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Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos Adobe
Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos Adobe

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Ansel Adams II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Canon
Location: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego, CA
Date: Jan 19, 2009
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3, 1/6, .6
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2009

Taken here. Actually I think Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos Adobe is the large ranch house next to this building, but that one is not nearly this rustic. I believe this is stone rather than adobe.

My first HDR attempt. 3 bracketed exposures 1 stop apart.
I did not use a star filter. It just turned out with a 14 point star around the sun.
HDR import in PS CS3
Forced to crop some due to using stacked UV, CPL and Grad ND filters shot at 18mm causing vignetting.
burn to decrease lens flare on roof a bit
Clone out caution tape line behind building
Topaz Adjust "Spicify" preset and increase sharpness
save for web

[Jan. 21st, 2009 12:29:32 AM]

I changed the title the last day adding "Stone house at ..." and edited the details, but I must not have saved the changes. I wonder how long it will take before someone comments this isn't adobe.

Place: 66 out of 219
Avg (all users): 5.7309
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.5833
Avg (non-participants): 5.8201
Views since voting: 872
Views during voting: 368
Votes: 223
Comments: 3
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2009 05:58:40 PM
I would have liked it better without the cactus on the right. The texture of the stone and the texture of the left tree are very harmonious. The cactus is too dark, too blobby, and too intrusive. If it could have been framed without the cactus, I would have given it a 10--the rest is wonderful! Thank you for entering it.
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01/25/2009 08:16:28 AM
Love this shot!! like the depth in the shot. excellent tones, 8
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01/21/2009 12:12:18 AM
oh cool composition! and excellent placement of the sun
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