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Votes Cast: 96,852
Avg Vote Cast: 5.6255
Votes Received: 97,061
Avg Vote Received: 5.6570
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  • Helpful: 13,258
  • Received: 4,128
  • Helpful: 4,101
  • Posts: 1,248
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    Camera Movement II :: Life on Mars
    Make it Square :: To The Caves
    Solstice :: Solstice Stream
    Emptiness :: Forgotten by Fishermen
    Communication II :: Wrap it up already
    Architecture In Blue :: Fibonacci's Stairwell
    Lamp :: Red Swirls
    Trees IV :: Old Country
    Celebration II :: Cheers!
    Snapshot II :: Imminent Arrival
    Light Bulbs :: Last Hurrah
    Memorial Day Weekend  :: Wisconsin's Fallen
    Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives :: Lou's Soda Fountain - Verona, WI
    Red IV :: Plush
    Where's Waldo? VI :: Almost Empty
    Abandoned Buildings IV :: Open Floor Plan
    In the Style of Andreas Gursky :: Escalate
    Deep in the Heart of December :: Blustery Winter
    Artificial Symmetry :: Ice Island
    Letters A-Z :: Hammered
    Honorable Mentions
    Loud :: Pounding
    My Left Foot :: Footlong Sub
    St. Green Saves The Earth! :: Adult Shamrock
    S-Curve IV :: Waunakee Creek
    Panoramas Up Close :: Frost Thoughts
    Painting with Light V :: Fire and Ice
    Thinking Outside the Box :: Painting With Light
    Fountain :: Sparkling Over Water
    Lawn II :: Obsessive
    Flora At Night :: Violet Iridescence
    Blurry Mess II :: Cosmic Spin
    Hearty Fun :: Cold as Ice
    Nursery Rhyme Character(s) :: Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Valentine's Photo II :: Kiss Me
    Book Cover :: Medicinal Mycology
    Illuminative Subject II :: Tendril
    Bridges IV :: East Washington
    My Buddy and Me :: Happy Days
    Holiday Decorations III :: Classic Glass
    Still Life With Motion II :: Summer, on the Rocks
    Environmental Portrait IV :: Hacker
    Euphemisms :: Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
    Spheres :: World of Wine
    In The Spirit Of: docpjv :: Resiliance
    User Profile
    Name: Mike Vande Ven Jr. Age: 36
    Username: giantmike
    Gender: M
    Type: Registered User Location: Verona, WI
    Cameras: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
    Apple iPhone 5s
    Olympus TG-4
    Lenses: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
    Samyang 14mm f/2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
    Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART for Canon
    Registered: Feb. 1st 2010
    Contact: Private Message
    Biography: I'm just a hobbyist who is always trying to learn new techniques and technology. I want to share my view of the world and become a better photographer in the process.

    I took a few months off from DPC and am back in a limited fashion.

    I still think there are too many challenges open at a time, but I will concentrate on just a few to make it easier on myself.

    I also turned off seeing scores while images are in voting. That is surprisingly freeing. I no longer refresh all the time, I just check in for comments here and there.

    Software I use for editing:
    * Lightroom (recently switch from Aperture after 8 years with that)
    * Topaz Adjust, DeNoise, ReMask
    * Nik Collection - Lack of updates made me switch to Creative Kit
    * MacPhun Creative Kit
    * Pixelmator (great photoshop alternative for Mac users)
    * GraphicConverter (excellent resizing and sharpening options)
    * Hugin (best tool to create panoramas...period)
    * Affinity Photo (ok tool overall, but now takes the number 1 spot for panorama)
    * Helicon Focus (fantastic tool for focus stacking)
    * DxO ViewPoint
    * Aurora HDR 2017

    Ever think it was impossible for a TOP TEN finalist to receive zero comments during voting? So did I...
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    Highest Rated Photographs
    Solstice Stream
    2nd PlaceSolstice Stream
    Average: 7.4176
    Fibonacci's Stairwell
    2nd PlaceFibonacci's Stairwell
    Architecture In Blue
    Average: 7.4063
    Last Hurrah
    2nd PlaceLast Hurrah
    Light Bulbs
    Average: 7.1845
    3rd PlaceHammered
    Letters A-Z
    Average: 7.0809
    Medicinal Mycology
    Medicinal Mycology
    Book Cover
    Average: 6.9895
    Challenge Entries
    Last 10 Forum Threads Posted To
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    A thank you...   General Discussion  8 months ago
    Rehashing   General Discussion  8 months ago
    Anyone want to help me?   Individual Photograph Discussion  8 months ago
    some informations or examples, please   General Discussion  8 months ago
    Best dual cards for 5d mark iii??   Hardware and Software  8 months ago
    No more laptops on trips. Good idea?   Photography Discussion  9 months ago
    Anyone still using Aperture?   Hardware and Software  9 months ago
    Help please   General Discussion  9 months ago
    guetzli, a JPEG encoder   Hardware and Software  9 months ago
    Shooting on Train Tracks Illegal.   Photography Discussion  9 months ago

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