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Sepia dawn

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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Location: Irving, Texas
Date: Jan 22, 2009
Aperture: F 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

I think the color version of this was almost certain do do well. But, as nice as it looks in color, I really like the way the sepia focuses my eye on the details of the tree instead of the glorious colors behind it. I had a couple of minor issues with this, most notably some banding in the sky due to the limited bit depth of JPEG. I might have done better in that regard if I'd had my SLR that morning. Any blurring or noise reduction only made it more pronounced. The banding really isn't too bad however, and may not even be visible on many non-calibrated monitors, so I'm going to fly with it.

This is a reshoot and hopefully an improvement on a pic I took with a Coolpix L6 a couple of years ago. I had some nice clouds the first time.
DFW Sunrise 3 (by Yo Spiff)

I pass this spot on the way to work every morning and I get some wonderful sunrise shots from this location, though there is usually not much in the field. Some trees and occasionally a drilling rig.
Gas rig (by Yo Spiff) The day's work awaits (by Yo Spiff) Road closed (by Yo Spiff)

Pre-challenge notes:
Probably not enough wow factor for a 6, but a mid to high 5 is always good to hope for. No telling around this place however.

Post challenge notes:
Surprised the heck out of me that it stayed well over a 6 the whole time. There were a lot of other great pics in this challenge. I only managed 21st place with a 6.3 average. This one made the 3rd spot on my profile page and pushed the shot of my grandduaghter from "Peekaboo" off of it. I think the sepia was a good choice. Here's the color version for any that are interested.

Place: 21 out of 209
Avg (all users): 6.3098
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.0581
Avg (non-participants): 6.5306
Views since voting: 2062
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 184
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/05/2013 12:21:27 PM
This is my favorite of this tree's portraits. Perfect in every way
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02/02/2009 01:03:13 AM
Congratulations on a strong finish :)

I find it interesting that you felt colour was more of a distraction rather than an important visual element to complete a story. I would have likely given you extra points for the colour. The sepia version leaves me a little cold I'm afraid. I literally yawned when I came across this in voting, lol, no offence intended Steve! But particularly as there are no details in the foreground to speak of (deliberate for silhouette?) and the tree appears soft, so no joy there either... I was kinda left shrugging my shoulders and wondering why!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2009 09:50:58 PM
Well done. Nice color.
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01/30/2009 05:21:01 PM
very nicely done!
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01/27/2009 10:33:36 AM
very well composed with great tones and contrast.
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01/26/2009 11:33:12 AM
a so peacefully scenery. Like also the tones. - good luck! -
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01/26/2009 09:45:37 AM
I like the sepia, well done.
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01/26/2009 09:26:00 AM
Nice. To my eye, I'd crop more from the right but it's great. 7
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01/26/2009 02:18:08 AM
Perfect simplicity. Nice subject. 8.
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01/26/2009 12:23:13 AM
Sweet and simple. I like it.
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