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Hoar Frost and Holly
1st PlaceHoar Frost and Holly
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Collection: Macros & Other
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Logan, UT USA
Date: Feb 2, 2004
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 3, 2004

Taken near my work. The leaves were originally a very dark green, but the b/w really beefed up the contrast between frost and dark. The texture of the leaf was also emphasized, so I went with b/w instead of color.

I did some selective sharpening and dodging to the ice crystals; I hope not too much. I also used a lot of very subtle dodging and burning here and there. Gassian blur was also used to enhance the depth of field, but only the the hintermost layer, and not very much.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 174
Avg (all users): 7.0707
Avg (commenters): 8.7931
Avg (participants): 7.0631
Avg (non-participants): 7.0822
Views since voting: 7419
Votes: 184
Comments: 49
Favorites: 14 (view)


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02/17/2004 03:15:48 PM
they´re rare the ones who can see both the entire forest and the leaf with the same masterly.
congratulations on the blue.
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02/17/2004 10:06:04 AM
Congratulations on another beautiful image and another blue.
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02/17/2004 12:31:51 AM
Thanks again, everyone, for the comments! Just for the record, I did not glue the hoar frost on! At the point of taking this shot, the temperature had not risen over 5 degrees in over three weeks. It was chilly, but makes for interesting frosty images.
02/16/2004 11:37:13 PM
Incredible! I love the frost on the tips of the leaf.
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02/16/2004 04:58:38 PM
The b/w really works well here. Couldn't imagine it color. Well done and congrats on the blue. Excellent work :-)
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02/16/2004 01:21:25 PM
Congratulations, David!
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02/16/2004 01:08:44 PM
well done, one of three tens i gave this time.

3rd place was one of the other 10's...

keep it up
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02/16/2004 12:16:26 PM
Very beautiful photo, i'm glad it got a ribbon.

Great as always...
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02/16/2004 11:21:28 AM
This was my pick to win. Beautiful. The texture is outstanding. Thanks for explaining the squares.
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02/16/2004 10:29:40 AM
very well done, again...congrats,
p.s. did you glue on the frost like that ? (just kidding : ) )

Message edited by author 2004-02-16 10:30:40.
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02/16/2004 09:10:31 AM
amazing shot! congratulations, David! WOW!
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02/16/2004 08:54:16 AM
A well deserved "blue". I picked this as my number one shot. I wish I could shoot as well as I pick!!! Good job
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02/16/2004 06:52:01 AM
Congrats on a well deserved win! Seems I'm not the only one who said "wow" outloud when I saw it !
It's an amazing photo!

Stéphanie.
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02/16/2004 02:31:59 AM
Also congrats form my side! Well deserved!
The great leaf would have work for texture too.

Jörg
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02/16/2004 12:13:39 AM
Congrats....again!
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02/16/2004 12:05:56 AM
Wow! I didn't think this would happen! I paid a price for the nice tones here. It was quite darkish, and shot in the shade to boot, which made some nice shades happen--but the ice crystals lost their clarity and sharpness. These leaves were already quite dark, and with the channel mixer, I converted to b/w. Some of you also noted the digital noise in the form of squares in the lower left--this was due to gaussian blur, but it only took a little! I probably should have left it alone. There were a lot of high quality images during this challenge; I feel really lucky to have won another ribbon. I thought it would be much higher scoring. I just keep learning from you all. Thanks for the votes!
02/16/2004 12:01:47 AM
I knew this would be #1, great job, kudo's!
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02/16/2004 12:01:46 AM
Just another super job David! congrats
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2004 10:06:16 PM
Beautiful. I like the repetition. Lovely detail and tones. Did you have a cross screen star filter on or was it taken thru a window?
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02/15/2004 09:15:19 PM
Beautiful capture and use of DOF
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02/15/2004 02:24:36 AM
Ten from me:)
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02/14/2004 09:10:10 PM
Gorgeous image; my favorite of this challenge! Congratulations for spotting the potential here. I'd hang this in my home, for sure.
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02/14/2004 04:59:27 PM

Exquisite, simple, elegant, distinct, and -
critical for this genre- outstanding image quality.
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02/14/2004 03:15:16 AM
This is outstanding, I love the snow on the points of the holly leaves, great capture, wonderful detail. 10
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02/13/2004 10:47:14 PM
Beautiful photograph. I love everything about this, the texture, the composition, everything. Very nice.
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02/13/2004 05:15:13 PM
Excellent! One of my favs of the challenge. Love the detail
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02/13/2004 02:09:11 PM
I love this shot. Great composition and nice details in the leaf. The little ice crystals are an added bonus. 10 -danny
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02/13/2004 09:07:54 AM
I really like this shot. Great texture and god shallow DOF. 8
02/13/2004 12:11:42 AM
great texture
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02/12/2004 09:00:12 PM
beautiful detail and tone. i love the composition. makes me feel how delicate and precarious life can be.
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02/12/2004 05:07:02 PM
Nice timing and shot.
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02/12/2004 02:51:52 AM
I really like the composition and the subject matter. The frost on the tips of the leaf add interest, depth and a detail to an already intricate subject. Black and white was the perfect choice, great work!
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02/11/2004 10:07:22 AM
Excellent choice of subject. Very cute and nicely observed. Mono is good, focus is crisp and composition works well.
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02/10/2004 11:49:33 PM
Just lovely. :)
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02/10/2004 10:45:12 PM
Fantastic! Beautiful!
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02/10/2004 09:41:56 PM
WOW! B&W works well here... the leaf has a leathery feel to it and the snow is magical. 9
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02/10/2004 07:00:46 PM
I love the shapes here... the contrast is beautiful... excellent work :) -btw, I would love to hear about how you achieve this excellent tonal range in your photo :)
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02/10/2004 01:58:30 PM
very nice capture.
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02/10/2004 08:49:36 AM
Wow! I actually said that outloud when I saw this for the first time. One of my favs. Original, great use of b&w, well executed. 10. Great job! Good luck!
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02/09/2004 11:33:29 PM
VERY sharp. I like the tones and composition. Good job! - Note: Background distortion is unfortunate, did you use Neatimage?, it exaggerates this type of distortion (from my experience).
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02/09/2004 09:36:16 PM
Gorgeous tones.
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02/09/2004 04:38:32 PM
Excellent image well captured.....slight signs of overprocessing in the lighter areas at the bottom of the picture but doesn`t spoil it overall.
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02/09/2004 11:36:56 AM
What a beautiful image - it's the equivalent of reading a fairytale in image format...
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02/09/2004 05:09:00 AM
Great.
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02/09/2004 04:24:53 AM
Took a few seconds to understand - pleasing composition, like the crisp ice crystals against the blurred background.
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02/09/2004 02:53:17 AM
Very cool, my top pick.
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02/09/2004 02:46:11 AM
Although I tend to think B&W is overused, in this case I think it's a great affect. Excellent camera work as well.
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02/09/2004 01:55:07 AM
Very beautiful photo. I give it a 9.
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02/09/2004 12:45:07 AM
wow, amazing snow crystals
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