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Ripples in the Sand
Ripples in the Sand

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Pattern III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: White Sands National Monument, NM
Date: Mar 21, 2008
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2008

Taken on my 1 year wedding anniversary. I realize it could be sharper, but I am still getting my feel for a camera. I overexposed this by one stop to emphasize the white aspect of the sand, otherwise it turns out Grey or "sand colored". I made sure to be there about half an hour before sunset to bring out the drama of the ripples in the sand.

PP: Open in RAW adjust recovery, blacks and exposure, open in PS Elements, cloned out sensor dust, levels, curves, resize, USM, save for web.

Place: 40 out of 290
Avg (all users): 6.0051
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.8571
Avg (non-participants): 6.1150
Views since voting: 874
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 197
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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07/14/2008 01:41:04 AM
I love the textures and the patterns speak for themselves.....


I love this image as I have one similar in my portfolio.

Message edited by author 2008-07-14 01:41:54.
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04/02/2008 08:46:23 PM
Outstanding finish, and rightly so. This is a wonderful shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/01/2008 10:38:58 AM
This doesn't speak to me, sorry. Art speaks differently to different people.
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04/01/2008 09:45:30 AM
nice use of pattern
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03/31/2008 10:45:46 PM
Very nicely taken!. The focus is excellent, and the contrast is wonderful.
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03/31/2008 07:22:56 PM
I like the simplicity of the picture a lot. It is still so detailed and full of different patterns though. Nice job.
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03/31/2008 10:06:12 AM
the pattern you captured is great itself but the color needed more adjustment and so the shadows. 8
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03/31/2008 09:29:46 AM
the lines in this photo define the positive characteristics of this image.
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03/31/2008 08:21:18 AM
Very nice with the patterns
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03/29/2008 06:21:05 PM
I feel lost in the desert. Need... water...
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03/28/2008 12:06:57 AM
Energy/Range/Story: 6/7/6
Composition/perspective/manner: 6/6/7
Aesthetics/Technical: 7/6
Presentation: 5
Total: 6.2
Vote: 6

Remarks: This is an immensely and, I think, universally appealing image. The pattern and interest in the upper (background) section is well enough established to consider the composition appropriate and apt.

Being somewhat familiar with photographing similar scenes under similar conditions, I can appreciate the chosen exposure for proliferating the shadows. The myriad highlights (reflected from the sand), however, make for a slightly harsh and gritty texture, especially when sharpened, which is fine at this resolution but likely challenge our appreciative ability at a much higher one. (?)
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03/27/2008 04:02:49 PM
I would have liked to see more detail in this shot but I'll assume this is due to resizing. The choice of subject and technical aspects are excellent. -8
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03/26/2008 11:46:13 PM
Magic! This shot has pattens written all over it.
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03/26/2008 03:51:34 PM
almosgt a hypnotic effect if you look at it long enough.
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03/26/2008 09:47:11 AM
The picture kind of daul and dark, but lovely idea
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03/26/2008 08:01:26 AM
like the patterns , lighting & your composition. Good job 7
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