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Challenge: Free Study X (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Orinda, California, USA
Date: Jan 10, 2006
Aperture: 6.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Sky, Snapshot
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2006

On the way taking Isaac to school. I have a color-shifted version which "looks better" but I wanted to submit the best natural capture I took this month.

-Noise reduction with PictureCooler
-Resize for DPC
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH=7
-SaveAs JPEG at quality level 10/10 = 135kb

Statistics
Place: 581 out of 622
Avg (all users): 4.5489
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4483
Avg (non-participants): 4.9231
Views since voting: 754
Views during voting: 216
Votes: 184
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0


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03/16/2006 01:19:25 AM
Horizon looks tilted to me. ;-) Cool Shot GE.
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03/06/2006 04:52:28 AM
Hi. You've some lovely processed color images in your portfolio so you must have found a good way around the color-blindness :) Very gracious of you to ask to see what I did with your photo. Thank you. I guess the subtle color changes might not do too much for you ;-) The cropping is drastic, I guess... hate to lose that nice big slope but I really wanted to make the tree be more prominent.

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Thanks for providing the incentive to play and good luck in the challenges :)
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03/03/2006 06:27:14 PM
Originally posted by meanwile:

Hi again... you know, there are some lovely magentas and reds that could be brought out a little in this shot... I actually played with it a bit and pulled out a nice pastel, realistic-looking sunrise (IMO, haha). Just used curves, selective color adjustment, and hue/sat. Cropped a bit to let the little tree shine.

I can't believe you shot this blind from a car... that's remarkable!

Thanks! You're welcome to post your alternate it you want -- if you're short on space email it to me and I'll post it in my portfolio.

I have a common red-green type of color-blindness, so messing around with curves carries a greater-than-usual risk of ending up "un-natural-looking" -- for example, this very early entry of mine:

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02/24/2006 02:49:39 AM
Hi again... you know, there are some lovely magentas and reds that could be brought out a little in this shot... I actually played with it a bit and pulled out a nice pastel, realistic-looking sunrise (IMO, haha). Just used curves, selective color adjustment, and hue/sat. Cropped a bit to let the little tree shine.

I can't believe you shot this blind from a car... that's remarkable!
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02/08/2006 02:38:17 PM
Originally posted by meanwile:

... If a different composition or a better defined/esthetically-pleasing tree were not available, I'd probably do as you did and mess with the sky color/texture, although not quite as extremely. Better luck next time ;-)

Thanks! I was kind-of stuck as far as compositional choices go, since this was taken from the middle of the freeway at 60 MPH, without using either the viewfinder or the video screen.

I guess I thought that getting this quality of framing, lighting, timing, and (almost) focus under the circumstances was an accomplishment which deserved the opportunity to stand on its own. Someplace I have yet another version which has tonal adjustment but not the radical color shift of the currently-posted alternates -- I'll post that one too.
02/08/2006 02:33:45 AM
I applaud your inclination to go natural. I wish photos didn't have to be radioactive to get a decent score on this site. The yellow in your alts seems like a little too much (to me), however, the submitted photo does appear to need some oomph. Not enough going on. If a different composition or a better defined/esthetically-pleasing tree were not available, I'd probably do as you did and mess with the sky color/texture, although not quite as extremely. Better luck next time ;-)
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02/08/2006 02:30:25 AM
Paul, I am sure your alternates would have done better just on the color wow factor alone. But I like this one better. Perhaps if you did a little more work with the sky. The darker clouds almost look like a defective/dirty area here. This is one of those that would do better with some more sky detail--the clouds are very faint here. Maybe they could have been brought out with PP, maybe not.
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02/08/2006 01:57:00 AM
I guess I should have submitted one of the "enhanced" versions instead of this virtually unprocessed one, which I thought was my best "pure photograph" of the month.

First alternate: 292943.jpg Second alternate: 292944.jpg


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