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Failure's Anguish : Like a Tree Struck by Lightening
Failure's Anguish : Like a Tree Struck by Lightening
Dr.Confuser


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Failure (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Location: Mt. Rainier, Washington, USA
Date: May 21, 2006
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 21, 2006

Photographer’s Notes
• My daughter and I rode our Ducatis from Seattle to Paradise (Mt. Rainier) today … 220 miles round trip with lunch at the Copper Kettle Inn, or some such starting with “copper.” We had good weather although we got a little rain coming off the shoulder of Rainier. While there I took a photo of some dead trees.
• I used my wife’s Sony P&S because my D200 won’t fit in the pocket of my motorcycle jacket. By itself the tree is fairly arty but it doesn’t say failure. So I messed around with it a little in Photoshop CS2. Don’t worry, nothing illegal, but I pushed some basic tools far far beyond what would have been indicated by traditional photo editing.
• I like the result, but I expect this will not be well received by the DPC voters. Too much post processing. Too many artifacts. Maybe I can rescue it with a clever title (“Hey Bullwinkle that trick never works!”) But … well you never know. Maybe this will start a whole new genre.

Post processing
• Rotate
• Color Correct (Curves)
• Increase Saturation (Hue/Saturation)
• Increase Contrast (Brightness/Contrast)
• Crop
• Lightning Effect (Shadow/Highlight)
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image - Twice)
• Resize
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Camera: DSC-P200
• Date: 2006/05/21 10:43:44
• Exposure: 1/1250 sec - F/5.6
• ISO: 100

Statistics
Place: 29 out of 129
Avg (all users): 5.9269
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7292
Avg (non-participants): 5.9825
Views since voting: 921
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 219
Comments: 14
Favorites: 3 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/30/2006 11:37:42 PM
I think the highlight and shadows were a bit overdone in this image.
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05/30/2006 12:24:21 PM
Best dead tree I've seen so far in this contest. Looks WAY oversharpened, but that adds to the moodiness of the image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/29/2006 07:05:43 AM
Amazing picture. The sky is a bit weird, choose a smaller size instead of reducing the quality too much. A bit more space on the left would have been nice to see those branches too. But overall really amazing picture, good idea!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/28/2006 02:31:00 PM
freaky. sweet effect. 9
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05/28/2006 08:37:42 AM
Weird effect - so stark against the sky.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/28/2006 12:09:15 AM
This image has IMPACT. Nice lines, texture, dramatic lighting, wild rhythum, and stunning contrast. But this tree's failure to survive caused your image to be a screaming success. Very well done!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/26/2006 08:04:57 AM
WOW love it nice shot 10
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05/26/2006 06:10:23 AM
Beautiful. I don't know if I can really see "failure" in this one, but it certainly communicates some kind of "negative". Nice capture.8.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/25/2006 04:21:17 PM
nice light!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/25/2006 09:43:46 AM
I like your composition and vantage point here, but the post-processing is just too much. The sky is too harsh while the lighting in the subject looks flat. It also looks like there was some dodging and burning in the workflow.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/24/2006 11:51:11 PM
I see failure only in your title.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/24/2006 11:39:24 AM
cool shot, a bit over processed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/24/2006 09:38:24 AM
Huh.. interesting glow around the tree
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05/24/2006 01:03:12 AM
Amazed that this was achieved using Basic Editing techniques. :) Bravo!
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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