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Challenge: Free Study 2010-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Brabant, Holland
Date: Dec 20, 2010
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2010

Absolutely overwhelmed by the response this image has received. And incredibly happy that it got the Blue. It really was an incredibly close finish between the first 3 placings and any of the other two could have snatched it.
In retrospect though I realize that I was a bit too enthusiastic as far as sharpening is concerned as has been pointed out in some of the comments.
I had played around with this image so much trying various editing options that eventually I couldn't see the woods for the trees anymore. Here is another version of the same image that was edited to get a softer overall tone. Personally I prefer this version over the one I uploaded as my challenge entry.
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It was incredibly cold on the day (-10) with a thick layer of ground fog and my camera and lens were actually covered with a very thin layer of ice after half an hour outside.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 275
Avg (all users): 7.6788
Avg (commenters): 8.5517
Avg (participants): 7.6036
Avg (non-participants): 7.8333
Views since voting: 5830
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 165
Comments: 65
Favorites: 35 (view)


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09/19/2011 08:00:30 AM
Fred, no idea how I missed this. What a fabulous iconic winter scene.
Of course everyone will dissect the image as they have the luxury of looking at it for a long period of time. What's often missed by viewers, voters, and this irks me no end, is the lack of comprehension of the effort required to get a shot and purely voting on ROT, sharpness, colour, composition, and their perception of DMC/DNMC. To get out in the cold, to get up early, to visualise the shot, to know how to shoot it, and to return after a long or cold or perilous journey. Landscape photographers know this too well. Early mornings, cold late evenings after sunrise, mountains, and so on. Work load and effort is valid also for studio work, but generally that is a repetitive re-creatable environment.
Not withstanding the above drivel , what makes this shot are the two shoe trails seemingly leading away into the mist. Without that enigma, I think the image may not have had the impact it does. Well done, ribbon or not.
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01/14/2011 08:52:16 AM
Oooeee, Fred! Eks nou terug van 'n lekker warm seevakansie, en kyk net wat vang jy aan! -10 Grade, man ek verstaan nie hoe koud is dit nie. Die foto lyk of daar 'n sagte lig vanuit die ys uitstraal. Werklik mooi. Baie geluk, en welverdiend.
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01/13/2011 02:38:15 AM
That is just a beautiful photo, so serene. I would order a print of it.

Message edited by author 2011-01-13 02:39:13.
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01/12/2011 05:19:26 AM
Congrats on an awesome image Fred. --Rick
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01/11/2011 04:18:33 PM
Lovely image. congratulations on the Blue
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01/10/2011 07:00:15 PM
Absolutely beautiful. Snow and mist - what a combination! And look at that score!
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01/10/2011 09:17:57 AM
I really didn't want another landscape to prevail, but I couldn't help but give this one of my highest scores. So glad it did well for you.
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01/10/2011 01:10:43 AM
WOW! Congratulations! :)
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01/10/2011 12:16:14 AM
A really beautiful shot. Congrats on the blue!
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01/09/2011 05:24:00 PM
great shot composition , i like blue color ,tree & the way got you away Congrats.
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01/08/2011 06:43:03 PM
Stunning image Fred ! Congratulations on a brilliant Blue

Mike

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01/08/2011 01:56:43 PM
Beautiful image, congrats! I do agree with you that your alternate edit is better; significantly so, in fact. I don't think the score would have been all that much different, though.
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01/08/2011 01:14:32 PM
mighty congratulations
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01/08/2011 12:51:56 PM
Breathtaking image! Big congrats on your great win!
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01/08/2011 12:23:33 PM
This is fantastic Fred. Congrats on the blue.
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01/08/2011 10:57:46 AM
Wonderful image! Blue is the right color of ribbon for this shot.
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01/08/2011 09:23:36 AM
Wonderful winter image. I agree that the softer version is preferable. Stunning work, here.
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01/08/2011 09:22:28 AM
Congratulations on such a wonderful image and a well deserved ribbon!
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01/08/2011 09:01:44 AM
WOW - gorgeous. I somehow didn't vote on FS. I certainly would have added my high marks to those others gave.
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01/08/2011 08:22:40 AM
This is just awesome Fred! Again a picture after my own heart. It's perfectly executed and the contrast whilst maintaining the foggy look is amazing. Congrats with a well deserved blue ribbon.
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01/08/2011 07:21:29 AM
Congratulations,just had to be very near,great image.
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01/08/2011 07:08:26 AM
Hey hey! Blue! Well done, my man. Congratulations! Not even a 1, 2 or 3 vote. Knocked even the trolls dead with this one. Outstanding image.
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01/08/2011 05:15:28 AM
Jy weet nie hoe bly ek is toe ek sien dit is jou foto wat Blou gewen het nie. As ek dit nie mis het nie was jy 'n man wat alles wou opgee so ruk terug. Ek weet jy sou nie maar jy was moedeloos. Ons meet nie ons werk aan die Ribbons nie maar dit bly 'n groot beloning en ongeag van die wen of nie, moet jy altyd self tevrede wees met jou fotos.

Fantastiese foto en welverdien. Holland het miskien minder geleenthede as ander plekke soos Ysland maar kyk net die resultaat in die foto van eenvoud. Alles wat 'n foto karakter gee en atmosfeer is daar en dit is 'n toneel wat net raakgesien moet word.

Keep shooting
Weereens geluk!
Rian
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01/08/2011 05:12:51 AM
Congratulations!
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01/08/2011 01:05:15 AM
This was my favorite in this challenge. Great image, congrats!!
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01/08/2011 12:57:31 AM
Gorgeous photo! I love the colors, and scene. I agree it's a bit oversharpened around the tree and brush, but such is the problem making 800 pixel shots and deciding how much to resharpen. I'm sure it will make a stunning enlargement...maybe good for canvas. Congratulations!
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01/08/2011 12:39:06 AM
Well Golly!!! Any version will do for me! Lovely!
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01/08/2011 12:27:00 AM
My pick for the Blue... guess I've got good taste! It is stunning!
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01/08/2011 12:18:32 AM
How fortunate you are to have been here. So magical and peaceful. Congrats on the blue.
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01/08/2011 12:14:24 AM
What a wonderful image, congratulations!!!
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01/08/2011 12:09:51 AM
Lovely blue, pleased for you.
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01/08/2011 12:07:19 AM
Excellent, excellent! I kind of thought this might be yours, the delicate touch of it. Well done!
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01/08/2011 12:04:53 AM
Awesome !!!!
Congrats on the ribbon !!
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01/08/2011 12:02:21 AM
Ribbon in a free study! Whoa!!! What a feat!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2011 09:51:52 PM
Wonderful haze. Beautiful photo.
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01/07/2011 09:04:40 PM
Lovely!
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01/07/2011 05:51:22 PM
Really like the image but i would prefer the snow to be pure white.
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01/07/2011 04:43:09 PM
WOW, great composition, exxcellent exposure, and subtle colors. My pick for top 10.
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01/07/2011 02:07:52 PM
Beautifully cool tones; the blue snow actually works for me here. Maybe a tad oversharpened but definitely has a wonter mood to it.
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01/07/2011 02:03:51 PM
Hope this ribbons. A beautiful composition of an amazing setting. The subtle palettes add a surreal touch.
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01/07/2011 01:58:35 PM
Beautiful, ethereal. perhaps a tiny bit over-sharpened, but still, lovely.
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01/06/2011 03:30:10 PM
One of my many favorites this month. Beautiful composition!10
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01/06/2011 02:26:01 PM
Beautiful soft colours, gorgeous scene, perfect composition. 10
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01/06/2011 03:21:03 AM
Beautiful!
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01/06/2011 01:47:14 AM
beautiful colors! almost looks like the tree looks almost oversharpend but i cant tell, it wont lower my score though 8
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01/05/2011 09:27:13 PM
Absolutely Stunning. The softness and the colors in this are spectacular. Top pick for me.
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01/05/2011 07:27:51 PM
Walking through snow that deep can be hard on you. lol
But the picture is wonderful ! 8
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01/05/2011 06:53:28 PM
WOW
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01/05/2011 10:33:57 AM
this is stunning, such amazing peace
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01/04/2011 06:19:45 PM
The hue of morning light is just perfect for this scene. Bump
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01/03/2011 06:43:58 PM
Absolutely stunning!!!
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01/03/2011 05:09:25 PM
Beautiful! Very atmospheric. - 9
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01/03/2011 02:51:12 PM
Moira's jewel box. Mesmerizing
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01/03/2011 11:34:14 AM
gorgeous
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01/02/2011 11:55:08 PM
The title says it all. This is a lovely photograph. I absolutely love the pastel colors 8
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01/02/2011 11:10:45 PM
Sweet love this
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01/02/2011 09:14:42 PM
Beautiful image. The colour is fantastic and enhances this scene to magical status. 10
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01/02/2011 07:42:31 PM
Oh! Takes my breath away! The softness of the pastels is lovely and I love the tracks - a man walking his dog, I assume. Beautiful! (My only suggestion is to revisit for sharpness - perhaps a tad oversharp on my monitor but I suspect it would be fine printed.)
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01/02/2011 07:38:22 PM
This is gorgeous. The use of parallel lines and the vanishing point really leads us into this photo. And the mixture of warm and cool colors is very pleasing.
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01/02/2011 01:48:00 AM
I love the colours in this 8
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01/01/2011 06:13:00 PM
Peaceful with wonderful pastels. Good luck!
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01/01/2011 02:04:08 PM
Oh wow. This is so pretty. Lovely colors.
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01/01/2011 01:41:40 PM
Very good one, even if the unsharp mask is too strong
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01/01/2011 06:37:37 AM
This is certainly a pretty scene and the colour gradient in the sky is tremendous. Personally though, this looks like you've been a bit heavy with the sharpening to me (something I'm prone to do myself) - I think this delicate scene would better suit a smooth rather than crisp treatment. This appearance is particularly prominent in the lower left foreground foliage which is also quite bright and thus accentuates the over-sharpened look.

Perhaps it is jpeg artifaction, if I look in the upper branches of the tree I can see a cross-hatch pattern...

Overall, clearly a beautiful scene with outstanding colour handling but for me, the sharpening / compression combination takes the shine off it.
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01/01/2011 01:26:41 AM
Top photo
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