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Challenge: Branch II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Mar 13, 2010
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 13, 2010

Went to several different places but ended up liking a shot from my own backyard best. This one of my Japanese Maples. I like the delicate branch structure of these trees and find them attractive all year round. In the rain with all the bokeh from the raindrops it looked sort of magical to me, so I played that up with some non-standard colors.

Pinhole sort of effect came from taping a paper towel with a hole cut out over the lens hood. Very sophisticated! And an experiment that may well bomb, but I'm overdue for a 4.x score, anyway.

And I got very wet shooting this ;-)

PP - cropped, levels, tinted pink/purple, increased contrast, decreased saturation on red/orange, burnt/dodged/airbrushed a bit to even out my pinhole some, resized, sharpened, added border.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 139
Avg (all users): 6.4044
Avg (commenters): 7.4167
Avg (participants): 6.3548
Avg (non-participants): 6.4459
Views since voting: 1863
Views during voting: 258
Votes: 136
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/22/2010 08:04:52 AM
Look at you!! What do I know about borders. LOL Congrats on top 10!!
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03/22/2010 07:30:38 AM
This was one of my faves. Would've like to seen it MUCH higher. Funny how some of the most interesting effects are accomplished with the simplest means.

Stan

Message edited by author 2010-03-22 10:39:58.
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03/22/2010 01:39:54 AM
Scored way better than you expected and deservedly so. Love the bit about the paper towel! Nice use of modern technology with very lovely results! Congrats on the top ten.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2010 11:37:56 PM
Very pretty.
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03/21/2010 10:55:41 PM
Very pretty. Love the bokeh. The white vignette works so well here.
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03/21/2010 08:04:30 PM
Excellent title, lovely gentle photograph. Sweet that you caught the rain, too.
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03/20/2010 10:22:57 AM
well done image; reminds me of something I'd see on a sympathy card. well done.
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03/18/2010 12:10:15 AM
Brillaint bokeh.
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03/15/2010 09:53:10 PM
First buds of spring always amaze me! I like the bokeh and the dof. Not a big fan of the vignetting, I wish it was more feathered. Overall, a very beautiful image. 8
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03/15/2010 09:18:28 PM
I like this, the tone & oof background.
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03/15/2010 06:22:27 PM
Nice soft colours, beautiful DOF although I would have liked the edge of the branch at the left a bit more in focus. Taken the whole set-up in consideration, this is but a small detail *8*
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03/15/2010 04:46:50 PM
Pretty background. I love how the branch in the front pops. I wish that it wasn't vingetted on the left so much, I feel like you lose some of the pop. I really like this!
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03/15/2010 10:00:47 AM
Don't think it needed the edge treatment. Would have liked to have seen it without it.
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03/15/2010 07:10:06 AM
Nicely done! Reminds me of my Delicate II entry. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_847794.jpg I LIKE IT LOTS!!!!!!!

Message edited by author 2010-03-22 06:27:19.
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03/15/2010 12:54:18 AM
very beautiful.
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03/15/2010 12:28:03 AM
Beautiful image :-)
One of my top 5. Unfortunately I am not voting, hope this does well though!
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03/15/2010 12:07:03 AM
Oh I love the pink. So pretty. What a perfect title. Not wild about the mauve border. :)
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