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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Point Defiance Park - Tacoma, WA
Date: Mar 23, 2008
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8th sec
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2008

Taken at the pagoda pond in Point Defiance Park. Waited a long time for the right series of clouds to pass by on an otherwise sunny day.

HDR using the Wukong beta and a series of 5 exposures. Definitely over-processed, but I just couldn't help myself. Guess we'll see what the voters think ;O)

Called it Kokura, as it's written on the stone tablet. Kokura (sister city in Japan) donated this shrine to Tacoma.

convert from raw by pulling all 5 exposures into Wukong HDR
a lot of dodging/burning after that
more curves on the rocks & structures
hue/sat on the trees & pagoda
cloned out a couple of branches and some chain-link fence
removed the halo's from the trees, rocks & structures (created by the hdr)
add border

Place: 200 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.8235
Avg (commenters): 5.2727
Avg (participants): 5.6991
Avg (non-participants): 6.1750
Views since voting: 839
Views during voting: 225
Votes: 153
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/28/2008 01:31:38 PM
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11/08/2008 08:06:31 AM
I really like the HDR on this image. Some images take well to hammering in HDR......this is decidedly one of them IMNSHO.....8>)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 12:47:03 PM
I like the colors, the wide angle view, and the reflection in the water. The processing is a bit over the top for me.
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04/06/2008 11:13:49 AM
This may have actually been quite a nice image if it wasn't for the overdone HDR effect! It's a pity, because you may suffer for it. I do like it however, so a six from me.
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04/04/2008 09:29:28 PM
I like it, though it is processed almost to the point of not being a photo anymore. (I've done it myself) Curious what software you used to get this look.
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04/04/2008 12:52:47 PM
While this is a very pretty shot, the HDR effect seems to be just a tad much on this one. It looks kind of cartoonish.
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04/04/2008 06:22:53 AM
A bit too much hdr for my taste but i`m sure it will do well.
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04/03/2008 09:21:33 PM
This is a good shot with beautiful colors, but it feels a bit over processed. Good composition, with the rocks in the foreground and subject by the rule of thirds.
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04/02/2008 06:08:37 PM
This feels like an HDR attempt. It's easy to overboard with it. In this case I think you've gone too far ... beyond believable improbability.
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04/02/2008 12:11:25 PM
Over-processed IMO.
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04/01/2008 05:32:46 PM
over processed! too busy. a 3
04/01/2008 03:10:29 PM
wacky, like the setting of a kung fu video game. The two opponents fight each other on the surface of the water. (ever see Hero?)
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04/01/2008 09:24:11 AM
Nicely done.
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