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The Forest of Hopeless
The Forest of Hopeless

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Location: Tranquility, NJ
Date: Dec 28, 2009
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 250
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2009

trees across the crik.

calculations to b/w... a touch of curves... some sharpening just on the trunks... no crop... I think that's about it.

Place: 267 out of 334
Avg (all users): 5.0292
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 5.0085
Avg (non-participants): 5.0741
Views since voting: 605
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 171
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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01/09/2010 09:31:53 PM
Originally posted by bmartuch:

This looks like death.

That might just be the comment of the year. Great shot.
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01/08/2010 11:03:49 PM
How can anybody not feel this? There is nowhere to go.
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01/08/2010 06:19:10 AM
you only have to look up
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01/08/2010 12:31:18 AM
i have tried to shoot this darn tree almost every time i walk the dog and have never gotten a shot this haunting and lovely.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2010 05:27:07 AM
Interesting forest you've found. The gnarled trees are pretty foreboding. Looks like you might have had some water drops on your lens during the capture? It'd be nice to see those go. You can decrease the "obviousness" of them by using dodge in PS.
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01/04/2010 05:05:16 PM
I would have said Hopelessness, it just flows better. But beside the point, I find this image extremely busy though there are blurred/ghosted areas that really cause my main distraction. If there would have been a way to have the light come from inside instead of outside I think it would have been a much stronger piece. However as it is, it is just too busy for me with no clear clarity of view.
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01/03/2010 08:22:03 PM
Effectively framed to show off all sorts of wonderful textures and chaotic fractal-like patterns.
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01/02/2010 08:04:58 PM
This looks like death. Very cool.8
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01/01/2010 04:03:20 AM
OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy). I'll be picking one of these images for the Mu (most underrated) award:

Positives: Well, the image does communicate a sense of foreboding and the difference in the lighting of the branches offers the viewer an interesting pattern - almost like a lightening storm.

Critical stuff: The level of intrinsic interest in this scene is pretty low and I'm not sure that whatever choices you made in post-processing was ever going to overcome that. The main issue for me is how flat the image looks - perhaps you have tried to eliminate a sense of depth with your edit; if that is the case, perhaps a different title such as 'The impenetrable Forest' may have communicated the wall like nature of the scene a little better.

Overall: A difficult image to like, though the pattern of the branches is interesting, there is little else in the scene to hold a viewers interest. The good pattern might make this an excellent candidate for an overlay texture but as a standalone image it's not one I warm to. Apologies.
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