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Challenge: Travel Guides (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Knaresborough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 31, 2004
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8 Seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2004

We happened to be staying here for the weekend when this challenge opened. This is a little village called Knaresborough in Nth Yorkshire - it was beautiful.

Tech specs - I originally shot in RAW so did some modifications in RAW before taking it into Photoshop. I did a shadows/highlights on it to make the sky a touch more dramatic, I lifted the levels, did a hue/sat and changed the position of the hue for cyan to make the trees more green, stamped out a tree in the reflection and put it in a border. Hope you like :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 189
Avg (all users): 7.6930
Avg (commenters): 8.8049
Avg (participants): 7.5487
Avg (non-participants): 7.8529
Views since voting: 12282
Views during voting: 421
Votes: 215
Comments: 91
Favorites: 78 (view)


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10/11/2006 08:24:57 AM
That is a truly beautiful photograph.

I live in Knaresborough, and cross the viaduct in the picture twice each day on the train. I never tire of the view. This composition has been used many times in both photograph and painting, yet this is absolutely the best I've seen this view look.

Well done, and well deserved - and thanks for adding to the publication of Knaresborough as the most beautiful town in England. :)
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09/19/2004 05:58:18 PM
I just can say:

Well deserved it ! :D
COngratulations
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09/18/2004 02:40:04 PM
Congrats on the win! Just in time to enter the master's challenge :)
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09/18/2004 10:45:10 AM
Very Nice, good work in spotting this scene and in your editing as well. I wonder how it would look with a darker sky rather than light, contrasting the trees and complying more with the hues of the water yet excentuating the bridge. As an uneditied photo i am sure this one came as close to perfection as any.
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09/16/2004 05:35:00 PM
Critique Club Comment:

How could I ever Critique this?
This is a wonderfull almost unreal photo, the lights, the trees, the smoke, the reflection of the water all add to the picture.
What I personaly like is the church in the background, it gives it more depth.
What's another great thing about this one is that you can come back to it as much as you like and just find another overlooked detail, search for something new every time, it's just as taking a little trip :)

Now for some Critique, what could have been done to improve this picture? You gave the answer yourself, the sky is a bit boring, and it has a un-natural color, maybe because of post processing, but i'm glad you didn't crop tighter, if you ever buy the ND filter and if you go back there ....... :)

There was a lot to do about the border, personaly I don't care about the border here, it doesn't take anything away from the photo, but the photo can stand on it's own, so it doesn't need a border.

Congratulations on your blue, it's a deserved one!
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09/15/2004 09:58:59 PM
oh wow i'm glad this one won cause it's freaking ~*AMAZING*~
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09/15/2004 03:39:04 PM
What a magnificient piece of work! Great job on this. Definitely deserving of the blue! Congrats on a job well done!
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09/15/2004 01:23:43 AM
Wow, I didn't get to vote for this, but if I did, it would have been a 10. Beautiful, and the print version is even better.

What lens did you use? (I wish they'd put that in the fields!)
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09/14/2004 06:16:45 PM
Originally posted by theSaj:

Great shot...although I think the sky is the one aspect I don't really care for. Maybe it's the two-tone look of bluish cyan and white.

*shrug*

Great bridge....


Agreed! I didn't have a graduated nd filter to use and I couldn't use my two exposures as its using two images. If I'm wrong please someone tell me! It would make a lot of my exposures winners!! Check the difference between this image and the image available for print.
09/14/2004 09:23:39 AM
Great shot...although I think the sky is the one aspect I don't really care for. Maybe it's the two-tone look of bluish cyan and white.

*shrug*

Great bridge....
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09/13/2004 09:40:20 PM
Congratulations on Your Blue Ribbon, this is a spectacular shot!
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09/13/2004 09:23:13 PM
Congratulations Phil!!! great photo!
That trip certainly paid off!
Andrew
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09/13/2004 09:13:13 PM
Beautiful photo. Congrat6ulations on a well deserved first place.
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09/13/2004 08:15:18 PM
Hi everyone! Thanks for all your fantastic comments - I think I'm going to need a couple of weeks for my head to return to normal size!!

I have submitted this image to DPC Prints for approval so it should be online shortly if you want to buy any prints, and I've made use of the fact that I can combine more than one image. I've taken the sky from a locked off shot of the same position with a darker exposure and when combined the sky doesn't look quite so 'wierd' as it does in my submission. I've also warmed the picture using Photoshop CS's warming filter. I'd be interested to receive some feedback if you think its better than my submission.

Once again thanks for the ribbon and for the compliments :)

PS You can view other pics of our holiday to Yorkshire at www.pbase.com/p_johns/yorkshire where there's some others I'm really proud of.

Message edited by author 2004-09-13 20:16:36.
09/13/2004 04:39:17 PM
Beautiful, clear print! Congrats on the 1st place ribbon!
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09/13/2004 04:31:42 PM
Hope we like it ?????????? Are you kidding????? This shot is almost to beautiful to be real! I voted on this challenge, but wasn't able to vote every single picture, so I missed this one. I agree with the comment below. I don't see how this picture could have gotten any vote but 10!!! I can't help but think this print will sell so well because I can envision it so well matted and framed on a wall! Congratulations on your well-deserved 1st place!
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09/13/2004 03:19:02 PM
O..M..G.... I didn't get a chance to vote so I didn't see this until just now. There are so many elements in the photo that holds one's interest for a long time and each time I look at it, I see something else, like the smoke coming from the chimney on the lower right. You couldn't have chosen a better time of day and the way you composed the shot is alo perfect. I don't understand any vote but 10's on this one. WOW! If this photo of yours doesn't make the viewer want to visit Yorkshire, nothing will. Congratulations!
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09/13/2004 03:06:34 PM
This is the most beautiful photograph. It makes you want to walk down the street and under the viaduct. Congratulations.
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09/13/2004 02:46:36 PM
Stunning shot!! Congratulations on the ribbon. I MUST get to England!!!
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09/13/2004 12:36:37 PM
Very nice indeed... and I'm from England!

:)

Congratulations...

:)

D.
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09/13/2004 12:27:29 PM
I want to know who the four goofballs were that gave you scores below a 5. I apologize for not voting on this challenge but I would have given you a high score if I did. Sometimes life gets in the way of voting.
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09/13/2004 12:22:20 PM
Hey you fluked the blue - well done!
; )
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09/13/2004 12:10:04 PM
What a wonderful picture, very romantic.
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09/13/2004 11:03:13 AM
This picture almost makes u wonder where the dragons and princesses are... Then you see the automobiles.. and realize its today... What a fantastic way to show a beautiful part of the uk
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09/13/2004 11:02:01 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Beautiful shot - looks like a great place to visit.
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09/13/2004 10:53:53 AM
Excellent work! And CONGRATS! Spectacular image!! I made it up within a great group of shots!
Keep it up!! Wanna see and learn more!
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09/13/2004 10:03:24 AM
Congratulations. I think your image is the best in the challange, it got a 10 from me. I also think that you hava done somthing that is very rare on DPC which is to get a blue ribbon with a rather complex image.
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09/13/2004 09:52:36 AM
I absolutely have to keep this picture away from my wife or my plans for going to Iceland will suddenly change to a new destination!

Beautiful shot!

Edit: I should add that this picture makes me have second thoughts as well!

Message edited by author 2004-09-13 09:53:05.
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09/13/2004 07:35:22 AM
Congrats! It's a great shot!!!
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09/13/2004 07:33:50 AM
What a lovely photo - beautifully composed and the exposure makes it warm and evocative - and far more impressive than any postcards of the area i have seen.

Nice one!
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09/13/2004 05:44:34 AM
Congratulations Philip,
You`ve no doubt done wonders for the English tourist board and Yorkshire in particular.
Well done.
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09/13/2004 04:11:14 AM
Congratulations Philip - I wondered where it was.
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09/13/2004 03:05:26 AM
Congrats on the blue ! This was one of my top picks.
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09/13/2004 02:29:15 AM
Congratulations, one of my favorites
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09/13/2004 02:08:06 AM
Wow! Congratulations!
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09/13/2004 12:35:14 AM
Congratulations! Very well done.
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09/13/2004 12:34:36 AM
Lovely work Phillip! Congratulations!
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09/13/2004 12:25:43 AM
It wasn't my favourite picture of the challenge, but this definitely belongs somewhere in a lonely planet, it's brilliantly executed, and while it might not be tremendously imaginative or provocative, when was the last time a postcard made you think.

On the down side, the border looks like something generated by photoshop circa 1982 - it really, really has to go.
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09/13/2004 12:23:19 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved Blue. This is really, really good. Better sell it to the city fathers of Yorkshire. Might pay for the trip.
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09/13/2004 12:16:32 AM
A true talent! Well done. congrats on the Blue.
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09/13/2004 12:15:32 AM
Gorgeous image, Philip! First 10 I gave out...first vote I gave out. Congrats on your blue!
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09/13/2004 12:12:31 AM
Simply enchanting Philip.
Congrats on your second Blue!

Well Done!
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09/13/2004 12:06:10 AM
Congratulations! I had completely forgotten about this image, and the thumbnail (to remind me) just didn't do it justice. Otherwise I would have bumped this one in to my top-5 list. Congrats again, the blue here is well deserved!
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09/13/2004 12:05:37 AM
Congratulations on a well-deserved blue!! Gorgeous!
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09/13/2004 12:05:36 AM
Excellent shot, beautifully done.
Congradulations
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09/13/2004 12:04:08 AM
Congratulations on your blue. A definite winner with magical colors and that poster like look. This is a winner.
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09/13/2004 12:03:49 AM
I'm moving there.
good shot,
a well deserved BLUE!
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09/13/2004 12:01:51 AM
Congrats!!! This is gorgeous!!!
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09/13/2004 12:00:55 AM
congrats on your first place ribbon!! awesome!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/12/2004 10:23:38 PM
Just amazing shot. I forecast ribbon for this one. Wothy a postcard! Tiny bit more sky would have been great, but otherwise, a winner in my opinion.
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09/12/2004 10:16:05 PM
Beautiful colors! The mirror like river is absolutely gorgeous. Hope you do well.
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09/12/2004 09:29:36 PM
You've sold me! I want to go there!! 10
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09/12/2004 11:27:00 AM
I never had an urge to visit the UK, till I saw your photo. Marvelous!!
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09/12/2004 10:29:59 AM
Beautiful reflections. I love the multiple light sources. York is on my list of UK cities to visit, and this image re-enforces that. 8
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09/12/2004 10:08:49 AM
This is a fabulous shot with its beautifully mirrored reflections, the perfect balance between artificial and natural light, and the quiet evening mood enhanced by the slowly rising smoke from the single active chimney ... you obviously had the time to explore the village and find this spectacular vantage point (something I did not have when I visited the same village earlier this year). I believe this will be an award-winning shot, if not the outright winner!
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09/12/2004 08:00:12 AM
a magical feeling here! the golds and blue/greens sparkle with the light (I'm not sure how you got this effect but I like it) I think the border holds the shot back as it becomes an element not a frame (I'm usually a fan of borders but not this one, sorry)
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09/12/2004 01:04:11 AM
This is a wonderfull photo I hope you don't get marked down for the frame.
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09/11/2004 07:28:27 PM
Oh, my. You certainly did hit this at the right time of day, very, very early. Looks like a fairyland in there! I'd go there in an instant. 10
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09/11/2004 05:25:19 PM
Lovely clear view at a nice time of day. The blue/green colour cast is actually very nice set off with the orange lighting. Nice job (and I love Yorkshire so I'm a bit biased I admit).
: )
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09/11/2004 03:49:41 PM
I really like this, looks like a model village. Perfect light and colour except for the sky which looks a little odd. Maybe a simple thin black border would be better but still a 10 from me and in my favorites.
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09/11/2004 12:50:25 PM
this is a really beautiful image, the sky is just a bit lacking in colour, good luck - 9
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09/10/2004 09:37:21 PM
stunning clarity and detail, wonderful shot!
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09/10/2004 04:36:32 PM
If you look up "quaint" in the dictionary, this is probably the image that will accompany the definition! Looks like a wonderful place. Great shot.
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09/10/2004 07:06:18 AM
Very nicely done - all the appropriate qualities fro the type of shot. I find the blue cast of the light a touch too cold though, but that's my only gripe. Excellent composition all round.
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09/09/2004 07:39:22 PM
Beautiful, nicely lit image. Very interesting local. Looks like lots of activities. Makes me want to visit.
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09/09/2004 05:25:56 PM
Wow... love the colors and the reflection on the water. This must have been a long exposure. The sharpness is really good as are the textures in the walls and the buildings. Good luck on the challenge!
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09/09/2004 01:47:29 PM
Very, Very nice!! My favorite - back to change from 9 to 10. Light and color are great!!
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09/08/2004 07:16:00 PM
Now this looks like a Thomas Kinkade painting, its beautiful
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09/08/2004 07:03:04 PM
OMG. I LOVE everything about this image except the border. Perfect exposure and composition - taken at the optimum time of day.
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09/08/2004 05:11:26 PM
oh ick - i think you'll lose points for the border - the image is blue enough without it - I'll try to ignore it and enjoy the fairyland scene.
09/08/2004 11:47:35 AM
Beautiful. Love the colors, reflection, lighting of street lamps and bridge. Like the crop and composition of bridge leading eye to the buildings. Great Shot -10-
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09/08/2004 02:39:52 AM
Fantastic shot, good composition and lighting. The reflection in the water is stunning. I am not sure the border does this image justice though. (8)
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09/07/2004 01:58:21 PM
Wow!. I love the purposed green pastel color around the picture giving a magical /tale appearance. Congratulations.
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09/07/2004 10:33:06 AM
beautiful
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09/07/2004 09:33:45 AM
Great shot
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09/07/2004 07:19:37 AM
Ok, you have definitely found the WOW factor with this one! Sensational! Love the depth here, has a 3d feel to it. Even like the border, which is unusual for me. Who'd have thought Yorkshire could be so beautiful ;) Ribbon for you I hope.
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09/07/2004 12:08:34 AM
This is my favorite shot of this challenge. You caught it at the perfect time of day and did an excellent job of composing the shot and getting the right amount of light. I hope this does end up in a travel guide!
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09/06/2004 08:04:56 PM
This is such a cool image, so much detail, lovely lighting, awesome reflection. The exposure is just right. 10
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09/06/2004 06:52:19 PM
Brilliant lighting
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09/06/2004 06:32:47 PM
Would love to see this in person!
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09/06/2004 03:53:09 PM
Incredible photo ! Amazing and surreal reflection. Just beautiful. 10
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09/06/2004 03:51:51 PM
Beautiful shot, it makes one stop and study it for a while. Great lighting. Makes me want to visit Yorkshire. How many miles from London?
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09/06/2004 12:36:23 PM
The clarity and lighting of this shot is amazing!
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09/06/2004 10:33:24 AM
Yesireebob that is some great shot. The POV is excellent, the lighting unsual and done very well. Great colors, composition and the reflection is outstanding. No nits from me. I cannot imagine what anyone would have to nit about so if you get any nits, let me know and I'll have words with them....LOL! ....OK...well maybe the frame, BUT I am anti frame and this one even adds to the image for me. Excellent color choice. Super, excellent, WOW! sign me up!
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09/06/2004 09:46:06 AM
God's own county ;-)
Knaresborough is my guess ?
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09/06/2004 09:20:38 AM
stunning 9
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09/06/2004 08:12:12 AM
Beautiful shot ! The bridge reflecting off the water really sets this one off. The evening colors and lights really accentaute the feel of this picture.
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09/06/2004 04:20:53 AM
Very picturesque, nice balance through an excellent vantage point, caught at just the right moment for light. Would have preferred it without a border. Still one of the best.
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09/06/2004 01:36:00 AM
Fantastic photograph! The best of this challenge in my opinion - well done!
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09/06/2004 01:15:56 AM
Never seen anything like this photo. I don't even know what to say, except this stopped me in my tracks.
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09/06/2004 12:09:24 AM
Excellent mood and lighting in this photo! The reflections are excellent!
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