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Challenge: Cemetery (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5100
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Date: Mar 21, 2005
Aperture: F/5.7
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/635
Galleries: Urban, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2005

Taken at San José's General Cemetery near closing time.
Post Processing: Rotate, Crop, Automatic Levels, Automatic Contrast, Light and Shadows Adjustments, Neat Image, Resize.

More details HERE.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 281
Avg (all users): 7.2217
Avg (commenters): 8.4815
Avg (participants): 7.0388
Avg (non-participants): 7.5405
Views since voting: 21673
Views during voting: 431
Votes: 203
Comments: 78
Favorites: 39 (view)


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09/07/2006 07:14:46 PM
Nice photo! Way to put that Fuji to good use!
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05/26/2006 05:14:14 PM
A great photograph (kinda obvious from your blue... :)

Wanted also to say ta for your 'more details' link, really interesting, and useful too for peeps like me who are learning PS :)



Message edited by author 2006-05-26 17:14:57.
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09/27/2005 07:25:14 PM
love it-so powerful.
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07/22/2005 11:31:51 PM
How the heck did I miss the at the time of the challenge? Now a favorite.
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06/20/2005 02:22:34 PM
agreed, looks fake
05/17/2005 07:19:08 AM
It is a wonderful light, gave to the theme a vision of beautiful.
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04/09/2005 09:43:20 PM
Congrats on your finish. Beautiful.
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04/07/2005 10:43:18 AM
Although I don't understand how the clouds could be so much lighter just around the top section of the cross, this is an outstanding photo -- great concept and visual impact.
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04/06/2005 12:59:56 AM
Originally posted by davidspyle:

Told you so!!


Balls! . . . Senor . . .
dare I say crystal balls!? :-)

How about crystal huevos, then?! ;-)
04/05/2005 09:59:11 PM
Congratulations on your well desreved blue ribbon, a beautiful image very well presented!
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04/05/2005 09:58:21 PM
Congratulations on your well desreved blue ribbon, a beautiful image very well presented!
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04/05/2005 07:29:26 PM
Originally posted by davidspyle:

Told you so!!


I'd like to have a crystal ball like yours... ;-)
04/05/2005 06:31:16 PM
Told you so!!
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04/05/2005 02:38:32 PM
I would also love to see the original. I may be too much of a skeptic, but the halo around the top of the cross looks 100% post.

If I'm wrong can somebody please explain how to do that? It looks amazing and I would love to learn how to capture something like that naturally.

Message edited by author 2005-04-05 14:39:02.
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04/05/2005 08:45:04 AM
This was one of my top picks, well deserved. Very beautiful shot well deserved ribbon.
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04/05/2005 06:19:11 AM
I didn't get to vote on this picture, but rest assured I'd have given it an 11 if that were possible! Fantastic! I love the halo around the stone too, how did you do that?

Message edited by author 2005-04-05 06:20:01.
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04/05/2005 03:41:11 AM


Congrats!!!! Blue death: i'll go for it!!!!
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04/05/2005 03:13:56 AM
What a delightful image - beautifully lit. I think the post processing has added great impact. For me, I feel that the gravestones would benefit from a bit of contrast and cleaning up, as it seems that we are wallowing in a dirty environment, whereas hopefully we are in a heavenly environment after death. Thinking more deeply, the treatment has successfully contrasted the darkness of this world with the glory of the heavenly, shown by the brightness of the sun. I love the light rays, and would be most interested to see the first image as it was captured.

I am just buying a new digicam, and wonder if I should have bought one of these, as I am most impressed with the picture.

Every success to the photographer, who I am sure will go far

Adrian
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04/05/2005 02:39:49 AM
Originally posted by nfessel:

this was edited to death.


All the editing done to the original image is described above. And it would even be valid under Basic Editing.
To my jugdement, photographic integrity is maintained. My purpose was to enhance textures and contrasts already present in the original image. I didn't even use sharpen filters or masks of any kind.
04/04/2005 11:05:15 PM
Incredible. I don't know how you did it, but the light you captured here is amazing. I edited your original file, and I agree, the processing you did here is minimal. Added to favorites.

Message edited by author 2005-04-05 23:04:45.
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04/04/2005 02:09:16 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon Roberto! It really was inevitable that you were to get one sooner than later and this photo is simply a validation of your excellent work. GO FUJI!!
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04/04/2005 12:39:09 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Excellent photograph.

Paula
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04/04/2005 11:53:45 AM
Congrats!!!!
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04/04/2005 10:56:27 AM
A majestic image which fills the frame with that timeless feel. Congratulations on your blue.
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04/04/2005 10:16:35 AM
Breathtaking... Well done & congratulations!
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04/04/2005 10:15:05 AM
Congatulations on the Blue. Well done.
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04/04/2005 09:40:09 AM
Congratulations Roberto, for this wonderful image, and for your first blue ribbon. Good job!
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04/04/2005 09:23:12 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. A beautiful capture. I love the sunray.
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04/04/2005 08:47:22 AM
Congratulation on your blue ribbon. The lighting and sky are lovely.
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04/04/2005 07:38:33 AM
Very nice, main area of attention looks photoshopped - hope it isn't though as it would be DQ'ed - either way still a top notch pic. Thumbnail does it no justice.

Would like to see original?
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04/04/2005 07:34:12 AM
quite nice, I would hacve like a bit more contrast on the concrete parts, but heck- YOU are the blue ribbon winner!
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04/04/2005 05:22:24 AM
skies are cool but I think you could have done a better job photoshoping this one though!
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04/04/2005 03:58:31 AM
Very well composed shot. Be it luck or not, the lighting was perfect.
Congrats on your Blue Ribbon here.
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04/04/2005 03:15:03 AM
It looks like I got my wish, you really deserved it. I knew you would win.
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04/04/2005 02:17:35 AM
Congratulations ! Well deserved ribbon !
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04/04/2005 01:20:34 AM
Thanks a lot to all of you for your comments and high scores. This is a first for me in many ways, and it's really encouraging.
04/04/2005 01:14:05 AM
Outstanding! I knew this was winner. Congratulations!
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04/04/2005 01:02:20 AM
Breath taking!!!! Awesome!!!
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04/04/2005 12:48:10 AM
Awesome shot! I love the cloud detail. Congratulations!
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04/04/2005 12:13:51 AM
Simply stunning.
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04/04/2005 12:03:47 AM
Groovy use of sharpening to create a surreal halo. Nice work!
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04/04/2005 12:03:20 AM
Great loved the shot
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04/04/2005 12:03:14 AM
Congrats on your blue. The best photos in this challenge in my estimation were the vertical layouts (portrait not landscape) emphasizing the relationship between the earthly and heavenly realms. Your photo beautifully portrays the glory of the realm beyond earth, emanating from the cross: excellence in both technical photography and theology. Thanks for this wonder!
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04/04/2005 12:01:57 AM
Congrats on the blue for an excellent image... amazing what a few clouds can do for a composition! Great job!
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04/04/2005 12:01:54 AM
Well-deserved ribbon! Congrats! BTW, love the title.
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04/04/2005 12:01:09 AM
WOW !!!! CONGRATS!!! Awesome, you deserve it.
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04/04/2005 12:00:59 AM
congrats, this is awesome!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2005 11:46:25 PM
Love everything about this photo, the subject, the background and the title! Great Job!
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04/03/2005 05:25:42 PM
Nice,( no wonder they wanted DQ!)
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04/03/2005 04:00:30 PM
What outstanding light. I very much like the choice of composition, don't know if I'm too much on the "glow" around the headstone... perhaps done a litte less strongly?
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04/02/2005 10:48:58 PM
The only thing I can say about this image is WOW 10
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04/02/2005 05:56:48 PM
Awesome composition and choice of colors. I absolutely love how it fits with the theme.
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04/02/2005 05:52:03 PM
Beautiful capture...wonderful color and light balance. Got to be one of the top three.
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04/02/2005 04:21:06 PM
Wow......9
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04/01/2005 06:26:28 PM
Just beautiful, not easy with that theme.
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04/01/2005 10:14:45 AM
Very nice.
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04/01/2005 08:38:17 AM
Very powerful image Probably would have been even more effective to have cropped out -- or more of -- the base. A little too much dead space in the lower left hand corner for me! In any case, excelent shot!
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03/31/2005 10:58:07 AM
This is beautifully composed and presented. whether photoshopped to de-saturate the lower third and emphasize the sky formation i can't tell, but doesnt matter to me cuz its a very balanced image. If you did I can't tell which shows skill in not over-doing it. either way great work!
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03/31/2005 08:16:17 AM
I am making two passes on this Challenge. I will vote on your photo then return later(before voting is over) to comment on what I like and dislike about your shot. You can take the comments however you wish and I will try not to be mean. Just don't take it the wrong way.
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I like this. The lighting is perfect. Nice clouds and a nice bright blue sky. My eye goes from the clouds to the big cross then to the smaller ones. Good job 10
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03/30/2005 05:27:52 PM
god almighty..this is impressive!!
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03/30/2005 03:42:40 AM
This is utterly spectacular. Even the unfortunately tight cropping right an bottom can't do much damage.
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03/30/2005 02:10:44 AM
beautiful sky. great composition...hope you ribbon
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03/29/2005 11:58:20 PM
Excellent shot! 9
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03/29/2005 09:05:41 PM
I see a ribbon in your future!
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03/29/2005 03:44:37 PM
Breathtaking!
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03/29/2005 11:44:48 AM
This is very beautiful the sky is amazing and i like the angle.
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03/29/2005 09:41:59 AM
the clouds make it, very dramatic
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03/29/2005 05:23:23 AM
Hauntingly beautiful. One of the nicest shots. I find that if you would have cropped this from half-way up the wall, the photo would be more powerful. Remarkable, none the less.
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03/28/2005 11:42:48 PM
Nicely done...a vey powerful image.
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03/28/2005 05:29:28 PM
you create a perfect mood with this pic
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03/28/2005 03:20:59 PM
i have heard that luck is the nexus of opportunity and preparation. Luckt you to get this sky which makes this shot sing. hard angles of crosses`and walls and lihtbeams against the curves of the clouds, best so far.
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03/28/2005 01:59:22 PM
nice, top marks
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03/28/2005 01:04:30 PM
Absolutely beautiful! Great job! I love it! 10
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03/28/2005 12:56:51 PM
what great timing, may provide you a ribbon. great shot.
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03/28/2005 10:21:08 AM
beautiful
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03/28/2005 09:01:21 AM
wow - amazing image 9
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03/28/2005 08:51:25 AM
Very nice. The light ray seams like is coming from the cross. Good work on it. Congratulations. You will have an excellente score. 10
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03/28/2005 05:24:44 AM
Magnificent!
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