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And the rains came
And the rains came
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White Landscape (Basic Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Ledyard CT
Date: Apr 25, 2010
Aperture: f4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2010

The photo:
Stopped for this shot while driving home in the rain today.

Attached my Cokin polarizer and gradient filter to darken the sky and adjust the bright spots. Handheld.

Processing: RAW Conversion with CS4, b/w conversion with hue/sat, contrast boost, levels, curves, USM at large radius, resize, Adamus Sharpening, Save for web.

The comments:
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As some have stated about the levels of details in the shot, I could not 'lengthen' this image any more - i was already at 800pix acress. I really felt that I could not crop the image down any because I feel I needed to maintain the foreground grasses that anchor the entire shot. The black letterbox frame does not negatively effect the level of details I was able to show, but I think it tended to overwhelm the details I did have. Simply adding a single line of grey above and below the image seems to have really improved it...(thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' glad2badad)...as shown here:
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Oh, and this one ROCKS at full resolution....

Statistics
Place: 61 out of 382
Avg (all users): 6.0833
Avg (commenters): 6.7273
Avg (participants): 5.9904
Avg (non-participants): 6.2692
Views since voting: 775
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 156
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0


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05/03/2010 12:05:34 PM
this is an incredible image and i like the frame despite the lower quality in the details, but i agree the details are would be more interesting if it could be larger
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05/03/2010 11:33:37 AM
Originally posted by northebound:

Ugh - I WISH this photo was larger. And, in this way, I think the border hurts you a little bit, because all the beautiful details (water drops and plants) are scrunched due to the limit of resolution. I don't hate the border - just don't feel it works in this photo - particularly this photo online. I would love to see a full version of this.

See, I disagree with "the limit of resolution". The image may have worked best at this aspect ratio/crop. Maybe there wasn't anything of interest above or below what's presented. By using the full 800px in width nothing really was lost in the details.

I agree that the border doesn't help with the dark tones...although it may have worked with just a one pixel grey line between the image and the letterbox. ???

Lovely image BTW - I gave it a 7.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2010 08:26:08 PM
Ugh - I WISH this photo was larger. And, in this way, I think the border hurts you a little bit, because all the beautiful details (water drops and plants) are scrunched due to the limit of resolution. I don't hate the border - just don't feel it works in this photo - particularly this photo online. I would love to see a full version of this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2010 10:36:29 AM
Probably too busy for DPC but I'm gussing this is awesome large. Nice range of tones and I do like the composition, busy or not.
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05/01/2010 08:53:24 AM
Nice ripples in the water from the raindrops... lots to explore in this shot, but almost too much. A narrower focus on the textures and lines might be interesting (thought it wouldn't have fit the challenge as well). Nicely done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/30/2010 02:37:23 PM
What an interesting landscape and wonderful B&W conversion! The rain drops put this over the top for me...
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04/30/2010 03:15:28 AM
The image has great tones but they are overrun by the heavy border.
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04/29/2010 08:07:45 PM
worthy of hanging on any wall - 10
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04/28/2010 02:17:43 PM
Oh, top right corner! How I wish you were lighter! Cropping an inch off might be your best solution.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/26/2010 08:36:02 PM
Ecxcellent detail, love the tones, beautiful & peaceful scene.....8
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04/26/2010 10:54:32 AM
What a great spot!
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04/26/2010 09:42:59 AM
Nice tonal range and good detail, but that heavy, black border drags the whole shot down. (IMNSHO)
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04/26/2010 03:56:37 AM
good one,,,,,,,,
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04/26/2010 12:29:43 AM
So moody.
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