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Cherry Blossom Time
MaryO


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Challenge: Postcard III (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Places
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II for Nikon
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Apr 3, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2009

Um, not exactly an original idea, I know. I do like to go down to the Tidal Basin every few years because it *is* really pretty when all the cherry trees are in bloom, even if every photographer in town is there ;-) The trick is to get a shot with no obvious tourists!

PP - converted from RAW, white balance, levels, increased saturation and contrast, 2nd layer (painted dark blossoms white, painted background stuff slightly whiter, brightened, merged in soft light mode), dodged a bit more, colored water a nicer blue, cloned out hotspots, added border, resized, sharpened, added text.

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 163
Avg (all users): 6.8380
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 6.6406
Avg (non-participants): 6.9478
Views since voting: 1992
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 179
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)


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04/13/2009 07:23:24 PM
Great job on this classic image of D.C.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/11/2009 04:24:11 PM
Nailed it! I think a touch more sun on the Washington monument would have helped, but it's not totally buried in shadows. I think you were dealing with the same cloudy day as the previous D.C. photo I voted on.
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04/10/2009 07:46:47 PM
Very nice postcard like shot. I've seen a few so far where the clouds let the shot down, but I think the clouds in yours work very well. The trees in the foreground nicely frame the monument as well.
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04/10/2009 11:10:31 AM
Very good use of the cherry blossoms to frame your shot, font is appropriate to the vintage feel
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04/10/2009 07:10:16 AM
I think this might have been improved (as a postcard, not as a picture) by including the title as text. Lovely picture.
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04/10/2009 12:54:44 AM
Great framing with the blossoms.
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04/08/2009 08:07:52 PM
Nice framing
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04/08/2009 01:39:15 PM
Beautiful
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04/07/2009 09:51:29 PM
awesome
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04/07/2009 11:52:29 AM
Cherry blossoms!! I love them so mush. Thank god they finally bloomed! Great shot keep it up
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04/06/2009 07:21:11 PM
This is a great postcard
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04/06/2009 07:03:30 PM
Nice shot!
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04/06/2009 06:25:01 PM
Nice framing with the cherry blossoms.
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04/06/2009 02:42:20 PM
Great depth of field and a classic postcard image, and while postcards to tend toward the supersaturated, the blue of the sky here is a touch overdone, and more importantly it draws the eye away from the Smithsonian, monument and blossoms. Despite that, top ten.
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04/06/2009 02:14:28 PM
I have a soft spot for DC. Great picture.
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04/06/2009 12:36:47 PM
Nice shot and composition .. good luck
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04/06/2009 11:20:08 AM
A tough one to rate because the composition is perfect, the subject matter is perfect, the font selection and placement is perfect, but the image lacks somewhat in execution. If the color on the blossoms on the right had been carried over to the left, it would have worked perfectly and made the slightly washed out background stand out. As it is though, it's a good depiction of the general impression if you will of Washington. Very nice - good job.
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04/06/2009 09:23:27 AM
Great framing w/ the cherry blossoms!
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04/06/2009 09:18:54 AM
I would love to see Washington at cherry blossom time!!! This is a classic shot and I would buy this postcard.

Now to the technicals......seems a bit oversharpened or contrasty on the blossoms on the left, could be just the sunlight. 8 from me.
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04/06/2009 09:18:09 AM
I like that its not the capitol building. :=) 8 from me.
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04/06/2009 01:12:24 AM
awesome use of the cherry blossoms to enhance the composition it really gives me a different view of DC
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04/06/2009 12:18:36 AM
seriously they are blooming? Not fair
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04/06/2009 12:18:29 AM
Really lovely and the font is perfect.
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