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Valley Of The Dead
Valley Of The Dead

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Date: Aug 14, 2004
Aperture: 7.4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3000
Galleries: Emotive, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2005

This shot is the original, for the exception of a slight crop.

I shot this during a morning storm as the sun was rising. The "tree" is actually the very top of an otherwise very lively tree. The top was the only dead part of it.

No post processing was done. I let the sun trick the meter, and this was the result.

Place: 190 out of 530
Avg (all users): 5.8886
Avg (commenters): 7.4706
Avg (participants): 5.9094
Avg (non-participants): 5.8235
Views since voting: 1026
Views during voting: 561
Votes: 350
Comments: 20
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/25/2005 10:37:47 AM
Thanks everyone for the votes and comments.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2005 04:53:31 PM
Great photo, just don't care for the title.
01/27/2005 06:24:40 PM
A little unusual and very foreboding looking. Bumping up one.
01/27/2005 04:04:47 PM
i love this shot! great picture!
01/27/2005 07:38:37 AM
Good tonality, good sense of threat, excellent focus.
01/26/2005 11:39:30 PM
I like this shot a lot. Very moody, very dark. I like the almost skeletal look of the branches set against the moonlight. Great clouds with nice, natural colors. The only thing is I think the composition could have been a bit better. Nice job.
01/26/2005 04:05:52 PM
It's Halloween, it's Halloween, the moon is full and bright. One of the shots this challenge that's just fun to sit back and look at. :) I'd like less twig in the moon, which can be fixed either by cloning it out, or moving your feetskies a bit more when you were framing the shot. Makes me think of Bram Stoker, Frankenstein, and random Igors. 8
01/26/2005 12:44:23 PM
Nicely timed and composed photograph, with good detail and not over-saturated. ((8))
01/23/2005 10:50:07 PM
Very eriee. Excellent shot.
01/22/2005 08:32:10 PM
Stark and moody. I'm guessing that is the sun. Part of the appeal of this photograph for me is that this could have been taken in daylight or nighttime. Well done.
01/22/2005 02:12:17 AM
Eerie and excellent 10
01/21/2005 01:03:28 AM
i like this, and know how hard it is to capture. did you try any with a slower shutter to catch the clouds in motion? that can really get creepy. nice work.
01/20/2005 03:57:18 PM
Looks like an horror movie's sky ! well done
01/20/2005 10:52:12 AM
Awesome shot. Looks like a scene from a movie. Keep up the good work and best of luck in 2005. <8>
01/18/2005 12:54:27 PM
01/17/2005 04:52:32 PM
Nice colors and composition
01/17/2005 12:56:20 PM
Very gothic. Great atmosphere.
01/16/2005 01:45:26 PM
Spooky! Lovely craggy arms on that tree! Perfect full-moon capture!
01/16/2005 07:45:17 AM
Very spooky. Looks like an ad for a scarey movie. Love the composition.
01/16/2005 05:06:15 AM
I like the moodiness of this image. Perhaps the tree is slightly too dark - some of the branches disappear against the clouds, but I still really like this.

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