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Hot air balloons over tulip fields
1st PlaceHot air balloons over tulip fields
william88


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Challenge: Free Study 2009-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Location: Wooden Shoe tulip farm, Oregon, USA
Date: Apr 19, 2009
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2009

This is my first practice on photographing hot air balloons. It was taken during peak blooming week of Wooden Shoe tulip farm and luckily the weather was nice.
Thanks a lot for comments, favs, wishlists and votes.
PP: Convert to HDR, tone mapping, rotate, reduce noise, multiply, dodge, burn, curves1, color balance1, hue/sat1, curves2, color balance2, curves3, assign profile, hue/sat2, curves3, selective color, reduce noise, resize, usm, add borders, save for web.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 435
Avg (all users): 7.5933
Avg (commenters): 8.6923
Avg (participants): 7.6881
Avg (non-participants): 7.3415
Views since voting: 15542
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 150
Comments: 72
Favorites: 75 (view)


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08/12/2010 06:54:41 AM
WOW - this is a beautiful capture
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08/09/2010 03:29:14 AM
you create magic .. :)
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05/15/2009 02:36:50 AM
Uber shot mate. Well done.
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05/13/2009 06:51:46 PM
Very nice photograph well done.Very wide and very sharp as well.harvey sherman
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05/13/2009 04:12:49 PM
i was there! it was not as nice a day when i went though.
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05/13/2009 01:40:09 PM
convert to HDR with what software?
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05/11/2009 11:08:18 AM
Great colors. Beautiful image. Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/09/2009 10:37:22 PM
Gorgeous colors, love the comp, CONGRATS!!
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05/09/2009 03:02:02 PM
superb. nice work. congrats.

the tulip farmers should buy it from you !!!

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05/09/2009 03:53:28 AM
Really really great!
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05/08/2009 10:05:40 PM
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Awesome shot! Glad to see you show your talent away from the bridge. :) Also great to see you up in my neck of the woods.

I have been in your neck of the woods for three times (count in previously this one Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_707315.jpg and virtually this one Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_710072.jpg, LOL). Maybe someday we gonna bump into each other with cameras on hands.
05/08/2009 08:59:26 PM
Thanks to everybody for the comments! The dynamic range of this back-lighting scene is out of the capability of JPG but luckily is still in the range of RAW, therefore, I didn't use multi frame. The shutter was so slow because I used CPL and ISO 100 and with needs of DOF, big thanks to the pilots of the hot air balloons, they held the balloons still so there was no motion blur. LOL I think they held still for their riders to photograph tulips from above but I also took this advantage.

Message edited by author 2009-06-24 00:59:18.
05/08/2009 07:13:21 PM
I hesitated whether I should comment or not, because it may well be that I'm the only one who doesn't like your winning photo (congrats anyway). Maybe I've seen too many tulips, being a Dutchie and all LOL. Besides that it's too much overdone in everything for my taste. I would love to see the original, good chance I like it better. Sorry, but that's how I feel.
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05/08/2009 06:44:05 PM
How beautiful! I would have loved to have seen this! Congrats!
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05/08/2009 04:49:56 PM
What an amazing site to see William. Congrats.
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05/08/2009 04:27:26 PM
Many congrats on the Blue - great shot.
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05/08/2009 04:25:02 PM
This was my favorite image in this challenge. Great composition, details and colors. You didn't use the TS Lense for this, right? Congrats for the Blue Ribbon.
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05/08/2009 11:53:09 AM
The detail and color is just awesome...Great shot! Congrats!
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05/08/2009 11:37:34 AM
This is beautifully done on all counts. Congrats on your Blue Ribbon!
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05/08/2009 11:27:22 AM
Beautiful capture
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05/08/2009 11:06:35 AM
Awesome shot! Glad to see you show your talent away from the bridge. :) Also great to see you up in my neck of the woods.

Message edited by author 2009-05-08 11:07:04.
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05/08/2009 10:37:05 AM
one of my FAVS...balloons and flowers..what's not to like?

beautiful b/c of your POV..CONGRATS!! on your sweet score and BR!!
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05/08/2009 10:01:00 AM
Congratulations on your Win this is beautiful love all the color and composition.
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05/08/2009 09:54:07 AM
Congrats on your blue and a fantastic image!
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05/08/2009 09:26:32 AM
A hearty congratulations on this great image and the well deserved Blue. The level of details and wonderfully rich colors that you were able to pull out and deliver at 720 and <200kb is almost unimaginable.
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05/08/2009 09:18:26 AM
That is quite striking and lovely indeed. Congratulations. This has not only artistic, but commercial appeal. This would make a great banner or sign for the farm.
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05/08/2009 08:46:44 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. I knew this would win. ;)
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05/08/2009 08:07:54 AM
Gorgeous colors!! Way to win - congratulations!!
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05/08/2009 06:29:36 AM
So beutiful! Well done
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05/08/2009 06:23:07 AM
Glorious photo. Well done.
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05/08/2009 06:01:27 AM
wow. very nice shot!
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05/08/2009 05:43:53 AM
Such a wonderful image and a worthy winner of the blue. To my mind just about perfect in every way. Congratulations.
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05/08/2009 05:16:38 AM
Congratulations on the blue and well deserved it is.
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05/08/2009 04:03:36 AM
This is awesome
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05/08/2009 03:37:22 AM
Congratulations on this well deserved blue. Magnicent image.
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05/08/2009 02:15:40 AM
Beautifully captured and a perfect location. Congratulations on this stunning shot. Love the colors and the perspective.
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05/08/2009 02:06:43 AM
Congrats on the blue. This shot certainly stood out.
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05/08/2009 01:38:13 AM
BRAVO William !!!!! Congrats on the blue. Brilliant
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05/08/2009 01:03:38 AM
What a stunning image. The colors, the concept, everything is perfect. Congratulations, William!
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05/08/2009 12:32:48 AM
Puts my recent tulip shots to shame! Congrats on a lovely shot indeed!
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05/08/2009 12:08:20 AM
Congratulations!
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05/08/2009 12:04:42 AM
Great image. Congrats on it making your profile page!
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05/08/2009 12:04:39 AM
gorgeous. cant believe it didnt score better
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05/08/2009 12:02:39 AM
Congrats on your blue! Amazing capture, and a well deserved win.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2009 09:30:37 PM
That's some color! What lovely scene to behold and you captured it so well, good luck this should do well!
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05/07/2009 09:23:04 PM
This is excellent, really postcard quality
05/07/2009 02:49:00 PM
This is fabulous. I am taking my husband to a hot air balloon race in a few weeks. Any suggestions...it will be our first time at any such type of event. ... BTW - 10
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05/07/2009 02:43:16 PM
I very rarely give out 10s, but this just spectacular! I love everything about it. Hope to see you on the front page.
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05/07/2009 02:15:27 PM
Perfect angle placing the balloons nicely between closer trees, and the right side balloon centered in front of another little grove. Very nice color and detail, too.
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05/06/2009 10:57:40 PM
Very strong! (I seem to be writing that a lot in this challenge)
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05/06/2009 08:42:55 PM
Is this HDR? What a great calming photo to view! 7
05/06/2009 11:58:28 AM
Beautiful Colours! I absolutely love this pic. The perspective with the tulips as leading lines is great. I will be surprised if this is not in the top ten.Good Luck.
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05/06/2009 02:09:57 AM
One of my favorites in this challenge. The balloons even look they are supposed to be there.
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05/05/2009 01:02:08 PM
Impressive capture !
Attractive subject, very well composed and processed (although a bit overprocessed IMO, in particular around the balloons an trees.
Still a good 8.
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05/05/2009 01:02:08 AM
An incredible image - a stand-out winner in a very strong free study. If this doesn't get the blue I'll be stunned.
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05/04/2009 10:38:16 PM
Dang! What good fortune to have balloons over the tulips!
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05/04/2009 08:14:43 PM
love the flowers and balloons!
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05/04/2009 04:12:22 PM
Very cool shot.
05/04/2009 09:54:22 AM
I think this is a sure win to place. Beautiful, majestic, and amazing colors. Great job.
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05/03/2009 09:06:18 PM
Wow - I love the colors. This will make a wonderful print! Beautiful! - 10
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05/03/2009 12:34:02 PM
This is an incredibly beautiful image in just about everyway. I really hope it gets the recognition it deserves. 10
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05/03/2009 08:49:53 AM
Nice colors. good composition,
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05/02/2009 09:22:38 PM
This is stunning. I absolutely love the detail and the colors. 9
Ps. If you don't mind I would appreciate it ever so much if you would PM me your editing and post processing technique for this. I have been wanting to try and achieve this kind of look but don't know how to go about it. Thanks ever so much. Regards, Fred
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05/02/2009 02:26:51 PM
Compositionally perfect, and amazing colors and lighting.
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05/02/2009 05:26:05 AM
Great composition, the rows of tulips give a wonderful sense of perspective. Great stuff - 9.
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05/01/2009 09:57:15 PM
Very different and unigue - a solid image that is crisp, sharp and properly framed and composed - a technical success in every way. From an artistic standpoint, it has significant impact being richly colored with excellant detail. This image would have worked as a black and white as well. A perfect demonstration of the power of properly controlled light and focus. Well done.
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05/01/2009 02:20:16 PM
STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has got to be the winner!
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05/01/2009 01:52:38 PM
great impact, color, exposure, saturation....well done
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05/01/2009 01:05:14 PM
Beautiful colors & composition!
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05/01/2009 05:57:31 AM
This is definitely one of those "right place, right time" photos that was perfectly photographed and processed. There's a little something for everyone to enjoy.
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05/01/2009 03:48:52 AM
The composition is great, the rows of tulips leads the viewer to the horizon. All of the colors are fantastic; the greens are rich, the yellows and reds of the tulips are brilliant, the balloons are brilliant and compliment the flowers, and the blue tones of the sky are great with just enough clouds to add character to the sky. I like this image because everything is sharp/focused and the colors are so vibrant. There is a lot of visual interest in this image that I think compliment each other. I compliment you on your keen eye for composition, and I'm sure making the effort to be at the right place and right time to capture this image. This is one of my favorites of this challenge. 10
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05/01/2009 03:28:21 AM
wow! beautiful composition, wonderful spring-colors, perfect focus! Very well done!
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