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Challenge: Harsh Environments (Expert Editing)
Collection: Nature & Views
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Outside Buchanan, VA
Date: Dec 26, 2006
Aperture: 1:4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100 second
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2006

Actually, there's no snow here yet, but it is Purgatory! This was taken from the foot of Purgatory Mountain (in Purgatory Holler). ;-)

Took this shot from Grandma's front yard (the clouds & view were especially magnificent that day). I converted the single original RAW file into 5 different exposures, then created HDR image in Photomatix. Also created a composite Highlights & Shadows Enhanced image from the original. I combined the two composites and used the transparency brush to bring out the sections I wanted.

PP also included: levels/curves, dodge/burn (dodge brush "created" the snow), clone brush (to remove a water tower on top of Apple Orchard Mountain), color sat, change hue, sharpen, add border, save for Web.

Place: 42 out of 116
Avg (all users): 5.9263
Avg (commenters): 6.7692
Avg (participants): 5.6333
Avg (non-participants): 6.0382
Views since voting: 825
Views during voting: 406
Votes: 217
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/05/2007 07:20:47 AM
Hey Jimmy - at first glance this is a really nice picture (I dont have any issues with the frame). But as I look closer to the details I see littler circles all over the place. And not just a couple - full rows of circles layered on top of each other. At first I thought it might have been those solar glare circles that you may have added for effect but man there are alot - right through the bulk of your clouds. I wonder if my monitor is on some funky setting. A cool pic none the less but I thought you would be interested in what I am seeing.
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01/04/2007 06:55:28 PM
Well I bet you are getting hammered for the frame and I must say, understandably so. I usually never complain about frames but this one does nothing than draw attention from what I consider a pretty good photograph. I like the shot, excellent tones in it and love the subtle colors. 7
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01/04/2007 05:24:58 PM
Great shot, love the colors and the sky is incredible. Also the idea of leaping the shot off of the back really works well with your picture. Nice work.
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01/03/2007 09:05:25 PM
this has such a painterly feel...I like how you framed it...it is too pretty to be harsh....my fav
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01/03/2007 02:19:03 PM
i would like this even better with more foreground and without the drop shadow border. i think it would do well with a simple white border.
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01/02/2007 09:00:30 AM
Beautiful shot, great contrast between colors. Definetly a moody, cold feeling to this. The shadowed border is neat, but I'm not sure it isn't a little distracting. 8
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01/02/2007 06:42:47 AM
Great shot, spoilt for me buy the border.
Nice choice to do it as a panoramic though.
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01/01/2007 05:48:47 PM
I think the shadow effect on this photo's border detracts from its overall effectiveness. Might I suggest just a thin black border around the edge? The composition is otherwise amazing.
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01/01/2007 09:40:37 AM
Nicely presented - harsh but strangely soothing.
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12/31/2006 06:53:56 PM
Not a bad shot, but I feel that you are trying to impress me more with the fancy border...
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12/29/2006 10:00:03 PM
Now that's just sweet! I'm sorry to say, the 10 I want to give you is for naught - I rarely vote in challenges I participate in so...? Good luck to ya!
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12/29/2006 04:52:00 PM
nice pic...not sure that i like the shadowed frame though
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12/29/2006 01:59:30 PM
Happy New Year! - 7
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12/29/2006 01:40:12 PM
The clouds looked dramatic, unfortunately a tad too overexposed for me. Cool subject!
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12/29/2006 05:13:29 AM
Wonderful..... just wonderful, & I love the colortones of this one.....
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