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Bent But Not Broken
2nd PlaceBent But Not Broken
jrjr


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Challenge: A Single Tree (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Date: Sep 4, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2006

All I can say is, "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while." Thank you for all of your kind words and and thanks to all of you who I have learned from and who selflessly continue to help those like me, through comments, forums, tutorials e-mails et al to build skills.
--jrjr

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 251
Avg (all users): 7.0148
Avg (commenters): 7.5161
Avg (participants): 6.7527
Avg (non-participants): 7.2364
Views since voting: 18672
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 203
Comments: 72
Favorites: 18 (view)


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11/02/2006 09:54:01 AM
Whoa!!! How in the world did I miss THIS photo! I think I was on vacation when this challenge came around! This is so incredibly striking and cool! Looks like you are one of the ones people can lear from too! :)

Congratulations on this amazing ribbon photo!
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10/08/2006 10:39:59 PM
Beautiful, .. and since I too have a Rebel XT, It's good to know that the 28-135mm lens will work on it, .. and it obviously does a great job.
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09/29/2006 11:03:28 PM
Real and very surreal. This is simply great! Congratulations on your Red.
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09/24/2006 03:29:15 AM
why did everyone vote so highly for a photo that is more a product of photoshop and gaussian blur than the others that are much more deserving? perplexing. oh well.
09/24/2006 12:16:48 AM
Dear Jr as much as I am not all about the over doing on DP I really do like this photo. I really think you did a great job and your second place really shows it. CONGRATS.

Message edited by author 2006-09-24 00:17:50.
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09/22/2006 10:24:19 PM
hey!!! GREAT JOB!!! it's such a good picture! congrats!!
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09/22/2006 11:08:55 AM
Congratulations, there are lots of feelings on this picture.
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09/21/2006 10:24:23 AM
It's such a memorable, different and dramatic pic that it deserved to ribbon. I actually like the whole smooth finish. The neatness gives it surreality ..Congrats on the Ribbon.
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09/20/2006 04:52:30 PM
Great subject which begs the question why you felt the need to coat in pixel syrup. I'm genuinley interested to see your original here, because I find myself yearning the detail that has been excluded. That dead bark must be rich with interest.
09/20/2006 12:19:22 PM
It seems like you would´ve taken the tree there, if so
What a work,admirable.
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09/20/2006 06:49:13 AM
hi, im a newbie here. great shot. did you photoshop the sky?
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09/19/2006 09:34:44 PM
I would have liked this photo so much better had some original texture been left in it :/

This is definitely a "Right place at the right time" ribbon win. We all need a few of those. Hold on to it dearly.. but my advice? Give us some texture next time :)

09/18/2006 08:13:45 PM
Well done, looks like you found a key to the voters hearts :) Congratulations!!
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09/18/2006 06:07:33 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Well done!
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09/18/2006 05:01:43 PM
wonderful shot
Congratulations on the ribbon
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09/18/2006 04:53:24 PM
Big congrats on the ribbon!
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09/18/2006 02:47:08 PM
This is a beautiful image, congratulations on your ribbon, its well deserved.
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09/18/2006 02:31:49 PM
Congrats on the ribbon, great shot!
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09/18/2006 12:04:40 PM
Originally posted by maryba:

Love this. I'm looking for nearby places for fall weekend outings-is this a beach accessible to the public?
Absolutely- along with nature trails nearby. E-mail me whe you are ready and I will supply compete directions. Thanks for the comment.
--jrjr
09/18/2006 12:02:54 PM
Originally posted by pineapple:

Well done. You make the most of your locality and State. I wonder, though, if you could make those refineries look lovely in a photo too? ;-)
Ha! No refineries down our way (Cape May)- Southern New Jersey is why we are known as, " The Garden State".
Thanks Brooklyn- (Wanna buy a bridge?)
--jrjr
09/18/2006 11:31:50 AM
Congrats, jrjr.
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09/18/2006 11:16:45 AM
Love this. I'm looking for nearby places for fall weekend outings-is this a beach accessible to the public?
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09/18/2006 11:07:16 AM
Tough Crowd!
09/18/2006 10:30:23 AM
Pretty nice but HAVE to echo the negative post proc sentiments.
The branch looks like a CGI Anime tentacle.
There is also haloing evident due to the agressive 'denoising'.
09/18/2006 10:19:15 AM
Well done. You make the most of your locality and State. I wonder, though, if you could make those refineries look lovely in a photo too? ;-)
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09/18/2006 08:02:20 AM
hum I like the moody feel and the composition, but I agree that for my personnal taste the post-processing is too strong. I would be intrested to see the same photo without the post-processing.
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09/18/2006 02:52:39 AM
The processing here is incredibly heavy-handed, it's a well composed image, but the excessive neat-image and haphazard dodge & burn (or whatever you've done to it) really detract from the end product.

Clearly the majority disagree with me, but I think the sentiments of Petrakka and Haakon certainly warrant an echo.

All the best with your future submissions.
09/18/2006 02:33:52 AM
Congrats! Great photo!
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09/18/2006 02:09:04 AM
I must say, I have to agree with petrakka - but it just goes to show that you never know what the rest of the world is going to think of your art. Congratulations on your ribbon.
09/18/2006 12:59:10 AM
well this is a nice image but to me it lacks much photographic quality and has been treated to the point of being more representative of painting or digital art.

I do like this as an image, I do not see it as a photograph. There is a complete lack of detail and what looks to be sloppy editing.

I really can't believe this placed. Nice seeing on your part, just think the editing is, well...it makes it not a photograph.
09/18/2006 12:34:16 AM
This is such a beautiful shot!! Congrats on the ribbon!!!
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09/18/2006 12:25:50 AM
Very moody! Congratulations!
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09/18/2006 12:11:50 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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09/18/2006 12:04:55 AM
congrats on the red! one of my favs ;)
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09/18/2006 12:04:47 AM
Congratulations! A ribbon and a top 10 all in one week!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/17/2006 06:14:48 PM
beautiful! would love to know what you used to soften the coast line and clouds. this one deserves a ribbon.
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09/17/2006 05:59:11 PM
I love this photo! Nice work
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09/17/2006 01:16:58 PM
Nice tonal range and post processing. Good eye!
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09/17/2006 05:59:17 AM
I really like your treatment of this photograph. It is very surreal.
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09/16/2006 08:19:40 PM
I like the smooth velvet feel of this image. The arch of the tree adds a nice bit of curve to mostly otherwise straight lines of the water's edge and the horizon. I like the rich brown and gray blue tones with that touch of white. Quite lovely. After a review of all the images, bumping up.
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09/16/2006 08:07:54 PM
Post work feels too CGI animated. I do love the composition though. Stunning find.
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09/16/2006 07:45:03 PM
i absolutely love this and the title and the composition and all of it!!
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09/16/2006 01:56:37 PM
the doging at the water where it meets the wood is pretty sloppy. It really hurts an otherwise very nice composition. Given that this is advanced editing carefull reworking with layers could get rid of that issue as well as bringing up more detail in the wood grain.
09/16/2006 03:07:45 AM
the composition seems a little static. a different angle or crop might make it more energetic.
09/15/2006 04:06:29 PM
Very nice capture but I am going to have to be honest with you. I had to look at this picture long and hard because of the aggressive post processing. One minute I felt you had gone over the top with the noise reduction software and removed to much detail and the next minute I feel it was a good thing. After debating on a 9 or 10 I will have to award you with a 10. Even though I feel the processing is over the top, it fits the theme and photo.

Great Job!
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09/15/2006 08:54:20 AM
Beautiful setting..
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09/14/2006 11:22:14 PM
Great take on the subject. Nice work on the sky as well. Personally, it looks like neat image was overused a bit
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09/14/2006 08:52:27 PM
Very talented editing. You have my vote...9.
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09/14/2006 02:38:36 PM
This is just gorgeous!! 9
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09/14/2006 02:28:19 PM
Love the water...
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09/14/2006 08:48:18 AM
WOW !love the smoothness in there. Well... Excellent work, the darkness of his picture is quite appropriate, makes it "scariest". Grats!
10
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09/14/2006 01:09:07 AM
I like the composure here and the way the tones and lighting frame the subject tree. I am also captivated by the likelihood that this tree grew at that location... It looks to me as though some extraordinary forces planted a very large piece of driftwood for us to marvel over. The post processing of the photo isn't quite as subtle as I prefer yet I suspect that it takes harshness out of the scene which would likely be more distracting.
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09/13/2006 06:34:30 PM
Excellent realization, beautiful colors, I love the mysterious feeling in it.
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09/13/2006 04:05:37 PM
I really like the feel to this shot...Very nice!
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09/13/2006 06:39:24 AM
Love the mood of this photo
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09/12/2006 06:54:55 PM
Tuborg? Another nice piece of eye candy. The abuse of dodge and burn makes this look completely computer generated though, and for this shot I don't think it was the way to go. Of course it will score well, I have no doubt. I still wonder what exactly nature had offered to my eyes here before photoshop smashed it out of existence.
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09/12/2006 05:56:59 PM
i love the sky!
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09/12/2006 05:53:21 PM
Great picture, should finish in the top ten.
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09/12/2006 01:20:26 PM
too much, or rather, too obvious post-processing. halo around the trunk and discolourations on the sea on both sides of the trunk. nice sky though and creamy sea. the textures of the trunk are also nice. but on the whole it's too much for me. a more subtle approach might please me more, but in the end this is your photo so do as you please.
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09/12/2006 01:13:38 PM
Nice job, very surreal looking. I really like the way the clouds look. 8
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09/12/2006 01:02:09 PM
Wonderful processing, either that or a fantastically timed shutter. Excellent shot here.
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09/12/2006 11:06:22 AM
Lovely gradations of tone in the sky and all through the photo. The tree is interesting in form and the whole image has a painterly effect.
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09/12/2006 02:07:35 AM
Love the eerie sky.....and the effect it gives one in this striking image. One of my top picks for this challenge, as it is so dramatic, and hope this one ribbons.....My first "10".....
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09/11/2006 08:31:53 PM
IMHO a perfect picture - the colors are STUNNING.... the pp is great... - 10
....second look added to my favs.... :o) personally I think the pp suits perfectly here, maby because it is rather oobvious and I think it goes with the mood of the picture... love it.
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09/11/2006 08:17:35 PM
Great tree and moody sky but a little over processed for perhaps...
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09/11/2006 07:35:57 PM
very surreal quality about it. it's a great subject and i think you did it justice here.
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09/11/2006 05:26:35 PM
i like it but way too much neat image...........looks like an illustration
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09/11/2006 03:09:51 PM
I like the composition and your intention with processing. However, for me it's little overdone. I think it really stands out for the worse is in the water near the letters on the tree. the water gets brighter in that one area. I do like the rest of the tree and sky. 6, cause it's way better than 5 but it's not a 7.
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09/11/2006 11:53:33 AM
This has a great dramatic feel. Something about the contrasty look. The bright highlights of the breaking wave and the cloud highlights contrasting with the overall darker tones.
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09/11/2006 09:00:25 AM
WOW. This is fantastic. 10.
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09/11/2006 07:00:24 AM
I really love the colors in this one, but it looks a little too post-processed. The dodging is very noticable on the tree - especially near the tip where it actually starts to bleed into the clouds! Just remember, everything in moderation (the fade control is your friend!). Otherwise, the composition and tone is really nice. Great eye for the shot.
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09/11/2006 12:57:49 AM
Beautiful tones on the wood of the tree. Dramatic setting. Among the best I've seen so far.
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