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Challenge: Wings (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: A+ Prints
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC
Date: Aug 16, 2007
Aperture: 13
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Sky, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 19, 2007

Taken in NC at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

Processing: Lightroom to convert RAW, crop, and reduce to 720; then a tone mapped layer in PS, noise reduction on that, set to multiply and masked to apply to the bottom of the shot mostly. Then a velvia adjustment layer to intensify the colors. He was tethered in this shot like a real kite because of the winds being too high. I cloned out the strap which was small and exited left of the photo.

Post Challenge: Thank you very much for the wonderful comments, great score, and ribbon!

As to the "angle", this is one of the instructors of the hang gliding class. Because of the high winds, they cancelled the class but the instructors stayed behind to get in some personal flight time and try some tricks in dealing with the high wind. (And in response to some of the post-challenge comments, this was not "set up", they were just doing what they wanted, and I was just a stranger standing there photographing!)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 175
Avg (all users): 7.2464
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.9756
Avg (non-participants): 7.4240
Views since voting: 8358
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 207
Comments: 69
Favorites: 14 (view)


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08/31/2007 04:50:59 AM
Wonderful capture, congrats on your yellow ribbon!
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08/30/2007 05:10:36 PM
Congratulations Neal on a terrific image.
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08/30/2007 04:47:30 PM
Beautiful photography! I so appreciate seeing a glider in this challenge since we call the apparatus a wing, and you got it a ribbon! I wanted to go out and get some shots of my fellow paragliders or hanggies, but there is no action this time of the year. You warmed my heart, thanks.
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08/29/2007 07:15:14 AM
Congratulations Neil!! Wonderful work :D
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08/28/2007 05:14:54 PM
Great editiong, really enjoyed reading how you processed this. The Velvia intensity is certainly there...congrats Neil
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08/28/2007 04:59:43 PM
Great job as usual, Neil. Congrats on another ribbon.
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08/28/2007 08:53:36 AM
Very beautiful photo Neil...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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08/28/2007 02:21:06 AM
Congrats on your ribbon Neil. Pretty cool alignment.
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08/27/2007 07:51:46 PM
Neil, congratulations on your ribbon. Excellent capture!
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08/27/2007 04:08:21 PM
Neil! This is stunning! What a privilege to be one of the ribbon winners along side a photo like THIS! Wow!!!

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08/27/2007 01:50:42 PM
nice shot Neil, and congrats on your ribbon!
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08/27/2007 11:55:32 AM
Congratulations on this inspiring and motivational shot. Made my top5 :)
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08/27/2007 09:18:46 AM
Certainly worthy of the yellow. Excellent shot. The only 10 I gave out.
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08/27/2007 09:12:47 AM
Beautiful job, Neil! Congratulations on the ribbon.
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08/27/2007 07:57:18 AM
Woo hoo! What an awesome shot, Neil! Didn't even realize this one was yours. Congrats on another ribbon!
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08/27/2007 07:49:40 AM
Neil, I knew this one was yours! Congrats on the placement and high score. Very well done!
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08/27/2007 07:15:13 AM
Spectacular set-up, since you've indicated it wasn't candid. Congrats on the yellow ribbon.
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08/27/2007 06:03:41 AM
Wonderful picture Neil! I'm so happy this ribbon! Congratulations
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08/27/2007 05:40:44 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon Neil. This was a well planned and executed shot and you pulled it off wonderfully.
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08/27/2007 05:34:03 AM
Amazing photo, congratulations.
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08/27/2007 04:59:08 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! This is fabulous, one of my 10s given during voting (would have been good for the motivational challenge this week as well)
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08/27/2007 04:43:43 AM
stunning!!
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08/27/2007 03:38:31 AM
Congratulations! I knew it. ;)
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08/27/2007 03:13:48 AM
Great take on a theme. Perfect crop and colouring. Well done
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08/27/2007 03:10:09 AM
Congrats on the yellow and this fantastic shot!
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08/27/2007 02:56:04 AM
Congrats on the yellow, excellent shot at the perfect moment!
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08/27/2007 01:57:03 AM
Nice, Neil - incredible placement and great timing of the shutter snap! Congrats on the yellow!
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08/27/2007 01:45:39 AM
Many congrats on this super yellow.. what a shot!
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08/27/2007 12:55:54 AM
Nice Work! Great shot!
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08/27/2007 12:55:35 AM
Well done, I also fly hanggliders and the angle of climb looks almost scarey, hope he didn't crash too hard while he was posing ;)
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08/27/2007 12:42:58 AM
Outstanding! Congrats, Neil!
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08/27/2007 12:35:34 AM
Great capture, great composition. Congratulations on 3rd place with this beauty, Neil.
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08/27/2007 12:26:57 AM
Congratulations, Neil! You're doing good with that Nikon :)
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08/27/2007 12:16:09 AM
Congrats. Nice timing.
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08/27/2007 12:15:24 AM
Congrats Neil! Cool image, and neat edit :-)
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08/27/2007 12:11:37 AM
Stunning image... I thought we might see this on the front page. Congratulations!
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08/27/2007 12:09:05 AM
looks like somebody found they could take pictures that didn't involve rocks, boulders, or waterfalls ;-)

'gratz, dude, killer shot!
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08/27/2007 12:08:25 AM
Marvelous image, Neil! Big congrats on your yellow!
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08/27/2007 12:03:37 AM
Yeah, Neil! You did it! Congrats. :)
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08/27/2007 12:02:45 AM
I thought this would win i gave this a 10 :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2007 11:08:32 PM
Wonderful photo.
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08/26/2007 09:19:07 PM
Good shot.....
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08/26/2007 05:18:13 PM
Superb picture, perfect timing, lovely warm colors, appealing composition.
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08/26/2007 06:30:56 AM
This is just so perfect. Can't make it any better. Congratulations - this should be on the top 10 (if not a ribbon photo). 10 for me.
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08/25/2007 04:54:08 PM
wow...I thought I had seen some great pictures before but this one is just awesome!! Very very nice job!
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08/25/2007 03:22:19 PM
Awesome picture! I love the light. And I predict a ribbon. ;-)
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08/25/2007 01:06:08 AM
It's a nice shot. Maybe the Doc's icarus returns?
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08/24/2007 01:45:13 PM
Super. As someone who's done a fair about of flying themselves that looks like a bit of a dangerously steep climb angle!
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08/22/2007 09:15:35 PM
Love the tones.
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08/22/2007 06:44:39 AM
Great capture! :) Color emphasis certainly sells the concept of HEAT! Good job! :)
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08/21/2007 11:06:09 PM
Awesome composition, color and light.
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08/21/2007 10:59:48 PM
excellent composition, lighting
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08/21/2007 09:38:32 PM
Awesome!
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08/21/2007 01:55:42 PM
Nice shot.
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08/21/2007 01:34:56 PM
stunning color
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08/21/2007 12:42:54 PM
This is definately a 10.
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08/20/2007 07:30:54 PM
simply beautiful. colors are mesmerizing.
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08/20/2007 06:16:07 PM
Cool shot! Love the orange tones.
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08/20/2007 04:23:51 PM
NIce colors. psart 8
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08/20/2007 01:09:40 PM
One of my favorites this time around... definitely a contender!
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08/20/2007 12:32:30 PM
only can say: just wonderful! Whish it on the frontpage! - good luck!
BTW: 10!
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08/20/2007 11:22:58 AM
WOW... Stunning.
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08/20/2007 09:30:42 AM
Loads of wow in this - the colors are striking and the curves of the terrain are looking wonderful 8
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08/20/2007 07:57:31 AM
How can the sun be that high and make the sky orange ;) 7
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08/20/2007 01:03:21 AM
Nice shot. This one really got caught my eye.
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08/20/2007 01:02:09 AM
october sky
10!!!!!!!!!!!

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been through all the photos now. this is one of my top picks for a ribbon. goooood luck! :)
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08/20/2007 12:51:08 AM
this should do extremely well...good luck 9
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08/20/2007 12:39:40 AM
THAT is a nice shot. The focus, colors, composition. Terrific. My fav so far.
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08/20/2007 12:16:29 AM
Ribbon winner... for sure. :)
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