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"green" giants
2nd Place"green" giants
rachelellen


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Green* II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 Aspherical XR IF Super Zoom for Nikon
Location: Altamont Pass, California
Date: Apr 23, 2009
Aperture: f14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250th sec
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2009

Absolutely enormous wind-powered generators on Altamont Pass, California. Taken from Altamont Pass Road.

Levels, contrast, etc., then desaturated, contrast again, and after much debate I cloned out a power pole, which was nice to illustrate the sheer size of these windmills, but it also kind of broke up the lines in the photo so I removed it.

This is my first challenge entry in at least a year and a half.

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WOW! A ribbon! I never in a million years expected this. I got home from my night class and went, oh yeah! That challenge got over. I should see how my score ended up. First thing I saw was the red request for proof in the left-hand corner and I simply could not believe it. THANK YOU everyone for the nice comments (and the helpful comments, and the nice helpful comments)! Also thank you to my husband who patiently insisted that I stop WHENEVER I WANTED on our drive to stop to take pictures, and my kids who went along gamely and cheerfully with his insistence. Those of us with non-photographically-inclined families know what a gift that is. :)

This is a meaningful image to me not necessarily because of the Green theme but because ever since I was a little girl I've been in awe of these giant wind-harnessing machines, and I've always wanted to take a back road across the pass so I could stop and just gape at them. But I never did, until this one family drive.

This one might have to go on my wall. :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 65
Avg (all users): 6.6154
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 6.7241
Avg (non-participants): 6.6000
Views since voting: 3663
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 234
Comments: 28
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/26/2011 02:04:45 AM
What a great shot! I love how these windmills photograph and you did a great one with them.
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05/09/2009 06:26:28 AM
What a great shot of these things - and HUGE congrats on the ribbon!! And I'm betting your family actually quite enjoys your little side trips and stops, probably more than you realize.
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05/06/2009 11:22:22 PM
Very cool shot. Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best!
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05/06/2009 04:58:05 PM
A nice shot/congratulations
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05/06/2009 12:35:36 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. I had this one picked to take the blue
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05/06/2009 10:41:14 AM
Congratulations to your picture and the ribbon. I really like the composition of your shot. Converting it to b/w was a great idea.
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05/06/2009 09:03:09 AM
Well, you go girl!! Excellent picture...this is just wonderful!! What a way to come back after a year and a half!!

Message edited by author 2009-05-06 09:04:06.
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05/06/2009 06:49:51 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, this is a nice composition.
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05/06/2009 02:53:56 AM
You know, I feel the same way about the generators, and honestly did exactly the same thing as you: never went until I went to go try to get a photo. Unfortunately, the weather was atrocious and the visibility was so low that I couldn't even view the top of the generator, just the blades swinging into and out of the low level fog. Anyway, the point of all this is to say that I like your photo and I can definitely relate :)
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05/06/2009 01:56:12 AM
Great job and congrats on the ribbon. One of my favorites.
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05/06/2009 12:55:10 AM
Good thing you're back aftyer a year away. Great images like this need to be here at DPC. Congrats on your PB and first RIBBON!
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05/06/2009 12:29:24 AM
This was my favourite in the challenge and I was convinced you had the blue Rachel.
Congratulations on a brilliant shot
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05/06/2009 12:22:24 AM
I've also heard the siren call of the giants. They're ENORMOUS. Congrats on your ribbon. Come back more often!
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05/06/2009 12:07:02 AM
Congrats on the ribbon !! lovely surreal feel to the shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2009 03:23:18 PM
great shot perfect for the challenge
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05/02/2009 05:30:49 PM
The bright patch of sky competes a little bit with your giants. Overall, it is a very pleasing composition. The rolling hills and fences could maybe be a touch brighter to bring out some more detail, but on the other hand, the range of tones they add to the image is beneficial. I really like the B/W conversion. I'd like to see the color version, too.
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05/01/2009 03:50:06 PM
green giants alright, nice use of black and white, great crop, 8
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05/01/2009 03:27:01 AM
Score 8: Great composition, with the turbines so far to the right of the frame. Great detail in shadows and light of the hills and in the sky. Loving the soft black and white presentation.
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04/30/2009 09:28:28 PM
Nice shot! I just think it would be better with some more contrast (mainly on the clouds...)
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04/30/2009 10:51:41 AM
Good picture, with a theme of green it would have worked better with some color.
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04/30/2009 06:45:59 AM
I really like this, it's only spoiled slightly by the couple of dust spots
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04/29/2009 09:27:29 PM
One of the few B&W photos, I think this is a very strong and simple shot. Not much to say other than I love the capture and I think its nicely framed. Well done!
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04/29/2009 07:45:31 PM
excellent shot!
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04/29/2009 04:03:38 PM
I really like the composition. It's like they're standing on top of the hill watching something below.
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04/29/2009 06:59:32 AM
Nice balance. I think it fits the challenge well.
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04/29/2009 03:39:05 AM
Nice composition
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04/29/2009 03:27:26 AM
Brilliant shot and IMO a ribbon winner. The curves of the hills and fences and over all composition is just wonderful. Love it 10 from me
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04/29/2009 12:59:07 AM
Beautiful composition. I wish this was just a bit sharper.
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