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One Church Town
One Church Town

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Challenge: Life In Your City (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: rural Illinois
Date: May 29, 2010
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2010

This is a picture I took of a church in rural Illinois as we were driving around recently.

- Processed 5 exposures into PhotoMatix as HDR and applied one of my personal presets with some minor changes.
- Imported into LR2 and performed some spot removal.
- Edited in Photochop CS5 and used Topaz DeNoise to get rid of extra noise from the HDR process and then used Topaz Adjust to add some clarity settings which brought out the streaks of sunlght.

I was going to straighten the picture some so the bottom was level but then decided to keep it where the chimney and steeple were straight instead. Hope that doesn't hurt me in the voting.

Place: 29 out of 115
Avg (all users): 5.8889
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 5.3043
Avg (non-participants): 6.1402
Views since voting: 897
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 153
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/08/2010 01:17:51 AM
Thanks for all the comments. I am a bit disappointed that this one didn't do better. I know some of the low votes were probably because the challenge was "Life in Your City" and this seems pretty country. This is actually a church just on the outskirts of town near where I live and describes the feel of a small town with high regard for moral values.

To those who think this is over-processed, I agree. I left my circular polarizer on and it caught the light streaming down from the clouds, but left some additional problem areas that required some extra processing. I didn't add the light through the clouds, that was already there and was brought out with the HDR.

The angled road was a tough decision for me. I straightened it twice and then went back and forth for a while trying to decide. In the end, I went with the steeple being straight and the road being crooked instead of the other way around and cropping that close would have messed the whole thing up.

I just want to thank everyone who voted high for it and it still amazes me that there are people who feel the need to vote 2 and 3 for a picture like this. Is this really a 2 picture? That's like saying this picture sucked so bad it wasn't worth the storage space it took to put it together.

Listed below are the 5 images I used to put this together. Throw it all into Photomatix and bring it up to visible and all the light from the clouds just comes right to the front.

06/07/2010 09:10:26 PM
Hate that you didn't come in at a higher position. I love the image, post-processing is so cool.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2010 10:54:18 PM
Moved you from a 7 to an 8. By the look of the photo you should be in the top 5. The voters may not like the editing though.

Edit: I have this in 3rd place depending on the other voters like or dislike of your edit. You will either get 3rd place or be somewhere between 11th and 20th.

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06/06/2010 08:29:52 AM
I hope to see this on page one.
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06/05/2010 05:43:15 PM
it looks overprocessed
06/04/2010 08:40:51 AM
Rats! Your challenge is a week out. Great 'church' shot - in fact quite a nice shot although the angled road is slightly offputting. City life? Hmmm.
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06/03/2010 09:00:53 AM
nice shot a little too heavy on the pp or the hdr look 6
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06/02/2010 01:27:58 PM
I LIKE IT! Although I think it needs to be leveld out just a bit. I bet you're gonna get the over-processed comments and all - but for me it's spot on.
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06/02/2010 03:40:50 AM
Like this a lot, the sky really makes the image.
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06/01/2010 07:21:04 PM
Great job on the HDR. This really pops.
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06/01/2010 12:42:51 PM
great HDR- top 10
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05/31/2010 03:39:31 PM
hohoho,,, wow,,,,,,, santa is in town,,,,, top score ++++++++ but you knew it ! true ??????
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05/31/2010 02:46:33 PM
This is wonderful! Love the hdr.
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05/31/2010 09:48:13 AM
Interesting building, but I'd pull back on the processing. The light looks too unnatural.
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