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Quiet River Sunrise
Quiet River Sunrise

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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Bend OR
Date: May 6, 2008
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: May 10, 2008

Early morning in Bend Oregon. I was out on business and the Deschutes River runs through Bend in a meandering sort of way. I found a good open spot to watch the sunrise and stepped out on a couple rocks to capture the shot.

Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3
Opened in Elements 3 - added adjustment layers for layers and hue/saturation. Some dodge/burn/ selective desaturation of sky and rocks. A bit of cloning sky to smooth blown out sections. Noise ninja at full resolution to smooth and add contrast. Crop and resize for web. NN at web size for sharpness/ smoothing. Rotated canvas slighting to fix potential horizon issue. Save.

It seems a bit too saturated to me, but I think it will work better than the more subtle shot I originally edited for the challenge. I hope this gets me a 6+ score...we'll see...I haven't predicted very well recently!

Place: 58 out of 194
Avg (all users): 6.0952
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 5.6027
Avg (non-participants): 6.5811
Views since voting: 1002
Views during voting: 263
Votes: 147
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/26/2008 10:23:47 AM
Nice shot!!! Tonemapping can (imo) sometimes really overpower and detract from an image but not in this instance, where I feel it adds to the depth of the beauty and tranquility of the scene

I love the composition, especially the use of the rock in the foreground, which both hits a rule of third point and also leads the viewer down the river so to speak
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05/19/2008 12:32:34 AM
Kept over 6. Well done. Shoudl have been higher though IMHO.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 09:46:58 PM
Pretty and serene. Colors are beautiful
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05/18/2008 04:36:47 PM
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05/17/2008 01:47:22 AM
Killer sunrise, but lacking in detail. Gorgeous reflection.
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05/15/2008 11:11:57 PM
nice color, love the detail in the water
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05/14/2008 07:13:12 PM
Very pretty colors. must have been a splendid morning.
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05/13/2008 10:18:05 PM
Composition: 5 - Technical: 6 - Creativity: 5 - Appeal: 7 - Challenge: 5 - Overall Calculated Average Score: 6
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05/12/2008 10:59:02 AM
Good title for your photo. Nice, soft colors and I like the extended viewpoint. Good luck in the challenge.
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05/12/2008 09:26:16 AM
Beautiful reflections, amazing textures :)
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05/12/2008 09:07:11 AM
Lovely colours. Gentle picture
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05/12/2008 12:29:01 AM
very pretty shot. I like the texture the moving water adds to the foreground. Sure is a lot of color there. Perhaps the saturation is turned up a little too high.

Great title. Fits the image and the challenge perfectly.
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