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¿  'Eve of Destruction' or 'Dawn of Correction'  ?
¿ 'Eve of Destruction' or 'Dawn of Correction' ?

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shadows IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Apple iPhone
Location: Northern California - USA
Date: Jul 31, 2007
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: Not Recorded
Shutter: Not Recorded
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 2, 2007

Photographer’s Notes
This was fun. I was on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco. There were neat misty clouds over the mountains near Mt. Shasta. I pulled out my iPhone, snapped the photo, and the rest was editing. What do you think for a 2 Megapixel phone?
The title refers to the 1965 P.F. Sloan song "Eve of Destruction" arguably best recorded by Barry McGuire and the 'answer song' "Dawn of Correction" by The Spokesmen. Many of you are too young to remember and for the rest, it's said, "if you can remember the '60's, you were never there!"
Hear the beginning to Eve of Destruction here.

Post Processing
• Import from iPhone
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
• Sharpen (Lab Color Method)
• Reduce Noise Further (Neat Image – Masked)
• Hue/Saturation (H/S Layer)
• Correct Color (Curves layer)
• Mid-tone Contrast (Curves Layer)
• Dodge & Burn (Overlay Layer)
• Convert to B&W (Channel Mixer Layer – Reduced Opacity)
• Border (Select & Stroke)
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• iPhone
• 2007/07/31 14:39:14
• Image Size: 1600 x 1200

Place: 43 out of 128
Avg (all users): 5.8378
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6667
Avg (non-participants): 5.9200
Views since voting: 1393
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 148
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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08/15/2007 08:54:17 AM
Greetings from the critique club :)

First off, wow! I really like this shot and I think it´s WAY underrated in the challenge. I still have seen better but this definately would have gotten a very good score from me, I probably would have given out an 8 and I don´t give out many of those per challenge. I would have wanted to see this in the top 10. I really like the processing, the look of the image is great, great tones hues.

That you got it from a cell phone is impressive, although that doesn´t matter much when you resize photos down to web size afterwards, you´d be hard pressed to tell the difference from a phone camera or a DSLR with quality lenses. Still impressive though, so don´t get me wrong, wonder how it looks in full rez.

Anyway, got no real constructive critizism on this photo as I like it pretty much as it is and I don´t really understand the relatively low score, think this should have scored at least a full point higher or a 6.8+.

Possible explanation for the score is that people didn´t think it fit the challenge, or could see no clear cut shadows in the photo or wanted the photo to contain specific shadows like the blue and red ribbon winners, who knows...

Kind regards from Iceland, Lárus.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/11/2007 11:35:23 AM
Seems to be very noisey and the horizon lines seems a bit slanted.
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08/10/2007 06:37:04 PM
wow!!..impressing landscape here..
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08/07/2007 06:25:00 PM
Earie !!! Great image
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08/06/2007 07:24:26 AM
I like this effect.
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08/06/2007 06:35:42 AM
powerful...awesome drama...10 from me
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08/06/2007 12:41:56 AM
Both. Cosmos comes out of Chaos, always. Good abstract, Im afraid this dnmc.
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