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Elemental Road

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Collection: Road Trip 07'
Camera: Nikon D2H
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Glacier National Park, Montana
Date: Aug 18, 2007
Aperture: 22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 100
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2007

post-processing = lots dodge and burning to bring out the river, the stone wall, parts of the road, and to increase contrast in the clouds.

Then curves coupled with shadow/highlights to get the contrast, bumped contrast.

Looking back on it, this photo looks pretty unrealistic and i way overdid it on contrast and saturation, i should have stepped back and looked at the picture from afar.

Its a shame because I have 2 or 3 other photographs from the month which i really really really thing would have done a lot better. You live you learn.

Here is the same picture taken on a different day :D

Place: 219 out of 503
Avg (all users): 5.8690
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.7723
Avg (non-participants): 6.0909
Views since voting: 1146
Views during voting: 233
Votes: 145
Comments: 12
Favorites: 4 (view)

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06/26/2009 11:04:01 AM
im split between your 2 takes of this shot. in this take i LOVE the high saturation and the crisp details i feel like the dynamics of the edit stray from your typical editing ( which is neither good nor bad) and i wouldnt have thought about this shot being edited any other way until i saw the other version. i really think the other version is more your style ( whatever thats supposed to mean) and i actually prefer the diminished contrast that gives more texture to the trees and to the winding road by removing the powerful lines drawn by shadows. either way i love the shot
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05/21/2008 02:20:55 AM
Unreal, Dream like. Fenomenal shadows. I think that post-processing for this photo is ok to highlight some details. Once again, fantastic shot.
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04/29/2008 09:06:10 PM
I think this is absolutely stunning, love the light colours and pp. Amazing work!
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10/08/2007 03:26:29 PM
WOW .. ANOTHER brilliant photograph and impressive edit .. you have a wonderful creative approach and i love your dramatic results ... :)
i've just read shawn's comment and learnt another valuable lesson in dpc ... the bit where he says he brings back his original and compares it with the processing he's done to see if he's gone too far .. i go too far A LOT so i'll be using that technique on my next edit .. i often go away from the computer and do something else and then come back, to get a fresh look, which often works too ... :)
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09/16/2007 10:56:12 AM
Adam - yeah, I have to agree with Jeff on this one. So much so that I didn't even recognize the portfolio version when browsing through your stuff last week. I did give this one a 6, but my vote was down mostly because of the extreme obviousness of the valley dodging at first glance. The more you look at the piece, the less it seems like it was edited & more natural the light along the river appears - that may have been where you got into trouble with voters like me. That first impression can do you in sometimes! The other part I may have subtracted for was the blooming highlights on the foreground branch.

Sometimes, after I'm done editing a composition, I'll bring back the original shot to see if mixing it in will reveal some areas where I went too far. I think this is a good example where you may have found that technique useful as well!

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09/08/2007 12:43:56 AM
Weird, I was browsing your impresiive portfolio earlier and saw this same shot, think I like the other version better. The processing in this one is dramatic, but maybe a tad bit too much. Still a wonderful shot, looked like a great trip.

EDIT: Wow even weirder, we tied for 219th place.

Message edited by author 2007-09-08 00:45:15.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2007 04:03:30 PM
I really like the contrast in this photo. It is very powerful. If there was a little more detail in the mountain on the left, this photo would be amazing.
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09/05/2007 11:05:20 AM
A bit over the top with the editing for my taste, contrast is just too strong but this is far from a bad shot, gave a 6.
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09/02/2007 11:03:24 PM
The colors pop off of the page.
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09/01/2007 08:25:30 PM
excellent scene - the lighting on the valley and the road is outstanding but I really am not a fan of the processing on the sky - the blue just seems too blue
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09/01/2007 01:43:56 AM
Totaly cool. well done.
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09/01/2007 01:18:02 AM
wow...great colour and contrast
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