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The Cornfield, Antietam
The Cornfield, Antietam
MaryO


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Challenge: Landscape V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Places
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Sharpsburg, MD
Date: Nov 22, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Nov 22, 2009

Not as vast a landscape as some others I shot at the battlefield today, but I really like it. Thought tonemapping was just right for the subject, bringing out much of the detail on the corn stalks.

Still find it hard to believe so much death and suffering occurred in such a beautiful place. Venturing into that cornfield in September 1862 took more courage than I can possibly imagine, what with infantry hidden within and artillery strafing the field from both sides.

PP - converted to HDR in qtpfsgui (default settings) and tonemapped (settings: pregamma 0.606, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.204, detail factor 1), opened in PhotoImpact, cropped slightly, cloned out two stray bit of stalk/grass and numerous dirt spots (should've cleaned the lens!), dodged the path into the cornfield, increased saturation and contrast, resized, sharpened, added border.

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Thrilled with how this was received and all the faves! Thanks :-)

Statistics
Place: 35 out of 136
Avg (all users): 6.3646
Avg (commenters): 8.4091
Avg (participants): 6.2308
Avg (non-participants): 6.4397
Views since voting: 2787
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 181
Comments: 28
Favorites: 9 (view)


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11/30/2009 04:41:13 PM
So much history there. Very nice job.
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11/30/2009 08:27:08 AM
Got an 8 from me!! Loved it, Mary.
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11/30/2009 07:44:49 AM
Well, i confess, my American history isn't that great and i never paid much notice to the title and the relevance of the battle. Even without my for-knowledge though, this photograph was able to portray the sense of a 'happening' to me and was incredibly successful in that. Thats something i aspire to in my photography so thanks very much Mary for the inspiration.
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11/30/2009 07:31:32 AM
This is simply great!! I was hoping it will do much better
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11/30/2009 03:37:31 AM
Perfect processing. And I have no idea what any of the tools you used are...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/29/2009 11:03:05 PM
I love this. Great textures. HDR?
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11/29/2009 03:10:15 PM
Oh boy! Stunning image. I love the mystery of the scene. What or who has made those tracks? Highly evocative. In my top 5 of the challenge. 9!
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11/29/2009 11:43:40 AM
Lovely detail,texture and light in this beautiful cornfield image. The dramatic sky above completes the composition perfectly. Almost looks like a painting.9
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11/28/2009 05:21:42 PM
A landscape without horizon... It's different. I like the very particular mood, the warm colors...
Slightly oversharpened, still a 7
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11/28/2009 01:21:13 PM
love it
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11/27/2009 11:13:46 PM
to me this is quite interesting...I grew up in MI and IN...Cornfields all over...
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11/27/2009 08:55:39 PM
Beautiful textures in this Autumn cornfield and how reassuring to know that something has matured and grown out of that long ago September battlefield. Now it is once again the Season of Change and Dying, perhaps in a distant echo of the past. This place is now serene, anticipating a different future.
The stalks will stand true. Are there 3,654 of them which remember?
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11/27/2009 07:47:57 PM
I am surrounded by corn and have never seen it this beautiful! Nicely captured!
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11/27/2009 05:45:46 PM
Excellent. I really like this.
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11/27/2009 12:54:57 AM
The HDR/Tonemapping effect works really well for this shot. Really brings out those textures. Nicely done there. No halos which is nice. Only nitpick about the PP is that I don't particular like the vignetting on the left. It seems to be a bit out of place.
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11/26/2009 08:08:44 PM
Lots of cool textures in this shot
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11/25/2009 10:40:20 PM
Looks more like 'Cornscape' then 'Landscape'. Just kidding...it's awesome! 10
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11/25/2009 10:35:35 PM
Definitely not your stereotypical landscape! This is great...the texture and detail is great and makes this so fascinating. Great photo!
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11/25/2009 06:25:26 AM
Lovely but is it landscape, don't know if others said the same, the extra process does it good here, I have to give you only 6
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11/24/2009 11:02:41 PM
This is beautiful
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11/24/2009 10:09:49 PM
Unique and should do well. Bloody field, this one. 8 from me
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11/24/2009 05:12:44 PM
Great textures. Too bad the blues were not deeper.
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11/24/2009 01:45:16 AM
Wow, this is one of the best pictures I've ever seen! I love the colors, the way you've toned this, and the mood of the photo. The only thing I'd point out is that it starts to get a little flat in the top-left (could be my monitor), but other than that it's amazing! 10 & fav's... great job :)
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11/23/2009 10:29:34 PM
Such an emotional image. Gorgeous HDR of a place of sadness. 9
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11/23/2009 09:45:47 PM
It takes a keen eye, and great skill to make a dead cornfield look appealing. Great shot. 9
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11/23/2009 09:34:45 PM
This doesn't look focused to me...but it might be my eyes :-)
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11/23/2009 05:36:49 PM
Good perspective. I really like the look of the corn more so than the sky.
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11/23/2009 09:12:57 AM
Really like the look of the field. Awesome picture! (would like to know how you got the corn to look like that sometime)
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