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McDougall Church
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Challenge: Churches (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Morley Reserve, Alberta
Date: Jun 6, 2010
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Landscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jun 7, 2010

Had a fun day of shooting. I started shooting this church with 8x and a 4x ND filter AND a polarizer AND a neutral grad. And of course I got the "scope-view" vignetting that comes with that number of filters. (All I need was the cross-hair)

This particular shot was just the polarizer and a soft edge Singh-Ray neutral grad filter. Had I shot this with cloudy white balance I could have almost just cropped it and entered it.

I did have to remove one stupid dust spot. I adjusted white balance, clarity, and vibrance. Exported as tiff. In PSP XI I resized, ran one pass of sharpen, resized again, added the border and exported it to JPG

[Jun. 10th, 2010 01:19:36 AM]

I've never had a start like this:

Votes: 78
Views: 146
Avg Vote: 7.3590
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1

I am just in awe of how well this is doing. Thank you kind voters!!!

post-voting
wow. I am still in awe. I had this in mind and when I arrived around 7:30 am all the pieces kinda fell into place. I feel like the picture was just waiting there for me.

Thanks again for all the kind comments and generous votes!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 112
Avg (all users): 7.3218
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 6.9808
Avg (non-participants): 7.4400
Views since voting: 4872
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 202
Comments: 46
Favorites: 4 (view)


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07/30/2010 05:27:08 PM
Did I ever tell you I was born in Calgary? Anyway, I have usually been starting way down in the 5.5s, but I'll start with your highest scoring shot. I think this shot is excellent as a landscape. I saw in your notes that you used ND filters. I have to say, I haven't pulled mine out in ages because bracketing and manual blending of exposures in PS can do such a great job. Either way, you did well with the sky, but I thought I'd offer the idea up for you to join the 21st century. ;) The hearty, yellow tones contrast nicely with the sky. I'd be proud to have this on my profile.
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06/21/2010 06:30:05 AM
This was my winner, glad to see it here!
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06/19/2010 11:25:32 PM
The simple design of the church, the light, the open landscape with mountains in the BG, the clouds being just right with the ND, and no power lines, make this whole scene a very pleasing one.
Congrats on the new blue !
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06/19/2010 10:18:06 AM
This is a beautiful photo
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06/17/2010 03:33:16 PM
Thanks for explaining your use of filters. Nice work!
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06/17/2010 12:58:14 PM
Congratulations on your first blue! Very well taken and presented!
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06/17/2010 11:28:08 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon.
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06/16/2010 11:42:51 PM
Congratulations. Good job.
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06/16/2010 09:50:39 PM
Huge congrats on your first ribbon - and a blue! What an amazing photo! I was one of your high votes and glad to see this score so well.
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06/16/2010 09:02:33 PM
beautiful image and perfect choice for the BR..
congrats on your great score and big WIN!
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06/16/2010 07:54:04 PM
How did you get the clouds so rich and and dense?

Harvey Sherman
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06/16/2010 07:51:37 PM
Ity is very good.I don`t like the word good.It really is very special photograph.Very nice

Harvey Sherman
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06/16/2010 06:03:12 PM
Another Blue in Alberta! Well done young man...not bad for a Nikon ! ha ha ...this is the first church I thought of when they announced this challenge , ( I remember recently, they filmed a Jesse James movie there.) However I never got out that way during the Challenge
The upper/lower borders really work well here with that wide crop .... pure genius! Very well done Congratulations on your first Blue the next one should arrive shortly
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06/16/2010 04:31:43 PM
Dude! Well struck! Congrats on your first. They will start falling into your lap now.
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06/16/2010 02:22:40 PM
C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s ! ! ! :)
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06/16/2010 12:41:20 PM
Congratulations.
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06/16/2010 12:29:00 PM
This is so beautiful! It was one of my favorites in the challenge. I'm so glad you Blued! :)
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06/16/2010 06:55:07 AM
nice job and perfect finish!! well deserved
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06/16/2010 04:46:54 AM
Well Done Sir.... Well Done!
Excellent shot :)
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06/16/2010 02:09:23 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Craig, glad that your picture won!
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06/16/2010 01:28:43 AM
Proficiat on this well deserved first place. It's a humdinger of a shot. I especially love the lighting.
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06/16/2010 12:31:58 AM
Way to go! You rocked it with this one. You snagged first place, blasted your old PB out of the water, and let's not forget, produced a serene and eloquently understated photograph in the process! Congratulations on your blue.
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06/16/2010 12:26:39 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best!
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06/16/2010 12:21:59 AM
[i]Just upgraded to a Nikon D90 (March 4th 2010). Probably not going to find my way to a ribbon any faster but I think it was time to upgrade.
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Looks like it worked. Congrats.

Message edited by author 2010-06-16 00:22:42.
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06/16/2010 12:17:13 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon...and a blue one to boot! A wonderful photo.
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06/16/2010 12:09:17 AM
congrats! i knew this would be a ribboner, it was my top scorer.
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06/16/2010 12:09:16 AM
Way to go! Congrats on the personal best AND your first ribbon AND your first blue
A lovely shot!
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06/16/2010 12:04:29 AM
Great score! Congrats on the Blue!

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06/16/2010 12:02:36 AM
Nice! Congrats on the ribbon and new PB!
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06/16/2010 12:01:56 AM
Hell yeah brother! Congrats!
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06/16/2010 12:01:55 AM
WOW thats awesome buddy, GRATS!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2010 11:14:07 PM
:D Love this picture!!
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06/15/2010 07:24:51 PM
gorgeous simple and straightforward landscape - the light is lovely
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06/15/2010 02:07:41 PM
Very nice detail on the sky and foreground.
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06/14/2010 09:31:05 PM
I love the simplicity of this shot...moving up to 10
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06/14/2010 07:15:56 PM
Nice shot of the church and sky! 9
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06/12/2010 06:27:36 PM
This is an excellent composition and the border works very well.
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06/12/2010 03:48:38 AM
nice little church, beautiful sky, well composed, the letterbox frame works well her. One of my top picks.
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06/12/2010 01:41:24 AM
very nice
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06/11/2010 02:21:46 PM
very nice!!!!!
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06/11/2010 09:41:56 AM
very nice simple understated great colors and processing 7
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06/09/2010 11:19:00 PM
Two lines black border again! what is it for? I have seen this a lot lately. I don´t personally like it. The photo is Amazing. Just speechless!! Love it!! I am fascinated with it!
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06/09/2010 09:06:12 PM
Seems like you caught two aspects of church - the building and nature
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06/09/2010 12:28:14 PM
The borders really distract, especially the bottom one. I have to force myself to look at the church. The image works well, with the fence leading me across the shot.
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06/09/2010 10:51:07 AM
Perfectly to scale and crystal clear this shot is just awesome in every way.
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06/09/2010 08:31:54 AM
nice photo, well-composed. i am not fan of the borders though, i think the photo can do without it.
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