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Yo_Spiff


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Challenge: Trees II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Irving, Texas
Date: Apr 23, 2009
Aperture: F 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2009

Same tree and vantage point as my "Single Tree" entry, which made the #3 spot on my profile page. I've actually made a bit of a project out of this tree and I've been stopping anytime I see interesting clouds and light around it. I now have a growing collection of this same tree, and all of the photos look different.
Same tree, different day (by Yo Spiff) The crack of dawn (by Yo Spiff) Project tree #3 (by Yo Spiff) Dramatic skies this morning (by Yo Spiff) Sepia Dawn (by Yo Spiff) DFW Sunrise 3 (by Yo Spiff) Tree project (by Yo Spiff) Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_786589.jpg

It's been a great subject for me. Besides making my 3rd highest score on this site, I've had three, now four, of these shots get explored on Flickr and one was nominated for "picture of the week" in the D/FW Metro group on Flickr.

Pre-challenge notes:
I feel a little guilty entering a shot that feels like a DPC cliche, and a rehash of a previous success. On the other hand, many others do it, and I've been photographing this tree anyway, so it makes sense to use one of them in this challenge.

I can't envision this bombing out in the low 5's. When I did my "Sepia Dawn" entry, which came in at a 6.30, one commenter suggested it would have been be better in color. I'll find out. I am geusstimating this is good for a high 5 or maybe a low 6.


[Apr. 30th, 2009 12:08:16 AM]

Wow! First voter thought it was only worth a 3, but it shot straight up after that. By mid morning the first voting day, it had passed my previous PB. Got up as far as 6.91 and has dropped into the 6.8 range now. Seems to be getting to the point where it will likely float around here for a while. I've almost certainly got a new PB here.

Post-challenge notes:
WOW! After a year and a half beating myself up in challenges, I finally did it! I was hopeful, but really expecting to not see this! Thanks to all the folks that encouraged and helped me learn what was needed to get this.

I think what did this was getting it right in the camera. I had a lot to work with, and didn't have to do an awful lot of advanced editing tricks. I also knew from experience where I could get a great shot for this challenge.

-shot in RAW, converted to TIF in Canon DPP.

-Adjusted all the usual. Levels, curves, some saturation. (Being careful not to overdo it)

-Duplicated and ran a noise reduction pass on the lower layer, erasing through so that NR layer gave me a nice smooth sky.

-Merged and then some dodge/burn on the clouds.

-Cloned out a couple of very tiny street lamps that were barely popping up over the horizon on the far left. Probably nothing that would even be noticable at 720 pixels.

-Resize and sharpen, then some selective sharpening of the edge of the tree and grass.


Statistics
Place: 2 out of 263
Avg (all users): 6.8679
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 6.5455
Avg (non-participants): 7.0519
Views since voting: 8594
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 212
Comments: 92
Favorites: 11 (view)


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07/29/2010 03:10:08 PM
This is one of those images the "substance" people hate. But that's not what we're going for here. We're going for the art of color and form. You did a very good job, obviously, as reflected in the score. If I were to tweak it, I would have cloned out the brush or tree or whatever that is at the bottom of the trunk. This image is about simplicity and so detail like that is a downside, not an upside. Composition is great and you did well in your sharpening. I tend to oversharpen stuff like this and it usually looks worse.
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12/24/2009 11:28:31 PM
Marvelous, perfectly framed..
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07/19/2009 07:13:28 AM
Congratz on that well deserved red with this amazing shot. Browsed your portfolio whilst i was here and i must say i am impressed by much of your work. Some really diverse stuff in there and with varying styles and techniques.
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05/15/2009 04:25:15 AM
Weird! I thought I could remember you getting a ribbon before. Well congrats on this one!
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05/10/2009 12:27:41 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon and PB!!
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05/09/2009 01:35:03 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon and a great shot!
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05/08/2009 11:19:02 PM
Steve! You crazy Texan you...congrats on your ribbon!!! :) This is a beautiful shot and you've done a fantastic job on the colors! Well deserved ribbon!!
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05/08/2009 06:02:48 PM
So happy to see you ribbon, Steve, and congrats on the new PB!! I love the vibrant colors, your exposure is wonderful, and how cool that you continue to image this worthy subject :-)
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05/07/2009 11:46:41 PM
Congrats on your ribbon. Thhis is a lovely image. Way to go.
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05/07/2009 10:26:25 PM
Hey Yo!
Congrats on your ribbon!! Thanks for your comment!!
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05/07/2009 08:15:45 PM
Congratulations! Great picture.
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05/07/2009 03:16:35 PM
Wow, I didn't realize you'd just got your first ribbon, dude. 'Grats, and welcome to the club! Now get the heck out of that thread, you know the one I mean :-)
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05/07/2009 01:41:22 PM
It's just really hard for me to believe that you're only just now getting your first ribbon.

This is a lovely image to get it for you! Congrats!
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05/07/2009 01:15:28 PM
Excellent photo. Great colors and silhouette of the tree. Congrats on the well deserved ribbon!
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05/07/2009 08:56:14 AM
Congratulations on your first red ribbon. You picked the right on of your group of shots.
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05/07/2009 07:50:14 AM
Super congrats, Steve!!! Perseverance does pay! :)
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05/07/2009 12:57:14 AM
Yo_Spiff!!!! How fantastic!!!!! I'm so proud of you. Congrats on your first ribbon. This tree is obviously your "muse" :-)

Now, inquiring minds want to know: were starting or ending your day?
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05/06/2009 11:19:05 PM
Woohoo! Congrats on your new PB and first ribbon! Don't let the cliche nature of the shot bother you. There's a reason people (not just DPCers) like shots this: it's beautiful! Just don't let the fact this one did well convince you not to try other stuff. :)
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05/06/2009 08:54:18 PM
Congratulations. Nice work. I voted a 7 for this one..
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05/06/2009 06:18:26 PM
Really love the single tree concept. Well done!!!
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05/06/2009 05:16:30 PM
Classic but very, very well done.
Some of your Flickr's variation are awesome too (particularly the sepia dawn)
Congrats for the ribbon!
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05/06/2009 04:48:45 PM
You really deserve it!! Great Picture!...I think that I'm happier than you Steve! Congrats and many Blessings! ...Jeremias
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05/06/2009 03:39:27 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, great image. :)
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05/06/2009 03:36:38 PM
Beautiful image!! Congrats on your first ribbon. :)
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05/06/2009 03:13:22 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Great shot!
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05/06/2009 02:51:43 PM
Excellent my man!!! congratulations on your ribbon!!! It most certainly is a good day on DPC!!
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05/06/2009 02:07:28 PM
Congrats on your 1st ribbon Steve.
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05/06/2009 12:30:47 PM
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!
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05/06/2009 12:13:42 PM
Beautiful capture, Steve, congrats on your ribbon! Maybe this tree will bring you luck.. keep on shooting!
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05/06/2009 12:11:00 PM
Excellent image. Congrats for PB and a first ribbon.
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05/06/2009 11:56:02 AM
Beautiful shot, and congrats on your first ribbon :)
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05/06/2009 11:54:45 AM
Congrats on your score and first ribbon!
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05/06/2009 11:28:53 AM
Huge congrats on your ribbon, Steve. Lovely image.
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05/06/2009 11:28:38 AM
Congrats to a fellow Texan!
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05/06/2009 11:16:36 AM
YAY DADDY!!
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05/06/2009 10:37:52 AM
Congrats, Steve! You the man! It feels good to hit one out of the park, eh?
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05/06/2009 10:04:15 AM
wooooohooooooo! Congrats on the ribbon!!! Beautiful shot. :)
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05/06/2009 09:42:08 AM
Congratulations. On your ribbon. I guess they could see a genius through the trees. Well deserved.
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05/06/2009 08:48:06 AM
Congrats Steve! Second Place and well deserving of it!

Message edited by author 2009-05-06 08:48:25.
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05/06/2009 08:41:14 AM
Congratulations!! Beautiful, beautiful!!
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05/06/2009 08:29:58 AM
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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05/06/2009 08:17:32 AM
yaaaay spiffy got a ribbon! amd for such a pretty photo too:) congrats!!!!
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05/06/2009 07:59:45 AM
BIG Congratulations ! you see ... after 140 challenges!

great photo btw :-)
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05/06/2009 07:56:37 AM
Congrats on the great score and ribbon.
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05/06/2009 07:54:17 AM
Way to go! What a perfect tree with such surreal colors. Sorry to see you leave the minor leagues and step up to play with the big boys. Your always welcome to come back and visit us ordinary non-ribbon folk. We will keep the beer cold and the pizza hot for you :) Big congratulations, very well deserved.
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05/06/2009 07:06:31 AM
There ya go! Nicely done, congratulations on the ribbon!
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05/06/2009 06:42:15 AM
Big congrats on your first ribbon and new PB!!!! Great job with this tree.
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05/06/2009 06:13:28 AM
Congrats Yo_Spiff! You got your ribbon! Nice shot!
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05/06/2009 05:52:44 AM
Nicely done, Steve! Congrats on a fine image and your ribbon!
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05/06/2009 05:51:14 AM
Holy Crap! Awesome! Great shot. Great finish. Well deserved. Congrats!
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05/06/2009 05:36:58 AM
Congratulations on a PB and your first ribbon! Bask in the glow!
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05/06/2009 05:24:58 AM
Great work on your project ... Congrats on a well deserved first ribbon
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05/06/2009 04:13:03 AM
Huge congrats on the ribbon Steve. Beautiful shot!!!
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05/06/2009 04:06:24 AM
Yup, it's colour all the way ;) BIG congrats for the red! Been a long time coming, so sit back, relax and soak up the attention :)
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05/06/2009 04:01:56 AM
Congratulations, Steve. A great image. Also very interesting on how you have collected different surroundings with the same subject. Milind
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05/06/2009 02:47:52 AM
Nice job! Congrats - this was my top vote/pic of this challenge.
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05/06/2009 02:25:23 AM
Hey, that looks surprisingly like a little red ribbon thingie there.... :-) Congrats!
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05/06/2009 02:16:52 AM
Excellent! Congrats on the PB and Red!!!
Keep it up. You're about to start a run!
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05/06/2009 02:07:16 AM
Sweet work Steve! huge congrats!
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05/06/2009 02:03:41 AM
first ribbon and a PB!!! long overdue my friend, congratulations
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05/06/2009 01:50:56 AM
Hurray, Steve! Big congrats on your red!
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05/06/2009 01:47:05 AM
congratulations so much steve on a killer shot, a ribbon and a pb ..
such a vibrant and beautiful image .. :)
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05/06/2009 01:40:38 AM
Congratulations Steve on the red and a PB to boot. Way to go.
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05/06/2009 01:32:32 AM
Hello Steve, congratulation :)
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05/06/2009 01:16:47 AM
Congratulations!
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05/06/2009 01:10:26 AM
I didnt vote in this challenge but when i flicked through i thought yours stood out from the crowd, i would have given it a 10 and thought it was an easy first place but you can't complain with a second...congrats
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05/06/2009 01:03:31 AM
Very nice photo and even nicer RIBBON! Great job hanging in there. Congrats!
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05/06/2009 12:48:58 AM
Hey Steve this is a brilliant shot.
Congratulations on that well deserved ribbon
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05/06/2009 12:24:25 AM
HYe, Hey Hey, you won yourself a ribbon!!! Well done , it is a gorgeous shot!!
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05/06/2009 12:13:01 AM
I knew this had to win a ribbon, one of three 8's I gave in the challenge, great isolation of subject.
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05/06/2009 12:11:34 AM
OMG, you got one!! :D Way to go, guy, and you didn't even hafta shoehorn ;)
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05/06/2009 12:10:07 AM
Congrats! I'll bet it was a fun week with the update button.
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05/06/2009 12:09:33 AM
Really well done, I love the natural look of the colors and the scene is very nicely composed. Congrats
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05/06/2009 12:08:35 AM
I love that you decided to stay with a more natural lighting and still won a ribbon. Didn't need any fancy topaz/tonemap/over-done HDR for this! no sir!
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05/06/2009 12:07:46 AM
You did it!!!

Awesome!!

Congrats!!
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05/06/2009 12:05:27 AM
Well done mate, great shot...........! Deserved!
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05/06/2009 12:03:58 AM
your first ribbon and a new personal best. congrats and what a very beautiful photo you have here!
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05/06/2009 12:02:22 AM
Huge CONGRATS on the ribbon !!!! Very well deserved.
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05/06/2009 12:01:59 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! This is a stunning image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/05/2009 12:39:47 PM
Nice colors and contrast. I like that the black is BLACK and not a washed out gray. This is one of the better tree/silhouette/sunrise shots.
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05/04/2009 03:06:53 AM
Finally - a decent composition. Nice work
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05/02/2009 09:08:06 PM
Great silhoutte, perfect composition and of course the colors are outstanding.
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05/02/2009 05:35:36 PM
This is beautiful, I've never seen the morning sky so blue.
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05/02/2009 01:54:19 PM
Very nice colors!!
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04/30/2009 05:04:12 PM
Great silhouette beautiful (sunset,sunrise) Good luck, Mike
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04/30/2009 03:38:13 PM
I love how simple this shot is. Well done
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04/29/2009 08:07:36 PM
Great contrast. Great colors - 8
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04/29/2009 06:41:40 PM
Beautiful colour, nice.
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04/29/2009 01:30:15 PM
great colors, not overly edited which is nice... 8
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04/29/2009 03:06:11 AM
very rich color with good softness
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04/29/2009 12:41:16 AM
I really love the colors in this pic....Good job and good luck.
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04/29/2009 12:30:18 AM
too much negative space on the bottom, but its not a mistake, just my opinion. I still like the shot! 8
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