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Rustic Dock
Rustic Dock

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-12 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Date: Dec 4, 2007
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.3 Sec
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2007

I was in Florida the first part of the month for some training and I came across this old dock at the United States Air Force EOD Underwater Training Facility. I snapped off a bunch of shots while the sunset had such beautiful colors and the water such good reflections.

I usually shoot all of my landscapes as HDR's. Since this was only Advanced Editing, I had to mimick what the HDR would do for me with layers. I used a layer set to multiply and masked out the areas I wanted lighter, then set one to screen and masked out the areas I wanted darker. Then I used one with soft light with about 50% opacity. I duplicated the layer and ran Digital Film Tools 55mm filter set to sunset and then set that layer to about 40% opacity. Then I flattened the layers and used Nik Define 2.0 for noise removal. Cropped to the dimensions I wanted, resized for DPC then I followed that by duplicating that layer and using Smart Sharpen at 100/1.0 and then I masked the sharpened layer and painted in over the trees and dock. Cropped, added the border and saved for web.

My prediction on this is a 5.6XXX

Place: 39 out of 429
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Votes: 182
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2008 11:04:27 AM
Great shot
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01/06/2008 10:17:16 AM
Holy contrast batman.
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01/04/2008 11:16:57 PM
Spectacular! Super crisp & clean detail, great composition, fabulous colors! WOW!!! 9
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01/04/2008 11:05:38 PM
Nice composition and great sky colors. Nicely done. Best of luck in the challenge. 10
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01/03/2008 03:37:32 PM
Looks nice though a bit on the strong side. Can't even see the waterline.
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01/02/2008 11:57:03 PM
Nice tones, Looks like a painting.
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01/02/2008 04:20:56 PM
Nice color nice composition. Cool post process. Not much to say here.
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01/02/2008 09:51:41 AM
Very surreal.
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01/02/2008 07:07:33 AM
The colours in the sky are good. The dock seems to be clashing with the trees for attention. I think it would be better if you either just featured one or changed your camera angle so that the dock and the trees were clearly separate - perhaps by shooting from a higher position.
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01/01/2008 02:26:59 PM
so clear, and beautiful colors! great shot.
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01/01/2008 12:51:42 PM
too much red
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01/01/2008 09:16:54 AM
Beautiful colors and a very shoarp focus on the dock. Great image!
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01/01/2008 05:02:51 AM
wonderful colour and smoothness...wow
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