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Vacant on the Hill
Vacant on the Hill
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Etc
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Wisconsin
Date: Apr 30, 2005
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2006

This isn't especially my favorite photo of the year and probably not my best either. But what can you do?

I saw this house while taking a drive in Wisconsin. All the windows are missing and it's pretty darn creepy. I went up to peek in the window but when I got there, I got too freaked out to look down onto the floor. There could be dead bodies!

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3/2007

Not only is this not my favorite photo, it pains me to keep seeing it on my profile page. The processing hurts my eyes. Every few months, I come across this image on my computer and process it a new way. This is my current favorite:

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Statistics
Place: 39 out of 833
Avg (all users): 6.7181
Avg (commenters): 7.0256
Avg (participants): 6.6485
Avg (non-participants): 7.0375
Views since voting: 3733
Views during voting: 664
Votes: 447
Comments: 55
Favorites: 24 (view)


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04/20/2007 12:33:32 PM
I really like the shot composition in general, but your new version 3/2007 is the best processing by far!
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12/04/2006 09:00:16 PM
I love this.
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11/28/2006 07:18:32 PM
stunning!
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07/29/2006 04:43:42 PM
Awesome pic - one of my new favorites. Did you use a ND filter?
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06/20/2006 11:35:32 AM
Somehow I have never seen this before. It's awesome! Gots ta have it in my fav's. Apparently I have never looked past the pretty face and the kind, gentle, sweet spirit I see in the forums. ;-)
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06/15/2006 08:22:25 PM
LOL@ your description! It does look creepy. I love the contrast of the bright blue next to the predominantly orange scene.
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06/05/2006 07:49:40 PM
Great use of colors in this one. The complimentary oranges of the grass and blue of the sky add to the eerieness of the shot.
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05/11/2006 02:33:47 PM
Great shot, the house has that spooky feel, with the pitch black windows.
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05/02/2006 05:02:15 PM
That is an extremely cool place. It is getting harder and harder to find places like these where I live =/
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03/14/2006 08:26:37 PM
WOW..what a great picture..One of my fav! Great job
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02/01/2006 08:52:50 AM
Congrats on the high placement. It is such a stunning image with the rich tones and overall quality!!!
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02/01/2006 02:35:46 AM
pretty much one of the best pictures of all time. lol.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2006 09:09:24 PM
Beautiful
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01/30/2006 07:40:01 PM
Awesome composition. My only beef with this image is that blues in cyans in the sky were pumped too high. It has created a blotchy and unpleasant looking sky where the blues and cyans come through.
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01/30/2006 03:17:22 PM
love the colours!
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01/30/2006 02:40:33 AM
Wow, crazy lighting, looks kinda unnatural though.
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01/29/2006 10:40:45 PM
I. Love. This. 10.
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01/29/2006 10:52:57 AM
Great compositon and subject. I love the foreground details and color. The sky has some artifacts from over saturation, though.
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01/28/2006 10:04:41 PM
beautiful sky and foreground, everything. little too saturated though
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01/26/2006 05:44:41 PM
Great color very moody.
Nice job
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01/26/2006 03:47:20 PM
What a fantastic house and image you have created here.
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01/26/2006 07:21:53 AM
I like the way you have angled this image, to capture the house on the hill. This is a very pleasing image...
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01/24/2006 03:20:00 PM
What a great old house, excellent composition. I see something weird going on with the blue sky on the left, can't tell what it is.
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01/22/2006 10:31:36 AM
I love the wide angle approach to this photo. It immediately draws you into the abandoned building. The composition is nicely done and allows the viewers eyes to wander. The only part that I'm not too keen on are the lue parts of the sky ... it looks to be a little unnatural. JMO
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01/22/2006 01:41:11 AM
wow!10
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01/22/2006 01:05:45 AM
Stunning photo, Love the colors and the house add character to the field. Great sky shot.
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01/21/2006 05:06:35 PM
great composition and colors, but I think it has been oversharpened, as the skies are looking funny..
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01/21/2006 02:09:24 PM
great composition and use of lighting
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01/21/2006 02:08:13 PM
nice job, great comp, great color, b&w good, nice texture, excellent light, dof good, love the angle, overall a keeper
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01/20/2006 10:51:13 AM
very nice
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01/20/2006 09:22:35 AM
Nice composition. Trying to figure out where the lighting comes from, looks like parts are back lighted and other parts side lighted.
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01/19/2006 08:35:02 PM
bumper this up ... great perspective, composition and character!
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01/19/2006 04:55:05 PM
Very cool shot. Looks like an interesting building. The sky seems a bit over saturated in my opinion.
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01/19/2006 04:02:55 PM
Sorry but the sky just looks really bad and fake, not at all fond of the PP work you did on it. Shame, as I really like the rest, the grass and house look nice with good, strong colour and good composition. Gave this a 4, never know what I might have given if the sky had just been dramatic, not this oversaturated, smudgy, blown out mess.
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01/19/2006 03:03:32 PM
Great light although I feel there are some compression problems on the trees on the right. There is also some quite obvious effects of post-processing namely the strong and abrupt vignette on the bottom right hand corner and the overly bright area surrounding the house and along some of the horizon.
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01/19/2006 02:03:28 PM
I think you did push the colors just a little much here, but it's obviously not hurting you too much. The composition and feeling in this photo is exquisite, and I *love* how the sky looks.. The orange/red fire in the grass isn't my favorite though.. I liked it a bit better a little more unsaturated :)

Great entry for the challenge though, sure beats the squirrel. lol
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01/19/2006 01:01:59 PM
Great colors and mood. Very captivating!
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01/19/2006 10:36:18 AM
b&w on pbase is nicer..... I do love this one.
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01/19/2006 10:02:01 AM
This looks like a scene from a scary movie. So Stephen King-ish. I love it. 9
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01/19/2006 02:39:03 AM
Makes me think of haunted houses and strange tales.
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01/18/2006 10:30:55 PM
A very nice angle, but somehow, I feel like the blues in the sky are a little over saturated.
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01/18/2006 08:07:12 PM
too much processing for my taste sorry!
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01/18/2006 06:55:15 PM
wonderful sky, lovely lighting
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01/18/2006 03:03:04 PM
I like this one alot. Great color and the clouds are gorgeous! 9
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01/18/2006 12:50:50 AM
I am so partial to old wooden structures - I just love the mystery of what stories they hold within their silent walls. I would have liked to see more fo the structure, and less of the trees
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01/18/2006 12:24:51 AM
i love the range of colors and texture
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01/18/2006 12:22:50 AM
I want this to ribbon....beautiful!!! Amazing colors, love how you burned the outside edge...just great! 10
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01/17/2006 08:04:14 PM
the cloud tones and sky tones make this image look ultra over prossessed but it is very preety nun the less and i wish u luck with it.

great lighting and over all composition
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01/17/2006 04:47:22 PM
Love the colors in the grass and house but the sky almost seems a little oversaturated. Maybe it is just me...
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01/17/2006 01:27:17 PM
nice vignetting
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01/17/2006 11:50:28 AM
Bet this would look awesome in black and white as well. 8
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01/17/2006 01:55:12 AM
Awesome use of color. Looks great.
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01/16/2006 07:21:17 PM
I would have cropped some of the foreground out and get away from the 50 50 split of ground and sky. Nice colors and DOF all the best to you
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01/16/2006 06:08:16 PM
Oh my! I looked away and then this popped up. Just splendid. The rich saturation of color is spectacular. LOVELY! I like the perspective. THe sky is a great backdrop to the building and billowy grass! 9
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01/16/2006 05:54:30 PM
lovely warm colours in the ground, but I think the sky (on the left especially) suffers from over processing.
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