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Yo_Spiff


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Country Life III (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Aledo, Texas
Date: Sep 25, 2010
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Sep 25, 2010

Not sure about this one. I like it, especially my use of the trees to frame the scene, but I'm not sure if it has enough DPC "wow-factor" to do well. The evening light was great, but not coming across this field from the best direction, which resulted in some backlighting and a washed out appearance on many of my photos from this set. Expecting a voter average somewhere between "Meh" and "S'okay".

Anticipated critiques:
-No doubt I will get a comment not liking the letterbox border. I don't normally use borders these days, as so many people seem to object whenever a border is used, but nobody knocks point off for NOT having one. In this case, I really felt the black border helped set off the scene better.

Post-challenge notes:
Wow, this one really surprised the heck out of me! It just proves that I have no ability to judge what will or won't have popular appeal. I just need to continue to enter what I personally like and let things sort themselves out. Thanks for all the positive votes, comments, and especially for keeping me stretching week to week to improve.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 96
Avg (all users): 6.7808
Avg (commenters): 7.3125
Avg (participants): 6.4667
Avg (non-participants): 6.8621
Views since voting: 4000
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 219
Comments: 71
Favorites: 5 (view)


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08/31/2011 01:55:43 AM
Hey great pic.
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07/17/2011 04:55:54 PM
The borders kill in this shot. fantastic over all.
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10/11/2010 12:13:06 AM
super good job on the processing and lighting...love the deep rich tones...
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10/10/2010 12:14:38 AM
Awesome trees - very "Texas". Congrats on a great shot (and knowing to convert it to B&W to make it a great shot) and the ribbon!
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10/09/2010 01:03:37 PM
Love the scene but wasn't too keen on the heavy borders. Can't argue with that great result though. WTG
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10/08/2010 07:08:21 PM
Love how the trees connect the frames. Great contrasts and a wonderful scene. Congrats on the Red!
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10/08/2010 10:12:18 AM
Fabulous, Steve! How could you be in doubt about this one?!
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10/08/2010 09:22:37 AM
congratulations steve. you're turning into quite the ribbon hog...and it's well deserved. great work.
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10/07/2010 12:48:46 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! great shot!
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10/07/2010 08:09:48 AM
Real nice finish Steve. A cool shot. Good eye to see and capture this. I'm glad the voters liked this as well.

I particularly like your quote in the post challenge notes : "It just proves that I have no ability to judge what will or won't have popular appeal. I just need to continue to enter what I personally like and let things sort themselves out."
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10/07/2010 07:04:24 AM
Love this image, the black borders just set the scene. Congrats, Steve. Super work.
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10/07/2010 06:24:54 AM
Good work Spiffy! Great framing and though not a fan of borders, they do work well in this case. Congrats! :-)
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10/06/2010 11:42:53 PM
this is a beauty. Well done. Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/06/2010 08:41:22 PM
Interesting composition, nice job.
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10/06/2010 08:04:27 PM
I fail to see the humour in this.... oh wait, this was a serious take on the challenge. lol Great image and the W&B conversion is fitting with the big shadows from the trees and their silhouetted shape. Congrats.
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10/06/2010 05:14:32 PM
Well done, beautiful scene.
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10/06/2010 03:44:23 PM
Very nice scene, indeed. I'm not sure (I don't judge popular appeal well either), but I think the bold black borders may have given this the punch it needed to win. Congratulations.
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10/06/2010 02:33:06 PM
Congrats. Very nice composition
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10/06/2010 02:25:25 PM
Very well done Steve, congratulations on your ribbon.
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10/06/2010 11:41:33 AM
Congrats steve, the border's awesome and love the b&w. Gave this one a 9 :)

Message edited by author 2010-10-06 11:42:08.
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10/06/2010 11:26:57 AM
great photo. i like it a lot!!!
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10/06/2010 11:23:05 AM
AWESOME!!!!!
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10/06/2010 11:19:10 AM
AWESOME Steve!!!!! Congrats on your wonderful image, and your pathetic self-assessment skills...
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10/06/2010 10:31:09 AM
Well deserved Steve!
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10/06/2010 10:17:37 AM
Congratulations Steve, you did a great job and deservedly won the Red ribbon with a super image.
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10/06/2010 09:55:40 AM
WTG!!! I gave this an 8! and Im glad to see it on the front page!
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10/06/2010 09:55:22 AM
How can this not be a winner? Disappointed in your ability to judge soundly there..but not in your photographic work. Great Great shot.
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10/06/2010 09:48:46 AM
Great shot. Gave it a 9. Congrats!
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10/06/2010 09:25:54 AM
This was my fav in the challenge and my only 10, I love the light, the shadows the framing of the trees, the dust ... congrats on the ribbon
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10/06/2010 09:24:15 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. I think the trees act as more than just a frame for this image, as the shapes of the trees are an interesting element to view on their own.

Tim
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10/06/2010 09:18:11 AM
Congratulations Steve, awesome photo!
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10/06/2010 08:52:11 AM
The shape of the trees really makes this image standout. Congrats.
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10/06/2010 08:50:55 AM
When I start looking to shoot for this challenge, that was the thing was in my mind... not the trees though (trees are the point-makers here). I couldn't find anything that I can take photo of, so I took mine asking to the farmer his permission. I don't know why I feel very nervous if I ask someone's permission. The farm I took photo of was incredibly awesome if I spent more time. It was a cow farm actually, not a crop farm.

Congrats on your ribbon, very nice photo :)
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10/06/2010 08:24:16 AM
Steve, I really like this image.. Congrats on the ribbon, well done!!
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10/06/2010 08:16:50 AM
Well done, my friend!! Yippee for you.
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10/06/2010 08:06:58 AM
Very nice Steve. Congrats on the Yellow! Awesome B&W conversion and I really like the interaction of the trees and the border.
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10/06/2010 07:20:52 AM
Nice work, Steve.
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10/06/2010 07:06:28 AM
Congrats on the well deserved ribbon. Love it!
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10/06/2010 06:58:46 AM
A big congrats to my friend Steve!!! Enjoy the ride!
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10/06/2010 06:48:48 AM
This is a VERY cool shot. Lots to look at without being to busy. Really like the B&W... it works great here. CONGRATS!!!
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10/06/2010 06:10:03 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Steve
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10/06/2010 06:00:36 AM
Last time I ask you for advice! You used to be such a good judge of what would or would not do well -- how could you not be sure of this one? Silly Spiff!

Wonderful shot!! Congrats on the red!
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10/06/2010 05:56:06 AM
Nice one Steve, well deserved ribbon for a great photo ;)
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10/06/2010 02:55:26 AM
Yo Yo Yo, Spiff! Awesomeness. Congratulations.
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10/06/2010 01:42:00 AM
I didn't get to comment much while voting for this challenge but this is one I really liked (gave 8) so another well deserved ribbon Steve, Congrat's.
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10/06/2010 01:32:56 AM
Well deserved Steve.
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10/06/2010 01:21:22 AM
Congrats man! A very, very nice image.. Oh and you left your sunglasses here... :)
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10/06/2010 01:03:56 AM
Congrats once again Steve. I especially liked the dirt/dust being kicked up by the tractor and tiller.
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10/06/2010 01:03:48 AM
great job on a 2nd place!
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10/06/2010 12:49:19 AM
Guess you did have WOW factor!! Congratulations! Great photograph
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10/06/2010 12:41:00 AM
Very Impressive
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10/06/2010 12:19:54 AM
Congrats Steve. Nice shot. The border actually kinda adds to the overall appeal of the scene.
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10/06/2010 12:13:53 AM
Congratulations! Excellent framing!
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10/06/2010 12:08:30 AM
Congrats!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2010 10:56:38 PM
beautiful black and white image, perfect contrast and exposure
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10/05/2010 06:35:53 PM
I love the framing of this shot through the trees.
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10/05/2010 05:03:07 PM
Really, really like this. The framing is excellent. Wonderful contrast, the tractor is nice and sharp. All around excellent. In my tops.
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10/05/2010 12:24:02 PM
The border makes me feel like I'm spying. 5
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10/04/2010 04:00:39 PM
yeah,......yeah!
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10/03/2010 11:25:25 AM
Such a great picture, sad for the frame, overwhelming new trend.
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10/02/2010 04:21:58 PM
Excellent use of foreground in this. Natural framing sets this off very well. Fine tonal values, too.
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10/01/2010 08:36:16 PM
Love the B&W processing. The border makes it feel like you're looking through a window.
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10/01/2010 02:44:41 PM
Unusual and very nice. Shadows and raking light are beautiful.
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09/30/2010 05:33:34 PM
Love the B&W - the trees and how is really shows life in the country - good luck with your score.
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09/30/2010 03:29:35 PM
love the pov on this; great framing! turned out well in B&W
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09/30/2010 02:46:22 PM
Really good composition.
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09/30/2010 01:09:57 PM
09/29/2010 05:34:56 PM
i like the trees in front.
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09/29/2010 11:21:28 AM
Nicely seen landscape and those silhouetted trees against the light reflected in the dust cloud thrown up from the plough is really dramatic. Very nice but the thick black border on top and below distracts. I think a thin plain black border would have been more effective. 7
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09/29/2010 09:34:44 AM
We rarely see rural settings in BW. LOVE the trees. Artfully presented. 8
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09/29/2010 09:14:17 AM
Very cool picture - the irregular frame is terrific 9
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