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Blue Bayou

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Collection: A+ Prints
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Niskayuna, NY
Date: Apr 30, 2007
Aperture: 9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2007

Sorry for not having some details earlier. I shot this the last day of the challenge, on my evening bike ride. I liked the way the setting sun was hitting this area off of the bike path, so I climbed down and explored a bit, and found this lovely tree catching sunset light.

I used a GND, and I was bracketing exposures. This is three RAW exposures combined in Photomatrix. Other than that and tonemapping, very little editing.

I think the tilt is an illusion--you are not seeing a true horizon, but in any case I guess it may look tilted.

Place: 29 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.6595
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.5865
Avg (non-participants): 6.8462
Views since voting: 2604
Views during voting: 303
Votes: 185
Comments: 15
Favorites: 4 (view)

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06/20/2012 03:39:03 PM
Stunning and so very peaceful. Excellent!
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01/07/2009 12:35:03 AM
Very very nice.
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09/05/2007 08:31:41 PM
I remember this from the challenge, I thought it would be near the top. Great use of HDR, very subtle but effective.
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05/08/2007 12:08:47 AM
I actually really like this...so quiet.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 06:10:42 PM
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05/04/2007 01:29:25 PM
Very nice use of expert editing tools. The image is lovely. However, while it might be an optical illusion, it seems to me that the horizon tips just a tad to the left. So, 7 instead of 8.
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05/04/2007 01:10:09 PM
Beautiful! Love the PP and composition
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05/03/2007 06:40:40 PM
Very dreamy.
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05/03/2007 01:37:26 PM
Wow! Niiiice! ~10
Added, obviously you know what you're doing, but I would consider, just consider, cropping off a little from the bottom (or somehow moving closer or up a bit). Two reasons, (1) I think I'd like the horizon line a tad lower, and (2) the bottom part, to the left is sort of "messy", whereas the rest of the picture is not, and it draws too much attention.
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05/02/2007 11:07:39 PM
nice imagery - horizon seems a bit off, though << 7 >>
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05/02/2007 05:27:33 PM
Simply adorable. What a fine presentation!
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05/02/2007 05:02:11 PM
Except for the tilted horizon this is a good photo....7
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05/02/2007 10:25:21 AM
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05/01/2007 04:17:47 PM
Absolutly stunning image
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05/01/2007 09:37:40 AM
Really beautiful. The line of the tree crossing diagonally across the frame is stunning, given the rich coppery tones of the trunk. I love the warm/cool color scheme. I wonder what it would look like if you adjusted curves? Hmmm maybe too dark, but I'd try it for fun. Ain't mother nature grand??
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