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Lonely in New Mexico
Lonely in New Mexico

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Challenge: Backlighting (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Outside of Roswell, NM
Date: Sep 3, 2004
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 500
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2004

Taken on a recent cross country trip in New Mexico, USA. Some extreme desert backlighting to this pending storm that was rolling in on us.

Place: 178 out of 367
Avg (all users): 5.1070
Avg (commenters): 4.4444
Avg (participants): 4.6985
Avg (non-participants): 5.5185
Views since voting: 689
Views during voting: 421
Votes: 271
Comments: 31
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/15/2004 12:17:31 AM
welcome to the world of 'doesnt meet the challenge.' i think your image is gorgeous. as some others pointed out about focus, it could stand to be sharpened a little. all the same, you have been hammered for not having a truly backlit image. well, don't let it get you down. just pick up your camera and go shoot something!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2004 07:50:06 PM
Wonderful contrast between the desolate landscape and the sky however it appears to be front lit, not back lit. (Shadow is pointing towards the horizon)
09/14/2004 05:04:21 PM
Sorry - how is this back lit? The background appears to be dark and producing no light source.
09/14/2004 04:22:37 PM
The great sky helped you here. A classic composition with nice colors make this a very pleasing image. Congratulations.
09/13/2004 07:40:23 PM
I would like this better with most of the ground cropped out, giving a contrast of bare, coarse, bright tree against the dark soft sky.
09/13/2004 04:24:47 PM
Because the shadow is falling behind the tree, it appears to be lit from the front, not the back???
09/12/2004 02:06:47 PM
The more I look at this, the more I like it. The lighting is dramatic. It seems slightly out of focus. 9.
09/12/2004 08:51:31 AM
It's not backlit
09/12/2004 07:13:29 AM
although the sky is a fairly dramatic backdrop, it doesn't give any backlighting to the tree
09/11/2004 11:27:12 PM
Nice moody scene, but is that backlighting?
09/11/2004 07:11:41 PM
Fantastic image. Contrast is dramatic. Colors are good. focus is off a bit, but too badly. In another challenge I would rate it an 8 - 10. But here it just barely barely meets the challenge. In fact all the light is from over your left sholder. You get a bit of light reflected off the sky, but IMO hardly backlit.
09/11/2004 04:35:46 PM
Beautiful picture, but not backlit
09/11/2004 04:25:56 PM
Great capture, classic!
09/10/2004 08:29:14 PM
With the shadow of the tree falling behind the tree ... this appears to be front lighting rather than back lighting. Otherwise, it's an awesome shot... beautiful colors, great composition and good background drama.
09/09/2004 10:57:19 PM
Great shot, but I think this shot has front lighting. So I don't think it makes this challenge--but it is still wonderful.
09/09/2004 08:34:19 PM
Very nice composition, but the focus seems a little off. Maybe it's just me...
09/09/2004 09:56:28 AM
Beautiful shot. Nice color, contrast, focus. But it seems as light is coming from the front... The shadow of the tree is a give away. At least it seems so to me.
09/08/2004 10:28:58 PM
What you have here is pretty much the reverse of backlighting. The background is dark, and the light is from the front. It's a nice shot of a late afternoon storm, though.
09/08/2004 08:34:43 PM
Good picture.
09/08/2004 07:15:08 PM
I would not consider this a backlight since it is illuminating the subject from the front. Very nice photo! I really like the dark clouds with the sunlight. Makes it dramatic.
09/08/2004 06:03:42 PM
Yeh that tree is lonely and surely in New Mexico but the light on it seems to me more in the front than in the back. The sky in the background is rather dark and the shadow of the tree is behind it.
09/08/2004 04:39:13 PM
Clear front light. Do you see the shadows? A great picture, but this challenge requires you to get a subject with the light come from behind.
09/08/2004 04:00:36 PM
I don't see how this is backlighting. If the light was from the back shouldn't the shadow of the tree be in front of it. Other than that I love the picture.
09/08/2004 02:14:10 PM
Great picture! but backlighting?
Congrats, You should have it for printing
09/08/2004 10:06:22 AM
not exactly what I see as backlighting but a great picture
09/08/2004 06:41:29 AM
the light is coming from the wrong direction
09/08/2004 05:52:15 AM
sorry can't see that this is backlight, a shame its a beautiful landscape,
09/08/2004 05:23:45 AM
What a neat landscape... I won't say what other folks have probably already said, but the light would appear to be comming from the front.. 5, cause I like it. :-).
09/08/2004 01:02:06 AM
well, i really like this photo. I just dont see the "backlight"...the shadow is behind the tree, so really the sun is in front.....
09/08/2004 12:44:49 AM
It's a lovely photo although the light doesnt come from the back? nice photo though otherwise
09/08/2004 12:12:09 AM
this is not backlit, the shadow falls away, not toward.

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