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No More Colourful Stock Sunsets
No More Colourful Stock Sunsets
mariomel


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Challenge: New Year's Resolution II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Hudson, Qc
Date: Jan 4, 2004
Aperture: F 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2004

I have been very traditional in my photography in the past. I am feeling the need to change the way I express myself through my photography. In the last few months, I have felt a slight change in the way I approach my picture taking and hopefully, this year will be a turning point for me. For one, I am becoming more and more interrested in B&W photography, or at least less colourful photography. Contrasts and textures is something I want to persue a little more. Also, real life or living photography is also something I want to know more about.

Enough about me: This picture was SO processed, I am surprised it still looks like a photo. ALL the post processing was DPC legal: levels, curves, contrast, channel mixer, saturation, NeatImaged (4 times), crop, resize, USM, Gaussian blur, and border. Not necessarily in that order. I can probably NEVER recreate this exact image, although I kept many stages saved to disk. I SO MUCH wanted to dodge and burn the rooftops in the center, to help bring them out, but ALAS.....

Let's see what 2004 shall bring......BRING IT ON, BABY! I'M READY!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 169
Avg (all users): 6.7792
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.5729
Avg (non-participants): 6.9167
Views since voting: 2854
Votes: 240
Comments: 42
Favorites: 6 (view)


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12/31/2004 11:47:21 AM
Fantastic reflection on the ice crust. Great resolution you took last year (2004). Will you take one this year?
01/20/2004 08:37:36 AM
Bummer!!! The stack of three icy cold picts from the Ottawa/Gatineau/Montreal area is gone! Oh well.

Ursula
01/18/2004 07:42:06 PM
This is an excellent piece of work, with a great mix of B&W and color. A little more detail in the darker areas might be nice, but the photo works very well as it is. Funny enough, this image is much much better than any of the 'free study' winners...

Message edited by author 2004-01-18 19:42:59.
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01/18/2004 09:27:11 AM
Congratulations, Mario, I very much like your new year's resolution, and the picture that goes with it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2004 07:40:30 AM
Hmmm. An icy sunset. The texture and absence of texture with the contrasting light and dark is wonderful. The hint of color gives it just the right glow. I love it.
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01/16/2004 05:47:18 PM
I'm glad you couldn't change the rooftops - part of the beauty of this picture is the contrast between the foreground and backgroun and that the foreground is so much lighter. I think it works just perfectly as it is now. :)
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01/16/2004 03:49:47 PM
congrats mariomel...got the ribbon now!
01/16/2004 10:29:31 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
01/14/2004 07:23:39 AM
Great job Mario! This was my fav!!! :-)

From 4 to 3!!!!!!!!!

Message edited by author 2004-01-16 10:43:40.
01/14/2004 12:48:58 AM
Wow! Never did I expect to see myself here in 4th! I thought people might not get my new dark view on things, but perhaps i'm on to something. Anyhow, a good start to the new year. Thanks to all that commented!

In hindsight, I probably could have pulled this image off without all the post processing. Somehow, I started in one direction, and just kept going, and going. I now look back and take my original image and see that I problably could have accomplished the same, or better, results without all the processing.

Mario
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/13/2004 09:27:34 PM
Beautiful image!!
01/13/2004 12:55:38 PM
Very pretty. I love how the light reflects on the forground. The silhouetted background is also very pretty. This only seems to fit in with the challenge because of the title, but oh well. I think this was a hard challenge. Overall this is really beautiful. ~Heather~
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01/13/2004 11:05:38 AM
This is lovely. I want to go there.
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01/13/2004 07:43:54 AM
Nice photo but doesn't seem to fit this theme very well.
01/13/2004 03:17:07 AM
very lovely photo. one of the best in the challenge. Although you may find yourself breaking the resolution sooner than you expected. Nice job. 9
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01/12/2004 11:32:55 PM
This is gorgeous, I love the water, it looks like satin.
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01/12/2004 03:32:29 PM
What's wrong with color. You don't need a lot with this shot. Very nice. one of the best.
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01/12/2004 08:33:26 AM
Wow!!!! Incredibly nice ice pic!
01/11/2004 09:19:09 AM
why not?
01/11/2004 05:56:12 AM
This picture would have worked well in the "Night" Challenge. Good capture.
01/10/2004 08:52:36 PM
Exquisite.
And a title after my own heart.
01/10/2004 06:17:29 PM
This is a stunning image!
This light in the ice is unbelieveble, surreal, where is the sun light in the sky?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/10/2004 05:39:24 PM
Beautiful!
01/10/2004 01:42:52 PM
Why not? This is so god.
01/10/2004 11:15:26 AM
Nice but couldn't see what was your New Year Resolution without reading the title.
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01/10/2004 10:18:08 AM
i agree!
01/09/2004 12:27:22 PM
beautiful pic and very good contrast
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/09/2004 11:19:49 AM
Coloreful sunsets are "stock" for a reason - they are visually exciting and attractive. This is an interesting study in a darker season, and it's calm and attractive.
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01/09/2004 10:01:59 AM
Great contrast!
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01/08/2004 10:33:53 PM
Thats not a good resolution, i love these shots and would miss them if they were gone :-(
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01/08/2004 01:37:48 PM
yup, there is enough of those around... this is very very nice... 10!
01/08/2004 11:49:56 AM
Oh wow! That is great! Love the snow reflection! This would be a good picture to sell as a print!
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01/07/2004 10:43:40 PM
damn thats pretty
01/07/2004 10:30:51 PM
Ooooohhh, this is marvelous! Ribbon worthy!
01/07/2004 07:08:51 PM
Hey, this is great! I love this kind of dark and moody shot! Really gives you a feel of cold winter. Only thing I think it may be missing is the moon, but then again, that would be stock...well done and good luck.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2004 05:30:23 PM
beautiful soft effect and great composition
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2004 03:12:26 PM
Stunning shot. Great light. Love this winter scene. Good on you.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2004 01:33:16 PM
Could use more color. KIDDING!! Nicely done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2004 10:31:12 AM
Beautiful.
01/07/2004 09:35:09 AM
Simply stunning...I am dying to know where this was. 10
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01/07/2004 08:00:06 AM
I really hope you make this a print. The soft colors and lighting are perfect !
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01/07/2004 12:30:23 AM
seems like you were stretching to get this pic in


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