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Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Places
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta, GA
Date: Feb 24, 2011
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2011

Loved visiting this swamp in Georgia with lots of interesting trees covered with Spanish Moss, and quite a few birds (though they weren't always easy to see and/or shoot ... funny how 600mm seems so inadequate sometimes ... obviously wasn't using it for this shot, though).

When I processed this I decided I liked the way B&W played up the desolate look of a swamp in winter. I suspect I would melt if I visited here in summer but I really enjoyed exploring it in February.

PP - straightened, cropped, tonemapped in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.029, detail factor 1), merged with original at 20% transparency, increased contrast, dodged bird a little, duotone, resized, sharpened, added border.

Statistics
Place: 176 out of 325
Avg (all users): 5.5315
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.4722
Avg (non-participants): 5.7143
Views since voting: 665
Views during voting: 203
Votes: 143
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0


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03/08/2011 02:22:31 AM
Perfect in B&W!
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03/08/2011 02:19:41 AM
Great black and white! excellent details!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2011 11:24:01 PM
this soooo looks like FL
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03/07/2011 08:36:23 PM
this is a picture of health though, I think, as they're probably resting up for the next season. Hopefully. I like the detail and the starkness of it all anyway.
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03/05/2011 04:47:00 PM
I'm not crazy about the processing, but I do like the scene and the composition.
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03/05/2011 12:25:55 AM
This has an ansell adams touch too it lovely B&W i have come to bump this up its just too beautiful
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03/04/2011 07:49:02 AM
Fantastic tones. The range is really well represented in every area of the photo. Very nicely composed. Wonderful texture. Egret? They're always good, especially when understated yet a highlight once found. Excellent processing. Title couldn't be better.

Criticisms? There's a speck of dust at about 11 o'clock. I doubt anyone cares about that, though. (But before you sell any prints...)
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03/03/2011 08:34:29 PM
cool location and processing - but the trees look a bit oversharpened
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03/02/2011 10:08:38 PM
Too bad you couldn't get the bird into the theme
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