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Challenge: Free Study 2008-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
Date: Nov 26, 2008
Aperture: f2.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80s
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2008

Taken at 5:30PM on Thanksgiving Eve at Cave Creek Regional Park.

PP includes Nik Efex - darken/lighten center, bicolor filters, regular sharpening, NI for smoothing.

Place: 262 out of 417
Avg (all users): 5.4267
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.4563
Avg (non-participants): 5.3617
Views since voting: 655
Views during voting: 234
Votes: 150
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/25/2009 12:47:07 AM
Following up on your forum post about your biggest challenge disappointment. Maybe my notebook monitor isn't displaying this properly, because nobody said this previously, but to me it looks far too dark on the land and too light in the sky. It looks to me like a grad ND filter or bracketing and tone mapping would really help it. Also the horizon looks tilted to me, but it's hard to tell with these landscapes that may be slopes.
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01/23/2009 12:42:11 PM
I gave you a 5. Looking at it closer, maybe I'd revote a point higher, but I think I don't like the cactus being so centered. What I do like is the subtle layering of the background mountains in the haze.
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01/23/2009 12:16:12 PM
really, really like the subtlety of the tones in this image, but think it could have benefited from a non-centered composition, namely, the left side of the image is not as interesting as the right... but i gave it a 7 during voting
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12/08/2008 12:03:33 PM
Totally disagree with the snapshot comment. Really. I love the colours, the lighting is excellent. Totally underrated and worthy of a much higher score.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2008 10:45:03 AM
This is probably going to get screwed in voting, but it's excellent. More of these please. :)
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12/05/2008 09:58:25 AM
Fantastic! The lighting and colors really work here, and the clarity is refreshing.
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12/05/2008 08:05:16 AM
Nice scene, though I may have positioned the tallest cactus either totally central or more off to one side maybe. I really like the clouds in this as well.
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12/04/2008 11:54:42 AM
Nice, but looks like a snap shot. The mountains and the cactus in the middle are fighting to be the main subject.
12/03/2008 01:07:37 PM
Ooh,looking good. Hopefully it's picked up a bit.
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12/02/2008 09:37:19 PM
Nice and sharp and interesting. Lovely image. (not voting yet)
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