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Guardians of the Barley
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jagar


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Flowers in Garden & Field (Basic Editing)
Collection: Color stuff
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8 116 AT-X Pro DX for Nikon
Location: Salvagnac-Cajarc
Date: May 13, 2011
Aperture: F10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500s
Date Uploaded: May 13, 2011

[May. 24th, 2011 04:29:03 PM]

This is a view of the château de Salvagnac-Cajarc. I don't normally do flower shots or landscapes so i'm more than happy with all the love this is getting.

May 25th:
Amazing i got the blue, i was worried this wouldn't do well because it wasn't a full on flower shot, a big thanks for the votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 220
Avg (all users): 6.9045
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.7349
Avg (non-participants): 7.0526
Views since voting: 5398
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 178
Comments: 37
Favorites: 11 (view)


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04/21/2013 03:52:42 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. I love how the horizon has all sorts of nuggets you don't necessarily see at first glance. First flowers and grasses, then those clouds and oh wow a castle! (I know it's not a castle but this pic is a bit of a fairy tale so I am going with it.)
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05/30/2011 01:29:10 AM
Beautiful and looks special. Congratulations on your blue!
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05/27/2011 09:06:12 PM
Beautiful shot! Congrats on the well deserved blue!
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05/26/2011 05:43:20 PM
Congrats! Beautiful picture! You have an amazing talent!
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05/26/2011 12:24:43 PM
Congratulations on the blue and this beautiful image! :)
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05/26/2011 06:25:56 AM
I dislike this photo immensely because it's just a glaring reminder of what I wanted to do but I just did not have the time. I wouldn't have done it as well. In fact, it would have paled in comparison. I may have even injured myself. But damn it this is how it looked in my mind. As Melethia mentioned below, our topography is very similar here (our two towns even look similar; though yours seems to have quite a bit more charm - also you're much better at capturing and representing that charm). You continue to set the bar high for me, working with similar materials. Hearty congratulations.
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05/25/2011 09:32:09 PM
Reminded me of Germany. Not all that far away! Lovely.
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05/25/2011 08:52:45 PM
Congrats on blue!
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05/25/2011 04:17:36 PM
Congrats on the ribbon; this was one of my top picks.
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05/25/2011 12:22:48 PM
Great shot,Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/25/2011 09:12:54 AM
Wow, you live somewhere amazing :O
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05/25/2011 05:51:23 AM
Congrats, John! I was hoping 'meadow' shots will win and they did! :)
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05/25/2011 04:52:21 AM
Awesome!!!!! Way to go!
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05/25/2011 01:43:10 AM
Congrats! I knew my prediction was right!
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05/25/2011 01:38:43 AM
Superb image. Bravo. Not too many flowers but they ARE there :) Subtle and enjoyable. When's the beer ready? :)

I'm showing this one off to the Tokina bad-mouthers...or those that don't consider it as an option.
I'm very happy with my 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
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05/25/2011 12:35:50 AM
John, perhaps you shall tell a Monsieur le danois to buy this picture from you.
Vive le Lot!
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05/25/2011 12:27:57 AM
Man, this isn't even fair! The rest of us had absolutely no shot compared to this!
Congrats :-)
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05/25/2011 12:17:05 AM
pays to do a flower shot now and then...lol...great job!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/24/2011 08:50:50 PM
Love the panorama feel about this, combined with the closeness of the Barley (I finally read the title ) pods and flowers. Such a great duality. The colours are so vivid and subtle, a lot of likable tension and contrast. Good work.

Message edited by author 2011-05-25 06:05:45.
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05/24/2011 05:16:00 PM
a breath of fresh air in this challenge, literally and figuratively.
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05/24/2011 05:11:56 PM
I quite like the composition - very engaging to the eye. The barley and the flowers seem to be in a random and yet coordinated dance. The colors are nice and the bg just completes it all harmoniously.
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05/23/2011 08:19:16 PM
I like this, but there's a bit of a halo above the mountains which is a bit distracting. But don't cry, you will still get an 8 from me!
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05/23/2011 05:16:19 PM
this to me is well balanced
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05/19/2011 11:21:51 PM
Breathtaking!
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05/19/2011 01:45:46 PM
Lovely capture, great sense of "place". I can feel that I am standing there looking across the field and enjoying the hills and the interesting building in the background, and the splashes of color provided by the poppies. The only drawback, to my eyes, is that the barley is over sharpened, and many of the flowers out of focus. But overall, a fun picture to explore.
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05/19/2011 10:27:16 AM
Terrific scene - want to know where this is! Perfect lighting and nice use of foreground flowers for color. Bumping this up to my top 10!
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05/19/2011 10:23:17 AM
Beautiful; so much to see; the processing is spot on.
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05/19/2011 09:35:45 AM
Lovely that you took the "easel" out and looked at the real thing, castle and all and felt the wind and the wheat spikes! Where is this happening? Please let me know.
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05/18/2011 09:46:52 PM
I really like the scattered look.
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05/18/2011 08:41:31 PM
Nice color!
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05/18/2011 04:25:40 PM
There is certainly a painterly quality to this, and I do like the low perspective.
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05/18/2011 03:40:17 PM
Fantastic! Potential for a ribbon, in my opinion!
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05/18/2011 01:15:16 PM
I can HEAR this pix aside from enjoying the visual beauty! Splendid shot...great composition, interesting balance, subject, title....
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05/18/2011 12:00:36 PM
Love this shot, you can almost see the movement of the barley in the wind. I like the exposure on this shot too, just a little on the dark side which I think adds to the detail and 'mood'. Goods job.
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05/18/2011 09:44:49 AM
Beautiful scene.
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05/18/2011 09:42:47 AM
Beautiful landscape. The range of greens is wonderful.
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05/18/2011 07:31:58 AM
great job should win!!
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