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Misty Morning
1st PlaceMisty Morning

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Challenge: Leading Lines III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Coniston Water, Lake District, UK
Date: Sep 15, 2006
Aperture: F9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3s
Galleries: Black and White, Water
Date Uploaded: Sep 19, 2006

Taken at Dawn from a third, somewhat older jetty.

Convert from RAW with an agressive curve to retain maximum shadow and highlight detail.
Noise Ninja (local contrast boosting would show every speckle).
A stack, and I do mean a stack of curve, a couple of levels and a brightness/contrast layer.
Several passes of varying large radius USM to improve local contrast, fading some as required to minimize haloing.
Conversion to duotone by hue/sat layer set to colourize. Choose a hue and set the mood with lightness and saturation.
Resize and sharpen for web.
Just wish I could have cloned out the dust spots and distractions, but this IS basic editing rules..

... Wow ... Never expected one of my holiday snaps to do so well =). I've edited the processing details to give a bit more detail as I have never spent so much time (about four hours) editing a single image before.

For those that asked to see here is the image "in the raw", althouh it could obviously look a lot better than it does like this. Had I wanted colour I have some much better shots from different mornings, but they would lack the ray like cloud formations and not be such a nice fit for the challenge.

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Place: 1 out of 294
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Views since voting: 15616
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Votes: 202
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02/02/2011 08:43:19 PM
Awesome shot.
10/03/2006 02:50:01 PM
Excellent... shame about the dust spots having to stay.. .but....
10/01/2006 07:38:13 AM
congratz on 1st place, really awesome photo, i knew it would win :-)

copy/paste from voting period:
now this is a winner, fantastic photo. congratz in advance :-)


09/30/2006 10:31:00 PM
The reflections of the dock carries the eyes right into the distant mountains in such gentle manner. An outstanding composition and indeed a charmer in sepia. Kudos! Congratulations on your Blue.
09/29/2006 10:39:32 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. Great shot!
09/28/2006 11:52:24 PM
Any chance of seeing the original unprocessed image? Cheers.
09/28/2006 03:57:20 PM
Beautiful shot, one of my favs!
09/28/2006 11:28:53 AM
Beautiful! Congrats on the ribbon.
09/28/2006 09:57:03 AM
one of the better shots in this challenge...congrats
09/27/2006 06:25:41 PM
Well deserved ribbon! I love it ~ it's such a beautiful shot! Congrats!
09/27/2006 04:36:24 PM
I have never spent so much time (about four hours) editing a single image before.

Show us the original!
09/27/2006 04:02:24 PM
OH WOW. How did I miss this one? truly deserving of that blue ! Creepy as hell !!
09/27/2006 08:19:34 AM
Congratulations on the blue!
09/27/2006 08:17:41 AM
Conrats on a win, and a beautiful picture.
09/27/2006 02:57:36 AM
Congratulations Stuart, a really great image. I am happy to concede first place to you!
My compliments.
09/27/2006 12:55:04 AM
Congrats on your blue!
09/27/2006 12:37:03 AM
beautiful tones - Congrats on your Blue
09/27/2006 12:15:51 AM
Big lead from the pack. Congratulations!
09/27/2006 12:10:12 AM
Great image. Congrats on the blue!
09/27/2006 12:06:41 AM
Oh that is JUST BEAUTIFUL - I didn't see it when I was scoring, but clearly a winner - WELL DONE & CONGRATULATIONS!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/26/2006 10:14:31 PM
One of my picks to do well in this project. You've managed to capture our gase and lead it out to the mist and up to the striations in the sky.
Excellent work indeed!
09/26/2006 09:57:49 PM
fits the subject well
I enjoy color better than B & W
not sure but I thought B & W provided more contract, but I do not see it here.
09/26/2006 05:56:02 PM
Beautiful! Calm and peaceful, I love the mood here.
09/26/2006 04:44:50 PM
OUTSTANDING!! 10 Good luck!
09/26/2006 02:12:18 PM
Wonderful job on this, the mist and reflections are beautiful. I like that there are leading lines in the docks as well as the clouds.
09/26/2006 10:10:35 AM
Looove this one! You captured one of those moments when nature is at its best. Great job!
09/26/2006 09:56:55 AM
Very Nice, I love the peaceful feel of the image.
09/25/2006 08:36:13 PM
Lovely. Evokes a nostalgic sense. Beautiful smooth water. I like the hint of sepia as well.
09/25/2006 02:34:47 PM
Almost too serene to be beleived. Beautiful scene and very well photographed.
09/25/2006 10:51:11 AM
I love the mist over the treas at the back, and the stillness of the water is lovely. Slightly more contrast in the image might have made it a little more striking.
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09/24/2006 11:32:59 PM
09/24/2006 01:14:10 AM
Not only do I love the lines on the pier but also in the clouds! Great job! Love the tranquility. Adding this one to my print wish list!
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09/22/2006 09:34:10 AM
Awesome!! What a beautiful picture!! Very Nice!!
09/22/2006 07:23:03 AM
now this is a winner, fantastic photo. congratz in advance :-)
09/21/2006 10:06:19 PM
Just plain excellent in every respect. I'm not usually a fan of sepia, or sepia-like stuff, but this is just enough tinting without being overpowering, and it works well with the subject matter. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/21/2006 09:57:45 PM
Beautiful, ethereal shot. Love the mood, and love how the piers take you into it. 10
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09/21/2006 03:26:50 PM
Stunning picture
09/21/2006 02:53:30 PM
Beautiful image, very soft. Nice tones. Crop could have been tighter, losing maybe 10-15% of the right side, eliminating the white thing at horizon level, and shifting the end of the ramp more at 2/3 of the frame. Two dust speckles on top, left of the middle. Horizon is tilt a little bit. You have in hands what can be a perfect image, in need of little adjustments.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/21/2006 12:40:38 PM
The lines take me to the center...very effective. I like the clarity and fog in the background. It would be interesting to see the color version.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/21/2006 11:08:18 AM
Amazing work. This is my favorite photograph submitted in this challenge! I vote a perfect 10!
09/21/2006 10:40:26 AM
Stunning image here.....
09/21/2006 09:21:56 AM
very nice.
09/21/2006 08:09:00 AM
Very beautiful landscape and composition. Lovely use of duo aswell. Really like how the bushes disapear in fog. I wonder if there is possible to get more contrast on sky... Top rating.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/21/2006 02:27:37 AM
Hey I'd like to know how this photo was done!

When the challenge is over if you don't have the description send me a pm!
09/21/2006 01:15:18 AM
breath taking.
09/20/2006 11:09:18 PM
10! 10! 10! beautiful
09/20/2006 08:58:20 PM
Great shot...looks great B&W....would like to see hoe different it is in color. Quite exceptional. 8!
09/20/2006 10:06:45 AM
Wonderful complex image. Very nice work. 9.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/20/2006 09:11:16 AM
beautiful stillness
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/20/2006 08:26:38 AM
stunning and a wonderful ribbon contender in my opinion...serene, beautifully edited and makes me wamt to be there...9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/20/2006 07:07:12 AM
A nice image that IMO would have been improved (at least for the topic of this challenge) by shooting from the end of the jetties so that the lines created by them would have drawn the eye into the picture more.

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