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Bitter Kingdom

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2007
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon
Date: Aug 26, 2007
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2007

I really like this and it's a bit of a departure for me as far as processing goes. I NEVER take more than 15 minutes to process an image, I hate sitting in front of the computer tweaking this an that and making things look "better". I try do most of the "work" in camera, composing, exposure, etc.

The only "expert" maneuver I used here was combining two versions of the same raw image for better dynamic range. This was an earlyish evening shot with the sun lowering in the sky just to the right of this shot. It had just rained in the valleys below with many thunderstorms still developing. ..quite a beautiful scene...turbulent skies, lovely evening light, breezy, cool and refreshing. Much better than the stagnant hot air in the valleys below.

Place: 133 out of 503
Avg (all users): 6.1007
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.1287
Avg (non-participants): 6.0263
Views since voting: 1079
Views during voting: 202
Votes: 139
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/12/2007 12:38:43 PM
INCREDIBLE. The atmosphere is intense and powerful here, and yes, bitter. Pinched almost. I tried to eat an acorn once. Uncooked, they taste awful. It was so bitter it formed a sort of numbing paste over my tongue, making the gravely chips of nut even worse. :) I was reminded of that acorn when I looked at your picture and read the title - only not as wildly awful a feeling. Awesome, awesome image.
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09/10/2007 08:59:42 AM
This is awesome Rach, a unique and amazing landscape!!! Highly underrated! So is there where you met you're "it's all about the gear" friends?

Message edited by author 2007-09-10 10:21:14.
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09/08/2007 11:43:03 AM
Well, I enjoyed this one when voting. But came back to learn more. The result (in terms of a nice image - darn the voting..) is worth the effort and time processing. I thought this was a shot of Greece - the recent fires. I like the silver tone look. Nice work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2007 10:49:04 PM
Great job on the pp; it adds a bit of mystery to the photo.
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09/07/2007 07:29:16 PM
Great texture and color tone! (Split toning?)
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09/04/2007 10:19:44 PM
gorgeous! << 7 >>
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09/04/2007 08:27:09 PM
Lovely details in the trees, and great atmospheric perspective.
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09/04/2007 09:49:43 AM
Interesting tones in this 'scape, they really seem to fit this scene well. Great job!
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09/01/2007 02:46:57 PM
excellent! the pale sulfuric color scheme makes the dying trees look even more sad
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