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Challenge: HDR II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: water
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Date: Sep 13, 2009
Date Uploaded: Sep 13, 2009

probably not hdr-y enough. tough nuts ;-)

post: very pleasantly surprised by how this was received, especially because there is no subject. fwiw, it is 3 exposures each processed differently in topaz detail, then blended. thank you for the kind comments and faves.

Place: 32 out of 155
Avg (all users): 6.3182
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.0814
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 1156
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 198
Comments: 18
Favorites: 5 (view)

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09/21/2009 11:38:50 AM
This is very nice. I've noticed that in 99.9% of these HDR shots, they all seem to have an edgy feel that seems to jump right out and knock you over. Even in the images where a peaceful lake was photographed, it still has that knockout punch. You have somehow found a way to display the serene in a process that just doesn't seem conducive to that. This is just my opinion. Nice job.
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09/21/2009 05:37:15 AM
what I like about this so much is that despite having a full frame of wood and creek it does not all blend together. It can breathe, and feels natural.

Message edited by author 2009-09-30 14:11:32.
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09/21/2009 03:11:36 AM
Commenting as part of my Team Suck duties...

I love this photo and am surprised it didn't do better in the challenge. I have no idea why, but perhaps b/c it may have been, as you said, not HDR-y enough. Shame. Composition, detail, colour... all wonderful, although, perhaps not enough colour for the DPC audience. That said, I wouldn't change a single thing in the image. Love it.
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09/21/2009 01:12:11 AM
Incredibly rich; it has tooth. 2 wrongs may not make a right, but 3 subtleties can make a splash.
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09/21/2009 12:19:33 AM
I thought it was hdr-y plent-y! I loved the depth and sharpness you got out of the entire photo. What wonderful clarity all the way to the back. Beautiful shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2009 07:30:18 PM
Very peaceful place, wonderful shot.
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09/20/2009 04:19:27 AM
I want to be there.... sitting and just feeling the peace this photo evokes in me... excellent job capturing the essence of this magical place
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09/19/2009 10:47:42 PM
Actually a good job of bringing up detail in the shadows and containing bright highlights. The image needs a focal point and another one or two elements of interest.
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09/18/2009 09:10:04 PM
I love the soft brown tones, the reflections, and overall feeling of peace this image conveys. Beautiful composition as well.
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09/18/2009 03:56:13 PM
wow! what a shocking scene. one would never think to se or process a fall photos such as this with sepia tones. and yet thats what those scenes look like most of fall. you have given me something i have never had before. wow
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09/17/2009 03:05:56 PM
I really like the usage of the technique here. My outtake was a building in an area heavily shaded like this. I have tried a number of times now to get a photo I like, where the subject stands out from the surrounding trees, but I can never nail it, even using HDR. Perhaps you can share with me what you did on this one?
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09/16/2009 08:20:50 PM
That's absolutely beautiful. I love the reflections, but I'd like to see this a bit darker. But without ruining the muted colors of the trees and their leaves. Like the spots of light on the water, the image needs a tad bit more contrast, and a sharper focus. i can see you tried your best form the USM hot spots. Anyway, I could totally see this winning a ribbon. Maybe not blue but at least yellow. 7/10
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09/16/2009 06:38:00 AM
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09/15/2009 08:13:39 PM
A nice change from all the rest of the entries. Hope most voters agree that HDR is not exclusivley funky colours. Good Luck! 8
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09/15/2009 02:02:49 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:

09/15/2009 02:13:49 AM
You've done a good job with a shot of "nothing" essentially, and made it "something" - you've conveyed the feeling of your title very well.
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09/14/2009 07:57:33 AM
beautiful! love the muted tone of this.
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09/14/2009 01:20:42 AM
soft and beautiful! I like it!
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