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The Autumn Impressionist
The Autumn Impressionist

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Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G3
Location: Upstate NY
Date: Oct 22, 2004
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/80s
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2004

Leaf in my parents pond. Taken 8:30GMT - 5 hrs so 3:30EST.

Lots of editing.
Used smudge tool (in Gimp) to remove crud from surface of the water.

Decomposed to lab colour twice. One time did a selective gaussian blur on the whole picture, once a unsharpen mask on the whole picture. Combined the two shots into one, using the unsharpened leaf and the blurred background.

Tweaked the colour until I was satisfied.

Voila.. Thanks to Jab119's superb vision in giving me this idea.

Place: 98 out of 487
Avg (all users): 6.0279
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.9676
Avg (non-participants): 6.4000
Views since voting: 993
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 251
Comments: 16
Favorites: 6 (view)

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11/08/2004 03:27:49 PM
Lovely image! Simple but beautiful!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 09:04:03 PM
Great use of reflection - if it were a bit sharper it would sing.
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11/07/2004 11:34:03 AM
wonderful, the best color composition in the challenge, good luck!
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11/06/2004 07:29:49 AM
Nice, if it was the only photo of colored leafs in the challenge it would be even better but there are so many.
It's a nice picture but after the 20th the wow factor is gone (not your fault)
Good luck.
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11/06/2004 05:35:47 AM
Excellent shot, however if I may nitpick the leave itself looks a bit overexposed, a little burning would put this shot up in the "aweseome" category.
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11/05/2004 10:14:36 PM
Beautifully composed and great exposure for accurate colour. Perfect DOF on the leaf and blurred background. Really great photo.
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11/05/2004 09:59:01 PM
Simply stunning
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11/05/2004 02:38:34 PM
just beautiful. perfect composition, great colors.
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11/04/2004 10:10:39 PM
perfect focus and composition
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11/04/2004 04:18:15 AM
lovely! impressionism and lovely effect
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11/04/2004 02:16:24 AM
simple and beautiful, into my favourites
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11/03/2004 09:03:03 PM
I like this shot's composition very much. I might have gotten taller over the leaf to see more of it while still having the trees' reflection in the water. Nice job
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11/02/2004 04:58:39 PM
Great photo, great idea.
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11/01/2004 10:32:03 PM
nice contrast. Just wish there was away to have the leaf more defined and w/ less glare. I try the same type of stuff and get the same result. Dunno if it's possible.
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11/01/2004 09:16:46 PM
I like this simple approach to autumn. Great pic!
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11/01/2004 12:00:41 PM
I think a crisp focus that included the trees would have been better, but a good effort in any case.

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