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Wind-battered & Bruised
3rd PlaceWind-battered & Bruised

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Rural Decay (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Grand Teton Natl Park, Jackson, WY, USA
Date: Dec 12, 2009
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Rural, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Dec 13, 2009

[Dec. 19th, 2009 11:08:14 AM]

Two days into voting, this shot is doing surprisingly well.

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This is the original edit, but it really didn't emanate decay so I dropped out the door/windows and added a grungy noise layer over the barn.

The snow on the mountains picked up a lot of blue from the sky, so I pulled the blue out of the snow.

Post-Challenge: Elation. I had an idea that this image was in the running for a ribbon as it was scoring a new PB for me until the last 5-6 hours of voting. My first ribbon on Christmas eve - Thanks Santa!

Place: 3 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.7554
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.4474
Avg (non-participants): 6.8713
Views since voting: 5328
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 139
Comments: 29
Favorites: 7 (view)

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01/05/2010 02:03:19 AM
Congrats on the ribbon - IMO the yellow is the best one to get too! ;)
12/31/2009 10:47:01 AM
Congratulations on your yellow, this was one of my favorites of the challenge.
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12/30/2009 12:47:05 AM
12/28/2009 01:17:54 PM
Originally posted by RayEthier:

Having seen this barn and knowing what it does look like I docked a few points off of my score as I honestly did not believe it met the "Rustic" aspects of the challenge. I know I will be taken to task for my comments but I am quite prepared to stand by them. It is a nice image though.


I kind of agree, I am guessing the reason the door and windows got blacked out was to make it appear more abandoned and Like others have noted I think I like the original image better than the entry but still a Really a beautiful scene and nice image!
12/27/2009 02:18:26 PM
Having seen this barn and knowing what it does look like I docked a few points off of my score as I honestly did not believe it met the "Rustic" aspects of the challenge. I know I will be taken to task for my comments but I am quite prepared to stand by them. It is a nice image though.

12/26/2009 08:26:21 PM
Tommy!!! Way to go with the ribbon!!!
12/26/2009 12:09:47 PM
I was gonna say this doesn't look a lot like Texas... :-) LOVELY shot and gorgeous edit - congrats on the excellent score and the shiny ribbon! (As for "dropping" the door and window, I don't think I really would have noticed if you hadn't mentioned it.)
12/26/2009 11:48:55 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Tommy! It's a beautiful shot :)
12/25/2009 06:45:45 PM
Since 'dropping' them out doesn't change the viewer's description of the image, I think it should be fine.

Lovely work! Congrats on your ribbon!
12/25/2009 02:18:02 PM
Congrats on the first ribbon Tommy!!!. A well deserved one too.
12/25/2009 02:09:59 PM
Jdroullard - By dropping out, I mean I selected those specific areas and dodged/curved/leveled them to near-black, which should be legal. We'll see in validation. The data is still there, just darkened.
12/25/2009 10:43:52 AM
call me crazy, but isn't it against the rules to "drop out the door and windows"? Isn't that removing an element of the picture?
12/25/2009 07:07:34 AM
WTG Tommy !!!!!! Well deserved ribbon
12/25/2009 01:34:19 AM
Way to go Tommy!
Congrats on ribbon
well deserved!
And merry Xmas ;)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/25/2009 01:10:22 AM
Duuude! Good show, it's about frggin' time! Congrats
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12/25/2009 12:48:34 AM
one of my faves. nice job for the ribbon.
12/25/2009 12:02:56 AM
Way to go Tommy... your first ribbon...Merry Christmas
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/24/2009 09:27:16 PM
Such a rustic scene. The mountains are gorgeous!
12/24/2009 05:17:42 AM
I love the shape composition roof-summit
12/23/2009 04:58:46 AM
Very pretty. Your PP is just subtle enough for this image to work without looking "fiddled with".
12/22/2009 10:49:36 PM
Great image. Love the mountains and the clouds... the building is too centred for my liking though. Would have given in an extra one or two if not for that I reckon... none the less... still one of the higher scoring photos from my voting contribution for this challenge.
12/22/2009 01:09:15 AM
I feel like I've seen this building (with a fence in the left foreground?) in a challenge before, but I can't find it. Hmm. Anyway!

Great shot! I love how the building mimics the mountains. The shadows in the foreground add a nice touch!
12/21/2009 01:17:57 PM
*sigh*... no fair, I don't have any stupendous mountains to use in my photos.
12/20/2009 10:53:46 PM
Well, it's Ursula's old barn. Nice shot.
12/19/2009 08:18:37 PM
There is something that just doesn't quite work for me with this image, but I can't put my finger on it. There's something off......I'm actually frustrated that I can't define it. What that leaves me with is to instead see all the things that are so right with the image, not the least of which that it is an absolutely breathtaking scene. I love the weathered, yet well-preserved old building, the detail in the mountains is fabulous, and it is a wonderful job of execution & processing. 9
12/19/2009 04:25:11 PM
Stunning shot.
Barn/building just a bit too centred.
Good luck.
12/19/2009 03:03:36 PM
Very scenic location.
12/19/2009 04:35:06 AM
Beautiful although I would not have placed the building in the centre.
12/18/2009 02:26:00 AM
Beautiful work. 10

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