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Rebecca


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Challenge: Fences (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Lakewood, CO
Date: Dec 30, 2006
Aperture: 7.4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2006

This is the tennis court at the old YMCA near my home, buried under two feet of snow the day after the second blizzard rolled through the Denver area. I thought this was bleak and gorgeous all at once, especially since the city has purchased the property to expand a water treatment facility and all of this soon will be torn down. I like the way the snow sticks to the fence and trees.

I shot this with my wide angle and polarizer while standing in two feet of snow the day after the second blizzard rolled through. I'd been out at least an hour by the time it occurred to me to shoot this for Fences, and my jeans were sopping wet (from other ill-fated shots that required being down in the snow) and the cuffs had actually frozen. I was shivering so badly by the time I got to the tennis court that the only way to take a clear shot without a tripod (which I discovered doesn't work so well in two feet of snow) was to hold my elbows in and hold my breath until the shutter was finished. Good thing the sun was out or the whole session would have been a waste!

I had a hell of a time coming up with a sharpening protocol that didn't completely ruin the shot. I must have spent three hours tackling it from every angle I could think of! I tried the gothic glow out of sheer desperation and to my utter amazement it did the trick, in combination with a light application of Sharpen Edges, which I don't think I have ever seen anyone here use.

Bonus point: My mom called me today specifically because she wants a 16x20 print to be the winter scene over the fireplace (she rotates them seasonally), so no matter how the scoring goes, I WIN!!!!

In Nikon View 6:
Convert to b/w
bump contrast

In PS CS2:
Crop/rotate
Neat Image
clone out power line
dup layer - hard light
gothic glow, dropped onto new layer and scaled back
flatten image
shadow/highlight
dodge/burn fence, tree trunk
color balance: (h: yellow, m: red, s: blue - all very slight adjustments)
resize to 640
dup layer - normal
sharpen edges, scale back to 20%
save for web

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Woot! Second personal best in a row! AND my first appearance in the top 20. ROCK!

Statistics
Place: 19 out of 315
Avg (all users): 6.4115
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.2079
Avg (non-participants): 6.5409
Views since voting: 1319
Views during voting: 373
Votes: 260
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/07/2007 11:00:05 PM
Wow.....This is a great shot, and so pleased it did so well for you.....
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2007 11:10:01 PM
Great shot, love the composition and lighting on your shot. Sky looks great also. Really nice work.
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01/09/2007 09:59:57 PM
nice shot.
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01/09/2007 05:52:21 PM
Nice line, composition and tone.
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01/09/2007 04:53:04 PM
The geometric shape of the fence balances nicely with the tree. Great shot.
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01/09/2007 03:27:26 PM
nice shot :)
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01/09/2007 12:05:33 PM
ok
01/09/2007 08:25:28 AM
Lovely!
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01/07/2007 01:54:29 PM
yepp, this is nice :) 8
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01/05/2007 04:47:08 AM
Beautiful composition!
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01/04/2007 09:11:23 PM
I like the contrast in your image. Nice compositionas well. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/04/2007 02:47:10 PM
Very crisp shot! I gave it a 9.
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01/04/2007 09:04:08 AM
Good title. Like the b&W. Fence seems a little lost in the compostion, though, like it's not sure whether it belongs or not.
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01/03/2007 06:32:31 PM
beautiful image ... great composition and feel ......
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01/03/2007 03:55:38 PM
Awesome composition and great processing! I love the effect.
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01/03/2007 03:13:31 PM
Very nice
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01/03/2007 11:19:23 AM
yes!!:)a 9
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01/03/2007 10:51:29 AM
Even though the focus of this photograph doesn't seem to be on the fence, IMO, I still think this is a great shot. I love the color/tone, too. A 9. Good luck. :)
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01/03/2007 05:05:16 AM
have you used some filters on lens?8
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