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Holding Strong in Gentile Waters
Holding Strong in Gentile Waters
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: St.Mary's University, MN
Date: Jul 30, 2006
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

Note: The title was a typo, I meant Gentle waters not gentile waters, but I am surprised this placed so well, thanks.

Taken in a creek near my home. Used a tripod with a cable release and the mirror lock up function. Was taken in the early morning with natural lighting, and foggy conditions. In photoshop: cropped, neat-image sharpening, two duplicated layers both using gaussian blur with multiply blending modes. then adjusted the curves, color balance, hue and saturation. Then I finished with a lot of sponging, burning, dodging, and cloning out stray leaves.

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 329
Avg (all users): 6.6699
Avg (commenters): 7.8261
Avg (participants): 6.5263
Avg (non-participants): 6.8421
Views since voting: 7095
Views during voting: 352
Votes: 209
Comments: 32
Favorites: 12 (view)


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06/21/2009 03:26:33 PM
love this shot man, I gotta say though I think the 'spotlight' on the leaves could be a tad subtler, just to make it less obvious but still provide the emphasis
08/07/2006 02:30:11 PM
Very beautiful, congrats!
08/07/2006 12:43:19 PM
Great finish. Well deserved too.
08/07/2006 11:53:42 AM
Lovely. Congrats on Top 10 finish.
08/07/2006 08:28:05 AM
congrats on your top 10 finish! beautiful ;)
08/07/2006 12:41:03 AM
Simply magnificent! Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 10:53:49 PM
radioactive
plants soar above the stream as
I flounder below
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08/05/2006 06:42:13 PM
there are so many nice submitions. I motion for a get together of photographers. I am by no means one myself, but the opertunity to have an event and to swap ideas and pool your general knowlage would be, I think, a good thing. The opertunity to share points of view, to communicate your way of looking at things, to suck the whole visual potential out of the moment and photograph it all. To convay your experiances to the world in the most direct way possible. To be poets of the lens. To show the world life, where most of the rest of the world sees desolation, money or, 'just another tree' or 'just another sun-beam'. The importance of art is to comunicate, and the focus of photography is communicating the now. I think a good photograph moves as you look at it, is inspired to be more than ink on paper, but a living reflection of the universe. Please pass this on.
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08/05/2006 05:39:43 PM
First impression. Serene, perfect dof and good composition even though I'd like the tree more in the lower right quadrant.
Thoughts: Then I looked at the title and, forgive me, busted out laughing. I don't use spelling when deciding a score. Are gentile waters different from heathen waters or buddist waters? The name of the challenge as opposed to the word in the title just creates such a vivid picture in my mind!
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08/05/2006 06:45:22 AM
Stunning! Outstanding work
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08/04/2006 01:08:37 PM
Very special..
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08/04/2006 11:15:07 AM
You have made good use of the log here, nicely composed :o)
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08/04/2006 05:45:53 AM
Nice use of lighting, highlighting the central subject. I liked this one
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08/03/2006 11:58:07 PM
great mood nice job
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08/03/2006 11:53:05 PM
Love the photo. The lighting works very well here. I like the strong contrast between the subject and background. Personally I would have liked a little more of background. Goodluck.8.
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08/03/2006 02:51:36 AM
I like this one.....
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08/02/2006 08:32:20 PM
Very nice I really like your processing
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08/02/2006 02:31:35 AM
I like the selective dodging, but I think you may have gone a bit too far, 6
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08/01/2006 10:21:48 PM
i like this one very nice shot
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08/01/2006 02:33:02 PM
Bright and bold just where you want it to be, and very good composition. Very nice!
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07/31/2006 10:48:59 PM
Nicely realized. Quite soothing.
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07/31/2006 10:29:09 PM
This seems very japanese to me. I really like the use of the slow shutter to add softness to the moving water. I think that is what makes the image Zen.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 04:56:59 PM
Brilliant photo. Can't wait to read how it was done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 04:42:41 PM
great work !
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 02:33:43 PM
Either a typo or a really ignorant title. Great picture but what an irritation.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 12:26:11 PM
This is just sooo beautiful. Hope you ribbon with it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 12:21:12 PM
sweet! 10!
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07/31/2006 07:37:47 AM
Lovely. NOt crazy about the green border though.
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07/31/2006 06:04:53 AM
like the perspective in this image-8-
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07/31/2006 05:45:24 AM
if the leaves weren't so LIME/bright i'd give this a 10...gl 9
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07/31/2006 03:13:20 AM
superb...the colours in this and the composition is amazing
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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