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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Canon
Location: Brazil
Date: Jan 25, 2009
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

It has been raining all week...

I went out to my favorite tree, hoping for a ray of sunrise under the clouds along the horizon... nothing.

This was my best shot of the batch.


adjust contrast, levels, shadows and highlights, apply photofilter, variations, grunge filter, resize, USM, noise reduction, more variations and a dash of hope for a score of around 6.0

lens set at 31mm

manual settings, OS off, shot from tripod

Post challenge - I was asked to validate during the challenge, a first for me. But, interestingly enough, my score moved up quite a bit after validating.

Place: 67 out of 209
Avg (all users): 5.8798
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 5.5904
Avg (non-participants): 6.1200
Views since voting: 752
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 183
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2009 10:29:10 PM
I don't know how you did the texture - looks almost like it was shot thru another viewfinder or an older camera. But it looks wonderful and antiquish. Love the colortone - gives off a rainy day kind of mood.
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02/01/2009 08:52:53 AM
I love the textures; it's seem painted on a canvas
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01/31/2009 09:42:05 AM
Really like the post process!
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01/26/2009 08:27:50 PM
I will be curious how you do with this border...I like it...others won't, I like what it does to/for the photo...will be anxious to read the other comments...extra point for taking the leap
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01/26/2009 07:00:26 PM
Nice edge treatment - it really adds to the drama of the photo.
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01/26/2009 04:16:04 PM
I love the editing on this -- the parchmenty look -- but I'm not quite sure it's legal. I really hope it is though -- this really looks fabulous!

My only nitpick is that it is perhaps a bit oversharpened -- I think you're beginning to get halos.

(no vote)
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01/26/2009 09:05:42 AM
What really works is that vignette/border. Suits the image. Great use of stark black in the silhouetted scene. I also like that greenish tinge to the duotone.
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01/26/2009 02:06:04 AM
Background seems to have too much noise. Could be that you intended for that, judging by the choice in frame, which is fine but the sharpness of the foreground doesn't seem to quite match that old fashioned sepia toned photo quality. Nice subject, good composition. 7.
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01/26/2009 12:23:38 AM
Great photo treatment.
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