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Listen to the wind
Listen to the wind
puzzled


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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Southern Sweden
Date: Jul 29, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0,4 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

I loved this shot in color, but it was such an intense sunset that it was more like Las Vegas than zen. So I made it into b&w, and cropped away a lot of the parts that are beautiful in color :-( It was too narrow for our challenges otherwise. I used the hue/saturation in a regular adjustment and with a color adjustment to get the tones. I loved it when I started out, but now I've been looking at it so long, I'm no longer so crazy about it. Hope to get some comments to convince me one way or the other - and to help with future challenges.


After the challenge:
Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and my personal best score so far. I never in a million years thought this would end up in the top ten. Thanks!!

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 329
Avg (all users): 6.7163
Avg (commenters): 8.1200
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.9412
Views since voting: 2852
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 208
Comments: 46
Favorites: 11 (view)


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10/17/2007 01:10:45 PM
Love the movement in the grass, poetic. Great tonal range, very nice image
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08/23/2006 05:08:50 AM
Congrats to the top ten, fantastic shot!
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08/09/2006 08:29:47 PM
What a beautiful shot! Great choice of shutter speed and I'm happy you chose b&w although I'm sure the colour version is great ;)
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08/09/2006 01:38:55 PM
greetings from the critique club!

first of all, i would love to see the color version of this...even though i'm a gigantic fan of black and white.

i think this was a perfect entry for this challenge because it's incredibly difficult to capture "wind" without it being overtly obvious and contrived. the movement of the reeds/grass in the foreground is just soft enough that it gives the impression of movement without the distraction of a lot of blur.

the tones here are excellent -- good contrastiness™ and use of the full range of blacks and whites. the only part of the image that i would change might be the blown out cloudbank, as it draws the viewer's attention there and is pretty "in yo' face." a little burning would draw it back into the rest of the image and restore the balance.

overall great job. beat my entry all to heck. :)
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08/08/2006 09:53:49 PM
Definitely works in B&W - the tones are rich and quite perfect in my opinion. A wonderful depiction of "zen" and a wonderful photograph! Congrats on the top ten, too - but that's just a side bonus - the shot and your processing of it is the real winner.
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08/07/2006 11:53:37 AM
i can hear it
it whispers ..
good one Amy
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08/07/2006 11:52:10 AM
Beautiful. Calming. Congrats on PB and excellent placement.
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08/07/2006 07:40:34 AM
Amy CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a gorgeous photo and an amazing score and finish! So deserving of a top 6 placing! It's a stunning photo!
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08/07/2006 07:07:06 AM
I gave this an 8. Good meet of the Challenge in my opinion. The composition and 'elements', especially with this toning work well.
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08/07/2006 06:31:47 AM
I thought this might ribbon, but you came pretty close with a shot you should be extremely proud of
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08/07/2006 05:32:19 AM
This is so beautiful. Congratulations on your fantastic top ten finish.
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08/07/2006 03:18:17 AM
No doubt in my mind that this would have scored well :) Congratulations to you, am delighted to see this in the top 10!
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08/07/2006 01:43:46 AM
beautiful
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08/07/2006 01:37:34 AM
Oh, Amy. I'm so happy for you. This is a fantastic shot AND they all saw that :)
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08/07/2006 01:06:33 AM
WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's my girl!!!1 This is a fantastic shot! Congrats on your top 10 finish and the beautiful score to go with a beautiful shot! I'm so proud of you!
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08/07/2006 12:39:56 AM
congrats on you highest score so far!
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08/07/2006 12:38:31 AM
Smooth and silky and great tonal strength with an impressive horizon and a sky to complement the soft foreground. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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08/07/2006 12:20:33 AM
Congrats for the top 10. It was one of my fav's
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08/07/2006 12:09:53 AM
WOO-HOO Congrates Amy for PB and top 10. It's really nice. I can feel the breeze.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 11:48:47 PM
Just stunning.....I love this one.....
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08/06/2006 05:11:34 PM
I can almost hear the wind rustling through that barley. A definite 10.
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08/06/2006 12:46:50 PM
Sorry, I like the shot, but I can't hear the wind...
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08/06/2006 12:28:02 PM
Yikes - this is sooo beautiful!!!!! I love the feel of movement in the field!! This is a great shot - well done!!
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08/06/2006 11:17:45 AM
great b/w with a lovely composition so well suited to this challenge very nice work!
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08/06/2006 12:39:56 AM
This is a crisp image, I really like it. I also like the burnt edges and clouds.
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08/03/2006 02:04:58 PM
I can feel myself standing there...wind in my face....great conveyance ....9 !
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08/03/2006 08:00:50 AM
Processing on this is brilliant! Love the softness of the foreground and the great sky :o)
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08/02/2006 11:30:20 PM
I cannot hear the wind
lost in fur. 6
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08/02/2006 09:40:23 PM
wow... amazing
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08/02/2006 04:59:54 AM
sweet, very sweet
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08/01/2006 06:59:28 PM
first impression: Serene. I like the pp and the dark corners.
Technicals: Good exposure and converted to bring out most of the texture.
Additional thoughts: I see how the clouds could be considered a major element to visualizing wind, but I also like this cropped to just above the tree line. The power of the picture is the imagined rustle sound made by the grass. Cropping makes the picture more intimate and forces the viewer to listen even more carefully to that imagined sound.
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08/01/2006 12:34:59 PM
I know nothing about zen, but going with the challenge discription I'd say you nailed it. Very nice contrast and tonal qualitities. Well done!
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08/01/2006 08:21:32 AM
Great tones and simplicity. 9
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08/01/2006 06:20:32 AM
Shot from a good angle to create a Zen feel, would liked to have seen the light reach the corners better IMO. 7
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08/01/2006 02:04:37 AM
Ahhh... vast serenity. I can hear the wind through the grass, but it is still peaceful to me, 9.
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08/01/2006 12:29:09 AM
A very nice sense of quiet movement, forces unseen. A great use of minimal tone, keeping this a serene shot to the viewer's eye. I love the softness of the foreground.
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07/31/2006 07:02:37 PM
This one is soft enough to work. It is a bit somber, and I am not sure if zen is happy or not. I gave it an 8.
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07/31/2006 06:54:01 PM
Gosh this image looks so familiar, I think it reminds of an image I have perhaps seen in a book or gallery. (Note: that's not an accusation of plagiarism). I like the sense of the simplicity and beauty of nature - that kind of beauty (so beautifully presented) cannot fail to uplift.
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07/31/2006 04:12:04 PM
Excellent! What a wonderful image!
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07/31/2006 01:50:41 PM
Silver tones and a surface made up of myriad heads of barley. A carpet to travel on to the far silhouettes. Lovely image and wonderful location. 9.
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07/31/2006 08:58:05 AM
This is beautiful. Great perspective and the title rocks. 9
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07/31/2006 08:50:11 AM
Beautiful shot! Love the tone, nice choice for B/W.
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07/31/2006 05:40:23 AM
picture is nice..title not sure of...gl 8
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07/31/2006 05:21:19 AM
Striking image. However for this challenge I'm not sure it's a perfect fit. For starters you're trying to convey sound, which you did a great job doing with this image. I can sense the field weaving back in forth in the wind and the sounds it makes. In a challenge that called for "making a photo as silent as can be" you did the opposite. However with that said, this is very zen like and is one of my favorites.
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07/31/2006 03:12:09 AM
This is a 10 for me...cannot fault it at all...good luck.
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07/31/2006 12:36:39 AM
Very nice!
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