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The Ruin
The Ruin
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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Pulham St Margaret, Norfolk
Date: Sep 20, 2004
Date Uploaded: Sep 24, 2004

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Statistics
Place: 6 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.6783
Avg (commenters): 8.1176
Avg (participants): 7.2373
Avg (non-participants): 7.7544
Views since voting: 20247
Views during voting: 1015
Votes: 401
Comments: 102
Favorites: 79 (view)


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12/03/2007 05:52:35 PM
Really neat colors, great detail and composition as well, very nicely done
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10/12/2004 03:23:57 AM
Graceful shot, yet very dramatic. Well done with 6th place.
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10/11/2004 10:11:57 AM
Great subject and very sensitive treatment Ed. Very well done. :)
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10/08/2004 11:58:11 PM
Congratulations on your 6th placing with this ompressive high score. The image did drive the lance of nostalgia.
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10/08/2004 03:38:26 PM
Congrats on your "Best of the Best" top ten finish!

I can see this as a postcard or poster. Well Done!
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10/08/2004 01:22:17 PM
Many people asked me if this was mine
funny that we came side by side :D
Congrats man beautiful shot :)
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10/08/2004 12:48:43 PM
I loved this one, I gave it a 10, probably because I have something very similar. Not trying to say that you stole it...haha. Anyways I like your house better than mine. Great job! I really do mean it.
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10/08/2004 09:34:35 AM
I was sure this was in the top 3... Congrats on an amazing shot and a highly respectable 6th place finish among all of these masterpieces... Hope you make a print available!
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10/08/2004 08:24:03 AM
I thought for sure this would ribbon. You did pretty good. Excellent shot!
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10/08/2004 04:21:15 AM
Lovely work as usual.
Well done Ed
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10/08/2004 01:19:58 AM
Congrats on 6th place E!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:36:47 PM
Looks like something out of a movie or something. Nice shot.
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10/07/2004 11:30:23 PM
THis is definely one of my favorites, like the textures, the great green, a light forrest green that is wonderfully placed all over the forground and the great wreck of a house with the overgrowth. It matches well with the semi overcast sky. Desat.?...great work.
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10/07/2004 09:33:15 PM
Even though I see lighting that seems somewhat unatural I like the effect. I'm very curious as to wher this was taken and I expect this to be in the top 8.
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10/07/2004 07:47:09 PM
Another very dreamy looking photo, well done..
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10/07/2004 05:55:47 PM
great photo. almost unreal looking. skies are dramatic and the house is a very interesting subject. 9
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10/07/2004 05:25:45 PM
looks Heida-ified, but I doubt this is her work, unless she has moved abroad.
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10/07/2004 05:01:42 PM
Beautiful picture.
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10/07/2004 12:01:41 PM
Cool image. I love the atmosphere portrayed here.
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10/07/2004 10:47:41 AM
Either a stunning Heida original or a masterful imitation of her tremendous style. Superb color tones, the plants growing on the ruins provide a mystical feeling and that gray-blue burned sky adds such mood. A 10, easy!
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10/07/2004 03:41:48 AM
Beautifully pleasing colors and obviously a skilled post processor! I love the detail adn quality of the texture of teh building against the clouds. The area of darkness on the right does not add to the ominous feeling, and muddles the shot up. Nice though, looks like a travel poster for rural ireland or wales.
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10/07/2004 01:18:15 AM
i'm having a hard time with this image. it is beautiful, but it also has such an etheral feel to it that it makes me think i'm looking at a painting instead of a photograph.
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10/06/2004 08:53:33 PM
Nice shot, maybe a tiny bit less of the dark sky would make it less overwhelming 8
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10/06/2004 03:29:11 PM
Deep, rich composition here.
Half of me wants to say too dark in some areas, the the other half says no. Perhaps a little unbalanced with it being so much brighter in the center area.
In any case, Well Done ! ((8))
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10/06/2004 02:48:28 PM
Wow. What an atmosphere! I wish there is a bit more stauration only. Wonderful picture.
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10/06/2004 11:59:54 AM
This is wonderful. I love that it has the feel of a painting. We need a tutorial on this one :)
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10/06/2004 12:29:08 AM
Amazing location! Great compoaition and colors. Too much burning for my taste...
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10/05/2004 11:56:33 PM
Never in my life will I get to see a place like this. I hope I do, but I probably won't. That being said, thank you for sharing this part of the world with me. It's beautifully captured and exposed and the mood is wonderfully conveyed. 7.
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10/05/2004 07:32:18 PM
Great texture and contrast. I think it would also work well in BW. The crop seems a little tight on the right and on top. A little less zoom I think would help here. Exposure seems bang on. 8
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10/05/2004 06:01:26 PM
Looks like a painting - and a well-done one at that. The colors are a bit "unreal" which adds to the effect. Sky is dynamite. Border a bit strong.
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10/05/2004 11:18:21 AM
Great colors and sky.
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10/05/2004 10:44:36 AM
Okay...I've got to know how these almost mystical colorization is done?????
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10/05/2004 08:08:36 AM
You did such a great job of composing and capturing such a beautiful image, but also of processing it to enhance the mood of the image. Really great job.
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10/05/2004 03:22:52 AM
Love the pastel tones, great composition, feels old
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10/04/2004 11:43:12 PM
looks almost like a paintig
good lighting
9
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10/04/2004 11:27:17 PM
Incredible! Great composition, perfect use of subdued color, and an engaging subject really make this shot work for me. Looks like Heida's work!
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10/04/2004 11:23:41 PM
A captivating image.. wish I could make this my desktop!
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10/04/2004 10:38:17 PM
The ruins are quite beautiful. The sky adds to the quality of the photo. What if you dodge the clouds on the side slightly. The draw your eye away form the ruins.
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10/04/2004 07:34:24 PM
Isn't it neat how a structure so dilapidated can look as beautiful as your study captured it. I like the shades of green and the variances of clouds and blue sky. Great job.
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10/04/2004 02:46:02 PM
Excellent shot!! The subtle greens in this are great!! I like how it's not right in the centre of the shot. 9
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10/04/2004 01:26:04 PM
wonderful picture, i love the shades of green you have in this image, they work great with the sky, 9
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10/04/2004 12:26:29 PM
This is such an amazing photograph. It truly looks like art. The colors are perfect. The sky adds just the right emotion to it, and it is beautifully clear from front to back, top to bottom. Easy 10.
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10/04/2004 08:02:45 AM
This is a neat picture. Looks like a painting. I like the soft colors and the slightly out of focus appearence. I could definitely see this hanging on the wall. Nice shot and post processing.
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10/04/2004 02:24:46 AM
The title tells all here, very nice well composed shot, the colors are very nice.
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10/03/2004 10:17:27 PM
I think this is a great shot, but could be improved by a slight increase in contrast, maybe saturation too. Was burning used on the grass or is that shade from the clouds? Either way, I like the effect. It looks to me that a lot of nice shots could be taken of this structure. Some abstracts might be interesting as well.
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10/03/2004 09:37:26 PM
Very nice lighting and exposure on the whole image. Nicely burned around the edges to add focus to the middle. Good soft focus giving it a kind of surreal feel. I wish the sky was a little more blue, but that's just me. Very well done.
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10/03/2004 08:37:56 PM
10! Who would think that such a decrepit structure could look beautiful... but you've done just that! Excellent job.
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10/03/2004 04:53:24 PM
Ah, modern ruins! Wonderful on the softness....I love the smooth greens and almost ethereal quality here... just lovely! Thank you...
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10/03/2004 04:27:05 PM
Looks like Heida's work. This is my favorite pic in the challenge, i love everything about it. Good luck! 10
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10/03/2004 01:58:54 PM
Very interesting use of soft focus on the grass and in other areas. I like the effect very much. Your tones and colors are fabulous,too.The structures themselves may be slightly oversharpened and look like they have a few digital noise floating about, but the effect is minor and the print, I'm sure, will be fabulous. Very nice work! 8
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10/03/2004 01:21:41 PM
Really like both the content and style of this photo. I'm assuming it's Neatimaged which, in the right circumstances, like these, can really add to the atmosphere.
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10/03/2004 01:10:12 PM
A very charming image but the treatment makes it hard to determine the overall strenght of the light. It appears that the delapidated houses are in a spot light and while such treatment is useful, I think the structures are strong enough to speak for themselves, hence I do not like the darkened edges on the front left and right. This is the type of image which lends itself to a pristine presentation rather than stylized.

However, this is not to take away from the very subject of which this photograph is about. The colors are just beautiful and the very shades of the structures with their almost crumbling state. The angle is very effective and as my eyes go beyond them, there is nothing distracting to bring the eyes right back. The composition gives off that loved sense of nostalgia like of better days gone by. Bumping up to 7

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10/03/2004 11:48:34 AM
fantastic lighting, interesting textures and a great sky. the building seem crowded to the left of the frame though.
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10/03/2004 11:47:19 AM
Just not sure about the crop. The space on the right seems to either want to be smaller or bigger. Not sure because I don't know what else is there.
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10/03/2004 10:57:49 AM
If this isn't by Heida, then you should be proud I made the mistake. Great style keep it up. Your post processing is a little too noticeable for me but still great. 9
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10/03/2004 10:14:45 AM
This Ruin rocks! I love all the over grown plant life. The soft color tones give it an awesome feel.
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10/03/2004 08:26:38 AM
Nice lighting effect, and well compsed. I'd like the structure to be a bit sharper, but it has a nice feel.
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10/03/2004 07:38:15 AM
A little too soft for my tastes - such old buildings should be full of textures. Very interesting subjects though.

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10/03/2004 06:43:20 AM
Wonderful shot, nice PP. I love the mixtures of blues and greens. The soft-focus effect works really well here. Good composition, your subject has lots of character. 9
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10/03/2004 04:36:09 AM
Beautiful atmosphere, great scene, I love it how the light (vignetting, burning, whatever) concentrates the view on the ruin itself. The sky adds more drama to it. I am not sure whether a more centered view would have improved it, but would have liked a bit warmer colors, especially on the ruin and the grass.
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10/03/2004 03:41:39 AM
Wonderful photo and great use of contrasting colors.
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10/03/2004 12:22:57 AM
This is one of the better landscapes in the challenge, IMO.. A little dark. I like to see the greens a little brighter, livelier.. It's an interesting subject, and I wonder how it would have worked in a sepia/bw. Nice positioning of the horizon as well, the sky doesn't overpower. I just think this would have been a better picture with a little more brightness to it. 7
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10/02/2004 08:19:16 PM
Interesting subject - they look like they have been there for all time...
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10/02/2004 06:54:44 PM
not a lot to say here- a great photo - the softness of the buildings bugs me a bit.
- 8
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10/02/2004 04:11:02 PM
Beautiful but not real interesting. I think I would have liked a wider angle, maybe less centered. Very nice color. 8.
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10/02/2004 03:34:32 PM
I like the wizard of oz feel of this photo. The colors are such that it looks like it was a set built in a studio and then a matte painting behind. Very unique. Great photo. An 8.
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10/02/2004 03:07:15 PM
This is a sweet shot. I like the muted colors - nothing oversaturated. The sky is great too. I'm not as excited about the composition, but I'm not sure what I would have changed.
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10/02/2004 03:00:37 PM
There`s a sort of "haloing effect" in play here which highlights the ruins and subdues the rest of the image.
I think that it does it`s job well.
Nice work
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10/02/2004 01:30:45 PM
Wow, this almost feels like a painting. The textures in this image are fantastic. The building is really interesting, but the weather REALLY makes it perfect.

I really am interested to see what kind of postprocessing you did. Did you dodge and burn? Vignetting? I just love the 'feel' of the image but can't quite nail down why.

Just goes to show that it pays to go out in the so-called 'nasty' weather when most photogs stay home!
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10/02/2004 12:29:06 PM
I love the beautiful, dreamlike quality of this shot. It looks so soft, without being blurred. Lovely shot.
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10/02/2004 12:09:54 PM
At first I thought the contrasting sky colors were distracting but then I thought that they gave dark feel to the shot to emphasize the fact that the buildings have been in ruin for a long time. Composition is also good. 8
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10/02/2004 11:52:45 AM
Gorgeous colors and light, beautiful subject and sky. I aspire to photograph landscapes like this someday... 10
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10/02/2004 09:52:03 AM
I like the foreboding and dramatic light and dark colors. Crisp focus really adds too. Interesting subject matter as well. Good job. 8
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10/02/2004 09:30:56 AM
Hard to give an helpful comment ... Superb photo ! I like the green tones full of life (maybe a litlle , little bit dark in case to have to find "something" ).
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10/02/2004 09:29:44 AM
lovelyshot, it alost looks like a painting
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10/02/2004 06:08:45 AM
scary houses, i wonder what it'll look like at night
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10/02/2004 02:59:32 AM
This is wonderful
It looks like a painting, nice tones and colours used in this
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10/01/2004 07:35:00 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I love the buildings, and how you captured them. This is a true work or art. My only suggestion is the bottom right corner of the photo seems a little dark. But that's just nitpicking. 9
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10/01/2004 07:27:29 PM
Neat moody photo. I love the slightly desaturated color palette... or maybe that's an artifact of the lighting? Whatever it is, it's beautiful.
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10/01/2004 07:03:24 PM
Great job recognizing a subject and capturing something forgotten and making it memorable
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10/01/2004 05:42:49 PM
pretty shot of interestingly decripit subject - nice drama in the sky
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10/01/2004 04:12:29 PM
I like the content a lot, it has a wonderful texture to it. The rich colour of the grass and the moody sky complement the abandoned nature of the main subject too. It feels very soft in focus to me though, which I'm not so keen on. 7 (//www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=129433)
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10/01/2004 03:17:03 PM
heida? just a guess...
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10/01/2004 03:13:43 PM
This is amazing- The houses really pop out and the coloration is awesome- Its perfect, can't say anything is wrong at all. Great job, beautiful! 10
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10/01/2004 01:12:47 PM
Congratulations - my only 10.
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10/01/2004 12:56:18 PM
Beautiful scene of decay -7
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10/01/2004 12:36:29 PM
This has an old time post card feel to it. Just lovely!
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10/01/2004 12:31:11 PM
I'm guilty of overburning a lot of the time, and in my mind you've done almost exactly what i would do :). it makes for a neat effect - kind of surreal - but looks quite unnatural; The 'shadows' at the front don't seem to mesh with the shadows on the buildings or in the sky. Nice composition though, and fabulous colours.
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10/01/2004 11:43:01 AM
I can't quite understand the dark shadow cast on the right side ... if it is really a part of the composition to set the mood or should it be corrected (gradient layer or something)? But I like the subject, it is a very powreful portrait of many farms across America. I drove from the midwest to the east coast and back last summer and decaying farm houses and barns like this are common sights. As a foreigner, I can't quite understand it.
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10/01/2004 11:38:02 AM
Wow. I love the muted colours in this shot with the soft focus. It creates a dreamy "looking back" effect which matches perfectly with old ruins.
Excellent picture. You should be proud
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10/01/2004 11:33:52 AM
Great work.. Love the soft focus and the colors. If all the sky would have been blue I presonally think it would look better but it still is GREAT like it is. You truly belong among the masters.
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10/01/2004 10:11:20 AM
A great shot, but I would have loved it more if there was a better focus on the buildings. It looks as if it isn't sharpen... 8.
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10/01/2004 07:50:27 AM
I would have liked to see this a little sharper and with a little more contrast in the tonality, but it's a really nice shot. 9
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10/01/2004 06:40:44 AM
Wow... I love photos like that!!!
8
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10/01/2004 03:59:35 AM
beautiful pic, but it seems just a little too flat, it feels like it wants just a bit more contrast and vibrance
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10/01/2004 03:21:08 AM
Amazing shot. Very well composed. This is among my top picks. Expect this to do well. 9
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10/01/2004 03:18:05 AM
I love it. I spent 2 minutes looking at it and the more I look the more I love it.
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10/01/2004 01:45:49 AM
Great shot...good luck.
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10/01/2004 01:24:23 AM
This has Heida's burning touch written all over it.
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10/01/2004 12:43:53 AM
Wonderful! Such a feeling of despair. I like the softer focus and subdued colors. One of the challenges best. Super job!
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10/01/2004 12:30:59 AM
Wow, what else can I say but I'll be there next summer and hopefully get pictures as good as this one! 10
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10/01/2004 12:30:28 AM
Wow, what an incredible location! This is a brilliant shot. Well done!
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