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The Swirling Leaves
2nd PlaceThe Swirling Leaves
jtlee321


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Long Exposure II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Portland Japanese Gardens
Date: Nov 1, 2006
Aperture: f14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 Sec.
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2006

I skipped work in the morning to shoot this. I knew the colors at the Portland Japanese Gardens would be on fire. I love the pool at the base of the falls because of the wirlpool effect it likes to give. Providing the exposure is long enough. I used a Circular Polarizer along with a 3 Stop Neutral Density filter stacked to get the exposure to 30 seconds. A bit risky due to the wind that was blowing that morning. But I caught a window where it died long enough to catch a few shots. I did not do too much in post. I applied a contrast mask to bring out the shadows on top, then did a levels adjustment layer to get my black and white points set. I applied a curves adjustment layer to correct the color cast. Then I applied a Brightness Contrast layer to help the overall contrast and to bring out the color just a little more. I hope you enjoy it..

Thank you all for the support! I cannot believe another ribbon. Here is the unedited file for you to compare.

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 239
Avg (all users): 7.3944
Avg (commenters): 8.4762
Avg (participants): 7.2000
Avg (non-participants): 7.5684
Views since voting: 19343
Views during voting: 481
Votes: 180
Comments: 72
Favorites: 71 (view)


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03/30/2007 02:46:00 PM
This image is amazing. I am sure thats been said already but I have to commend you on a wonderful capture. It's captivating.
11/18/2006 05:15:18 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! This photo is a marvelous example of stellar photography! Well done!
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11/17/2006 07:42:20 AM
BRILLIANT SHOT AND VERY WELL EXECUTED.
the thunbnail doesn't do it justice.
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11/16/2006 02:17:47 PM
wow effect ..gr8
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11/16/2006 11:37:13 AM
This is amazing... So beautiful. Congratulations.
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11/15/2006 05:58:37 PM
Beautiful work. Congratulations... :)
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11/15/2006 03:22:20 PM
Congrats on your ribbon run! :)

Thanks very much for posting your originals. It really helps the rest of us learn.
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11/15/2006 01:23:31 PM
Thanks for showing the unedited version.. It's neat to compare. Wonderful job! Going in my fav's :-)
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11/15/2006 07:49:45 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon! Excellent shot!
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11/15/2006 06:21:28 AM
Whoa, this is pretty amazing! Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/15/2006 05:17:45 AM
Lovely and interesting shot.
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11/14/2006 05:11:00 PM
Originally posted by oldbimmercoupe:

super - congrats. curious why the crop.
j
I cropped it because of the distracting reflection of the sky at the very bottom.

Originally posted by talmy:

But aren't those swirling fish? Great idea to feature them by going with a very long exposure, "longer than normal". With a typical 1 second exposure I always found them a distracting blur.
The swirl is not the fish. It is a lot of fallen leaves that got trapped in the current. The exposure was set for 30 seconds. I accomplished the exposure by stacking a circular polarizer with a 3 stop neutral density filter and shooting at f14 at ISO 100. The shot was taken at about 9:30 in the morning.
11/14/2006 01:43:33 PM
super - congrats. curious why the crop.
j
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11/14/2006 07:58:07 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon!! Awesome Shot!!
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11/14/2006 05:06:18 AM
You rock Justin! Congrats on a well deserved ribbon! Great shot + idea.
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11/13/2006 10:27:52 PM
Perfect shot and fit the challenge description to the T. Congrats on second ribbon :)
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11/13/2006 03:43:04 PM
But aren't those swirling fish? Great idea to feature them by going with a very long exposure, "longer than normal". With a typical 1 second exposure I always found them a distracting blur.
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11/13/2006 03:14:01 PM
One of the best shots I have seen here on dpc. I absolutely love the colours, the movement, the warmth, the joy and serenity of this shot.
Fantabulous shot, wonderful achievment. Was really happy when I clicked on that 10 :)
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11/13/2006 01:45:49 PM
Great idea. Well conceived and shot - very poetic.
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11/13/2006 01:24:20 PM
There is really no words to say, I want someday to be able to have my pictures jump out and speak to others like this did to me.
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11/13/2006 11:58:14 AM
Second, second ribbon, second challenge, way to go!
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11/13/2006 11:03:17 AM
Phew -- I don't have to eat my own foot per my previous message! This is an awesome shot. Glad to see it with a ribbon on it!
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11/13/2006 10:28:47 AM
Wow Justin, look at you go! :D

I didn't realize there was anything like this at the gardens. I've only been there once, but I was disappointed with the place and haven't been back. It certainly looks a lot different in your photo. It's a very dynamic image. Well done!
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11/13/2006 09:29:43 AM
Two reds in a row. Not a bad start! Excellent capture. I had seen a similar shot you had in your portfolio, and I think I like this one better. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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11/13/2006 09:13:27 AM
Absolutly beautiful. Fantastic work.
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11/13/2006 06:23:40 AM
WoW!! this is amazing. Congrats!
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11/13/2006 05:00:25 AM
Great shot. Very original. Congrats on your Red.
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11/13/2006 03:27:56 AM
Didn't vote in this challenge, but man, this is brilliant. Congratulations.
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11/13/2006 02:55:18 AM
Um..... never mind... I was mistaken. I thought I had clicked on the "Wind" challenge... (I prolly should not drink before commenting) I apologize for any comment that was inapropriate (and in retrospect... it seems all of them were) as a long exposure it was just fine for the challenge... as wind it was not. But it was not entered in wind....

move along... nowt more to read here

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11/13/2006 02:46:17 AM
Such a great shot. well deserved ribbon!
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11/13/2006 02:40:24 AM
Well this was the "Long Exposure II" Challenge and not the "Wind" Challenge. Sorry if your upset that the voters voted correctly and you are the one who missunderstood.
11/13/2006 02:28:25 AM
As nicely done as this is... it is not wind... it is water. Who the heck votes on these things? Are they friends and such? Are they voting on a purely, "Purdy things" scale?????? It is a whirlpool... W-A-T-E-R...

Sorry if I took a bit of shine off your ribbon... but are the voters actually thinking? The challenge was wind. You submitted a water shot... Maybe I just don't get it.
And yes, wirlpool does have an "h" in it...

I just don't get it....

Wind... water..... maybe ya could have won first place with a fire pic...

I just don't get it...
11/13/2006 01:33:38 AM
man this is good. really really good.
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11/13/2006 12:59:41 AM
That's such an unusual image. Congrats!
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11/13/2006 12:44:09 AM
Simply mind boggling! Like a visual roller coaster. Congratulations on your RED.
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11/13/2006 12:43:32 AM
2/2! Smoking hot! Congrats on REd.
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11/13/2006 12:42:39 AM
wow, obviously not beginers luck huh? this is amazing. and not that much editing. simply beautiful. congrats!
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11/13/2006 12:40:07 AM
Stunning shot. Congratulations on the red.
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11/13/2006 12:35:28 AM
This is lovely! Congratulations on ribbon #2. You're off to a fantastic start! :-)
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11/13/2006 12:32:12 AM
Originally posted by Nitin:

2 ribbons in 2 entries..


my thoughts exactly. incredible!
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11/13/2006 12:21:08 AM
2 ribbons in 2 entries.. Way to go!
Congratulations! Awesome photograph
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11/13/2006 12:16:16 AM
Stunning, but a bit dizzying. Congrats on winning the red ribbon!
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11/13/2006 12:14:53 AM
I had a similar idea, but failed to make it work. This is gorgeous! Congratulations!
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11/13/2006 12:12:57 AM
Thank you for your votes everyone! I really appreciate it. I cannot believe I made the top 10 after I was done voting on all the strong images in this competition. Now if I could just do something other than a red. LOL!!
11/13/2006 12:09:48 AM
Congratulations! Great image. I did two of these last month--I so wanted to do this for this challenge, but I didn't have a location to shoot with leaves (I took the others at the Ithaca GTG where there's no shortage of waterfalls). Nicely done!
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11/13/2006 12:07:29 AM
Terrific image. Congratulations.
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11/13/2006 12:06:47 AM
This is such an awesome shot! Congrats on your Red!
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11/13/2006 12:06:40 AM
okay, now get a blue or yellow or something. gave it a 10 btw.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/12/2006 05:55:33 PM
cool beyond words
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11/12/2006 02:57:51 PM
This is wonderful...when I first saw it I thought this is really nice and gave you an 8, but the more I have looked at it the more I like it, a real grower! you are now my number 10 for the challenge, my fav in the comp. well done.
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11/12/2006 02:00:05 AM
colour.. wonderful fall capture
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11/10/2006 11:47:15 AM
Great job turning a beautiful image into an amazing photo. Colors, framing, exposure, everything is great about this shot. 10.
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11/10/2006 08:01:10 AM
Very unusual and perfectly exposed. A 10.
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11/10/2006 05:51:12 AM
I would have liked to see a little more to the left of the shot, the swirl seams to lead the eye out of the shot,I still think it is a very good shot, and should do well, my vote: 8
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11/09/2006 07:47:24 PM
All on scale of 0-2
Focus: 2
Lighting: 2
Composition: 2
Creativity: 2
Wow Factor: 2

Total: 10
I hope this ribbons. Amazing photo.
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11/08/2006 10:24:12 PM
I have no idea how you did this but it is really amazing and beautiful. 10
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11/08/2006 06:11:00 AM
What a great photo except for one thing: It is slightly tilted.
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11/07/2006 07:02:53 PM
My this is just so surreal and beautiful! Great capture.
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11/07/2006 05:47:19 PM
no way! that is spectacular...that's really unique...good luck with this...9
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11/07/2006 05:05:31 PM
great shot, how did you do it
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11/07/2006 04:47:50 PM
Wow, interesting shot. Where does the current go?? Slow shutter certainly adds to the impact in this shot.
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11/07/2006 12:59:55 AM
Mind sharing how you did this?? Interesting concept.
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11/06/2006 09:09:33 PM
very trippy. were the leaves floating in the water near a whirlpool or something? the background adds a nice contrast of stability to the swirl. 8.
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11/06/2006 07:18:34 PM
That is really cool. You did a great job on this.
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11/06/2006 05:50:25 PM
Nice one. I was going to do something similar, but in the UK the leaves haven't fallen yet. This is simply stunning.
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11/06/2006 03:39:03 PM
wow, really? This is awesome, how did you stop down the exposure enough to get so much light when it seems to be bright outside? 9
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11/06/2006 01:47:57 PM
If this isn't a ribbon winner, I shall eat my own foot.
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11/06/2006 12:04:09 PM
WOW Incredible shot! 10
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11/06/2006 09:37:47 AM
Would love to find out how long you exposed this to get the effect...beautiful capture - 8
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11/06/2006 07:47:26 AM
What a capture! Great job with this photo. This is such a creative departure from the ordinary 'waterfall' images.
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11/06/2006 12:39:33 AM
I have no idea how you did that. WOW
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11/06/2006 12:16:56 AM
wonderful capture and light! 10
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