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Challenge: Free Study XV (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Location: Uxbridge, Ontario
Date: Nov 8, 2006
Aperture: 10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Landscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2006

A historic country church in a neighboring town.

Adjusted contrast, color, levels, reset white point, dodging, burning, sharpened, border

yes, yes, it is the same landmark church but it is a different angle than the B&W image. I don't see why this has caused such a bitter reaction in some folks, as I see the same landmarks and models used over and over and over and over here at DPC. So what if a little country church gets some play. Free Study is about the best shot we took this month. Well, this is my best shot this month. :o)

Many, many thanks to those who left encouraging comments. It's a huge honor to have ranked 4th out of 501!!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 501
Avg (all users): 7.3097
Avg (commenters): 7.1818
Avg (participants): 7.1509
Avg (non-participants): 7.6531
Views since voting: 4104
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 155
Comments: 67
Favorites: 47 (view)


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06/12/2007 07:01:22 AM
wow it's great picture,good job
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01/10/2007 12:48:51 PM
Another take on this wonderful little church. Enjoy the different perspective. (Wouldn't mind more). Heracleitus said We step but do not step into the same river twice. And it is for this more than anything he is remembered and quoted.
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12/10/2006 02:11:51 AM
Beautiful image. The lighting,tones and composition are superb.
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12/09/2006 01:14:13 PM
Awesome in color. I'm a huge fan of BW but I must say, color certainly does this jewel justice. Congratulations!!
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12/09/2006 12:37:04 PM
No idea why everyone was crying about this shot, maybe because they couldn't get a picture as nice as this one. Everything is virtually perfect in this shot, the free study IS about the best shot of the month, and this was def yours. Its odd but I think my favorite part is the fog in the distance, it adds enchantment. Nice job and keep up the good work.
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12/09/2006 12:16:16 PM
Another great take on this beautiful scene. I love the colour version.
Thanks for the directions... I am going to try and get out this weekend to try my hand at shooting this lovely image. I only hope I can come close to what you have achieved here. Well done and congrats again on the high placing ... 4 out of 501 wow indeed!

Go GTA Go!!!!
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12/09/2006 11:41:34 AM
This is brilliant, I love old churches! Congrats!
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12/09/2006 08:42:57 AM
I like this in color as well as in b/w. Each has its own feel and emotional impact. Very nicely done!
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12/09/2006 07:59:47 AM
Congratulations on your 4th place! A beautifull scene in color as well as the b/w! love it! Very nicely captured and presented, a pleasure to view
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12/08/2006 11:17:01 PM
Congratulations on the 4th place


Message edited by author 2006-12-10 17:40:58.
12/08/2006 11:14:18 PM
A ribbon worthy charmer of a gem! Congratulations on your 4th place.
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12/08/2006 05:33:54 PM
Congrats on your 4th place with this nice scene Laura.
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12/08/2006 03:36:32 PM
Originally posted by Cutter:

Originally posted by skiprow:

what a laugh! ...i guess we should ask shannon why he uses plotter prints all the time, or ask manny why he shoots portraits of beautiful girls all the time, or larus why he shoots landscapes and women all the time...thanks for providing some fodder for the b!+chbag ;-).


That was a fairly rude remark. i happen to be one of the the dissenters on this one. This is nothing like Scalvert or Librodo or Larus. Those are unique works with similar techniques. This is the (basically) same shot. it is about the integrity of the site and the photographers. I don't believe it is about complaining, but more about the simple question: why? Raising concern is not the same thing as bitching. I would equally raise concern if it got a 4.5.

rude in the eye of the beholder. this has NOTHING to do with the integrity of the site. it's about how the voters react to images. simply put, THEY LIKED IT. there is no concern here, because if it had been the same shot, it would have been dq'd. and, if you don't like my examples, fine, but you're missing my point: those, and other winners, are here to COMPETE, and they do what they do to get high scores. if laura found a way that works for her, cheers to her.
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12/08/2006 01:02:21 PM
Originally posted by Cutter:

Originally posted by skiprow:

what a laugh! ...i guess we should ask shannon why he uses plotter prints all the time, or ask manny why he shoots portraits of beautiful girls all the time, or larus why he shoots landscapes and women all the time...thanks for providing some fodder for the b!+chbag ;-).


That was a fairly rude remark. i happen to be one of the the dissenters on this one. This is nothing like Scalvert or Librodo or Larus. Those are unique works with similar techniques. This is the (basically) same shot. it is about the integrity of the site and the photographers. I don't believe it is about complaining, but more about the simple question: why? Raising concern is not the same thing as bitching. I would equally raise concern if it got a 4.5.


Completely agreed. It's not just the same subject, it's the same angle and cropping. Essentially the same. My real question is what can you learn from just reapeating the same shot with no major changes? I'm not debating that it is a beautiful shot. It is.
12/08/2006 12:56:23 PM
Originally posted by skiprow:

what a laugh! ...i guess we should ask shannon why he uses plotter prints all the time, or ask manny why he shoots portraits of beautiful girls all the time, or larus why he shoots landscapes and women all the time...thanks for providing some fodder for the b!+chbag ;-).


That was a fairly rude remark. i happen to be one of the the dissenters on this one. This is nothing like Scalvert or Librodo or Larus. Those are unique works with similar techniques. This is the (basically) same shot. it is about the integrity of the site and the photographers. I don't believe it is about complaining, but more about the simple question: why? Raising concern is not the same thing as bitching. I would equally raise concern if it got a 4.5.
12/08/2006 12:44:32 PM
My initial thought was similar to some regarding using the same shot again, but it isn't the same shot, and you are right about why not use your best of the month again - it's been done many times before, and will be done many times after this.

I loved the b&w and now this color verison is equally as amazing.
Congrats on your high placings on both shots, as they are truly magnificent.
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12/08/2006 12:42:09 PM
No reason to be offensive to Laura for entering the same shot. Even though we can find it astonishing I have to say that the voters respond is more surprising. If someone is to blame for the high score its must be the voters. Have to say I like the b&w better. Much better.

Message edited by author 2006-12-08 12:51:19.
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12/08/2006 12:26:07 PM
what a laugh! why enter the same subject again?!? i guess most of the voters didn't realize it until it was too late ;-)

i guess we should ask shannon why he uses plotter prints all the time, or ask manny why he shoots portraits of beautiful girls all the time, or larus why he shoots landscapes and women all the time...

my first reaction was holy smokes, he pulled it off with the same basic shot--and nobody noticed. well, nobody but the 8 that really took offense to it.

thanks for providing some fodder for the b!+chbag ;-). enjoy your well-deserved score.
12/08/2006 11:04:03 AM
This is my favorite in the challenge. Congrats on the 4th place finish. It is an excellent shot!!
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12/08/2006 08:53:59 AM
Deserving of a nice placement. Well done. No need for excuses ;-)
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12/08/2006 03:50:40 AM
Originally posted by escapetooz:

I don't understand why you did the same shot again?


completely agreed. Umm - Why? I have thought about it and it makes absolutely no sense. Unless you wanted to do a a color vs. b/w experiment...Hmmm....
12/08/2006 02:27:17 AM
It's a beautiful image Laura. Congratulations on the high placing. It's tough to come that close without winning a ribbon, but 4th out of 500+ entries ain't bad at all.
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12/08/2006 02:13:53 AM
I don't understand why you did the same shot again?
12/08/2006 12:12:05 AM
Isn't this the exact shot you entered in black and white? Uhh grats, though I imagine it's no suprise it did well. Again.
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12/08/2006 12:10:33 AM
Congrats on the honorable mention!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2006 07:14:39 PM
Stunning image here.....
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12/07/2006 07:03:48 PM
Love this shot, but it is a little too sharp 7
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12/07/2006 05:39:19 PM
Love this just as much as the B&W version if not better. The tones are outstanding surrounding the little forlorn church. This is my pick for the blue > 10.
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12/07/2006 04:01:49 PM
I really liked the black and white version of this, but I like this even more!
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12/07/2006 03:57:56 PM
Going for the double? Or someone else shooting the same scene? Regardless, beautifully captured. Lawd knows I shoot the same things over and over myself :-)
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12/07/2006 01:04:38 PM
I like this cool color toned version a lot more than the b/w one. Specifically like the extra details in the shadowy areas.
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12/07/2006 12:23:45 PM
Excellent composition, and I love the detail and colors too. Well done!
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12/07/2006 11:37:56 AM
Another nice view of this church - I still like the black and white better, but this image is very well done - 9
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12/06/2006 11:56:38 PM
Just as nice as your black and white.
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12/06/2006 08:20:32 PM
It's obviously a beautiful shot, but it's already ribboned in B&W III. Why repeat it?
12/06/2006 05:41:14 PM
I like this better than your B&W version. Colors really work well.
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12/06/2006 05:20:03 PM
wow better than b/w IMO. maybe will score lower due to the close proximity of the other challenge? 8
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12/06/2006 04:46:40 PM
Love it ! One could read a lot of symbolism into this pic. Nice composition.
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12/06/2006 12:46:30 PM
Really like the composition and processing.
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12/05/2006 11:27:29 PM
Seems like you could have at least come up with a different title.
12/05/2006 08:30:19 PM
Every bit as good as the b&w, but with some great color tones. The slightly different perspective works well too. Great job!
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12/05/2006 06:05:25 PM
the color version is as good as the black and white... love this one too
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12/05/2006 03:52:59 PM
I thought the black and white was amazing. The color is just as impressive...I have the black and white as my computer desktop at work. Everyone raves about it. I vote a 10, again.
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12/05/2006 02:33:53 PM
sorry but I'm going to score this picture less each time I see it.
12/05/2006 09:33:25 AM
I love this!!! The color is beautiful!!! It's my new favorite!
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12/05/2006 03:35:41 AM
Wow
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12/04/2006 09:00:27 PM
Superb composition, great sense of depth, nice color-contrast, and very well edited. You have some quite noticeable artifacts which are probably from a combination of over-sharpening and over-compression (your file is 132KB, those extra 18KB would have helped). But all in all a very good image that will undoubtedly do well - 8
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12/04/2006 04:32:30 PM
Another top picture for me in this challenge (and another fav). Great color and mood.
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12/04/2006 02:40:04 PM
I'm fairly sure I've seen this church before - lovely processing to bring it out - same true for the road. Nice perspective.
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12/03/2006 10:06:17 PM
You already won a challenge with this image (albeit in b&w. I don't feel it is fair to keep entering it, or one very close to it.
12/03/2006 01:34:33 PM
Simple and powerful.
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12/03/2006 01:30:54 PM
Simply beautiful. Very well presented. Good luck!
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12/03/2006 04:13:56 AM
had to check this out as the Yellow for a recent challenge, fortunately was taken from a different position, but will not be surprised if this is challenged,I like your mood created in this image, and is the best I have seen in this challenge...10
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12/02/2006 08:31:39 PM
mmm this is the same image of the B/w contest. sorry, i like it but 1.
12/02/2006 10:17:56 AM
Have I seen this one/similar somewhere recently? B/w?
Whatever, it works beautifully in colour - the lighting on the church is very dramatic and arresting.
The only thing I'd suggest is that the foreground gravel seems to be overly sharpened - i like the idea of it having a very gritty feel to it but flattens out the depth in the foreground for me. A more blended foreground may improve the flow in this area I feel.
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12/02/2006 07:41:17 AM
Somehow I feel I've seen this before. ;) Love the color tones here - sets up the white perfectly.
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12/02/2006 06:18:14 AM
I actually like this one as much as the Black and White version. That's not usually the case with me. Good job!
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12/02/2006 02:17:40 AM
Sweet. Now I can't decide if I like this or the black and white better. I think this.
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12/01/2006 10:25:49 PM
More Photoshop than camera - good job anyway !
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12/01/2006 06:04:09 PM
I'm not sure what good it'll do if you enter the same photo in two challenges...
12/01/2006 04:07:09 PM
heyyyy! i've seen this before! lol... but it's still beautiful. love the colour.
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12/01/2006 02:04:21 PM
I love this :-)
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12/01/2006 12:46:26 PM
In b/w or colour, the image is very pleasant. 9.
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12/01/2006 11:55:54 AM
Deja Vu... Wow - both of the shots of this locale are amazing. Giving the lighting & climatic conditions appear exactly the same, I'd have to guess this is Laura double-dipping on that ribbon winner. I might be wrong, but I don't care - this is also great rendition of that scene & I give it a 10.
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12/01/2006 10:18:32 AM
It's a nice shot for sure - but in two challenges that close to eachother?
(OK, it's not exactly the same, but it's very close)
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12/01/2006 12:25:08 AM
ok? this is a repeat. the exact same photo almost. same title, same angle. same church, same everything...i'm really confused as to why this is in this challenge.
12/01/2006 12:10:55 AM
Where, oh where could I see this view before?
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