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..::: Eternal Country Life :::..  (in Infrared)
..::: Eternal Country Life :::.. (in Infrared)

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Challenge: Country Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS
Location: Civil War Graveyard lost in a corn field, Illinois
Date: Jun 22, 2003
Date Uploaded: Jun 22, 2003

Moving from the city to the country (real cornfield stix country that is) has taught me one huge lesson. The city makes death a horrible thing, while in the country it is a very natural thing. They embrace it as part of the cycle. Hard concept for me to understand but an infinitely better way of going threw life IMO.

This is a civil war graveyard that is in the middle of a cornfield. I am in the middle of shooting a "Graveyard in IR series" and thought this find a couple days ago really fit the bill.

The first thing I thought of when I saw the topic was the opposite. I hope most here understand how they go hand in hand...

Shot with a Canon Pro 90 and a Hoya 72 IR filter. Switched the Red and Blue channels in PS. That's it.

Thanks... Dave

Place: 10 out of 249
Avg (all users): 6.6883
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 6.6325
Avg (non-participants): 6.7456
Views since voting: 3080
Votes: 231
Comments: 36
Favorites: 11 (view)

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07/02/2003 07:09:15 PM
I was astounded to see that you did not place in top three in that challenge. It's a head shaker. I ran the vote pattern through a statistical analysis to see what was going on, and concluded that there was no unusual voting, just a plain old "gaussian" or normal distribution, albeit with a high standard deviation. I cannot explain this other than to hypothesize that some people just did not understand your submission.
I've had a similar experience with one of my submissions, with an even worse score. Granted, my photo was not nearly as good as yours. I voted yours a 10, BTW, one of only a few I have given in over 8,000 votes.
Don't take to heart the votes of those who seemingly have little imagination. You met the challenge, you submitted a strikingly beautiful, thought-provoking image, and many of us recognized that. Have fun with your photography, and please do continue to contribute to the site.

07/02/2003 07:16:14 AM
This will be my last challenge for a while, if not forever. Thanks for all the kind words... Dave

Message edited by author 2003-07-02 09:48:56.
07/02/2003 04:44:59 AM
I was also sure this one would win!
07/02/2003 04:18:34 AM
This was my favourite shot, and I am surprised it finished up in 11th! I was so sure this would ribbon!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/01/2003 06:18:20 AM
Very nice picture. Nice composition
07/01/2003 02:57:33 AM
my favorite one so far!10
06/30/2003 05:55:36 PM
I have been trying for months to produce images like this, I would love to know how you produce those colors, absolutely stunning image -10
06/30/2003 03:32:09 AM
OKAY, now I have to buy an infrared filter!! This is just an awesome shot!! Great DOF and focus
06/30/2003 12:49:14 AM
06/29/2003 10:13:43 PM
Kinda cool, but...what is it....? a cactus?
06/29/2003 04:31:15 PM
truely haunting
06/28/2003 09:21:45 AM
Excellent image and idea. thanks
06/28/2003 05:51:05 AM
Interesting photo and effect. Border a little uneven.7
06/28/2003 03:12:23 AM
This did not need the border... it was great without it. stil very nice.9
06/27/2003 08:13:48 PM
Nice image.. not on brief..
06/27/2003 04:13:02 PM
I'm not sure if I really like this shot or if I'm creeped out. This was actually somewhere?? What a creepy cool place. I like your balance and use of shapes and negative space though. It makes a good backwards "L" shape that your eye follows back and forth. Well done.
06/27/2003 03:55:49 PM
Fascinating shot. Crisp,clear - looks like snow. Just unique. I've been experimenting with infrared too so this is an inspiration. [10]
06/27/2003 11:31:42 AM
I think this could have had even more impact without the tree? a good dramatic image
06/27/2003 07:16:43 AM
Very strange effect on this with the infrared. I can't tell what that stuff is on the tree. It looks like mashed potatoes! Really clean image and good composition.
06/26/2003 09:34:05 PM
Nice composition -- I think it was a good choice to use infrared.
06/26/2003 08:51:03 PM
I love good infrared photos, and this one is no exception. I think your theme here is very strong also. This composition screams of 'death' and 'solitude' in some rural cemetery on a lonely country road. The infrared creates a lot of good tension in this photo by illuminating the greenery into the normal IR glow mode. This is an excellent entry for this challenge. I don't like the title... I think there is a lot of room for creative improvement there :) Kudos on a great shot... = 10
06/26/2003 04:59:54 PM
Composition: Spot on
Technical: Fanastic colours and gradient of the sky. A weenie bit grainy, but not too noticable (and considering it's IR, I won't complain!)
Meets challenge: Yes
Overall impression: A very memorable shot.
06/26/2003 01:33:06 AM
The infrared makes the shot look kinda weird.... The leaves (?) on the tree look like snow so that makes the shot look unnatural give the otherwise hot appearance of the rest of it. How did the original look?
06/26/2003 12:46:17 AM
Intriguing, creative, composed well.
06/25/2003 07:15:18 PM
This one is definatly one of the best in this challenge...
Like the creepy atmosphere;)
06/25/2003 06:41:45 PM
This is my favorite of this challenge! It has an incredibly ethereal feel, I love the smooth gradient of the sky. I very much like the framing as well. One of the best artistic uses of infrared I have seen. Anywhere.
06/25/2003 05:10:40 PM
I love this a lot..can't wait for the print!! just beautiful 10
06/25/2003 03:47:29 PM
This seems like a really powerful site. Was the photo taken at dusk? I like the hues - the grays in the sky and the tombstones, and the whites on the grasses and the tree. Very nice composition also. a 9 from me.
06/25/2003 02:19:56 PM
Awesome photograph!! Very surreal and creepy! wow. I think I'll stare at it for a while -10
06/25/2003 02:05:30 PM
Beautiful pic, I'd love to know how you achieved that look.
06/25/2003 01:25:26 PM
Holy cow. This is going on my favorites list when the challenge is over. It's phenomenal. 10
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06/25/2003 12:24:59 PM
this is my favorite in the challange. great job. i am an artist. may i have your permission to draw this someday? www.elenassketches.freeservers.com
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06/25/2003 06:52:53 AM
My favourite for the challenge. This has been done very professionally, I can't wait to see who took this!!! - 10 (I'd give 20 if I could!)
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06/25/2003 05:19:34 AM
IR has worked very well for you here, the quality is stunning! I love the textures, especially of the tree which is razor sharp. There's something about the placement of the stones that bothers me though, maybe I'd have prefered them not to be touching the tree in your photo. 9
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06/25/2003 12:58:26 AM
This is a terrific shot. I like the coloring and clarity. The tree being to the side is perfect. 10
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06/25/2003 12:51:09 AM
Wow really neat shot. I wish the lighting wasn't so white on the weeds, but the background color is awesome. Really nice job, -8
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