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Challenge: Harsh Environments (Expert Editing)
Collection: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Pine Ridge
Date: Dec 25, 2006
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Dec 25, 2006

I went back to the forest where I had taken my picture for the November, 2005 "Camouflage" challenge,


It is a deeply wooded area near the Loch Raven Resevoir not as desolate as it appears. This time of year the trees are defoliated and the area deeper in the forest has a forboding feeling to it. I walked around taking several shots. This one struck me as the one that fit the challenge description most succinctly.
The challenge rules allow alot of freedom in post processing. Basically I cropped the image and played around with Levels, curves, saturation, contrast, and selective colors until I found a result that I liked. This is a single picture with no layering involved. I also cloned out some branches extending into the picture on the upper left and cleaned up a few sensor dust spots. Neat Image was used to smooth out the sky. I allowed more saturation to the colors in the forest and a slightly unnatural appearance to the sky than I would normally because of the nature of the contest and to give it a somewhat surrealistic feeling. I will be very interested to see how this picture is received as it is somewhat of an experiment for me.

Place: 75 out of 116
Avg (all users): 5.5249
Avg (commenters): 5.5714
Avg (participants): 5.3220
Avg (non-participants): 5.5988
Views since voting: 636
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 221
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2007 07:20:16 PM
I have a hard time saying anything about this shot as I find it neither good or bad. I like the color of the foreground, dislike the bland grey sky and the lack of a strong subject that pulls at my attention. 5
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01/02/2007 04:58:08 PM
too red, not much going on. I think you could do something with this shot, I would like to have seen it in black & white and some strong contrast. It does fit the challenge. Lost? maybe if there were someone or something lost in the shot?
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01/02/2007 06:42:12 AM
Love the colours.
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12/30/2006 12:45:06 PM
You found a very interesting location. Good detail and color.
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12/29/2006 10:57:02 PM
Even though I think the photo looks like a basic photo...(sorry if I'm wrong)...I still think it totally captures the spirit of the challenge.
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12/29/2006 02:12:28 PM
Amazingly haunting location.
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12/29/2006 02:04:38 PM
Happy New Year! - 7
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12/29/2006 12:05:34 PM
I hate kudzu, and this photo is a great example why. Great capture!
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