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Brad


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Challenge: Impressionism (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: Julian, CA
Date: Nov 7, 2004
Aperture: F2.4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2004

I went out in search of a scene to shoot for the Calendar Challenge, and after wandering some of the mountain communities in San Diego, I stumbled on this area by accident, as it was a "I wonder where this road goes?" kinda' turn.
The lighting in Impressionistic paintings is such a key issue, I felt the rolling fence line with the side light would work well for the challenge, though I hadn't even shot this for that purpose.

PP: Minor crop, cloned out one small branch hanging in the center of the clearing, gentle S curve for levels, minor contrast, brightness & saturation adjustments, then the Rough Pastels filter applied.

Now, about that luck thing....
In the first Masters Invitational Challenge, my Yellow Ribbon was a one-shot wonder I took while I was out & about looking for shots for the Tourist Guide Challenge.
Now, I go out in search of something for the Calendar Challenge, and ribbon once again with yet another one-shot wonder originally taken for a different challenge, that I didn't even bracket the shots, just hey - Click!

Luck?
You decide.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 39
Avg (all users): 7.0899
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8438
Avg (non-participants): 7.2173
Views since voting: 9482
Views during voting: 767
Votes: 345
Comments: 60
Favorites: 23 (view)


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11/10/2006 10:05:24 AM
I love the post processing on this shot. It's spectacular!
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01/14/2006 02:38:27 AM
Lovely. But I'd love to see the original :)
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07/06/2005 11:27:18 AM
Some photos are just made to be worked with like this. It is lovely and I'm sure the untouched photo is equally as lovely.
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07/04/2005 08:25:25 AM
Ohlala! Love fences' captures! This place is wonderful!
Nice use of filter! :)
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06/15/2005 04:59:53 PM
Just came across this, what a lovely landscape.
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11/23/2004 06:25:29 AM
I always love to see your photos place well. I would have never known this site existed if not for you and the BobsterLobster fellow. Congrats and thanks. I had given it a 10 (didn't even realize it was yours.
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11/23/2004 12:51:05 AM
Choice! Congrats!
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11/22/2004 06:19:25 PM
Congratulations this image is stunning! Already decided as per previous post you have a great TALENT! The ability to see a potentially great shot is not luck, at least not this many times!
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11/22/2004 04:06:33 PM
Brad, you should let people like me share some 'luck' :)
Congratulations. I am sure you are enjoying it. Best of luck.
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11/22/2004 02:03:26 PM
BradP

Congratulations (Again :) )!
Nicely done.
Please leave a ribbon for me (When I find the time to enter again.)

LOL
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11/22/2004 10:11:01 AM
ribbon hog!! :-D Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/22/2004 10:02:45 AM
Brad...you are on a great roll. Bring it on. You deserve all the ribbon you're getting. Congratulations.

manny
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11/22/2004 07:30:41 AM
Wow, You now qualify for the Master's Challenge lll. It is for only those who have ribboned at least twice in a Master's Challenge. Looks like you will be the only one to enter. Chalk up another ribbon!! Congratulations.
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11/22/2004 07:20:38 AM
Congrats Brad....again.
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11/22/2004 07:13:53 AM
Now this is getting rediculous Brad. You are placing in ever darn one you enter. I think we need to limit the amount of challenges you can enter to give others a chance. :) Sorry I couldn't resist saying that. Congratulations on another well deserved ribbon, Brad.
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11/22/2004 04:11:19 AM
Originally posted by scalvert:

...and you CLAIM to be an auto mechanic who just picked up an old camera off eBay? Riiiiiight!

Absolute 100% truth. Well almost - I don't claim to be an auto mechanic - I am one!
ROFL !
11/22/2004 01:55:59 AM
Congrats on yet another ribbon Brad, great work as always!
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11/22/2004 01:39:35 AM
Congrats on your well deserved ribbon, good colors, great work.
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11/22/2004 12:49:06 AM
I am glad to see this take a ribbon Brad!
Congratulations on a very bold and beautifully executed (and filtered) work of art.
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11/22/2004 12:38:37 AM
OK, so let me get this straight...

You have two simultaneous ribbons on the DPC home page.
You have ribboned in each of the Invitational challenges you've been eligible for.
You won with an obvious PS filter in spite of the purists.
You have four ribbons in your last 8 challenges.
...and you CLAIM to be an auto mechanic who just picked up an old camera off eBay? Riiiiiight!

Aren't you due for a LONG vacation someplace desolate? ;-)
Congrats, Brad! Again.
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11/22/2004 12:25:09 AM
Brad:

Excellent interpretation.
Well deserved finish.

Randy.
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11/22/2004 12:23:00 AM
this is what...your 50th ribbon??? ;P you are definitely the man, Brad and this shot is awesome. rock on, hon!
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11/22/2004 12:12:09 AM
lov this shot way to go......again, Brad

no but this is an awsome shot well captured.
great image
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11/22/2004 12:10:22 AM
if you're not already makin your money off your pictures, quit your day job. this is amazing, as are many of your pics...well done man.
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11/22/2004 12:08:49 AM
Congrats again Brad excellent job, nice effect and colors...

...you won't get one like this in Julian today with all that snow and all. It is a beautiful place and I still got a bit of that pie in my fridge from last weekend.

Andy
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11/22/2004 12:06:05 AM
Brad you never fail to amaze me and your friends. You are on the cutting edge and indeed a marvel. Congrats on your yellow in this very demmanding challenge. Another feather in your cap and I am very happy for you.
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11/22/2004 12:02:57 AM
Yellow seems to be your color! ;o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2004 11:33:09 PM
Beautiful- and very believable as impressionism. There is no attempt to disguise an apparent filter effect put to good use. While so many filters look like an afterthought, this is an image that probably looks MUCH better filtered than it did as a straight photo. My only nitpick is that the white sky distracts from the warm colors pervasive in the rest of the image- I'd crop more off the top. Otherwise, well done! 8
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11/21/2004 10:04:01 PM
The only thing I see might be, the back side of the fence could be a bit darker. Since it is in the shadows. But the more I look at it. I think a ten is in order.
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11/21/2004 03:21:11 PM
This is a good photo, made better by the (it looks like) pastel filter added. The composition and colors work well for me.
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11/21/2004 10:17:07 AM
Nice lighting, color and composition. Good job.
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11/21/2004 01:03:30 AM
returning for comments:
A very nice effect, although i would have kept the fence on the right dark. regardless, the image does have a strong impressionistic feel. Good work. The lighting and the high contrast makes it ideal for this challenge. Enchanting. Bumping up again.
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11/20/2004 10:37:23 PM
Very well done. Among my favorites of this challenge. 10
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11/20/2004 05:36:13 PM
A gorgeous shot. Lovin' the colour and an excellent painted look.
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11/19/2004 11:22:17 PM
Looks photoshopped and as such doesn't hold interest to me. I'll come back for a fresh, closer look though. Edit: still think it's photoshop, all the imperfections are just too perfect.
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11/19/2004 08:24:32 PM
Awesome...
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11/18/2004 09:25:54 PM
This should be hanging on a museum wall. Very nice. I loved the texture used to achieve the look, but it seemed to get washed away in the highlights and is the only thing that gives the 'picture' away for what it really is.
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11/17/2004 10:11:20 PM
Lovely, almost on fire.
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11/17/2004 08:53:52 PM
Love the feel. Nicely done
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11/17/2004 07:40:05 PM
The warm colors blend together. I think of early landscape artists when I first viewed this photo. The almost darkened trees and bushes give the right amount of contrast.
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11/17/2004 07:11:25 PM
Very nice, one of my top three, great work.
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11/16/2004 11:07:32 PM
What a beautiful scene. Great post, excellent colours and the fence provides a good lead in to the shot. Well done (9)
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11/16/2004 10:16:48 PM
Never given a ten before this challenge. This is one of 3 I've given. You guys and gals are awesome! Thank you for this photo.
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11/16/2004 05:49:15 PM
Normally textures and effects don't go over too well with me, but I really like the effect used in this case. I'll be interested to read about what you did!
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11/16/2004 02:56:52 AM
I am just not a big fan of using post editing to "make" the picture. I like the idea some others had of using water reflections and shower glass to get the impressionist effect. I am sure that the original picture here was beautiful, but you can't tell because of the post editing.
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11/16/2004 01:20:03 AM
Like: The colors are vibrant and the shadows and highlights pleasing. The movement of the central shrub implies it is windy. The colors are limited which makes the picture easy to look at.
Concern: the texture is to repetitive especially in the darker parts of the picture.
I am only commenting and using a place holder score during this pass.
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11/15/2004 09:31:31 PM
Oh, i love this shot. You really nailed the "Impressionism" theme. Fantastic use of color and motion. How did you edit this? Well done and good luck!
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11/15/2004 09:27:17 PM
You have taken an everyday scene and made it special. The colors and lighting really set the mood. Well done.
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11/15/2004 07:34:00 PM
i think the original would be beautiful in its own right. however, here, the texture is too evenly applied to make it enjoyable.
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11/15/2004 11:35:14 AM
Very nice final result no matter how it was achieved. I love the fence,except I would have liked it to lead me more into the picture, as it is it cuts the picture horizontally.
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11/15/2004 11:04:17 AM
Looks very much like a texture filter from PS, which I really don't care for here. I'm sure your photo didn't need this gimmick, and would have been much better complemented by Gaussian Blur, or similar for this challenge. Besides, this filter looks more like an oil painting than an impressionist watercolour. Do PM me if I'm wrong. 1
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11/15/2004 10:13:19 AM
I'm looking forward to finding out how you accomplished this. Nice impressionistic photo!
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11/15/2004 09:22:34 AM
I LOVE this! This is my choice for a ribbon, I really hope it does well.
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11/15/2004 05:29:35 AM
I really like this one. For my money, I have to say best in show.
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11/15/2004 04:41:55 AM
Wonderful warm image! I really like how this makes me feel......if that makes sense!! I can imagine this image on my wall!!
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11/15/2004 04:26:46 AM
Excellent, I could see paying money for this. The light and shadows and very nice and the image is one that draws me in. 9.
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11/15/2004 01:29:42 AM
Perfect use of light. Great job.
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11/15/2004 01:17:20 AM
Very Van Goghish. One of the best of the group.
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11/15/2004 12:31:42 AM
I like the colors and patterns in this one.
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11/15/2004 12:24:25 AM
Absolutly fantastic and you are one of the few that know what impressionism is. Good job.
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