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...and he beheld a far green country under a swift sunrise.
3rd Place...and he beheld a far green country under a swift sunrise.
DrAchoo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Rural Landscapes (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Date: Aug 9, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2007

Entry #11.

These farms are on Hwy 26 on the way to Cannon Beach. I thought of them for the rural challenge and decided to give them a go after work. (Depsite the title, this is a sunset. I liked the quote and sunrise felt more "farmy" anyway.) I shot a few locations and then found this hill looking down on an idyllic farm setting. I noticed the sun was starting to play with a line of clouds on the horizon so I thought I would wait it out. I wasn't disappointed. It was a bit of a challenge, however, to shoot straight into the sun.

For processing I started with a S/H application (about 35/25). This is much stronger than I usually do and was probably because of the lack of contrast from shooting into the sun. Then I went through nearly every adjustment layer, but the important ones are probably curves to lower midtones (while trying to hold detail in the barn), selective color to lighten the shadows, a fair amount of saturation, and then color balance to give a slightly warmer tone. USM, resize, USM, USM, NI, border. Bam!

I have high hopes for this one. The title is from Tolkien and is speaking of Valinor, which is Heaven.

I'm hoping to have a print version of this up at William Joseph Gallery in a few weeks. Look on my profile for a link.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 290
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Avg (commenters): 8.4839
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Votes: 217
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12/06/2007 06:25:29 PM
WOW..................
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08/29/2007 10:44:45 PM
Breathtaking
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08/28/2007 10:29:49 AM
The sun rays in this shot are really spectacular. Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/26/2007 04:42:19 PM
Beautiful image, Congrats!
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08/23/2007 03:51:52 PM
This is a beautiful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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08/22/2007 10:42:54 PM
This is an absolutely beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing it.
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08/22/2007 08:02:37 PM
Originally posted by routerguy666:

Did you really shoot this with your 180mm macro or is that an error?


Yes, it was shot with the 180mm macro.
08/22/2007 07:42:41 PM
Did you really shoot this with your 180mm macro or is that an error?
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08/22/2007 04:53:33 PM
Fantastic light Doc...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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08/22/2007 02:14:20 PM
Captain Jason, congratulations on your ribbon!! Beautiful sunrise with excellent composition and lighting, well deserved ribbon.
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08/22/2007 01:56:23 PM
'tis wondrous!

I should have loved to see the original, just to see what it looked like before - any chance? Well done, anyway
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08/22/2007 09:04:24 AM
the colour, light, rays, atmosphere...you are a genius Doc. Another ribbon for the ribbon count...Jason you are a superstar!
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08/22/2007 08:08:16 AM
Congrats on yet another ribbon. I can't believe there are people saying that this shot is not rural...boggles the mind how many anal-retentives there are around here...splitting hairs instead of just shooting pictures. Great job.
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08/22/2007 08:04:49 AM
Very pretty, I love all the glowing going on here. WTG on your ribbon
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08/22/2007 07:53:15 AM
Lovely capture, Jason! Congrats!
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08/22/2007 06:57:14 AM
Well-Deserved, Sir! Your work is MOST amazing! :)
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08/22/2007 06:55:17 AM
The exposure musn't have been easy, though I'm not that much of a fan of the saturated colours. It would probably way look better in print, though!

And extra points for the Tolkien/Lord of the Rings quote! I'd always dreamed of what Valinor would look like.
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08/22/2007 05:29:05 AM
One of my top choices. Congrats.
Tareq
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08/22/2007 03:23:42 AM
nice detail shot
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08/22/2007 02:49:45 AM
Congrats, Jason , this is definitely the best shot in the challenge that IS meeting the challenge :)
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08/22/2007 02:28:41 AM
Great shot!
however, I'm not a big fan of the strange and false-looking green on the foregroud.
But this exposure wasn't easy, i can guess! you did great
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08/22/2007 01:55:55 AM
Jason, congrats on your beautiful entry and ribbon! Of course, we agree that any road that leads to Cannon Beach is on the way to "Valinor" (heaven). Great to have you back at the beach recently!
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08/22/2007 01:21:32 AM
And the doc sneaks in another good one... Congrats, this is awesome!
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08/22/2007 01:08:38 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, dude!
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08/22/2007 01:03:58 AM
I'd say it did OK. :-) Maybe one too many USMs for my taste, but I like things softer than most folks do - the softness adds to the "sunrise" bit you were going for. I suspect you can do a lot more with it under advanced or non-DPC editing rules if you wish, and I also suspect it'll make a stunning and profitable print.
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08/22/2007 01:00:01 AM
I LOVE this photo! Could you maybe write a "How'd they do that" about this photo because I'd love to know how you got so much detail out of the shadows/highlights by only using basic editing.

Great work!
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08/22/2007 12:54:35 AM
Congrats Jason. It will make a very nice print.
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08/22/2007 12:19:17 AM
For some reason, I suspected this might be yours :) Gorgeous!
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08/22/2007 12:17:55 AM
Bravo, Jason!
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08/22/2007 12:17:13 AM
I knew this would ribbon! Still loving the quote, and the photo, great job and congrats on the yellow.
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08/22/2007 12:15:35 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous. I wish i could just run through those fields. This looks very calm and peacful. Excellent shot!
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08/22/2007 12:12:58 AM
Congrats Jason, Awesome shot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2007 05:50:19 PM
One of the best of the challenge. Light streaming through the trees is terrific! Color saturation is very good. Hope this ribbons.
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08/21/2007 05:03:23 PM
His soul fragmented by time
Shredded by shadows and dreams
Looking over his shoulder
Life is not what it seems

Dark sleep for a time
Come and rest for a while
Weariness creeps to the bone
The last one…the longest mile

Awakening to a Promised Land
Outwitting Death’s dark and untimely demise
Triumphant, as he beheld
A far green country under a swift sunrise


Message edited by author 2007-08-28 11:34:40.
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08/21/2007 04:07:42 PM
Just breathtaking! Love the light streaming thru. Gorgeous yellow color.
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08/21/2007 01:28:16 PM
a perfect picture for any wall
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08/21/2007 11:50:16 AM
The light breaking through that forest is beautiful. It would make an amazing photo with that portion alone. Great job!
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08/21/2007 10:05:06 AM
Wow, this is really sharp despite the bright sun. Great sun rays. 9
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08/20/2007 10:49:01 PM
one of my favorites! the way you captured the light really makes this a beautiful picture. 9
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08/20/2007 05:09:52 PM
Absolutely freaking gorgeous. I'll say more if I can pick my jaw off of the floor.
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08/19/2007 10:43:18 PM
You must have been one happy photographer to be present for that sunrise. :) Really nice - glad you kept the "blown" part at the top - gets across the magnificence of the moment much more effectively than if you tried to crop it out or fix it.
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08/19/2007 12:30:00 PM
This is absolutely gorgeous! What amazing colors in those sun rays!
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08/19/2007 11:07:29 AM
This is one of my favorites of this challenge. It truly says rural to me...it's what pops into my head when thinking of the country. Very nicely composed and the colors and lighing are beautiful. Well done. 10
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08/19/2007 10:36:48 AM
LOVELY!!
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08/19/2007 09:00:37 AM
wow..i love it a real warm glow to this one
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08/19/2007 03:31:18 AM
Wow very nice. Blown out at the top but not to much of it, good cropping/framing. WD
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08/18/2007 09:27:27 PM
Beautiful, I love the sun rays.
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08/18/2007 05:02:22 PM
Love the golden light pouring over the trees and the good tonal range in this shot. Hate the border.
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08/18/2007 03:10:14 AM
Wow this is a fabulous image.
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08/17/2007 11:54:34 PM
beautiful rays!!!
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08/17/2007 08:49:48 PM
Great timing!
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08/17/2007 07:58:07 PM
Glorious!
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08/17/2007 04:56:03 PM
The land of Valar? Beautiful!
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08/17/2007 11:00:19 AM
perfect, meets the challenge like a charm, and excellent image quality. I expect a ribbon.
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08/16/2007 04:15:09 PM
Wow... I like it!
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08/16/2007 08:23:23 AM
Beau-tee-full! Great capture of the rays of light! My to pick.
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08/16/2007 06:18:15 AM
stunning...the light rays and exposure are fantastic...wonderful light...I want to be there right now! 9
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08/15/2007 10:28:13 PM
Awsome!
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08/15/2007 07:40:40 PM
We call them the "Fingers of God" ... Nice image good luck
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08/15/2007 04:02:10 PM
very nicely done....
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08/15/2007 01:43:43 PM
One of my favorites in this challenge! Stunning image. Colors, focus and composition are wonderful and the capture of the suns rays is magnificent! 10
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08/15/2007 12:22:50 PM
Wow, it looks like the sun is just behind those trees!
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08/15/2007 11:47:56 AM
Great lighting! The sun rays are incredible.
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08/15/2007 11:10:05 AM
Beautiful shot! Best one I've seen so far.
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08/15/2007 08:33:43 AM
this would have been a nicer photo at a different time of the day the sunrise light is very distracting from the landscape,
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08/15/2007 12:45:36 AM
oh you are SO my hero for using that quote from The Lord of the Rings! I am a LOTR FREAAK, so this is fantastic for me. Now for the photo, its beautiful, the orange is so striking. This will do very well. good job.
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08/15/2007 12:23:17 AM
omg.....What amazing light. Just stunning! Nothing left to say.
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