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Mill Creek Dam
Mill Creek Dam
giantmike


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2011-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Barneveld, WI
Date: Jan 8, 2011
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Architecture, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2011

I learned of Hyde's Mill from looking through some local flickr groups, and I knew I just had to shoot it. After looking it up in Google Maps to figure out where it was, I made a plan to head out there early one Saturday morning. I thought the mill was on the north side of the road, so I expected some nice lighting conditions. I arrive, and it's on the south side of the road. D'oh! So I grabbed my new polarizing filter to try to bring color back to the sky (the sun is just over the hill). That seemed to work, so I grabbed a bunch of shots from all different angles. As it turns out, the first angle I chose was by far my favorite.

On my way back home, I stopped at various locations, when something caught my eye. I got to see some bald eagles, enormous hawks, and cool countryside. But in the end, this mill stood above all else for the best of the trip and month.

Post processing:
* White Balance
* Recovery
* Decrease exposure but increase brightness
* Increase black point
* Topaz adjust to start bringing out the details and colors
* Topaz detail to really highlight the details, and modify the tones somewhat
* Topaz adjust again to even out the exposure a bit and deepen the colors
* Clone out a power line running above the stream
* Increase definition
* Decrease saturation a bit but increase vibrancy
* S curve for contrast
* Export to TIFF
* Resize to 1600 px
* Sharpen Edges
* Resize to 800 px
* Save as JPG

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02/07/2011 09:57:18 PM
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10 from me!
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02/06/2011 08:36:09 PM
Wonderful photo, love those tiny falls. 9
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02/06/2011 04:07:32 PM
Wow, what a shot, what a location. Postcard perfect.
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02/04/2011 12:28:39 PM
Lovely landscape!!
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