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The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Minolta/Sony
Location: Shenandoah National Park
Date: Oct 17, 2009
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/45
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2009

... I picked this title because this photo reminds me of that childrens movie. :-)

Had fun taking this shot. It was in the mid 30's and the wind was blowing like heck! Cold, cold, COLD!!! On top of the cold I discovered the cokin filter holder adapter for my 10-20 was bent so I ended up hand-holding a ND Grad filter in front of the lens.


Sony IDC - RAW -> TIFF

- crop
- remove sensor dust spots
- resize
- DNR (40,0,0,30,0)
- sharpen
- levels (12,120,229)
- duplicate layer
- histogram (0,1,215)
- set layer to 51% opacity
- merge all
- crop
- clarify +1
- dup layer
- Virtual Photographer (style, orig, clear)
- dup layer
- HMS (30,0,0)
- layer to 71% opacity
- merge all
- dup layer
- NI
- USM (.35,100,10) +luminance
- resize
- USM (.35,100,10) +luminance
- borders
- save as JPG

Place: 211 out of 403
Avg (all users): 5.6529
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 5.5583
Avg (non-participants): 5.8800
Views since voting: 732
Views during voting: 265
Votes: 170
Comments: 9
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/09/2009 11:25:28 AM
Thanks for all of the comments. This photo isn't too far from what it looked like and the original capture. Levels brought up the shadows some, but the color was left alone (no saturation boost) - it was truly an amazing scene! I really liked the way the valley in the lower-left was illuminated by the rising sun.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2009 08:58:21 PM
Feels like something out of a fantasy book. Nicely done.
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11/05/2009 03:53:56 PM
6 - Beautiful scene and I really like the way the clouds can be seen behind the first mountain, in almost 3D - however the unnaturalness of the green in the trees, especially on the fore mountain detracts from the overall beauty of the image. Whilst this grows on you a little, I can't bring it into another type of image (eg: surreal, fantasy, etc (perhaps as your title suggests)) while the rest of the scene hasn't quite pushed any similar color/processing boundaries - if that makes sense.
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11/04/2009 04:05:43 PM
Maybe a little too oversaturated, especially in the greens, but a wonderful scene.
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11/03/2009 12:53:27 PM
the light is what makes this shot - and it makes it a 10
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11/02/2009 08:37:55 AM
interesting and excellent HDR. The lighting and the HDR effect makes this shot very unique , 8
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11/01/2009 06:05:23 PM
I love the mix of colors.
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11/01/2009 01:37:43 PM
sky and clouds are great. trees look really over saturated, but i think theyre so over saturated that it actually works.
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11/01/2009 01:09:53 PM
I love the vegitation and the clouds. Nice shot.
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