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Moutaintop Sentinel : Another Stormy Chapter
Moutaintop Sentinel : Another Stormy Chapter

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Challenge: A Single Tree (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2006
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) DT
Location: Virginia - Shenandoah National Forest
Date: Sep 5, 2006
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2006

RawShooter essentials 2006
- Appearance : Strong
- convert to TIFF

Post-Processed with Paint Shop Pro X

Duplicate BG
- Clone cleanup
Mask Tree
- Brightness & Contrast : Clarify +20 to sky/clouds
- Opacity 89%
- Neat Image
Mask Sky
- Fill flash +10, -10 sat
- Hue & Saturation : (Ylw -10)
- Levels (0,1,240)
- Hue & Saturation : (Blue -3)
- Brightness & Contrast : B/C (8,0)
Duplicate Mask Tree layer
- Burn mode 40% opacity
- Neat Image
- Curves (auto lighten)
- Brightness & Contrast : B/C (0,50)
- Brightness & Contrast : HMS (-30,30,30)
- Hue & Saturation : HSL (Blue -30)
- Digital Camera Noise Reduction (35,35,35,35,0,61,321)
Merge All
Brightness & Contrast : Histogram (0,1,215)
Noise Reduction : Salt & Pepper (1,1)
Save as JPG
Duplicate Mask Sky layer
- Dodge pine tree
- Burn background trees lower left
- Opacity 34%

Ok...this is getting nuts. Got out of bed at 3:30am to drive 50 miles in a rainstorm so heavy the windshield wipers could barely keep up. Get to the mountains and the fog is so thick you can't see the front of the vehicle! It's still raining. I'm hoping the rain lets up enough and the sky brightens enough, to get a shot of this tree.

Eventually the rain becomes a mist - out I go with umbrella and rain gear. Hop the overlook rock wall, hike along the hillside trying to stay upright. Finally reach a vantage point that allows me to setup the tripod and isolate the tree against the clouds and valley below. Once the sky started clearing, it cleared FAST! I only got 4 or 5 shots off before the valley was totally exposed below and the clouds cleared out totally.

Previous visit to this location in May 20, for the Shenandoah GTG, prompted this special trip.


Place: 63 out of 251
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2006 08:53:56 PM
Perfect title for this flawless photograph. You have my vote---9.
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09/14/2006 12:40:59 AM
Really flat image.
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09/13/2006 07:10:40 AM
great shot. would be interested to see how the tree looks further up the frame... or enlarged within the frame
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09/12/2006 06:20:23 PM
Nice perspective and great exposure. Think you might have been served well by walking away from a strict adherence to the rule of thirds amd pushing the tree over to the left edge so that it looks like it really is being threatened by the incoming storm/wall of clouds. Nontheless, a nice photo. Good luck.
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09/12/2006 10:18:35 AM
Now you have captured a very nice simple landscape of the Chinese shan shui (mountain water) painting type - almost. I like the dull colours - almost lack of colour perhaps. Possibly a little work on this could make it outstanding. I imagine it would work in sepia or b/w as well. 8.
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09/12/2006 05:02:09 AM
Oh to be able to emulate this fellow in Bonsai.
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09/12/2006 02:10:10 AM
I like the silvery background.......and it has a zen feeling in this one.....
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09/11/2006 08:52:23 PM
this is a beautiful shot - more contrast in the clouds would make it stronger (soft D&B - not the heavy handed stuff!)

Great work, good luck in the challenge!
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09/11/2006 01:03:53 AM
Very nice and moody. Very evocative!
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