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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Highway 280, Palo Alto, CA
Date: Jul 27, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2006

Highway 280 is a stretch of road that basically connects San Francisco with San Jose. Itís arguably one of the most beautiful highways in the US. The problem is, most of the land is State owned property that is inaccessible to people. This particular shot was taken off 280 of a tree on the Stanford University property (also closed off to human traffic). I have always wanted to take a few shots of some highway views, but could never find a way to do it. This image immediately came to mind when the Zen challenge came up. I basically put on the hazard lights and pulled over to the side of the highway, stuck my camera out the window and took the shot. Funny part was, I had to loop around one time between exits, as the first time I wanted to pull over, a State Trooper was giving out a ticket to a speeder RIGHT where I wanted to stop.

Post processing included some cropping in, lot of levels adjustment, saturation, some sharpening resize and save for web.

Hope you like it. The simplicity and serene beauty make it Zen-like for me

Place: 30 out of 329
Avg (all users): 6.3398
Avg (commenters): 7.6154
Avg (participants): 6.1058
Avg (non-participants): 6.5784
Views since voting: 1102
Views during voting: 326
Votes: 206
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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08/07/2006 07:08:00 AM
I gave this an 8. Good image for this Challenge - especially liked the tree.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 05:12:07 PM
Simple, subtle, balanced, 10 ;)
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08/05/2006 12:41:06 PM
Lovely shot. The warm colours and the shadows speak of the golden hour, during which this shot, was, without a doubt, photographed. The lonely tree on the left is balanced by the long shadow, that leads the eye out of the frame. For a more minimalistic feel, I would also have tried to compose this shot without the sky in it at all: just the tree against the yellow field. An off-topic thought: without the tree this photograph makes a Ukrainian flag. :)
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08/04/2006 04:16:12 PM
Great colors!
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08/03/2006 09:20:50 AM
beautiful colour, composition and mood - very nicely done
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08/03/2006 07:59:46 AM
what a lovely field, nice colours and good composition. this would be somewhere i'd love to just go sit and think :o)
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08/02/2006 05:40:15 PM
It looks like you pickd the perfect time of day to shoot. Great color; simple and effective.
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08/02/2006 03:34:16 PM
the square of sky
is not empty
of squareness. 5
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08/01/2006 10:58:55 AM
Very calm. Great shot
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07/31/2006 07:22:20 PM
To me this image speaks solitude and quiet. It is sort of a Westernized Zen. I like it.
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07/31/2006 07:07:58 PM
I like the simplicity of the shot, but I think the contrast between the sky and the horizon could be broken up a little more. Maybe if the angle was changed, so the tree could partially reach above the horizon. Still a very nice shot!
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07/31/2006 06:32:18 PM
Nice contrast of colors. Feels very quiet to me. Nice Job
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07/31/2006 11:00:24 AM
Beautiful! Nice lines and composition. This belongs in a book/magazine/advertisement somewhere. ;^) Good luck in the challenge.
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07/31/2006 08:24:54 AM
beautiful light and comp...well done
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