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Ben A`an at twilight
2nd PlaceBen A`an at twilight
geewhy


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Something New II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Ben A`an, Trossachs, Scotland
Date: May 7, 2004
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2004

Picture of Ben A`an taken late evening after a hillwalk to the summit.
Adjustments to contrast, saturation and sharpness. Sky softened using blur tool and some dodging and burning used to accentuate the light falling on the ground and trees.
Noise cleaned up using "Neat Image".

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 187
Avg (all users): 7.3409
Avg (commenters): 8.6364
Avg (participants): 7.2981
Avg (non-participants): 7.4028
Views since voting: 7539
Votes: 176
Comments: 72
Favorites: 65 (view)


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04/27/2010 05:13:52 PM
Seems like you might not be active on DPC any longer. I came across this image and just have to leave a gushing comment. It is truly spectacular! The light, the process - all out of this world. Hope you are doing something amazing with your photographic talents.
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02/26/2007 06:03:24 PM
I love the lighting on this - it's really beautiful.
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02/23/2005 01:33:55 PM
excellent presentation, gordon! i would love to see the original, if possible...
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05/19/2004 11:42:41 AM
Congrats. This is fantastic work.
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05/18/2004 05:32:00 AM
Awesome shot Geewhy, great lighting, yourself and BobsterLobster (3rd place) have used "Neatimage" to good effect, I'll be checking out the software for myself.

Well Done.
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05/17/2004 09:09:13 PM
Lovely stuff, Gordon. Keep up the good work!
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05/17/2004 07:22:15 PM
incredible...it feels like an oil painting from the masters... nice composition.
looking at this picture stirs feelings inside me. can't expain it, but this is very well done.
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05/17/2004 04:34:06 PM
This scene is out of this world, congrats on the ribbon...
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05/17/2004 03:55:48 PM
Beautiful picture. Congratulations!That is one place that we wanted to go to when we were in Scotland but did not have time to get there. My relatives go to the Trossachs often. They love it.
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05/17/2004 01:43:14 PM
What a wonderful image.
You know I love landscapes best of all and this is one of the best.
Congratulations Gordon,
Paul.
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05/17/2004 11:56:38 AM
Enchanting mood ... like in a fairy tale. Congratulations!
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05/17/2004 11:33:37 AM
Originally posted by e301:

The only way i can see this wonderfully atmospheric and exemplary shot not winning this week is if the 'don't believe it's legal' crows get to it too heavily. Has a quality reminiscent of the painter Caspar David Friedrich; and there is little higher praise than that. When i grow up, I want to be able to take photos like this.


Of course, I forgot about motorcycles in mid-air ... :-(

Wonderful work, as ever.

Ed
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05/17/2004 08:09:13 AM
congrats Gordon
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05/17/2004 07:24:10 AM
This is so beautiful! Congratulations man! How can you become better in dodging and burning than that, this is perfect!
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05/17/2004 07:04:09 AM
nice job - looks like a painting.
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05/17/2004 04:46:24 AM
Well done Gordon, loved this shot!!
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05/17/2004 04:23:29 AM
Absolutely stunning, great textures. Congrats!
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05/17/2004 04:12:24 AM
Thanks to all for the kind words,
this was my first chance since joining DPC to get out and into my beloved hills..it was also my first attempt at dodging and burning (which helped to emphasise the sunlight and shadows)Hopefully, I`ll get a little better as time goes on.
For the people who expressed an interest in how this was achieved...(nothing too difficult)Took around 6 exposures at different settings, chose the one which had the most sky detail..then used curves to return some detail to the dark areas, finished it off with a little dodging and burning (for reasons above)then reduced noise slightly in Neat image.
Thanks again to everyone who voted and commented.
Gordon
05/17/2004 03:45:30 AM
Good going Gordon - great shot. Leading for the UK in the top 3!

Love this composition and that beautifully lit moss.

Message edited by author 2004-05-17 12:20:55.
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05/17/2004 02:58:55 AM
Way to go Gordon! 3 cheers!
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05/17/2004 02:18:05 AM
WoW! I didn't see this when I voted but this is beautiful and a well deserved ribbon This looks like something out of a fairytale its very magical Well done.
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05/17/2004 01:18:31 AM
Congrat's Gordon!
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05/17/2004 01:06:36 AM
Congrats!! This one is just amazing! Well deserved ribbon!
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05/17/2004 12:38:27 AM
Coooool Gordon, Congratulations on this amazing shot

Message edited by author 2004-05-17 01:09:58.
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05/17/2004 12:20:54 AM
Wow, this is amazing! It looks so surreal, almost like a painting
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05/17/2004 12:19:04 AM
Stunning shot, Gordon...10 from me. Congrats!
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05/17/2004 12:12:15 AM
Congradulation with red ribbon! hope to see it in prints soon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2004 09:54:40 PM
EXCELLENT! not a thing about I do not like. Absolutely super!
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05/16/2004 09:15:09 PM
9
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05/16/2004 06:55:32 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background 6
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing 6
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc. 7
How well does it meet the challenge: 8
Total Averaged Rating(Rounded) 7
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05/16/2004 04:51:09 PM
Nice silhouettes, the light really adds a mood to the whole photo. The placement of the mountain in the frame really enhances the composition. It almost looks like a painting.

Good luck...
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05/16/2004 09:34:08 AM
great image, slightly too dark in the foreground but a great atmosphere
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05/15/2004 09:33:35 PM
well, i thinks it's great ... 9
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05/15/2004 05:22:34 PM
The only way i can see this wonderfully atmospheric and exemplary shot not winning this week is if the 'don't believe it's legal' crows get to it too heavily. Has a quality reminiscent of the painter Caspar David Friedrich; and there is little higher praise than that. When i grow up, I want to be able to take photos like this.
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05/15/2004 07:06:54 AM
Amazing
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05/14/2004 10:52:11 PM
Looks mystical and almost surreal. How beautiful! What a gift you have. Thanks for sharing!
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05/14/2004 06:38:12 PM
I like the surreal Tolkien feeling to this image. I'll be interested to see how it does in the challenge.
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05/14/2004 03:33:05 PM
There be trolls here... Very nice capture of the eerie lightning.
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05/13/2004 12:02:14 PM
This is a very nice image. I like the soft glow around the trees and ground. Very nice image.
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05/13/2004 09:57:51 AM
Like it a lot
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05/12/2004 08:51:47 PM
Beautiful capture of light
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05/12/2004 08:32:37 PM
stunning! the lighting is wonderful and you did an excellent job with exposure. it has a fairytale feeling. well done!
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05/12/2004 04:38:48 PM
the muted tones are wonderful. glad you were validated so all can focus on the quality. one of my ribbon picks
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05/12/2004 03:44:41 PM
Surreal look. I like it very much, but it may be a bit soft for some tastes.
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05/12/2004 02:37:02 PM
Wow - this looks like it's right out of the Lord of the Rings.
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05/12/2004 01:41:22 PM
Wonderful lighting. I love the textures in this photo.
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05/12/2004 12:51:05 PM
The toning and soft focus in this photo are amazing. Has a very peaceful, dreamy feel. Am very interested in knowing how it was done. 10.
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05/12/2004 04:44:15 AM
beautiful is the only word that fits. very nice work.
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05/11/2004 11:49:44 PM
What can i say but GREAT SHOT!!!!!
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05/11/2004 11:45:30 PM
Beautiful picture. Where did you do it? How did you do it? It reminds me of "Lord of the Rings". Very nice composition, artistic. For me, perfect 10. Hope it wins a ribbon.
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05/11/2004 07:41:59 PM
very magical
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05/11/2004 04:14:29 PM
Not sure if you've done a lot of 'burning' to this image or not, but I like the overall feel you've presented here. 9 -danny
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05/11/2004 03:30:03 PM
Wow...amazing...this looks like a painting...such a great find and lovely shot...the lighting is what makes this work.
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05/11/2004 03:48:41 AM
Very Sureal. NIce look to this shot. The darkness is wonderful. Good lighting. Well done.
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05/10/2004 10:09:34 PM
very etherial
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05/10/2004 08:41:09 PM
Phenomenal use of light and shadow.
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05/10/2004 07:42:54 PM
I like the mood, the subtle colors, and the composition. I hope you decide to make it a print. Good luck in the challenge.
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05/10/2004 07:35:00 PM
Very nice, I can almost see the elves and leprechauns coming out...Very good lighting, shadows and highlights have good detail. 10
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05/10/2004 06:21:09 PM
Lighting is exceptional! Without the canvas-like reticulated effect, I'd give this a 10, as is: 7
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05/10/2004 05:49:00 PM
Otherworldly. What a fantastic glow. Looks like Middle Earth.
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05/10/2004 03:42:30 PM
OOhh...love it...don't know much else to say...so I won't
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05/10/2004 03:14:11 PM
I had high hopes of this as a thumbnail and liked it instantly when viewed full size. A wonderful ethereal feel and an excellent composition. Unfortunately it is let down by some kind of square artefacts (seen particularly in dark area lower left) that suggest overdone post-capture processing. 7 rather than 8 or 9.
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05/10/2004 01:28:02 PM
Great work.
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05/10/2004 01:08:17 PM
Spent a long time looking at this one. Mystic, good feeling. Like it very much hope you do well.
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05/10/2004 11:51:51 AM
Wow! Awesome :O :D
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05/10/2004 10:10:45 AM
Such SPECTACULAR lighting! Perfect composition. I usually try to make a suggestion on how to improve an image, but in this case - you've done it so well, I'm speechless. Get ready for a ribbon.
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05/10/2004 10:05:41 AM
WOW. The light is great. Like to know how it was (or not) post processed to obtain the fairy effect. 10
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05/10/2004 08:42:19 AM
Beautiful and weird at the same time. The lighting is nice and mysterious. I would love to know how much work was involved in post-processing. 9
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05/10/2004 05:57:39 AM
This looks amazing, so much like an oil painting with the lower down trees and ground covering. Might have to take a trip to see this for myself! Top marks!
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05/10/2004 12:37:55 AM
A truly stunning shot. But it's hard for me to believe you've never taken a landscape before. My interpretation of the topic is to go someplace you've never been to take a shot of something you've never shot before. So a perfect 10 for the image, but a 5 for following the topic. Average being a 7.
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05/10/2004 12:18:12 AM
I really like the subject and colours; however, it looks either over-processed or maybe a bit out of focus and it makes the overall effect a bit distracting. You may have had a better shot taken as-is.
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05/10/2004 12:09:28 AM
Fantastic light on the ground and trees! A little light on the back mountain would have been nice too, but not something you control.
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