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A cold misty morning somewhere in the universe
A cold misty morning somewhere in the universe

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Myvatn, Iceland
Date: Jul 28, 2006
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 sec
Galleries: Water, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2006

Taken just before 1 am in the morning in heavy fog and almost no wind. Used a polarizer for the darkened effect on the water and a tripod obviously.

Post processing was mostly increasing contrast, cropped to a 7:4 ratio, a curves adjustment on just the rock and water, sharpened after resizing and added the vignetting. Healing brush to remove some of the water and little use of dodge/burn to darken the lightest portions of the photo and vice versa.

I firmly believe this photo will bomb and score very low, that or be extremely mediocre in this challenge but I really like it. I just went against the "rules" of dpc, no cyan in photos, low contrast, might even be called by less experienced photographers as being out of focus and not dramatic at all, I firmly expect a lot of comments about it needing to be clearer, sharper, more contrast etc.

I still really like it and this photo works well printed out BIG, this is one of those photos that doesnīt really work well in web resolution. Itīs going up on our wall at home along with two other similar shots I took the same night. Oh well, hopefully at least one of you will favorite it :)

Place: 32 out of 329
Avg (all users): 6.3301
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 6.1226
Avg (non-participants): 6.5500
Views since voting: 1714
Views during voting: 300
Votes: 206
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/28/2006 08:37:50 AM
Verulega fín mynd. Stemmingingin skilar sér vel og bláu tónarnir koma mjög vel út. Ég trúi þvi að þessi mynd komi vel út á prenti.
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08/11/2006 05:24:49 PM
Needs to be sharper and have more drama ;)

I really like the tranquility that the cool colours give to this image, this is further reinforced by the low contrast and softness of the mountains. Very Zen.

The vignette doesn't really do it for me. Maybe if it was more subtle.
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08/10/2006 12:42:35 AM
This is totally out of focus, lacks drama and could be sharper, clearer. :P

Since it scored below your average you were right it did finish as mediocre but it did get a fav as you had hoped.

To be serious for a moment, I voted this a 6. While I didn't leave a comment during the challenge I felt the darken edges at the top detracted from the image. It may be fine as a full size image but with the short height and the reduced real estate at the top due to the dark edges the image just felt too small.

Message edited by author 2006-08-10 00:43:43.
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08/07/2006 07:11:01 AM
I gave this an 8. The 'feel'/mist that continues into the background/good dof showing the shapes of the land/mountains/hills/ranges, coupled with the water element works well. Not too sure on the dark 'vignetting', but likely adds to the above mentioned overall feel.
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08/07/2006 12:15:33 AM
very pretty, I love the darkened edges and the calm blue
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 11:19:24 PM
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08/06/2006 09:52:06 PM
Beautiful color & quiet mood -- really stands out
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08/06/2006 12:39:16 AM
Foggy and nice. I also like the way you used the burn tool.
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08/04/2006 10:00:02 PM
The cool tones are very nice, but I don't care for the vignetting - sort of closes down the picture which takes away from it's "zen".
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08/03/2006 06:29:32 PM
Not sure if the vignetting is intentional or not but I find it distracting, I do like the mist and the hills inthe B/G

Message edited by author 2006-08-07 12:18:29.
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08/03/2006 10:27:28 AM
do not put the place in a pocket.
put a pocket in the place. 5
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08/01/2006 09:37:37 AM
the burning of the edges doesn't work for me. Nice subject otherwise.
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07/31/2006 01:48:03 PM
Nothing stirs as morning wakes. Zen enough for me. 9.
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