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Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Garrapata State Park, California
Date: Jan 16, 2010
Aperture: f22
ISO: 50
Shutter: 8s
Galleries: Black and White, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2010

Hey, thanks all for your votes and comments! A ribbon is always a treat! Lots of processing on this one to give the sky a little personality. The rocks and sea just needed a little dodge and burn. :) I'll post details and editing info later for those that wonder.

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Processing--I worked on this more than any file to date. Most of my work was to balance the rocks with a sufficiently darkened sky. It was overcast but there was subtle cloud texture. However, it was very difficult to bring out the texture in the BW version.

LR processing--two files, one for rocks/sea and another for the sky.
Curves and contrast--Channel mixer for BW(i think i included a layer with a slight brown tone)
LOTS of dodge and burn in the rocks using dodge/burn tool, selective levels, and curves adjustment layers
Cloned dust spots
Cloned a couple of motion blurred spots that I think were other sea gulls.
Darkened sky with gradient layer set to multiply, masked out the rocks.
Neat image layer for sky only
Resize
Selective sharpening and global USM
Save

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One more for some context
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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 388
Avg (all users): 7.1548
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 7.2250
Avg (non-participants): 6.9792
Views since voting: 3881
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 168
Comments: 46
Favorites: 8 (view)


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02/14/2010 10:31:23 AM
Mark. The B&W technique it's mazing. You really are a master
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02/13/2010 05:50:45 PM
Stunning.
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02/08/2010 10:53:58 PM
Wonderful image! Well earned ribbon.
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02/08/2010 08:20:14 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon. The image is a stunner.
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02/08/2010 07:10:03 PM
Wow, Mark! Lovely image! Congrats on making the viewer FEEL the scene.
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02/08/2010 05:22:48 PM
I love the tones in this, simply beautiful. Congratulations!!
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02/08/2010 01:53:41 PM
Oh Mark!!!! What a wonderful month for you! Many congratulations on a well-deserved ribbon! I'm thrilled to see you on the front page once again!
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02/08/2010 11:47:48 AM
Wonderful shot Mark, congrats on the ribbon!
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02/08/2010 10:54:00 AM
Congratulations on a well seen and processed image.
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02/08/2010 10:40:19 AM
Gorgeous image. Congrats!!!
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02/08/2010 10:00:00 AM
Well done Mark, I've been to this part of the coastline. Looks wonderful.
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02/08/2010 09:43:01 AM
Congratulations and a stunning picture. Title fits this perfect
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02/08/2010 09:34:04 AM
I knew that would do well...congratulations!
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02/08/2010 08:25:00 AM
Oh Jeeeez! That is so beautiful! After having spent a week on the Pacific Coast last September, hoping desperately to get something along this line, I appreciate even more what it takes to get a shot like this. The weather on the ocean is typically so uncooperative for clear and still. Congratulations on perfection! So award worthy!
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02/08/2010 08:16:13 AM
Well done Mark. Congrats!
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02/08/2010 07:32:23 AM
great job, mark!
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02/08/2010 06:54:53 AM
Congratulaitons on the yellow ribbon, beautifull image.
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02/08/2010 06:47:04 AM
This is a excellent image gongrats on this
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02/08/2010 06:30:18 AM
Love the b/w, the strong yet dreamy look. In fact I love everything about this beautiful photo. Excellent work, Mark and congrats on your ribbon.
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02/08/2010 05:01:47 AM
Congrats on the Yellow! Beautifully done. Perfectly balanced on all levels.
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02/08/2010 04:57:52 AM
perfect B&W and congrats on the yellow
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02/08/2010 03:37:07 AM
terrific image Mark, congrats on your FS ribbon!! It's amazing to me how the little stuff on the beach remained sharp despite the apparently long exposure and multiple waves coming through...
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02/08/2010 03:36:25 AM
Well done Mark, was really hoping this would be on the front page...congrats on the ribbon, and likewise, nice to be on the podium with you...

Hey, by the way, I have a Pastor friend in Modesto...Glenn Berteau...big church of thousands. Do you know of him?
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02/08/2010 12:13:13 AM
Congrats, Mark! Love the tones and textures.
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02/08/2010 12:05:25 AM
Whoa Mark - tres beauty photo!!! Congrats on the ribbon :)
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02/08/2010 12:04:57 AM
Surreal and eerie. Congratulations!
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02/08/2010 12:04:36 AM
Congrats Mark! Nice B&W excellent job.

Your 17th highest rated photo to date.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 05:51:18 PM
Beautiful.In my top twenty of the challenge. 9.
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02/07/2010 12:27:49 PM
Great Shot
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02/07/2010 01:42:49 AM
gorgeous!
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02/06/2010 07:48:24 PM
This is awesome. Then I saw the Gull. Top marks!
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02/06/2010 03:05:51 AM
Nice tones. I always like these shots with a single bird (or person, or animal). Very nice catch.
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02/05/2010 10:38:25 AM
beautiful- top 10
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02/04/2010 03:37:01 AM
The bird on that top of the stone is just amazing. 10
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02/03/2010 10:24:45 PM
the bird on top of the rock really adds to this...very beautiful
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02/03/2010 09:24:34 PM
The black and white processing on this is superb.... I dont even want to see it in colour, as it is perfect as it is.
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02/03/2010 12:41:32 PM
Great shot. 9
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02/02/2010 08:22:16 PM
My eye went straight to the bird. Really interesting image!
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02/02/2010 04:52:43 AM
love the soft processing with the carefully selective use of sharpening.
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02/02/2010 03:50:01 AM
A strong environment, yet delicate at the same time. Perfect B&W contrast. *10*
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02/01/2010 04:55:51 PM
Great B&W shot. With the bird on the big rock, you are able to show the scale of the rocks.
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02/01/2010 12:02:20 PM
Black and white works very good here.
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02/01/2010 06:49:03 AM
wow...wow...wow...excellent...9
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02/01/2010 05:41:04 AM
great work including the bird on top! Compliments
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02/01/2010 04:47:09 AM
Hauntingly beautiful.
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02/01/2010 01:08:07 AM
Winner!! this is perfect!!
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