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That is no country for old men
That is no country for old men

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Challenge: Sailing to Byzantium (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony Alpha a77
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD with Piezo
Location: Horse Heaven Hills
Date: Aug 31, 2014
Aperture: 19.0
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/350
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2014

Hand-held in the face of an oncoming dust devil which got larger and noisier by the minute.

Place: 9 out of 59
Avg (all users): 6.3158
Avg (commenters): 7.2857
Avg (participants): 6.1429
Avg (non-participants): 6.4634
Views since voting: 634
Views during voting: 164
Votes: 76
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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09/13/2014 03:48:21 PM
That's a big dust devil! I might even go so far to call that a baby tornado. Excellent capture.
09/12/2014 01:25:33 PM
Critique Club Comment:

Very interesting capture in the face of impending, um, dust!! Given your description there was obviously some sense of urgency to capture this, and ultimately avoid it, so realize that I am aware of that as a factor within my critique.

I really like the tonality of the photo and how the gold plays off the blue. While one of the previous comments states that they love how it fills the frame, I actually would prefer a bit more space around it so I could see the full extent of the storm. I'd also would have loved something there to give me a sense of scale. Having never seen one personally I have trouble deciding if this is truly as massive as it looks if I consider the dark area to the left is foothills of some type, or if what I'm looking at is just a bunch of dry earth kicking up in a 2 acre field. I'm also troubled by what I'm interpreting as noise. Obviously, in a dust storm like this what appears to be noise could be REAL noise within the cloud, but it reminds me of artifacts that come from boosting structure and clarity. Across the top of the cloud I'm also seeing what appears to be repeated lines that typically show when something has been cloned out, like a power line may have run across the image originally. I'm not convinced that's what I'm seeing as it could possibly be white clouds beyond the dust storm, but regardless it gives that illusion.

Given that the crop is flatter than the 3:2 ratio you'd get straight out of camera you have obviously eliminated some of the original image, and if in fact this is a severe crop that would also explain why I'm perceiving this level of noise in an image shot at ISO 250.

All that said it is still a very fine capture. That said, I will admit to giving you a 5, primarily because I felt that the image did not fit the poem, at least not the line you chose for it. Perhaps more fitting for the movie/book whose title was taken from the line, but not as it exists in the poem. Not quite DNMC area, but close for me, as were a lot in this challenge. Now, had you gone with "perne in a gyre" I would have likely given you a 7 as did most others.
09/12/2014 10:49:34 AM
Love how it fills the frame. And even though the gold tones are beautiful, I keep wondering how this would look in b/w...
09/12/2014 10:13:58 AM
You got it right withthe title; reminded me more of Freud who did not think that this country shall be inhabited because of its fierce climate. Well, he was wrong in a lot of ways. But, mighty scary your capture!
09/12/2014 01:48:44 AM
Congratulations on TT. Love it!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2014 09:42:26 PM
a lovely manifestation. possibly more applicable to the 3rd or 4th verse.
09/10/2014 11:27:38 PM
Great capture! One of my ribbon choices.
09/10/2014 04:54:29 PM
Really good capture and interpretation of the poem.
09/09/2014 11:28:01 AM
Very nice catch.
09/05/2014 11:46:53 PM
Wow. Hope the cloud didn't come your way after you took this. Particulates in the air always make for such dramatic photos, well captured.
09/05/2014 10:11:56 AM
Cool shot and fits the challenge to a "T".
One of my higher picks.
09/05/2014 09:55:45 AM
impressive capture !!!

hope it didn't catch you

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