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Little House On The Prairie
2nd PlaceLittle House On The Prairie
good_ham


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-12 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Grinnell, IA
Date: Dec 16, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2007

On a business trip to Iowa (same trip where I took this) I had some time to kill so I went wandering down completely iced over country roads with my rental car (rear wheel drive with street tires). I almost wrecked trying to stop when I saw this place. I like this image more than 90% of the images I've ever taken. I hope others agree and that it does well in the vote.

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Wow! My first ribbon and on a Free Study at that! I'm beside myself. Thanks to all for the votes and comments!

Regarding the sensor dust in the image: I was on the road when I edited and submitted this. My work laptop is all I had to use and the screen is crappy at best. I guess I wrote that spot off to one of the many marks on the screen. It wasn't until the very first comment in which the sensor dust was mentioned that I went to my desktop and looked at it. My heart sank. I am still ill about such a stupid mistake. Oh well, I guess I can't complain too much! :-D

Heck, I'll have to come up with some new goals now!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 429
Avg (all users): 7.2659
Avg (commenters): 8.2143
Avg (participants): 7.3333
Avg (non-participants): 7.1538
Views since voting: 10226
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 173
Comments: 70
Favorites: 42 (view)


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02/03/2008 08:50:00 PM
Beautiful photograph. So simple and effective.
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01/14/2008 07:30:26 PM
Great image. Congratulations on your ribbon and your whopping personal best! Looks like Iowa was good to you. I didn't notice the dust until I read your comments...I don't think it hurt ya. I got a blue ribbon once with a HUGE blob of dust so sometimes DPC will let a photographer be human...sometimes. :)
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01/14/2008 05:16:32 PM
I really like this image because it made me smile. I like the sense of humor tucked away in it. With all that space, no trees, they cut away part of the tree to fit the house. :D
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01/14/2008 12:04:22 PM
This is a magnificent photo! I think it deserved the blue. I really think this is one of the best photos on this site.
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01/10/2008 08:36:48 PM
Congrats! I had a feeling this was a winner. Very nice!
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01/10/2008 07:58:35 AM
Congrats on a ribbon, an amazingly beautiful image, and one that you would fix if you could. Just goes to show that it was fantastic and you shouldn't worry too awfully much.
Keep finding them.
Beauuuuutifullllll.
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01/09/2008 05:16:19 PM
well done on the ribbon and totaly deserved
love it

xxxxx
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01/09/2008 09:36:47 AM
congrats...perfect composition, just a great shot!
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01/09/2008 07:02:50 AM
Superb image, and one of my favorites. Had to laugh when I read that you almost wrecked trying to stop to get this shot - I can so-o-o understand that reaction! Congratulations!
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01/08/2008 10:06:32 PM
Ahhh, you snagged the red! Kudos to you and to the voters for recognizing a truly well-seen and well executed shot.
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01/08/2008 07:02:54 PM
What a lovely composition for this sweet image! Good eye for a beautiful scene! Congrats on the ribbon
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01/08/2008 05:50:20 PM
Such perfect simplicity...congrats on your RED
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01/08/2008 04:21:16 PM
Wow! That is beautiful!!
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01/08/2008 04:20:54 PM
Beautiful! Simple and elegant.
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01/08/2008 04:13:47 PM
We NEVER get to see this in Atlanta! OK, RARELY! BOO! Awesome shot! I gave it a 7!
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01/08/2008 01:58:53 PM
Fantastic picture! Congrats and very well deserved.
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01/08/2008 01:21:54 PM
Beautiful, Simple Shot
Congrads on the Ribbin
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01/08/2008 01:19:56 PM
Very nice. Gratz on the ribbon. :)
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01/08/2008 12:58:30 PM
Woo! Lots of firsts for you here, first ribbon, first 7 and a new personal best!

Great job... I never even noticed the dusty spot until now.
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01/08/2008 12:58:20 PM
Beautiful image. I wouldn't beat myself up about the dust spot. I had to really look to find it. I bet it probably didn't affect your score a tenth of a point, if that much. Anyway you've accomplished 5 or more of your goals, all with one image. Congratulations!
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01/08/2008 12:41:05 PM
Originally posted by eyewave:

makes me want to live there :)


me too!!
Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/08/2008 12:15:02 PM
I took a trip cross country and tried many times to find a shot like this. Very well done, congrats on your 1st ribbon
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01/08/2008 12:00:14 PM
I love the way the tree was butchered on the right side as it grew, yielding to the demands of the house. "Hank, go fetch your axe and cut off some of that tree, it's scratching our bedroom window when the wind blows." We never plant a sapling with a full realization of its mature size.

Message edited by author 2008-01-09 12:24:15.
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01/08/2008 11:47:22 AM
How nice to see such a stark, minimalist composition do well in a Free Study. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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01/08/2008 10:51:17 AM
I really love this photo! way to go!
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01/08/2008 09:08:03 AM
You knocked off four of your goals for 2008 in the first week! Congratulations.

An excellent photo.

And, I would love to know the significance of "good ham".
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01/08/2008 09:04:44 AM
Beautiful shot! Congrats on the ribbon!
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01/08/2008 08:34:48 AM
Congratulations, Greg- very good "eye" to see & capture this image :)
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01/08/2008 07:37:08 AM
Great composition, great title, nice all around shot! Congrats on your first ribbon!
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01/08/2008 04:22:59 AM
An excellent minimalist presentation. I'm very glad you stopped! You can fix the sensor dust when you have it printed. 'Grats on the ribbon and in a FS no less!
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01/08/2008 03:31:36 AM
Simple and very beautiful. Congratulations on the Red.
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01/08/2008 03:25:15 AM
wow love this image
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01/08/2008 02:55:28 AM
Wonderful! Congrats on a very well deserved first ribbon!
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01/08/2008 02:37:39 AM
well done/congratulations
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01/08/2008 02:17:18 AM
Congrats with your yellow ribbon. Well deserved.
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01/08/2008 01:39:48 AM
Classic midwest. You were one of my top 3 and glad to see it ribbon. Congrats! Your username is cool too. ;)
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01/08/2008 01:31:43 AM
automatic favorite! Love this! Congratulations on your red!
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01/08/2008 01:03:45 AM
Big congratulations on your ribbon. I'm happy to have been one of your 10 votes. Funny, my laptop screen is also spotty, so I didn't notice the sensor dust, either.
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01/08/2008 12:17:45 AM
Congrats!
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01/08/2008 12:05:18 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, cool shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2008 01:21:51 PM
makes me want to live there :)
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01/07/2008 11:18:28 AM
This is wonderful, I just wish you'd removed the sensor dust ;)
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01/07/2008 05:15:21 AM
Oh, very pretty!
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01/06/2008 06:17:39 PM
Yes!
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01/06/2008 01:46:14 PM
I wonder if they trim the branches of that tree for the house... It's a very nice looking photo, and it would be much better if tree had all the branches on right side :/
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01/06/2008 11:06:36 AM
I love how beautiful this minimalist image is.....a fav, and an 8
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01/06/2008 10:34:45 AM
Wonderfully stark. 9
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01/05/2008 06:25:03 PM
wow 10 such a neat beautiful take
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01/05/2008 01:49:17 PM
Some sensor dust, but overall great capture.
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01/05/2008 01:15:49 PM
Cool framing. Mabey it would even have worked better if you would have flipped it Horizontal in rotate and made more negative space in it. 7
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01/04/2008 10:01:51 PM
Wicked composition, I love it! Shame about that sensor dust. :-(
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01/04/2008 07:59:22 PM
Great shot, is there a dust spot on the left - 8 from me anyway?
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01/04/2008 03:30:06 PM
simple and beautiful
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01/04/2008 09:35:51 AM
Terrific bucolic shot. I love the minimalism. What if you upped the contrast a smidge? The composition is great.
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01/04/2008 02:19:14 AM
this is wonderful. except that little spot center left. something like that spot kills this pure scene. Well not "kills" but mars. I tried to wipe it off my monitor just in case it was my dirt. Couldn't remove it. Love this scene though. Why is there no backgound clutter? very nice indeed. 9 (10 without the spot)
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01/03/2008 06:53:21 PM
simple. nice. great use of negative space.
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01/02/2008 11:01:17 PM
i absolutely love this image. beautiful.
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01/02/2008 06:13:20 PM
Perfect form and photo. 10
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01/02/2008 05:04:01 PM
Talk about a nice white on white shot! Nice composition & very fitting title.
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01/02/2008 12:39:07 PM
love the simplicity
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01/02/2008 08:02:19 AM
Fantastic composition.
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01/02/2008 05:08:09 AM
One of the best in this compedition. The simplicity of its composition and colors are a good match. Well done.
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01/01/2008 09:13:00 PM
Very clean and simple. Great photograph.
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01/01/2008 07:47:54 PM
I love it. Everything about it.
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01/01/2008 05:46:54 PM
Nice.
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01/01/2008 01:03:07 PM
oh, this is very beautiful! Very good composition in a wonderful landscape! - Good luck!
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01/01/2008 12:57:03 PM
Very good - clean and simple.
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01/01/2008 11:02:02 AM
I love the starkness of this, very interesting shot, very well done a 10 from me.
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01/01/2008 08:32:30 AM
adorable.
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01/01/2008 06:08:08 AM
nice, i love the feeling of space in this
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