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Challenge: Desolation (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: South of Chandler, AZ
Date: Aug 9, 2003
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2003

Iíve wanted to photograph this old dead tree for a long time so when I saw this weeks challenge I knew this would be my subject.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 232
Avg (all users): 6.9911
Avg (commenters): 8.2941
Avg (participants): 6.8739
Avg (non-participants): 7.1062
Views since voting: 26670
Votes: 224
Comments: 91
Favorites: 237 (view)


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08/31/2006 12:35:11 PM
WOW.............(still staring)...beautiful!!

(Ok, I need to learn how to post process!)
07/18/2006 04:21:23 PM
for godsake look at it!
ok it has a bit of photoshop on it but that's what digital images are for and you have to admit that the position the photographer chose was great.
06/14/2006 02:39:50 PM
exceptional photo. who cares if it's post processed? the finished product is amazing. rediculous in my opinion for someone to say that this didn't deserve the ribbon because of post processing. learn photoshop. then you won't be jealous.

great job on this wonderfully poetic image. i would have given it an 11
03/14/2006 07:02:35 AM
Who cares if its edited! It takes talent to make a photo look like that! It's a breathtaking photograph ...period! Kudos!
11/19/2005 11:36:12 AM
I cant seem to find the original
03/04/2005 08:15:49 AM
I have to agree with Miah on this one. It's an OK shot but without the editing it was nearly completely bland.
01/30/2004 07:11:02 PM
A+
11/25/2003 02:12:40 AM
this photograph was on my favorites list until i saw the original.. then i realized it was all in the editing.. i am beginning to despise digital manipulation.
11/11/2003 03:26:26 PM
Wow, that is great! I just love the colors. How did u get them?! Also the clouds kinda lead to the tree. Congrats!
10/28/2003 06:22:44 AM
Wonderful excellent etherreal colour!!! Is the colour natural?
09/28/2003 01:21:31 AM
I love the foto, perfect lighting. is it close to the 101
09/16/2003 04:15:50 AM
I love thwe colours in this pic - did you use a filter ?
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09/16/2003 02:14:01 AM
That is so beautiful....although the tree may be dead, it's just beautiful in this photo! Great job....

Message edited by author 2003-09-19 15:21:35.
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09/15/2003 11:12:14 PM
Astounding shot! Curious - did you use a graded blue filter on an angle, or how did you get that beautiful colour in the sky?
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08/25/2003 06:35:18 PM

wow! This is just incredible. Like others have wondered......I'm wondering how you got those great colors. As a novice photographer and newbie here, I'm always in awe and wanting to learn. Come on........give us a hint? :)
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08/22/2003 09:46:14 PM
congratulations on an excellent shot! and a blue ribbon!
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08/22/2003 07:01:54 PM
This is a great photo The colors are wonderful. Am adding it to my favorites.
Sue
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08/22/2003 02:33:10 PM
Who in the world would only give this shot a 2?! Talk about unrealistic standards...jeez. Even on a bad day this should get nothing less than a 6...Great shot.
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08/21/2003 10:38:05 PM
I would love to know how you got those results... that's one awesome photograph. 10, if I'd voted.
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08/20/2003 09:28:53 PM
I simply love this shot! I'm glad you got a ribbon! well deserved!
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08/20/2003 10:32:03 AM
All I can say is... WOW! Did you use a polorizing filter to get those blues or just boosted the saturation?

Great job!
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08/20/2003 09:57:32 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon! Btw, was this shot taken during sunset or sunrise? I love the colors!
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08/20/2003 08:46:25 AM
congratulations Roger ... this is just breathtaking .. love this .. are you going to sell prints of this??
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08/20/2003 08:16:47 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon.
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08/20/2003 02:40:44 AM
Beautiful colors! Congats!
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08/20/2003 02:11:44 AM
Beautiful colors! How'd you get all those blues and greens?
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08/20/2003 02:04:06 AM
WOW over 60 comments on this photo. Thank you all for taking the time to vote and/or comment. I feel guilty because I don't comment on other photos enough, I'll have to do better in the future. Thanks again.
Roger
08/20/2003 01:53:54 AM
i love this! wonderful feel to this pic. congrats on your well deserved ribbon!
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08/20/2003 01:48:35 AM
congratulations...stunning photo!
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08/20/2003 12:26:03 AM
Lookin' good Roger! Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/20/2003 12:19:05 AM
This is a stunning shot! The colors are magnificent! Congrats!
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08/20/2003 12:05:22 AM
Gorgeous photo. Grats on the ribbon :)
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08/20/2003 12:04:35 AM
I knew this was a ribbon! Congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2003 11:43:15 PM
Wonderful colors and sense of desolation. Great lighting as well. There appear to be some signs of civilization in the bottom right which diminish the "desolation" aspect. Even so this was one of my top picks this week.
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08/19/2003 06:26:57 PM
Wow! The colors in this picture are amazing! Very refreshing to see in all these greyscale and duotone pictures. Very nice... 9.
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08/19/2003 05:33:41 PM
very cool pic.
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08/19/2003 04:12:27 PM
The colors are just simply amazing.
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08/19/2003 02:48:00 PM
The color in this is just beautiful. Where do they have skies like this, so that I may move there? :)
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08/19/2003 11:41:32 AM
gorgeous
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08/18/2003 10:46:43 PM
Even though this picture is clearly not in a tropical area the first time I looked at it the colors reminded me of the bahamas or another carribean area. The sunlight that encompasses the tree really makes this picture magnificent. I especially like the two colors of the clouds. Although I guess you can take credit for that!
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08/18/2003 08:49:28 PM
woww (10)
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08/18/2003 05:53:56 PM
That's a VERY good picute! Love the colors. Personal taste - maybe back off just a bit (more negative space around the tree) and move to your right (if available) to catch more of the hills (and less of the town lights). If that wasn't possible, oh well. This is one of the most striking pieces I've seen here in a while. Hands down winner!!! 10 Rob the Swash (I guess now I'm going to have to vote so this counts!)
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08/18/2003 04:44:05 PM
a ribbon, the colors are amazing :)
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08/18/2003 09:49:58 AM
I never realized that desolation can be so hauntingly beautiful.
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08/18/2003 08:18:03 AM
Very eye-catching vibrant color.
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08/17/2003 09:32:47 PM
Absolute stunning Photo!!! 10
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08/17/2003 09:31:48 PM
Nice job, one of picks of the week. 9 Morgan
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08/17/2003 07:06:47 PM
surreal colors. One of my favs.
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08/17/2003 04:19:28 PM
Awesome color, cool pic.
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08/17/2003 03:35:28 PM
great lighting, i really like this photo
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08/17/2003 12:29:08 PM
Nicely composed, but the red/yellows are just a little too bright for my tastes. Great sky though!
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08/16/2003 08:47:02 PM
Awesome contrast between the warm yellow light on the tree and the cool deepbue to underwatergreen of the sky. The dark profile of the horizon takes the eye across the photo.
The warmth of the presumably death three is also in stromg contrast with the almost desolate landscape.
Excellent.
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08/16/2003 03:02:26 PM
Spectacular picture, I feel sad to give it 9 because I see the rightmost part to be superfluous and because IMO the tree centered in the frame would be more powerful
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08/16/2003 03:10:25 AM
this is so stunning, the light , the colour,composition ... wow , first place i think ..well done 10/10
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08/15/2003 09:25:42 PM
I love the colors and the lighting.
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08/15/2003 06:24:58 PM
Beautiful poster 10 from me!
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08/15/2003 12:16:24 PM
Beautiful colors and well focused. Seems a bit over-sharpened, but that may be the monitor I'm using (not my calibrated one at home). Conveys desolation well. I wish there was a bit of space to the left of the tree like there is to the right.
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08/15/2003 02:20:08 AM
incredible colours
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08/15/2003 01:46:53 AM
Excellent. The colors are wonderful. It appears as if you pushed the saturation to the max, but it certainly works here. Nice job. As soon as I can, I'm adding this shot to my favorites -- this will be only the second picture to make that list. Congratuations. If you don't ribbon, I'll be surprised.
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08/14/2003 05:04:01 PM
I just fell in love with this photo. I love the colors and I have always loved solitary trees!
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08/14/2003 04:44:27 PM
Colours look great.. 9
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08/14/2003 03:24:57 PM
The colours are just fantastic. Unfortunately I don't see it fitting the challenge. The richness of the sky draws me away from the tree and deadwood. A 6 for it being such a good shot.
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08/14/2003 01:19:18 PM
Beautiful Color. Very dramatic.
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08/14/2003 09:58:26 AM
Wow those colours are intense. How was this achieved. Not as desolate as others but more awe inspiring.
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08/14/2003 06:32:51 AM
Excellent colours in this picture, very cool pic! - 8
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08/14/2003 05:56:19 AM
oh my gosh! This is gorgeous ...the colors almost look like a painting...I love it!!
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08/14/2003 03:15:50 AM
I love the colors in this photo, especially in a challenge where so many entries are in b&w. The tree really captures the feeling of desolation. Great job...10
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08/14/2003 12:28:03 AM
excellent colour combinations. the blue merging into the cyan is wonderful. However I fail to understand the connection between this picture and the topic... nice shot anyway...
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08/14/2003 12:03:04 AM
Very good, and challenge worthy. I give it a 9
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08/13/2003 11:22:13 PM
The colors are surreal. It looks like Dorothy and Oz might come dancing out any minute. Good picture.
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08/13/2003 09:40:27 PM
I love the colors. Very nice picture. The tree looks huge! Looks like there is life in the distance though.
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08/13/2003 05:33:55 PM
great shoot. One of my favorite.
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08/13/2003 03:20:10 PM
Wow, what great colors. After all the duotones it's nice to see vibrant colors used in desolation. Well done ;)
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08/13/2003 03:02:43 PM
Wow - 10 Just wanted to say that this I think this is without a doubt the best picture in this challenge The colors are unbelivable! Very beautiful Would like to have this on my wall :)
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08/13/2003 12:54:40 PM
Cool colors.
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08/13/2003 12:34:23 PM
Interesting shot, looks surreal. Nice job on photoshop 7
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08/13/2003 11:38:33 AM
Wow, super great colours!! Doesn't look very much desolated to me, but I like it! Well done.
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08/13/2003 11:25:48 AM
I really like this one. Good shot!
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08/13/2003 11:15:29 AM
WoW!! This is a great shot! The colors are amazing and letting the tree go off the left works very well with the rest of the comp. Great work!
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08/13/2003 11:05:37 AM
Beautifully done. The light is amazing.
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08/13/2003 10:49:18 AM
wow.. very nice photo.. =) IMO doesnt communicate "desolation".. but its a niiice photo.. what do you do ? (adjust levels?, contrast ?)
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08/13/2003 10:38:29 AM
This is the kind of shot I had in mind but couldn't find any suitable one. And you made it great. It's an excellent natural lighting. Not sure about the tree is neither in the middle nor lean to the left though. Otherwise this would be perfect for me.
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08/13/2003 10:27:46 AM
wow! how'd you do that. please explain. this is exquisite!
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08/13/2003 10:03:33 AM
TOo bad we're limited to 640 pix. I wanted to see the original shot. must be a alot of details from that beautiful sun light.
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08/13/2003 09:59:31 AM
great colors!!!! The yellows on the tree seem a little over saturated, but I like it!
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08/13/2003 09:01:46 AM
The colors in this photo made me stop and look at it indepth.
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08/13/2003 08:35:52 AM
Excellent! I love landscape photos but even if I didn't, I could not stop myself from giving this a 9, maybe even a 10.
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08/13/2003 06:39:41 AM
An absolutely gorgeous photo, beautiful lighting (presumably the tree is lit by a very nice sunset), great range of colours in the sky with very effective saturation. Nice horizon. Unfortunately, it doesn't really communicate desolation to me, as all the colours are so rich (especially the gold light on the tree). However, score = 8 (10 for a suitable challenge).
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08/13/2003 04:13:27 AM
nice picture, but I think the tree should fill less frame
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08/13/2003 02:35:54 AM
What a capture! The colours and the composition is great. [9]
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08/13/2003 12:14:36 AM
Beautiful colors.
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