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sekarmalathy


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: HDR II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: McLean, VA
Date: Sep 13, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 5s, 1.3s
Galleries: Nature, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Sep 13, 2009

Thanks for all the comments :)

This was shot at the Great Falls over Potomac river in the Washington DC area, running between Virginia and Maryland. And I shot this from the Virginia side.

This is a manual blend of 2 exposures, one shot for the sky and the other one for the land. I brushed out the overexposed and underexposed areas using layer mask, to keep the dynamic range.

I used a neutral density filter and a polarizer filter stacked on my 18 70 mm lens, which pulled 3 stops of the exposure down. This helped to achieve the effect on water.

I used 2 layers with blending option of multiply and screen, to brush out and enhance some highlights and midtones. The rocks and trees were selectively sharpened to enhance the texture.

Thanks again for all the nice words.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 155
Avg (all users): 7.4314
Avg (commenters): 8.3684
Avg (participants): 7.2874
Avg (non-participants): 7.5385
Views since voting: 9192
Views during voting: 578
Votes: 204
Comments: 46
Favorites: 18 (view)


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05/20/2010 10:33:48 PM
this is in the USA???!!! Really...I always thought it was overseas....someplace...but not here!!!
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10/01/2009 02:54:02 PM
I'm sorry I failed to acknowledge this after voting, it's an exceptionally nice example of HDRI used faithfully and creatively all at the same time :-)
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09/24/2009 07:46:35 AM
Nicely done, congratulations on your yellow ribbon.
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09/22/2009 08:14:39 PM
I grew up in Northern Virginia and have seen many pictures of Great Falls. I think I even have one in my portfolio. But this is by far the best I've ever seen. Congratulations on a job well done and a well-earned ribbon.
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09/21/2009 10:05:10 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!!
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09/21/2009 07:55:08 PM
Excellent work

Nasa
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09/21/2009 06:33:13 PM
Very good! Congrats!
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09/21/2009 01:09:15 PM
Very well done. Congrats on the Yellow!
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09/21/2009 12:43:43 PM
Congrats! I've been there so many times and never gotten anything even close in impact to this shot.
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09/21/2009 11:59:07 AM
wow congrats
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09/21/2009 09:43:01 AM
Awesome! This was the other image that knew would take a ribbon! Congrats! Amazing picture! Amazing! Congrats on your new PB!
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09/21/2009 09:24:16 AM
Very Awesome! So deserving of top honors in this challenge! Congratulations!

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09/21/2009 08:01:21 AM
I guessed this was probably yours because it's one of your favoured locations. Congrats on the ribbon. All 3 ribbon winners have a new PB - now let's see how hard it is to beat these scores!
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09/21/2009 03:48:29 AM
Fantastic shot. Congrats on your ribbon
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09/21/2009 03:06:32 AM
What an awesome view!
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09/21/2009 02:46:41 AM
Spectacular! Congrats!
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09/21/2009 02:25:21 AM
Very pretty picture. Congrats on the yellow, Raj.
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09/21/2009 01:57:40 AM
Stunning image, love the colors. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon, Raj.
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09/21/2009 01:11:33 AM
Lovely image. Well deserved!
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09/21/2009 12:27:04 AM
Excellent image and well deserved ribbon. Congratulations!
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09/21/2009 12:26:14 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Raj!!!
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09/21/2009 12:22:57 AM
Wonderful by all means :) Very well deserved Ribbon :)
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09/21/2009 12:11:59 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Great photo!
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09/21/2009 12:09:39 AM
Hey Raj, Congrats on your PB and a ribbon. Great shot!!
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09/21/2009 12:06:58 AM
Huge congrats!!!! Lovely and well deserved
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09/21/2009 12:03:55 AM
Nice work! Congrats on an awesome finish and photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2009 09:01:23 PM
almost looks like a face.....great long exposure
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09/20/2009 09:38:43 AM
The water and rocks are great...the sky is too bland
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09/19/2009 08:02:47 PM
Cool subject. Maybe too much silk water blur. The sky is not an attribute. I think you would have benefitted from some dynamic light in the scene, like shows up a little bit in the rocks upper right. Otherwise, the image seems underexposed overall.
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09/18/2009 07:43:34 PM
Beautiful!
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09/18/2009 04:58:59 PM
Very well done. I really like the effect in the water.
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09/18/2009 04:01:14 PM
well you must have known how well this was going to do. no doubt a top ten
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09/18/2009 02:14:28 AM
A powerful view. Love the details of the rocks!
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09/17/2009 11:19:30 PM
absolutely stunning.... 10
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09/17/2009 09:56:22 PM
A strong, yet natural looking use of the technique. I'll see this one at the top.
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09/17/2009 05:54:42 AM
Potomac River? Perfect place for HDR shots. Very nice.
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09/16/2009 09:06:40 PM
#1 best shot I've seen so far. 8/10 and fav I'd crop down on the sky just a tad bit. Great work and the color of the water is beautiful. 8
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09/16/2009 04:59:22 PM
Outstanding image! 10 for you!
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09/16/2009 12:15:15 AM
A definite contender for a ribbon. I bumped this up from an 8 which O gave during my voting phase, to a 9. Image is sharp and composition is great... colour and contrast is just an iota flat IMO. That said, this is a brilliant photo... well done.
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09/15/2009 08:06:26 PM
Beautiful image. Hope to see this on the front page. 9
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09/15/2009 02:47:42 PM
Wow! I this is greta work. I gave it a 9. I love the way the water looks and the symetery.
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09/15/2009 01:45:44 PM
I shall be rating this challenge by the following criteria:

1 - Not HDR in my opinion

3 - HDR is way over-done, in my opinion

5 - A reasonable use of HDR, but not a very engaging photo, in my opinion

7 - A reasonable use of HDR, and an engaging photo, in my opinion

10 - A fantastic use of HDR, and an out of this world photo, in my opinion

Your photo receives:

5
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09/15/2009 10:17:43 AM
where is this? wish i lived somewhere that had beautiful captures like this! 10!
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09/15/2009 05:53:33 AM
fantastic shot. 9 from me
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09/15/2009 04:00:30 AM
I may be wrong, but I don't see the point of using HDR for this. The scene seems to have low dynamic range, so this may as well have been a "normal" capture. That said, this is still my highest rated image of the challenge - it is simply a stunning photo.
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09/14/2009 03:40:10 PM
Lovely subtle use of the technique.
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