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Challenge: Ansel Adams (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Harwich Port, MA, USA
Date: Mar 2, 2005
Aperture: f:7.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Mar 2, 2005

I got damned lucky, been dreary and grey for the entire challenge period and more of same is predicted. Saw a break in the clouds after some more snow, roared down here in 4WD and managed this and a few other shots.

Desaturated by splitting channels.

Cloned out some minor distractions.

Made 2 selection masks: sky and everything-but-sky.

Adjusted curves on image as a whole to correct for underexposure (used to avoid blowing the sky).

Curves and levels on sky and everything-but-sky separately.

Curves and levels on the lower left diagonal.

Minor neat image for noise.

Resized, USM for presentation.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 292
Avg (all users): 6.7190
Avg (commenters): 8.1000
Avg (participants): 6.3897
Avg (non-participants): 7.1415
Views since voting: 5232
Votes: 242
Comments: 69
Favorites: 33 (view)


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06/04/2014 08:38:13 PM
It didn't take you long to climb up in the big leagues! This is very nice, I love the starkness of the b/w and the composition! The wreath is just icing on the cake!
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06/04/2014 02:39:36 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. The high contrast just makes this jump out. Very nice job.
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05/20/2012 10:09:41 AM
To me this speaks the most of AA in the top ten. I'm going to need to pick your brain on topics such as landscapes and such... Great image.
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01/16/2009 09:36:31 AM
Beautiful collection of tones in this. I'm glad the topic came up again, otherwise I might not have seen this. And for the record, my first DC was the Nikon Coolpix 5400, which I really loved.
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01/15/2009 07:54:04 PM
Bear - having missed this the first time around, I too am delighted to see it now. That wreath on the church alone was a fascinating catch; the technicals make the image outstanding.
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01/14/2009 12:33:01 PM
One of my favorites of yours Robert. Not sure why I hadn't fav'd it before now.
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01/14/2009 11:53:29 AM
Great shot, Robert. Hard to make a cemetery shot interesting, I think, but this is super. That Nikon Coolpix 5700 was my first DC...

Message edited by author 2009-01-14 11:53:47.
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05/03/2006 07:25:52 AM
I've missed seeing your work!!

Stunning piece here.

Inky ;)
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04/30/2006 02:56:25 PM
Nice top 10! Yes I feel Ansel in this shot!

Message edited by author 2006-04-30 14:56:41.
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04/22/2006 05:21:28 PM
Nice light and composition. Great moood too. Excellent work! Regards, B.
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02/10/2006 01:31:48 PM
How'd I miss this?? It is excellent on many levels. The contrast - spot on. The leading line - interesting and perfect to make the eye travel. The symbolism - well that speaks for itself. Great job. I love this very much. Adding to favs right now.
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02/10/2006 01:07:56 PM
Robert...Bear...Ro-bear...this photograph is incredible. :)
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01/09/2006 02:54:52 AM
Very beautiful!
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09/17/2005 02:41:36 PM
I just love this picture. It feels like another time and place. The lighting is great with the long shadows coming off the tombstones and the storm about to rage from above. One of my favorites.
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09/09/2005 07:18:38 AM
Very beautiful shot.. You did something i am still trying to master. Getting detail in the snow..
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06/22/2005 04:05:54 PM
I don't even remeber voting for this when it was the current challenge, but I looks as though I gave it a ten. I just happened upon it when you left me a comment and I looked up your profile. It is nice to be able to enjoy it all over. Nicely done!
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06/17/2005 07:49:16 AM
THis is a great shot- very much like the iceland shots; nice burned sky. awesome.
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04/26/2005 01:20:35 AM
I've obviously been working too much. I haven't seen this shot until just now. This is, sans building, the kind of feel that I was shooting for in my dq'ed cemetary shot. Cold isolation. Forgotten. In a better place? This is an instant favorite!
TC
ps I'm gonna make this my wallpaper till the ol' lady gets depressed and makes me change it... ;-)
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03/20/2005 06:48:12 AM
Robt,
Great work, a compliment to Adams when people like you produce such wonderful pictures. One day when I am big, I wanna take a picture like this!
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03/20/2005 04:15:59 AM
awesome photo my dear friend :-)...your perfection shows, as always.
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03/15/2005 09:19:21 PM
Again, I must pay my respects Robert. Your image is up to 6th place. higher is always better.
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03/15/2005 11:18:38 AM
Terrific shot! I really love this one. A small window of time to get the shot and no footprints in the snow. A bit of luck was on your side but your skill shows through. Congrats!
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03/14/2005 09:11:10 PM
Congratulations on a top ten finish with this great image!!Beautifully and expertly done from the compostition to the beautiful tones in this b/w.
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03/14/2005 06:27:11 PM
Way to go Robert, that is just a fantastic photo.

Top ten in this contest is really something to be proud of !
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03/14/2005 03:24:52 PM
This is an image to be proud of, no matter where it finishes in a challenge. Congratulations on a wonderful photo Robert.
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03/14/2005 01:44:20 PM
Honest to goodness, masterfully done. Congratulations, and thanks.
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03/14/2005 01:00:26 PM
My favorite of the challenge (besides mine :))
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03/14/2005 10:36:45 AM
Congrats on 7th place!

Sure glad we do not have all that white stuff :)
I'm preparing my Hummingbird/Butterfly garden for the summer and getting ready to start digging for my new pond :)
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03/14/2005 09:00:38 AM
Very nice--congrats on your top 10!
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03/14/2005 07:23:21 AM
I knew this pic will be in the top ten. This is a fantastic pic, I really liked it since I saw it. Add to my fav.
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03/14/2005 03:40:27 AM
perfect composition
i like the agressive tonal touch in contrast to the peaceful scenery
extremely deserved top-10 finish
congratulations Robert
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03/14/2005 02:27:05 AM
Robbed of a ribbon, IMO--
What amazing photo!
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03/14/2005 02:16:09 AM
Superb shot!! Congrats on your top 10 placing in this very tough challenge!
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03/14/2005 02:01:01 AM
Wow!
Superb composition & tones.
Congrats on 7th place and beating the master himself on this one.
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03/14/2005 01:47:36 AM
I've been away Robert, so I'm seeing this challenge for the first time right now. This is great; it does everything you & Ed Clarke suggested in a forum would be required to do well. Full tonal range, with retained detail at every point on that range, etc, etc. Plus it's a damn fine photograph even without its AA tribute qualities. Congratulations on this & on your exceptional contribution to the DPC community.
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03/14/2005 12:54:31 AM
Congratulations on your top ten :) Stunning picture :)
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03/14/2005 12:53:03 AM
congrats bear, this is gorgeous
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03/14/2005 12:41:31 AM
Great job Robert, good to see your tremendous contribution to this site being rewarded in the score department - just a shame you had to pick such a hotly contested challenge to turn out a 6.7.
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03/14/2005 12:36:34 AM
Congrats on a top ten finish robert. I liked this composition very much, and would of gave higher than my 7 I gave you if you had bolder light. Your tonal range is great so you almost pulled it off. However, a great finish on an almost perfect photograph.
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03/14/2005 12:34:35 AM
Congrats on a great shot. Better AA image than mine. Persoanlly, I like this one a lot better than the sorta similar actual AA image in the challenge. :)
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03/14/2005 12:18:16 AM
Robert: congratulations on your top ten finish. A smashing image with good tonal control. A good score to boot.
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03/14/2005 12:17:45 AM
Your best score yet! Congatulations Robert!
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03/14/2005 12:15:22 AM
congrats on your top 10 - a wonderful photo.
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03/14/2005 12:14:20 AM
Top 10! Great job on a non-traditional subject. Well deserved.
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03/14/2005 12:12:52 AM
oooh...i love this! congrats on top 10!
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03/14/2005 12:10:00 AM
Congratulations on this well deserved place! Stunning feel and look to this awesome picture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/13/2005 10:56:30 PM
Good general texture and interesting angle.
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03/13/2005 10:16:16 AM
love the old feel here
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03/13/2005 10:07:00 AM
Very nice contrast...nice job. Good luck
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03/12/2005 08:55:16 AM
Wow, great shadows, perspective, and subject.
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03/11/2005 10:51:52 PM
This is a gorgeous photograph-my favorite of the challenge! The contrasts of b + w and the shades of grey in between are beautiful. The darkness of the clouds, the way the white of the church stands out, the textures of the graves, as well as the walls of the church - these are all things that stand out to me.
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03/11/2005 06:16:30 PM
Wow, this is good! The post processing is a little bit visible at the boundary of the barn roof and the sky, which spoils it a bit or me. Still a 9
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03/11/2005 01:05:51 AM
Nice photo, excellent range of tones.
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03/10/2005 07:10:21 PM
Great contrasts with the black headstones and white snow. Wonderful photo.
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03/10/2005 05:30:43 PM
Perfect exposure and a wonderful composition! I like it!
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03/10/2005 03:47:29 PM
I really like the composition and the contrast here. If anything, I find the snow in the centre just a touch too bright.
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03/09/2005 04:24:22 PM
Wow!! drama.....I wonder...could it be possible to create this using a longer exposure?? this way creating more motion in the clouds for more impact??
Anyway I love your image!
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03/08/2005 08:51:31 PM
this is a great photo... gets a 10 from me :)
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03/08/2005 03:16:14 PM
Great shot in a tricky metering situation. Very well done... one of my few tens.
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03/08/2005 08:36:03 AM
This is exquisite. Fabulous composition, I love the textures in the church and the contrasts are just right and the grain in the sky really adds to the feel of the shot. Bumping to a 9
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03/08/2005 08:30:07 AM
Very good composition and great editing.
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03/08/2005 07:26:36 AM
Nice contrast. good job.
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03/08/2005 02:29:49 AM
your contrast could use some improvement to bring out the light more
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03/08/2005 02:23:34 AM
Great shot! I am very attracted to the bright, bright whites with such deep, black shapes. Good eye.
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03/07/2005 10:44:49 PM
Wonderful capture!
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03/07/2005 08:58:40 PM
This shot crys to be in B&W. Great find works well. 10
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03/07/2005 01:29:49 PM
Nice contrasts and sharpness
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03/07/2005 05:10:51 AM
This is an outstanding black and white image and the headstones in the foreground give a great sense of depth, just like Ansel used to do. :-) There's a bit of noise in the sky, but that's easy to deal with after the challenge. Very nice job!
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03/07/2005 12:12:31 AM
Very lovely point of view. Tones are very nicely handled. Sky is a bit grainy, but who cares? 9
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