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Daffodils, Washington State
Daffodils, Washington State
jbsmithana


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Ansel Adams (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Skagit Valley, Washington
Date: Mar 3, 2005
Aperture: F22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2005

Crop, auto exposure and contrast, darken shadows and midtones, enhance highlights, clean image, sharpen, convert to b/w, dodge dark cloud areas, reduce size, re-sharpen

Original date/time: 2005:03:02 13:50:13
Exposure time: 1/125
Shutter speed: 1/125.00
F-stop: 22.0
ISO speed: 200
Focal length: 22.0000
Focal length (35mm): 33
Flash: Not fired
Orientation: Top-left
Aperture: 8.9189
Exposure bias: -2.3300
Metering mode: Pattern
Exposure program: Aperture priority
Camera make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera model: NIKON D70

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 292
Avg (all users): 6.6973
Avg (commenters): 7.9167
Avg (participants): 6.4545
Avg (non-participants): 6.9915
Views since voting: 3587
Votes: 261
Comments: 37
Favorites: 2 (view)


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08/05/2009 02:52:24 PM
WOW .. fantastic shot .. love your perspective and processing .. :)
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11/02/2008 09:34:35 AM
Great work with the sky.
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06/15/2007 10:45:11 PM
This is beautiful.
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11/13/2005 11:08:27 PM
Excellent black and white. The clouds in combination with the perfect rows of flowers - WOW what an image. Think I'm adding to favs RIGHT NOW.
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11/13/2005 11:04:03 PM
Wow! Excellent b/w conversion. How did you get such a clean b/w conversion? I really like that.
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09/08/2005 10:43:24 AM
Gorgeous photo! Makes me seriously homesick! (I grew up in the Skagit Valley, Sedro-Woolley to be exact).
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06/20/2005 08:55:19 AM
Excellent. Great contrast. The clouds are well done.
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03/19/2005 12:45:11 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

A great photo, as evidenced by the top 10 finish. But I must admit that it isn't one of my favorites. I don't like the way the photo is split in half by the clouds in the middle, and think it would be a lot stronger if the top third or so was cropped off, leaving a 3:1 panorama. I also find the white line in the clouds just above the mountain to left of center somewhat distracting, although that's minor.

I do like this in black and white; it makes the viewer focus on the wonderful lines and textures rather than the expanse of yellow.
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03/14/2005 01:13:16 AM
Way to go, JB! This was among my top picks. 2 of your last 5 entries have been in the top 10. Congratulations!!!
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03/14/2005 12:38:54 AM
Great shot and very Ansel Adams like. I thought this was processed very well and very similar to some of Adams' work.

This was one of my top three picks for the challenge.
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03/14/2005 12:19:57 AM
Hurrah for the daffodils. An impressive field image. Congratulations on your top ten finish.

Message edited by author 2005-03-14 00:20:31.
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03/14/2005 12:17:11 AM
Thanks for all the great comments. I agree with the tree distraction and the need for a potent central focus. Wish I could have had the whole lower third with daffs but oh well, I'm more than happy with the finish. Thanks again.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/13/2005 10:50:04 PM
amazing DOF !! great tone range
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03/13/2005 02:08:14 PM
you've capture the dramatic lighting and sky, well composed, interesting subject... one of my favorites this challenge
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03/13/2005 10:19:50 AM
Fabulous depth & perpective!
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03/12/2005 03:26:12 PM
A strong 'treated' sky (a bit too dramatic for me) but the rows of crops are just too super-sharp. The scene is nice enough but lacks that potent focal point which was so mucha trademark of AA.
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03/12/2005 07:46:00 AM
The clouds are great. I like the sharpness in the foreground.
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03/12/2005 12:58:50 AM
Confusion sets in. Your title says the subject should be the dafodils, but your shot says that the subject should be the sky. Discarding the title, the sky alone is not enough to create a lasting impression.
TC
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03/11/2005 06:18:18 PM
Very dramatic, well done! A 10 for me...
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03/11/2005 05:21:15 AM
Very nicely done. This belongs on a calendar. <8>
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03/10/2005 11:30:45 AM
Beautiful landscape! Excellent perspective and tones. 7
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03/10/2005 11:29:32 AM
Good editing and the subject and composition is fine too.
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03/10/2005 02:57:50 AM
Excellent sky work, nice shot
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03/09/2005 09:54:12 PM
Excellent work
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03/09/2005 06:05:48 AM
Very beautiful... like the rows of flowers and then those low clowds.
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03/08/2005 07:55:07 PM
I love the depth..the way the lines draw the eye..beautifully done..10
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03/08/2005 08:55:47 AM
Just coming back to comment on this photo. To me, this is the best example of Ansel Adams like work. The contrast, the whole spectrum from black to white is there. My only minor nitpick to the picture is the tree intruding on the right side of the pciture. That is minor, but if it hadn't been there, this would be perfect. Still giving a 10, because this picture has drawn me back and seems like it should be in the ribbons or top 10.
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03/07/2005 06:11:21 PM
Excellent compositional choice with a grand sky overhead revealing the wide range of AA style zone B/W photography. Thanks.
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03/07/2005 01:42:50 PM
very nice capture.
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03/07/2005 11:47:03 AM
A definite contender...
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03/07/2005 11:32:50 AM
awesome clouds
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03/07/2005 10:14:29 AM
Much drama in the clouds, don't know if the proportions could have been better on the ground i.e. if you had stood nearer to the vegetation? Like it though
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03/07/2005 09:24:20 AM
my fav so far
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03/07/2005 06:44:22 AM
Incredible image. Great sky, well detailed wide DOF shot and sharpened in the Adams style. Even the name fits the Adams style. Ribbon territory for this shot.
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03/07/2005 02:39:52 AM
About as pure an Ansel as we have in this challenge. Wonderful sky work. The bit of tee on the right is a definite negative. Very strong entry.
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03/07/2005 12:38:55 AM
what a shame this had to be black and white - I bet the original is breath-taking!
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03/07/2005 12:16:04 AM
Very exciting point of view. Leading lines are great! Some of your clouds are a bit blown out, but still a nice shot. 8
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