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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Presidio, San Francisco (near golf course)
Date: May 22, 2007
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2008

It's been seen before when posted as an outake from the Vanishing Point Challenge and I know it will be well recieved. I did'nt take many pictures this year that turned my crank but this one did so in she goes. Best Of is always a strong field but hoping this does well. HOpe for a 6.7, dream would be anything north of 7.3. Hopefully I can find my original if necessary.

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Wow! Thanks! I'm honored. Better go searching(had a HD crash in 07). Found it!
1) Selective dodge and burn on trees to increase their contrast and texture.
2) Gaussian blur layer masked to show in upper half only, faded opacity.
3) selective dodge and burn on path
4) contrast layer masked to upper part of image only.
5) Gothic glow filter on BG grasses and the most distant trees.
Plus some USM and selective sharpening on tree bark and road/grasses.
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thanks for all the votes and faves! I'm glad this was well recieved.

Here is the original as exported from Lightroom 640512.jpg
Another taken a few steps to the right. 640513.jpg
639170.jpg


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 484
Avg (all users): 7.3021
Avg (commenters): 8.2174
Avg (participants): 7.1218
Avg (non-participants): 7.6582
Views since voting: 22875
Views during voting: 417
Votes: 235
Comments: 80
Favorites: 101 (view)


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03/22/2011 02:21:16 PM
feels like ive seen this pic in one of my childhood fairy tale books..truly endearing and mystical..
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12/12/2008 06:23:27 AM
Great shot Mark. I really enjoy this one.
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11/20/2008 01:17:36 PM
This is fantastic!!
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11/20/2008 12:15:13 PM
I wonder why I haven't seen this before! Glorious.
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02/16/2008 08:32:07 PM
Magical! Like a fairy tale!
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01/31/2008 07:24:33 PM
Mark, congrats on your win! beautiful photo.
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01/31/2008 12:35:24 PM
Great job...congrats on winning the ribbon...very nice image!
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01/31/2008 05:11:50 AM
JUST NOTICED YOU WON BEST OF 2007 AND BEST OF 2007!!! WHAT NEXT 2008??? :) Excellent work Mark...that is an amazing achievement
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01/31/2008 04:32:20 AM
congrats and well done on a stunning image
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01/31/2008 02:19:53 AM
I love this and adding it to my favorites
Congrats on the blue Ribbon and such a stunning image
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01/30/2008 08:00:12 PM
Beautiful
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01/30/2008 06:11:36 PM
This picture is unreal!!
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01/29/2008 08:01:57 AM
congrats on a lovely photo
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01/29/2008 01:53:58 AM
Simply put a lovely image. Post Processing can be a subjective thing, for some perfect others not so. This is one that really works. But really the highlight of the shot is the composition. Everything in the frame is near perfect in the placement. The beginning of the grass, the edge of the forest, and the curve of the path. Of course the wonderful fog helps too, but really catching eye.
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01/28/2008 09:45:16 PM
I commented on 1 photo in this whole challenge.... this one.
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01/28/2008 03:39:53 PM
Fantastic, a dream into the nature. Congrats on blue.
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01/28/2008 02:31:21 PM
Congrats ona wonderful shot, fantastic lighting that you captured here.

Jack
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01/28/2008 02:05:59 PM
big props for winining the best of 2007! There were a lot of great shots in here.
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01/28/2008 02:00:05 PM
Congrats on the blue - definately well deserved!
I love this photo - it reminds me of something out of a fairy tale with the mist and the winding trail.
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01/28/2008 01:37:04 PM
Beautiful!! Big congratulations Mark!!! :)
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01/28/2008 12:08:43 PM
Mark, congrats on the blue ribbon in the Best Of challenge. I love you how controlled the contrast in keeping with the soft misty mood. Excellent work!
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01/28/2008 12:03:06 PM
Mark, what a beautiful shot and excellent processing. Congratulations on your blue!
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01/28/2008 11:25:00 AM
Very Nice! Congrats on winning the "Best of"!
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01/28/2008 09:55:31 AM
Wow, Mark, the best of the best. Congratulations on the ultimate honor. And as for the image, I love it. The light, the line of the road, the foggy mood, I want to be there.
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01/28/2008 09:52:10 AM
Gorgeous! You got your dream score. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/28/2008 09:50:20 AM
Mark this is such a beautiful photo. You may not have taken too many photos, but the ones you did take sure have been outstanding. Congratulations on such a fine art winner in such an amazing challenge!

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01/28/2008 09:49:10 AM
One of the unforgettable images I've seen throughout the year. Congratulations on the blue :)
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01/28/2008 09:30:26 AM
Well done. I didnt get to this image in voting but I would have scored it high. Very nice work.
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01/28/2008 09:11:39 AM
would love to hear about the post processing on tihs bad boy.
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01/28/2008 08:35:15 AM
Congrats Mark on another awesome image and for the Blue Ribbon!!! Oh yea, the calander is in the mail heehee

M
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01/28/2008 07:07:50 AM
I'm so stoked this one! Loved every part of this shot. Congrats on the Ribb.
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01/28/2008 06:39:44 AM
this is awesome, Mark ... congratulations
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01/28/2008 04:48:11 AM
Totally beautiful! What a worthy winner.
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01/28/2008 04:14:38 AM
Congrats on your ribbon - I love the image!
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01/28/2008 03:51:12 AM
Wow Mark, nice blue ribbon congrats
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01/28/2008 03:15:07 AM
Congrats on your blue, beautiful shot!
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01/28/2008 03:04:39 AM
A very serene image, very magical. Congrats on the blue, Mark.
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01/28/2008 02:42:04 AM
You not only got north of 7.3, you took the blue in doing so! A marvelous scene - very peaceful, very inviting, with a velvety finish. What's really neat is I can see being there - it's very real, not manufactured.
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01/28/2008 02:31:55 AM
stunning picture...well done/congrats
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01/28/2008 01:20:58 AM
Congratulations Mark! Excellent shot, beautiful!!!!!
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01/28/2008 01:18:15 AM
Congrats Mark , really gorgeous shot!
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01/28/2008 01:08:19 AM
Congratulations Mark! Gorgeous shot.
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01/28/2008 12:54:48 AM
Hmm, next year I suppose you'll get the red in Best of 08. Bay Area takes 1st and 2nd! Congrats

Message edited by author 2008-01-28 02:49:23.
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01/28/2008 12:46:48 AM
Congrats...you not only got Blue with 2007...but you got your goal of 7.3.
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01/28/2008 12:40:44 AM
Congrats Mark.
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01/28/2008 12:40:41 AM
looks like youre north of 7.3, dream come true buddy, awesome capture!
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01/28/2008 12:31:43 AM
Better find that original man, lol. Congrats to you on a blue in such a tough field!
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01/28/2008 12:30:48 AM
Congratulations on this wonderful shot and so surreal!
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01/28/2008 12:30:47 AM
Man that picture is amazing. No wonder you won first place ;)
Gratz on that ribbon dude!
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01/28/2008 12:28:41 AM
Wow, you said anything north of 7.3 would be a dream, and look at this! Congratulations. Yes, I remember this image well, but still love it and gave it a 10.
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01/28/2008 12:23:02 AM
Great, Mark! Big congrats on your Best of blue! Now go and find that original!
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01/28/2008 12:22:16 AM
Nice job Mark; You're doing alright in the "Best of" challenges! What a great photo. -BB
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01/28/2008 12:18:31 AM
Wow again. Nice work, and congrats! =D
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01/28/2008 12:18:21 AM
Better find that original. ;) You beat your dream score and won, to boot. Congrats on a simply gorgeous shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 10:03:34 PM
I want this hanging on my wall!
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01/27/2008 04:09:45 PM
I love this!! It's looks like it is a still from a movie! Great Job!
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01/27/2008 01:10:01 AM
Beautiful! I almost expect to see Frodo coming down the path. The fog really makes this photo.
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01/27/2008 12:10:26 AM
I like the tonal quality of this. Well done!
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01/27/2008 12:08:12 AM
Nice processing here...mythical feel and isolation. Good Luck. 8.
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01/26/2008 10:13:02 PM
Great job ... I love the feel of this image, the tones and processing are spot on, and the composition is wonderful. 10 and a fave.
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01/26/2008 08:01:46 PM
This could be from a fairy-tale - great treatment...
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01/25/2008 04:32:15 AM
This is extremely cool - HDR? In any case, some excellent pp.
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01/24/2008 08:11:18 PM
Just beautiful, love the fog, the composition and the rule of thirds in your shot. A top shot IMO. Well done.
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01/24/2008 07:57:52 PM
I love the effect and nice color.
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01/23/2008 04:52:41 PM
Love the mist in the trees. The coloring almost makes this feel like a movie scene or fairy tale.
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01/23/2008 10:49:08 AM
I absolutely love images like this; and am delighted that you left it in color; the nice warm glow suits it well.
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01/23/2008 03:05:04 AM
Wow, beautiful! Looks so otherworldly. 10.
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01/22/2008 11:14:49 PM
Lovely, dreamy, wonderful curvy path to lead me in.
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01/22/2008 11:05:37 PM
Love this one very much..... a mysterious feeling evokes me in this fine shot.....
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01/22/2008 08:30:23 PM
Beautiful
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01/22/2008 07:42:57 AM
outstanding!
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01/21/2008 08:25:51 PM
I really like this image. It is very fairytale like. I hope this makes the top 3. Good luck.
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01/21/2008 03:57:54 PM
Beautiful feel to this, love the mist.
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01/21/2008 02:32:08 PM
Wow, just Wow
what a gorgeous photo
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01/21/2008 12:03:41 PM
Very well done!!
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01/21/2008 09:57:59 AM
Really awesome, love the fog, and the composition and colors, 8
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01/21/2008 09:04:34 AM
Wow!
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01/21/2008 01:40:58 AM
beautiful misty tones here.
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01/21/2008 01:29:12 AM
HDR? Lovely atmosphere captured here...well done
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01/21/2008 01:21:14 AM
Stunning, The colors, the mood... just great!
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