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Challenge: Fences (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Favorite Challenge Entries
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: field
Date: Jan 2, 2007
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2007

Thanks for the votes AND comments. I had set a goal a week ago to hit 50 comments during a challenge and I didn't expect it to happen on this one!

The last day to submit and still hunting for a compelling fence. It was foggy and wet(typical Jan weather) and I passed this fence covered with drops of water. Whoooaaaa, U turn and look more closely. Every barb in the whole fence row had a wonderful collection of drops. Took a couple and then found this little jewel with the nice arrangement of droplets. Shot away and wala! The lower half of the BG was a muddy field and the upper half was foggy with a small row of trees.

I was pretty heavy handed with the vignetting in RAW conversion and then burning in PP. I used two RAW conversions. ONe for the BG and another + version to get some detail in the dark parts of the wire. The tiniest breeze from a car passing by would shake the drops so also had to do a little aggressive USM, especially on the tiny web/drops top left.

The vignetting inspiration came from Eyewaves "Tension" entry.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 315
Avg (all users): 7.2682
Avg (commenters): 8.5581
Avg (participants): 7.1414
Avg (non-participants): 7.3457
Views since voting: 16621
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 261
Comments: 82
Favorites: 49 (view)


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01/18/2007 08:46:27 AM
It's wonderful, congratulations
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01/15/2007 07:11:19 PM
Such a beautiful picture, absolutely love it, from the fence to the color and droplets... Stunning :o) Congrats on a great finish and a ribbon...
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01/15/2007 12:13:22 AM
It's visual poetry...
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01/14/2007 08:25:54 PM
I've been meaning to congratulate you on this shot, and to say how beautiful it is. Those drops are just so delicate and so strong at the same time. Many congratulations!
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01/13/2007 08:51:23 PM
It's wonderful what Mother Nature can do.
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01/13/2007 07:24:05 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/13/2007 12:22:47 PM
great job! Congrats!
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01/12/2007 03:19:14 PM
Congrats on your ribbon. Very nice shot...I submitted a similar idea once before, but not as good as this one. my pic
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01/12/2007 01:30:35 AM
That is just too simple! Nice ribbon... beautiful simplicity!
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01/11/2007 04:31:25 PM
This was my favourite in the challenge Mark, adding it to my faves now
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01/11/2007 02:23:02 PM
Congratulations! stunning photo. This was my absolute favorite, after mine of course ")
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01/10/2007 01:31:55 PM
Congratulations on your well-deserved ribbon! This is a terrific shot and my top pick for this challenge.
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01/10/2007 10:53:03 AM
This needs to be a print :)
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01/10/2007 09:06:21 AM
A great photo and definitely deserving of the red ribbon. Congratulations!
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01/10/2007 08:39:56 AM
Wow!
Great photo, congrats!
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01/10/2007 08:13:57 AM
Congratulations on your Red!!! Knew this would do well, the vignetting really adds to the drama of the image, well done!
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01/10/2007 07:27:01 AM
Wow!!! What a stunning capture of a rusty fence! Congratulations on 2nd place!! Very deserving!!!

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01/10/2007 03:16:49 AM
Excellent capture!!
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01/10/2007 03:11:30 AM
Not much more to say than "brilliant, love those drops" and congrats on your red"
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01/10/2007 03:10:02 AM
congratulation! very nice pic and well done post processing
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01/10/2007 01:04:06 AM
Great composition and tones. I love that it's so unique. Well done. Denise L.
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01/10/2007 12:45:01 AM
congrats!
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01/10/2007 12:37:46 AM
Great job Mark! Congrats on yet another ribbon!
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01/10/2007 12:35:25 AM
Congratulations on a well done shot!
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01/10/2007 12:34:21 AM
WOW, what a great shot! (Damn you! ;-D)
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01/10/2007 12:23:43 AM
BRAVO!!!! Well done.
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01/10/2007 12:19:14 AM
Superb, Mark! Many congrats on your ribbon!
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01/10/2007 12:10:56 AM
Damn you! :P
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01/10/2007 12:10:19 AM
Great shot! Congratulations on your 2nd place win.
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01/10/2007 12:07:47 AM
Congrats!!!! Very well deserved 2nd place win!!!
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01/10/2007 12:07:12 AM
Yay!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2007 11:27:16 PM
Really great shot, love your DOF and colors. Excellant macro shot. Well done.
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01/09/2007 11:15:30 PM
well done....I really like the color
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01/09/2007 11:15:13 PM
Superbe...
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01/09/2007 11:08:27 PM
Excellent Macro! The whole composition and tone is perfect. Looks like some detail was lost due to cropping? but still love it. 9
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01/09/2007 10:06:18 PM
Wonderful shot. I found myself counting the drops of water.
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01/09/2007 09:59:29 PM
I love the contrasts in this image...angular/spherical, gleaming/aged, evanescent/enduring, delicate/strong. Beautifully seen and presented!

Message edited by author 2007-01-10 08:56:02.
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01/09/2007 09:53:23 PM
very well done...wat PP have u done?
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01/09/2007 05:25:54 PM
Beautiful, great lighting.
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01/09/2007 01:39:38 PM
Drops look great. Good burning around the edges too. Excellent.
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01/09/2007 01:27:17 PM
I like the droplets
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01/09/2007 11:32:33 AM
very good
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01/09/2007 11:16:03 AM
really wonderful! good luck with this one!
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01/09/2007 09:48:15 AM
Great macro photo! Lots of interest in this closeup.
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01/09/2007 08:28:24 AM
Superb work!!!!!! My favourite!
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01/09/2007 02:26:18 AM
Mmmh, dewdrops! ;]
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01/09/2007 12:59:08 AM
awesome detail and silky smoothe dof...well done 9
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01/08/2007 06:51:34 PM
I love this shot. Then again, I love old rusty stuff (don't tell my husband that!). Congrats on a beautiful shot and my highest score--10
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01/08/2007 06:03:12 PM
Nice composition. The editing makes the large droplet look pasted into the frame.
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01/08/2007 11:11:21 AM
Awesome! I like the round waterdrops! 9
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01/08/2007 08:45:06 AM
I Like the drops, the crop, the lighting, the composition and the tiny web elements (anything left??)- a simple yet such a good capture - ribbon contender here i guess, 9
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01/07/2007 11:48:43 PM
great image - 9
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01/07/2007 07:48:43 PM
excellent close up - love the drops of dew/rain and the inversion they create
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01/07/2007 09:40:20 AM
The beads of water are beautiful. 9.
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01/07/2007 12:55:49 AM
I really enjoy the central composition and the slight vignetting on the edges of the frame which draw attention to the barb. The reflections on the water droplets along the web are also a nice leading line taking my eyes across the wire. Thanks for sharing.
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01/06/2007 03:56:46 PM
Really nice with the dew drops.
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01/06/2007 03:18:22 PM
Very cool image. Great color tones and the droplets really make this shot something special. My eyes would prefer a slightly sharper focus but, who cares, this is still one of my top 5. Back to bump you up to 9.
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01/06/2007 06:00:11 AM
Oh Wow! This challenge has some stunning images. Your photo is one of them...giving a 10 and save to favs.
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01/06/2007 12:53:11 AM
Awesome tone - love those drops, your eye led you well here - could have done with a skosh more detail in the very center

One of my favs in the challenge - hope you ribbon! << 9 >>
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01/06/2007 12:39:29 AM
Could have been a WOW picture if not for the oversharpening. (7)
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01/05/2007 01:49:29 PM
I would like to see a bit more off centered composition, where i can see more of the bigger drops to the left because they give this image its nice contrast nature - human. Still the color and weathered look is very nice. (vote=8)
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01/05/2007 12:39:49 PM
Just beautiful.
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01/04/2007 10:15:19 PM
addition of the web and water drops make this shot better than an ordinary close-up. i like the sepia tone, reflections in the drops a lot. 9
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01/04/2007 02:06:32 PM
Very nice. I wonder if you used a spray bottle here. I think a bit of a skew from horizontal and not so exactly centered would have made me give it a 9 instead of an 8.
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01/04/2007 01:14:51 PM
nice focus
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01/04/2007 02:51:00 AM
You've taken an everyday boring old fence and presented it as an emotionally loaded symbol. Great!
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01/04/2007 12:08:12 AM
lovely!
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01/03/2007 10:46:43 PM
I love the background but the wire looks a bit harsh or fake.
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01/03/2007 08:35:04 PM
Good
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01/03/2007 03:05:38 PM
absolutely terrific. 1) the essential elements of a fence 2) a fabulous juxtoposition: even something meant to deter can serve as a welcome resource!
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01/03/2007 02:57:03 PM
One of my favorites so far.... a great shot.
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01/03/2007 02:23:12 PM
and the winner is :)
Excellent composition 10
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01/03/2007 02:11:35 PM
Excellent work!!! I love the simplicity here and the position of each water drops are perfect. You may take a little heat for centering the subject, but a great shot regardless. 9
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01/03/2007 01:20:54 PM
Beautimous! How did you get your background to be so durn perfect for the shot? Very nicely done.
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01/03/2007 12:43:00 PM
Gorgeous. I love the lines of the droplets divided in half. Really appealing to me. Great title too. My only 10 vote. Good luck.
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01/03/2007 12:18:05 PM
very nice...9
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01/03/2007 11:54:04 AM
very nice. my #2 vote for the catagorie. I think what's most appealing t ome is the 50/50 colored water droplets
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01/03/2007 10:52:05 AM
COOL! A 9. Good luck.
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01/03/2007 10:18:54 AM
Great. Thanks for submitting. 8
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01/03/2007 05:14:52 AM
nice one. Like the background tones. Droplets really make it. Great job!9
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01/03/2007 03:50:52 AM
Great capture - the sepia tone adds to the image's impact.
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01/03/2007 01:14:26 AM
beautiful! what was the background? the textures are fantastic
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