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Challenge: Powerlines (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Places
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Dec 4, 2009
Aperture: f/4,5-6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500-1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2009

I am very proud that I got this pretty well lined up, straight, and framed pretty much right out of the camera. Unusually steady today ;-) And a centered composition, no less. Not my usual style but I like how it all came out.

OK, except for the jaggies on the wires, but short of redrawing them after I resized I couldn't seem to fix that. The wires are twisted cable so ... that's what they'll have to look like.

These towers and lines crisscross several of the parks I visit regularly, so I knew the area where I wanted to shoot. 3 images, handheld and combined in qtpfsgui. Used the D200's bracket function so I didn't have to change settings in between shots.

PP - qtpfsgui (combined 3 originals as HDR, tonemapped pregamma 0.636, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.049, detail factor 1), copied tonemapped image as a layer on top of middle exposure with 30% transparency, rotated 1 degree (SO close), slight crop to even out edges, increased saturation and contrast, burnt a few background trees and cloned out bright spots in far background, resized, sharpened, added border.

Place: 43 out of 88
Avg (all users): 5.7034
Avg (commenters): 5.8000
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.7810
Views since voting: 624
Views during voting: 241
Votes: 145
Comments: 5
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/13/2009 08:49:41 PM
me I like gaussian blur...nice broody sky
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12/11/2009 01:06:25 PM
Nice job. Reminds me of Michigan.
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12/07/2009 10:56:38 PM
Wonderful textures. Love the framing of the tower.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/07/2009 05:01:30 PM
Nice framing!!
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12/07/2009 01:31:56 AM
Nice perspective and framing, but it seems a little flat and hazy. Could have used a little contrast adjustment and a touch of USM. I do like it though. Good luck.
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