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The Mill
The Mill

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: From the Ground Up III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak Z740
Location: Bruge
Date: Aug 2, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Aug 8, 2006

Taken in Bruge during a break from the very hot week! Basic editing.
Disqualification Details
Per previous communications, since the original is not available we must disqualify.

Views since voting: 8345
Views during voting: 371
Comments: 50
Favorites: 14 (view)

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08/19/2006 11:51:23 PM
LOVE this shot. Love the way you framed it, that you left the mill center and gave the sky and stones equal emphasis. I know you have nothing to do with the way the ground is sloped, but I like the lines that lead upward to the mill as well. Well done and well deserved. Shame about the DQ, hope to see more from you.
08/18/2006 02:53:19 PM
Shame about the ribbon, but one for my favs.
08/18/2006 12:44:49 PM
Shame about the Dq..still a very fab pic.
08/18/2006 12:02:20 AM
Fantastic entry!! I didn't vote on this but it certainly would have gotten a 10 from me.
08/17/2006 08:54:59 PM
Congrats on the blue! I was just a little surprised at your camera settings - was this really at f2.8 or was the decimal point in the wrong place? I just don't see how you could get sharpness from front to back with that f-stop.
08/17/2006 05:35:28 PM
Congrats on your blue ribbon in your first entry. Very good shot!
08/17/2006 02:37:31 PM
Gorgeous shot... Congratulations on your debut entry & blue ribbon! WOW... I look forward to seeing more of your work.
08/17/2006 11:32:00 AM
Congratulations. You are my hero for winning a blue on your first entry. It is a beautiful picture and well deserving of the blue. I aspire to producing images like this. Well done.
08/17/2006 12:46:02 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon, and this is your 1st Challenge entry! I have fond memories of Bruge.
08/16/2006 11:22:43 PM
Great shot Paul! I love it when something other than the typical 4 models of Canon and Nikon wins. It shows that after at some point, its NOT THE CAMERA! Again, great work.
08/16/2006 08:05:21 PM
Congrats Paul on your first and Blue Ribbon to boot!

You have found the recipe to wowing the voters here and presented us with a fine photograph. Don't let negative comments get you down. It happens once in a while after the fact. You passed the voters approval, ended up with a Blue ribbon - just be proud of it.
What if you did this in black & white? Would you be guilty of emulating Ansel Adams? So what if you did? Many of us will die trying to learn a successful way of presenting a fine image.
08/16/2006 07:41:20 PM
Oh Well!

Message edited by author 2006-08-18 12:37:27.
08/16/2006 05:44:16 PM
Many congratulations on your ribbon!
08/16/2006 04:41:22 PM
Congrats. Don't worry about sour grapes comments.
08/16/2006 03:39:39 PM
Simple, but it's nice enough! Congrats on your blue, and first entry too!!
08/16/2006 12:25:32 PM
Impressive shot.

Message edited by ClubJuggle - Removed comments from side discussion.
08/16/2006 12:02:36 PM
Well.. .I have to chime in and say that I totally disagree with Imagineeer and Kemptonreporter. I think this photo is exactly why good photographers need to not be so anal and rigid about any "rule" (and the rule of thirds one is so incredibly over-emphasized here). . .and realize that a great photo can take all sorts of compositions. It's the eye of the great ones that "sees it" and throws the "rules" out the window. This photo is incredible, and the perspective of that upward winding cobblestone road against that dramatic sky with these beautiful blue tones. I think if ever there was a deserving blue ribbon this is it! And way to go, waiting till you got "the one", entering it and winning blue on your first call! You rock, and this is totally awesome!

Message edited by author 2006-08-16 12:04:28.
08/16/2006 08:14:42 AM
congratz, great achievement !
08/16/2006 03:54:38 AM
I think you're actually very lucky to be blue, as I'm sure you realise too. This is a relatively average, over exposed shot made 'better' by some fairly clumsy processing. Sorry, but this is the kind of editing becoming prevalent here at DPC and it's not a good thing.

The centred composition doesn't do it for me, although the foreground has interest and you have a strong viewpoint too. The subject is OK, but your horizon line slices dead centre too which kills much of what drama may have been available. I would have included much more cobblestones and less of that undramatic, overcast sky, creating some stronger leading lines.
08/16/2006 03:32:49 AM
first entry a blue...how can that be??? congratulations and well done
08/16/2006 01:30:35 AM
Didn't get to this one in voting. Very nice. Great composition and I like the textures and silver tones in here. Congrats on getting the BLUE with your first entry. Well done.
08/16/2006 01:22:04 AM
lovely! congrats
08/16/2006 12:52:51 AM
Congratulations Paul :)
This was one my favorites.
First challenge, first ribbon. Very much hope you continue sharing such fine captures with us.
08/16/2006 12:41:01 AM
Colours, light and simplicity are first class. Huge congrats on your blue.
08/16/2006 12:23:04 AM
First challenge and a blue!!! Congratulations!!!
08/16/2006 12:22:25 AM
Wow! First challenge entry and a first place ribbon. Congratulations.

Bruge is one of my all time favorite places.
08/16/2006 12:21:13 AM
there is something clean and simple about this one that deserves recognition...
08/16/2006 12:20:55 AM
congrats on the blue...well deserved
08/16/2006 12:14:08 AM
Great leading lines and perspective. Congrats!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/15/2006 12:19:24 PM
I like the mill, but I'm not sure about the blue tint
08/14/2006 07:44:22 PM
I wonder what moving a step or two would do for this to move the mill away from the center of the image.
08/14/2006 06:51:02 PM
I really like the composition, beautiful light and great textures! 8
08/14/2006 03:59:38 PM
REeeeeally nice!
08/14/2006 02:14:44 PM
Very well done. I like the composition and the colors very much. Good luck.
08/14/2006 09:43:36 AM
Wonderful composition, perspective and subject, beautiful work!
08/14/2006 12:32:16 AM
The mill looks awesome against the sky. I might have cropped a bit of the foreground.
08/12/2006 11:37:13 PM
Beautiful color and composition. - 10
08/12/2006 11:36:31 PM
Interesting. Looks like something from a fantasyland. Like the lighting on the windmill, and the dramatic clouds are great. The cobblestones and curved path are excellent as well.
08/12/2006 12:31:08 PM
Very well balanced photo.
08/12/2006 04:33:59 AM
Grate DOF. Beautiful sky. Nice technique. A little bit weird composition for me. Overall: interesting picture. 8
08/12/2006 12:17:10 AM
Great composition and colours, good work
08/11/2006 04:43:25 PM
This is lovely, great detail in the stones and nice dramatic sky :o)
08/11/2006 12:52:20 PM
I like the colors.
08/11/2006 08:36:09 AM
Great perspective and nice mood to this image. Bumping to an 8.
08/10/2006 01:35:39 AM
I didn't know a stone path and a mill could be so beautiful, consider me educated.
08/09/2006 11:56:45 PM
Love the texture on the stones
08/09/2006 09:29:54 PM
Stunning photo.. A good subject and so well photographed (lying on the ground??? :o) Love the pp. One of my favs.. good luck :o)
08/09/2006 03:21:03 PM
This is a surreal shot and I love it. Very Terry Gilliam.
08/09/2006 07:44:05 AM
Really like how the stones match the color of the sky.
08/09/2006 04:43:30 AM
This one has to be top ten.What a stormy sky. Hope you didn't get wet.

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