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The Smoldering Wildfire
The Smoldering Wildfire

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Challenge: Distracting Elements (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Moraine Park, Rocky Mt. NP, Estes Park, CO
Date: Oct 19, 2012
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80s
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2012

The Fern Lake Fire smolders in Spruce Canyon and Forest Canyon. The fire started on October 9 and lingers still. It will take a fire season ending snow to extinguish the fire.

The jet contrail and the car are the distracting elements. They are really distracting to me... to the point they wreck the scene. At least, they draw the eyes away from the subject, which is the fire/smoke. I think a third distracting element is the top of the aspen grove at the bottom of the scene. The coniferous tree on the left border is not a distracting element, as it frames the scene and lends balance.

I'm worried about this one in the challenge. Usually, when I like an image, some of the voters really hate it. There has been a group of voters who resent realistic landscape images. We'll see how this turns out.

After the voting: 12 votes below 5. I don't understand the lowball stuff on an image which meets the challenge.

Place: 6 out of 79
Avg (all users): 6.0982
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.2273
Avg (non-participants): 6.0147
Views since voting: 1521
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 112
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/31/2012 08:35:33 AM
I like it (7), and am a fan of landscapes in particular. I wonder if the group of voters who resent realistic landscape images, as you stated, is responsible for 1s and 2s. At least you got only two 1s. (I mean who the heck gives 1s and 2s for a shot like this - it didn't even miss the theme).
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10/31/2012 12:28:08 AM
Robert is right. I have the same battle from time to time and who doesn't hate planes when out landscaping...
Great finish Richard.
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10/31/2012 12:12:26 AM
I love your lonely battle to place landscapes into challenge contexts, a battle I've often fought myself. Well-placed, sir!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2012 08:10:05 PM
The jet trail, yes, somewhat distracting, and ... the smoke? The smoke contributes to the beauty of the image, although I know that it probably signals serious destruction. I love the photo. (Maybe it's the car?)
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10/30/2012 01:29:37 AM
Oh wow. stunning
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10/29/2012 07:56:44 PM
Beautiful scene. Then jet contrail, yes, the car - hmmm...have to really, REALLY look to see it. I'm giving this an 8 first because it's a wonderful image overall, and second because the challenge description was met (albeit with a magnifying glass). :_)
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10/29/2012 03:25:14 AM
i like this teh road and the car and the vapour trail, im guessing this is hanh23 as he likes to express his dislike of man made things in landscapes, ergo distractions. not a view i share but it fits this very well. i like the smokey valley and im sure you've got a cropped and cloned one some where. what does it look like with a the sharpen brush in aperture rubbed through the distant trees they are lacking just a little in 800px still one of my favourites so far,
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10/27/2012 01:26:15 PM
Lovely photo, just gorgeous. I think that wildfire adds so much to the photo that I wouldn't personally call it a distraction. But then there is that darn car on the road :)
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10/24/2012 09:07:27 PM
Great colors
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10/24/2012 04:44:14 PM
don't ya just hate the streak from the plane in the sky? good job
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10/24/2012 04:07:27 PM
Lovely picture. With the smoldering fire I only see one distraction. Is the car the second one? - 7
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10/24/2012 11:42:37 AM
I quite like this, even with the contrail. For my taste the car is not enough of a distraction (or did I overlook another element?) 6
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10/24/2012 10:17:48 AM
Beautiful. I love the tones. Distracting elements seem obvious to me.
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10/24/2012 09:04:30 AM
My guess is the foreground where the bush is might be distracting and the slight flare in the sky, nice mood.
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10/24/2012 01:09:40 AM
Spectacular shot. One of my favorites
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