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Sunrise streaming through the forest
2nd PlaceSunrise streaming through the forest

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White Landscape II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF for Canon
Location: Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
Date: Apr 17, 2013
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Apr 17, 2013

Haven't been active on DPChallenge for ages, but I've decided its time to come back home where I learnt everything.

Photo taken at sunrise in the Blue Mountains near the 3 Sisters. I was taking photos of the fog in the valley for a more wide angle landscape, and noticed this little patch of trees across the valley with sunlight streaming across. Only lasted a little while, but took quite a few exposures and chose this one.

1) clone out power lines in the background and a cable car in the corner with associated cables.
2) Clean up tree line to make it a little more uniform at the back using clone stamp tool
3) convert to B/W (red filter)
4) Painted on a 50% neutral gray layer to really accentuate the rays streaming through
5) USM with big radius, 0 threshold. This is really what made the photo pop, lots of midtone contrast added here, and probably the key to the edit
6) Vignette with levels

----Post Challenge-----
Thanks everyone for the votes and comments, and its great to be back! Looks like the telephoto does in fact make for a landscape lens :)

I think the image looks nicer in Sepia (see below), but wasn't sure what the feeling towards Sepia toned in a BW challenge would be, so I went with this version. Which version do you prefer?

Place: 2 out of 126
Avg (all users): 6.9300
Avg (commenters): 8.0909
Avg (participants): 6.8542
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 2262
Views during voting: 219
Votes: 100
Comments: 18
Favorites: 4 (view)

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05/01/2013 03:47:29 PM
I have a special place in my heart for all things foggy. Congrats to you!
05/01/2013 12:15:07 AM
Beautiful. I love the b/w version the most. So dramatic and striking.
04/30/2013 03:37:51 AM
Brilliant comeback and a gorgeous image. Congrats on the ribbon. Of the two, I prefer the b/w image.
04/29/2013 10:52:52 PM
Gorgeous. Beautifully done, and what a welcome back after some time away! So glad it ribboned!
04/29/2013 11:57:48 AM
Fog. You can't go wrong with fog. Congrats, and hope you enjoyed the return welcome :-)
04/29/2013 04:13:37 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Breathtaking magic in this scene.
I appreciate the editing steps, very interesting to know how you accentuated the rays. Wish I knew this for my own image :-).
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/28/2013 10:09:14 PM
I love the diagonals in that beautiful sunlit mist.
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04/28/2013 10:04:38 PM
Very prettily done.

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04/28/2013 09:30:41 PM
Beautiful and my top pick.
04/28/2013 03:33:13 PM
I like the way the mist looks like rays from the sun.
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04/27/2013 05:23:26 PM
04/26/2013 11:13:32 PM
Nicely captured. Great diagonal movement.
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04/24/2013 07:45:50 AM
Looks so peaceful and quiet.
Very nice.
04/23/2013 10:09:06 PM
Beautifully lit.
04/23/2013 07:07:05 PM
Wonderful filtered light!
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04/23/2013 11:59:04 AM
Front page stuff
04/22/2013 11:02:39 AM
04/22/2013 02:48:30 AM
beautiful light and structures. crop at top seems to be too close, makes we want to see what's up there
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