well deserving of the blue. Congrats.
09/21/2005 08:57:32 AM
The image is beautiful it gives new meanig to Crystal Clear
How ever in my opinion contains very little perspective
09/21/2005 08:37:13 AM
This is going to my favourites, exceptional clarity and sharpness. Well captured !
-Lisa
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09/21/2005 08:20:45 AM
I love it when people win their first ribbon!!! CONGRATULATIONS! This is so well-deserved!!

09/21/2005 08:19:30 AM
Exceptional to say the least! The reflection is so real it's almost part of the boat. Totally bowled over!
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09/21/2005 08:00:37 AM
Congratulations on your Blue with this stunning image! This is gorgeous!
09/21/2005 07:34:55 AM
I'm so glad you got the blue ribbon for this one. Definitely a 10 in my book and a favorite! Congratulations!
09/21/2005 07:22:27 AM
Congratulations on the blue! This is incredible!
09/21/2005 05:36:23 AM
Fantastic colours and how calm is that water! - Well done!
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09/21/2005 05:35:00 AM
Wonderful image, fellow skiff-shooter! Marvelous colors, fascinating perspective. Well-deserved blue.

Originally posted by kbhatia1967:

Wonderful image!Congrats.
A question though. Is noise removing permitted in open challenge?


Yes, noise reduction is specifically permitted in open challenges. It's in the rules.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/21/2005 03:20:59 AM
Brilliant, if it could have been taken in your bath it is so calm.
The softness makes it even better.
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09/21/2005 02:22:56 AM
I thought it was my best photo but this is almost too much. Thank you!

The original photo with details

More my photos at
http://miisami.net

Message edited by author 2005-09-21 04:45:00.
09/21/2005 01:53:08 AM
Great shot. Congratulations! A blue after only 4 challenges!
09/21/2005 01:13:19 AM
Congrats! Very beautiful. How does the original look like?
09/21/2005 01:12:09 AM
Congrats! Very beautiful. How does the original look like?
09/21/2005 01:08:28 AM
Congrats! Very beautiful. How does the original look like?
09/21/2005 12:35:26 AM
Wonderful image!Congrats.
A question though. Is noise removing permitted in open challenge?
09/21/2005 12:03:20 AM
Absolutely oustanding shot! Congrats!
09/21/2005 12:02:31 AM
Congrats!! Well deserving of a BLUE!!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2005 11:28:27 PM
Beautiful shot! Gave you a 10! I like everything a"boat" it.
09/20/2005 10:27:32 PM
Possibly the most impressive image in this challenge. 9
09/20/2005 09:42:51 PM
the clarity and colors move me
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09/20/2005 09:00:23 PM
Neat- I love the reflection!
09/20/2005 08:14:24 PM
I love how clear the reflection is and how the sunset is in the background. Great pic. 8.
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09/20/2005 07:56:16 PM
Perfect 10
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09/20/2005 07:13:07 PM
The water is sooo smooth. It does create just a perfect reflection. So beautiful. I love the placement of the subject, showing off the beauty of the sunset.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/20/2005 01:29:23 PM
I wonder how may people thought I did this one? Me being the skiff guy and all... Lovely work, high score from me.
09/20/2005 03:29:47 AM
Now thats a sharp image. Great reflection and nice colour, well done!
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09/18/2005 10:47:21 PM
Beautiful. Perfect composition, great timing with the light.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/18/2005 10:24:01 AM
Very nice.
09/17/2005 09:18:13 PM
I've never seen such a perfect reflection before. It truly is like it's sitting on a mirror. If you turn your head and look at it sideways, it's almost like a butterfly!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/17/2005 04:12:29 PM
This is my favorite one so far! Great job. I gave it a ten.
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09/17/2005 11:09:50 AM
Stunning!
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09/17/2005 10:46:57 AM
This is unbelievably gorgeous! 10
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09/17/2005 09:48:51 AM
Beautiful, but off topic. Every photograph has some perspective.
09/16/2005 08:55:28 PM
Unbelievable! My fav so far!!Good luck
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09/16/2005 08:35:28 PM
WoW!! I wouldn't change a thing. Excellent shot!! These don't come along everyday so cherish this moment "10"
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09/16/2005 07:51:02 PM
Absolutely lovely! (10)
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09/16/2005 07:29:17 PM
Nice clean image with lots of good perspective. Good Job!
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09/16/2005 06:45:42 PM
Absolutly beautiful. Love it. 10
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09/16/2005 03:33:17 PM
stunning!
09/16/2005 12:25:18 PM
amazing, i really like it
09/16/2005 06:23:34 AM
This is a beautiful shot, lovely color and reflection. Great composition, i hope this picture does well in this challenge...good luck...
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09/16/2005 12:19:05 AM
This is going into favorites. The reflection and colors are exquisite. Wish the blue specks on the right were cropped off, though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/15/2005 11:05:41 PM
Amazing.
09/15/2005 07:34:15 PM
Very smooth amazing color. 9 A little distracting light on the horizon far right.
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09/15/2005 04:36:17 PM
waw perfectly good colours and stilness of image!well done!
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09/15/2005 01:38:00 PM
Way cool, almost unreal, 10
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09/14/2005 11:33:49 PM
Wow... This is an outstanding image. Simply beautiful...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 11:29:21 PM
wow, great shot. I love the colors. looks as though this boat is on a mirror.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 08:23:05 PM
Nice colors and placement.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 07:04:49 PM
great picture and shooo sharp; wonderful sunset colors; great reflection;
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 02:57:49 PM
Absolutely beautiful. Great colors and reflection.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 11:43:09 AM
worth hanging! ....well done.
09/14/2005 11:14:58 AM
ooozing luminosity and beautiful color tones with good use of perspective... I hope you have all your EXIF data and original in order for validation come Wed 12am cuz i think this is gonna ribbon! Beautifu! 10 congrats on a beautiful entry
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 10:19:10 AM
Flawless. Ribbon winner for sure. Amazing color and the stillness of the water is stunning. 10.
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09/14/2005 08:18:46 AM
I hope this ribbons! Such beautiful colors, and the compositon can't be perfected. A favorite for me!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 08:00:49 AM
This is a great image! Fine art indeed. the only thing I would do is close out the two blue buildings (?) on the right side. They take away from this image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/14/2005 06:02:54 AM
OMG that's good
09/14/2005 03:28:10 AM
wow. simply wow. beyond wow.
09/14/2005 12:45:39 AM
Beautiful colors. You couldn't get a more perfect water reflection. Great work! 10
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