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Peeking Over Lake Mendota
Peeking Over Lake Mendota

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Horizon Line (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Dec 5, 2010
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Sky, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2010

When this challenge came up, I was hoping for some snow. Having the extra element of snow and ice really seems to provide a few new shooting opportunities for me. Sunday morning I drove out to Governor Nelson State Park before sunrise. I found a place to setup, and waited in the 19F weather for the sun to come up over the lake.

When I first took this picture, I wasn't all that impressed. But after playing around with it in post, I came up with something that I enjoy (and my wife thinks is amazing!).

Post Processing:
* Straighten
* White balance
* Recovery
* Increase Black Point
* Topaz Infocus, Detail, and Adjust
* Increase Exposure, Black Point, and Brightness
* Increase Definition
* Increase Saturation with decreased Vibrancy (brings up the oranges while decreasing the blues)
* S-Curve for contrast
* Increase Highlights
* Vignette added (slight)
* Export to TIFF
* Resize
* Unsharp Mask
* Save for web

Place: 43 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.9291
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8475
Avg (non-participants): 5.9878
Views since voting: 628
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 141
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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12/17/2010 11:53:13 AM
Beautiful! Worth the wait.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/09/2010 10:46:24 PM
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12/07/2010 07:02:51 PM
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12/06/2010 08:09:31 PM
Stunning wintry lake scene. Lovely reflections. 7
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