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Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle
giantmike


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Franschhoek, South Africa
Date: Aug 29, 2010
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Interior, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2011

Oh no, not a wine glass photo! :)

This photo comes from my amazing trip to South Africa. In the Franschhoek valley, there are dozens of absolutely amazing wineries, and hundreds of amazing views. This particular view is looking out the front door of the Mont Rochelle winery. My wife and I got there just at opening for some early wine tasting. About 3/4 of the way through the tasting, I happened to look to my left, and saw this perfect mixture of glass, wood, and mountains. I ran down to the car, grabbed my camera, and took a couple photos. I knew I had something special.

Taken near the end of August, I didn't have much for internet access after taking this, so I couldn't replace my August entry with this. But it's ok, as I knew the best of 2010 challenge was coming, and I bought Topaz after my trip. Topaz really helped to clean this up without leaving the ugly halos I had on the mountains before purchasing Topaz.

Post Processing:
* Topaz Adjust
* Crop
* Lower Exposure
* Increase Brightness
* Increase Contrast
* Increase Definition
* Increase Saturation with lower Vibrancy
* S-curve
* Highlights and shadows
* Increase Yellow Saturation
* Decrease Blue Luminescence
* Dodge the sky
* Burn the mountains/bushes
* Blur the sky
* Export as TIFF
* Resize to 1600 px
* Sharpen Edges
* Resize to 800 px
* Add a very slight blue tint to the sky
* Save as JPG

Statistics
Place: 245 out of 429
Avg (all users): 5.6354
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 5.6267
Avg (non-participants): 5.6774
Views since voting: 736
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 181
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 03:37:42 PM
For me this is one of the finest images in the challenge. The atmosphere is unbelievable, speaks about a warm sunny day that you want to remember forever.
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02/19/2011 01:39:17 PM
Beautiful shot. Atypical perspective. I love the focus on the table, glassware and chair backs.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/17/2011 07:12:27 AM
this is beautiful, makes me wanna go there
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02/16/2011 02:19:47 PM
for me it seems that the mountains in the BG should be in super sharp focus with the FG being softer...(JMO)
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02/15/2011 09:50:05 AM
What a beautiful view that invites me to sit down, take a seat and have a glass of wine:-) Lovely colors and inviting scenery you have captured. It is inviting but I feel the composition could be stronger. First off I think that the horizontal presentation doesn't play up the strengths of the lines and shapes in the scene. A vertical composition would compliment the vertical shape of the tiffiany glass windows and the open door view. Not only that but you would capture more of the full length of the chair that would further be an invitation to the viewer to have a seat.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/15/2011 08:11:15 AM
nice, but lacks wow factor
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02/14/2011 10:07:52 AM
has a nice feel and mood. (I might have cropped the sky out.) good luck
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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