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Challenge: Where In The World Is drewmedia? (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Rattlesnake Lake, WA
Date: Nov 24, 2007
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60th sec
Galleries: Humorous, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2007

This was my 2nd idea for this challenge, and I'm glad I was able to pull it off! Thanks to 21.gif nheilweil (the guy in this shot) and his buddy Wulf who braved the freezing (literally) temperature to meet me out at Rattlesnake Lake so early in the morning! It's actually a good thing that it was so cold, or this would've been a giant mud pit!

This is the Cedar River Watershed reservoir that supplies 70% of Seattle with water. Pretty surreal place - with all of these enormous cedar stumps sticking up everywhere.

Unfortunately, this shot just loses SO MUCH detail at this size. :o\ It really does look amazing - even at 1024... but 640 pretty much kills it. Hope it still does okay :O)

pp:
did a lot of manual dodge/burn with a high contrast curve, which gives it that surreal/cartoony look. Thought it fitted this pic/challenge.

LR/ACR - convert from raw into 3 different lighting effects
merge in CS3
crop
contrast
dodge/burn in high contrast
levels
curves on the clouds
selective color (trees, water)
minor cloning on the laptop screen
crop
crop
crop some more just to try to get SOME sort of detail in this frame !!!
resize
usm
ni on water & only a small anount on the stump (it already had that smooth look) :O)
sfw


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Post Challenge:

Wow! Finally got my first Blue!
Thanks to everyone for the votes & comments :O)

Didn't know what to expect with this one! I processed it
on my laptop (where it looks awesome) but viewing it on
other monitors - it looks fairly heavy on the processing.

Thanks again to Nicholas & Wulf for braving the elements - it was obviously worth the trip !!!

I'll post the uncropped version in a while - it's much better.

In the meantime, you'll find me walking around on cloud #9 ;O)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 115
Avg (all users): 7.5208
Avg (commenters): 8.6875
Avg (participants): 7.0435
Avg (non-participants): 7.7449
Views since voting: 13971
Views during voting: 417
Votes: 144
Comments: 40
Favorites: 19 (view)


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12/07/2007 06:40:44 AM
Congrats on the blue. Very unique.
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12/06/2007 10:56:53 PM
Knew it was a winner from the first look. Glad you ribboned! The 'cartoonish' look works well.
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12/06/2007 12:16:17 PM
I used to live on the cedar river in an area of Renton that was made when they damed it (nearly all of downtown Renton if my memory serves me right). GREAT work in this challenge - that is a wonderful idea and so well executed. Also - well worth the Blue!!!
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12/05/2007 10:26:55 AM
Sheer brilliance! Congrats!
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12/04/2007 10:48:03 PM
I thought I had commented during the challenge, I guess I didn't. What a cool scene, I was hoping to see this one ribbon. Congratulations on your first blue ribbon and completing your set!
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12/04/2007 09:02:21 AM
Nice Post Process
Debbi
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12/03/2007 01:04:50 PM
This is awesome. Absolutely deserving of the blue. So creative and so well executed. Congratulations!
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12/03/2007 10:06:38 AM
This is really cool, Congratulations!
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12/03/2007 09:54:19 AM
Congratulations on your blue this is a great image. :)
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12/03/2007 09:11:19 AM
This is too sweet. Very creative, great idea, and well composed. Blue was the only ribb this deserved. Congrats again!!
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12/03/2007 09:05:47 AM
my top choice. Congrats
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12/03/2007 07:23:39 AM
hey congrats. Great shot and weell deserved win
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12/03/2007 06:45:43 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon! Beautiful picture!
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12/03/2007 03:57:59 AM
Well done, as this was my favorite for the challenge, and deserved the BLUE.....
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12/03/2007 03:38:46 AM
Fabulous! What an incredible concept, so well executed. Congrats on a well deserved blue and an awesome score!
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12/03/2007 02:14:38 AM
Congrats, it is a really funny and surreal pic. Good job man! Ciao.
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12/03/2007 12:48:03 AM
This is such an excellent image. I had a feeling it would do VERY well. Huge congrats on winning the blue!
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12/03/2007 12:43:50 AM
What a terrific image. A BIG congrats on the blue ribbon!!
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12/03/2007 12:43:05 AM
You deserved the blue. This was my top choice, glad others agreed. Fantastic. The tree trunk is absolutely awesome and really makes your shot.
Congrats
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12/03/2007 12:36:20 AM
Wonderful shot, congratulations on your blue.
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12/03/2007 12:17:43 AM
I found it most excellent! Congratulations on your blue! Would love to see it larger... can only imagine but even at the smaller size, it is awesome.

Best to ya!
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12/03/2007 12:09:38 AM
yes! what a shot, congrats on the blue!
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12/03/2007 12:01:23 AM
Unbelievably awesome! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2007 11:55:42 PM
Great shot, I love the tree trunk and how you composed it, even though it is dead it adds so much life to the photo-9
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11/30/2007 09:14:39 PM
Like the idea, like the picture
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11/29/2007 05:04:20 PM
Great concept
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11/29/2007 08:11:34 AM
10!
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11/28/2007 08:25:41 AM
Lovely tones on the wood, it really stands out from the rest of the image but you've pushed it too far IMO in the dodge and burn department. The tonal range of the rest of the image is very flat in comparison. A more subtle approach would have given a more natural approach
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11/27/2007 10:03:27 PM
funny. i think i'll stop voting after i give you a ten. sorry about the lowercase. holding a sleeping baby.
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11/27/2007 08:29:18 PM
Nice landscape composition and a creative use of the dead stump.
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11/27/2007 04:42:29 PM
I'm not a fan of the processing, but it is to good of a photo not to give a 10
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11/27/2007 02:51:55 PM
WOW, what a cool stump. Cool picture too!
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11/27/2007 01:31:22 PM
Dang! Is that tree stump for real?! It's HUGE. Cool setup. See you on the front page at rollover. :-)
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11/27/2007 08:07:45 AM
Great editing or perhaps the tree trunk is that big
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11/27/2007 08:05:30 AM
Great idea and nice job on the shot.
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11/26/2007 11:21:30 PM
Fantastic idea!
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11/26/2007 08:25:16 PM
Aweesome..... just totally awesome and a 10 from me.....
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11/26/2007 07:20:24 AM
My fav! Love the processing. 10
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11/26/2007 01:34:14 AM
I'd get this validated if I were you...looks very digital art...it is clever and creative, has almost a pixar look about it 7
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11/26/2007 01:24:17 AM
well done ... BUT almost crosses the line into illustration. 7 on merit
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