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dsidwell


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Challenge: Rain (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Transportation
Camera: Sony DSC-F828
Location: Near Woodside, Utah USA
Date: Aug 8, 2005
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2005

This large thundercloud threatened us on Route 6, about 30 miles south of Price, Utah, USA.

There was actually lots of traffic, and I only had a few seconds for each shot as I stood in the middle of the road--for both my safety and to have an absence of cars.

I didn't do a whole lot to this image, but I did use unsharp mask several times with several strengths. The most radical was at 140 radius, threshold of 8, and at about 30 percent. This cleaned up the haze a lot. Other sharpens were for real sharpening, and different areas of the photo required different settings.

This is a very lovely road, with the Book Cliffs on the east and the stunning Wasatch Plateau to the far west. This photo looks north to avoid any mountains or cliffs.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 228
Avg (all users): 7.2379
Avg (commenters): 8.0400
Avg (participants): 6.9538
Avg (non-participants): 7.4420
Views since voting: 12889
Views during voting: 634
Votes: 311
Comments: 93
Favorites: 40 (view)


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10/08/2005 03:10:27 PM
awesome shot. This reminds me of that poster for the movie production company, I can't remember the name. I think your work is fabolous and this is a shot few people can make.
08/26/2005 11:25:15 PM
David,
Congratulations on your 2nd, looks like it's good times for the boys from Utah!
08/26/2005 11:46:02 AM
Congratulations, David, it's good to see you on the front page again!

My family and I just came back on Tuesday from almost your neck of the woods - we went to WYoming (again!) for about 10 days. Sure saw a number of scenes like this one. It's so beautiful.

Congratulations again!
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08/26/2005 12:32:27 AM
I was just thinking the other week, "Where has David gone lately?"
What a way to come back! :) Great shot and congrats!
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08/23/2005 09:30:19 PM
Eerie with great inner movement. Congratulations on your RED.
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08/23/2005 03:49:52 AM
Well taken
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08/23/2005 02:55:26 AM
well done on the ribbon..well deserved!!

Intrigued about the sharpening methods you used. Maybe you could write an article/let me know how you did it ;)

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08/23/2005 02:05:46 AM
Angry skies, well-depicted here David.
Congrats on the placement and the Red!
Nice job on the processing too btw.
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08/22/2005 07:49:49 PM
David congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!
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08/22/2005 07:38:12 PM
Many congratulations - a wonderful shot
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08/22/2005 06:30:02 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. Way to go. This is great - as I stated earlier.
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08/22/2005 05:02:01 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this beautiful composition! Great work!
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08/22/2005 02:54:56 PM
Certainly getting to dump mega rain down.
Congrats on your ribbon!
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08/22/2005 01:24:45 PM
Ahh, I miss Utah :) This is an incredible shot, David! I can't believe you got this great shot with all the traffic and there's not a car in your photo! I'll be back there in October and hope to get some beautiful shots myself. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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08/22/2005 10:04:13 AM
Well looky here. This is an awesome shot and well deserved ribbon. Congrats!
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08/22/2005 09:54:54 AM
Wow, thanks for the comments and votes! There are a lot of very strong images in this challenge; I'm quite surprised at this result.

Some had questioned whether I was going through this storm--the fact is, I had just barely come through it. Luckily, we were behind a large truck for the rain was amazing and coming down by the bucket load. We really couldn't see a thing and had considered stopping. But just as we (my wife and I) were about to pull over, it stopped very suddenly. We went a bit further and I stopped to get the photo. I do wish I were just a few feet to the right--but was afraid of traffic behind me.

Thanks again!
08/22/2005 08:55:36 AM
Congratulations on another red ribbon!!
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08/22/2005 08:04:59 AM
Great shot David, well diserved ribbon
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08/22/2005 07:28:34 AM
awesome
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08/22/2005 06:31:53 AM
Fantastic capture. Congratulations on 2nd place.
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08/22/2005 06:14:34 AM
beautiful shot, david! congrats on your ribbon!
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08/22/2005 06:02:40 AM
Absolutely stunning ! Congratulations !
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08/22/2005 05:12:46 AM
Congrats Dave! Long time no see.
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08/22/2005 02:54:02 AM
Good work the exposure and contrast is right on the money to give the stormy look.
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08/22/2005 02:43:26 AM
Excellent! Like the drama of the impending storm. And yes...David is back!!!!

Manny
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08/22/2005 02:36:52 AM
Long stretch on that road there... Congratulations on this fantistic well exposed incredible shot! I love the clouds and all the grays.
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08/22/2005 02:29:40 AM
David is back!!!! Great!
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08/22/2005 02:14:07 AM
I love this shot....I had it winning. Congrats on 2nd!
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08/22/2005 02:06:57 AM
Nice job, hot country where that is. Even so, makes me nostalgic.
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08/22/2005 01:03:42 AM
Congrats! Nicely done.
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08/22/2005 12:50:40 AM
Excellent shot for rain. I hope you weren't driving into the storm, but maybe this great finish was worth it if you were! Congratulations.
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08/22/2005 12:30:53 AM
awesome! congrats!
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08/22/2005 12:11:59 AM
Beautifully moody shot. Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/22/2005 12:10:44 AM
Congrats on your win!
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08/22/2005 12:08:42 AM
Congrats-Very cool shot!
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08/22/2005 12:06:15 AM
I skipped the voting on this challenge. Now I wish I hadn't.... this is just awesome!
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08/22/2005 12:04:36 AM
Congratulations David! Great shot.
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08/22/2005 12:04:11 AM
well done this is gorgeous!!!!
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08/22/2005 12:03:04 AM
Way to go! Congratulations on the ribbon with a terrific shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2005 11:54:36 PM
bumping up to a 10. it's haunting.
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08/21/2005 03:58:00 AM
VERY dramatic shot. I love the lines of the road, and the proportion of earth to sky seems perfect. The difference in color to gray is great too. Outstanding shot.
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08/20/2005 08:51:39 PM
seems a bit grainy, but i like it for this shot. bumped up
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08/20/2005 08:33:18 PM
Intense. Great contrast and composition. 10
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08/20/2005 06:05:07 PM
Fantastic shot. Reminds me of storms at home! Midwest USA or possibly Wyoming or Montana?
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08/20/2005 04:05:10 PM
i love how you can see the rain coming down in the distance!!! what a storm! the warmth of the road and grass is an excellent contrast to the cooler tones of the sky. just awesome.
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08/20/2005 03:43:51 PM
wow....beautiful...
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08/20/2005 11:55:01 AM
Beautiful shot. Love the crispness of the clouds and the trails of the rain in the background. 9
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08/20/2005 02:37:23 AM
Great picture, must be a lot of DPCer who live in the middle of nowhere.
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08/19/2005 05:20:58 PM
Way cool! Great job!
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08/19/2005 12:58:31 PM
WOW - this is amazing - I can almost hear the thunder ....
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08/18/2005 11:03:06 PM
This is a menacing yet calming photo at the same time. I'm a bit hesitant about the blown detail to the right but it seems like the dark clouds offsets the image and balances things out. 7.
08/18/2005 07:46:34 PM
I suspect the apparently tilted horizon is an optical illusion - I sometimes feel it is better to cheat things a little to correct those, as illusion or no it disturbs the ba;ance of the image somewhat. The absolute darkness of the clouds feels unreal, especially given the contrast with the flatness of the light on the land.
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08/18/2005 04:32:11 PM
Great perspective shot. The colors and DOF are great. Very nice job.
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08/18/2005 11:09:27 AM
Great capture; nice use of thirds and the vanishing point.
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08/18/2005 04:54:59 AM
Nice capture...excellent lighting.
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08/18/2005 02:46:10 AM
this has to be one my favorite photos in the challenge. the composition is amazing and the capture is just magnificent.
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08/18/2005 02:39:41 AM
Good capture. Intense.
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08/17/2005 08:13:05 PM
wow!! awesome! one of the best!
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08/17/2005 06:42:28 PM
Awsome colors!
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08/17/2005 06:06:57 PM
Very nice rain curtain. I love the leading lines up to it wih green fields on each side. Nice drama in the clouds too. Great job!
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08/17/2005 05:49:44 PM
Nice..........
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08/17/2005 01:46:25 PM
Wow!!! I Love the dramatic sky, light and composition. My favourite.
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08/17/2005 01:06:44 PM
beautifully composed and captured, this is a stunning image well suited to the challenge
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08/17/2005 12:34:30 PM
VERY GOOD-top 10 I bet!
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08/17/2005 11:42:38 AM
great storm shot. Contrasts nice too.
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08/17/2005 09:04:54 AM
excellent, one of my top for the challenge
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08/17/2005 09:04:40 AM
very nice and sure to do very well
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08/17/2005 05:38:28 AM
Love road shots, and this one is very nice indeed. Glad you chose a straight & unremarkable bit of road; it directs the attention to the key point of your image, and contributes to the feel of it, without getting in the way. 7
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08/16/2005 11:49:22 PM
Time for a U-Turn
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08/16/2005 11:42:05 PM
This is technically superb. An excellent image worthy of high marks. Good luck!
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08/16/2005 07:34:41 PM
In top 3 ..... I score it 10+++
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08/16/2005 07:14:22 PM
Great capture of the full scope of an impending storm
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08/16/2005 06:15:09 PM
The leading lines of the road going into the storm, and the division of the picture into earth/space/clouds is particularly effective. However the slight shift to the left kinda bothers me. It is not enough to feel like it is on a stable "third spot" but not centered enough to give the picture a stable feeling. Knowing how some people are uneasy before a storm, though, that might help establish the mood.
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08/16/2005 05:46:13 PM
By the time you're there it's all over. :)
Good subject matter, technically good. The brightness on top is a bit distracting, it draws the eye out of the rainstorm. I would like to see a tighter crop tat focusses more on the road and the dark clouds. 7
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08/16/2005 04:23:24 PM
wow, hate to have to drive into that mess! Very cool ~9~
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08/16/2005 01:06:51 PM
Nice shot. The colors are great and I love the textures in the clouds.
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08/16/2005 01:06:39 PM
Super image - I love it.
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08/16/2005 12:16:44 PM
just wonderful! such a dramatic shot!
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08/16/2005 08:43:07 AM
this is amazing, i really like it, keep doing it, amazing
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08/15/2005 09:06:24 PM
10!
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08/15/2005 05:12:39 PM
Beautiful photo! What an amazing storm sky!! Great capture!
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08/15/2005 04:55:32 PM
dramatic dodge and burn. icelandic? a sense of the poetic in the selection of the composition and crop. 8
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08/15/2005 04:45:37 PM
amazing sharp!!!
great angle close to surface
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08/15/2005 04:29:21 PM
Cool. Great capture...
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08/15/2005 04:19:33 PM
10
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08/15/2005 04:01:05 PM
Very nice open road shot. Very attractive perspective. Sky look very interesting. I suspect some burning was applyed on those clouds; it may be my monitor, but the clouds on the left side are definately too dark, almost to the point of detail lost. 8
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08/15/2005 03:19:28 PM
I like the toned-down, ominous feeling of the colors here. Also, really great road shot - the lines of the road and the lines of rain on the horizon are very nice.
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08/15/2005 02:17:04 PM
Wonderful shot, heavily dislike the border though which keeps pulling my eye away from the photo. The photo feel like it may need rotating ACW a tad.
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08/15/2005 07:03:04 AM
nice
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08/15/2005 05:19:35 AM
Waauw!!! I hope you were sitting in a car and not on a bike!
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08/15/2005 04:23:33 AM
Nice shot, like the burning in, and the depth that the road provides the overall scene.
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08/15/2005 01:02:54 AM
I love storm clouds. These are stunning. They are a perfect contrast to the yellow tones of the grass and the stripes of the highway. Good one.
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08/15/2005 12:59:46 AM
Great subject and seriously outstanding composition. Very nice job with this shot.
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