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Western Skies by Chris LeDoux
Western Skies by Chris LeDoux

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Challenge: Country Music Song Titles (Expert Editing)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Minolta
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: Jun 12, 2011
Aperture: f/9.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Sky, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2011

Edit with Adobe Photoshop

- auto levels
- adjust shadows/highlights/ midtones
- adjust color 18%
- adjust brightness/contrast
- reduce noise
- resize
- select mountains
- expand by 1 pixel
- unsharp mask
- duplicate layer
- expand by 1 pixel
- auto sharpen
- select background
- blur
- clone out some sensor dust I was informed I had in a previous entry
- add border
- save

Really nothing more then a snapshot while I was sitting in the grandstands watching some races so to me...that makes it quite the undeserving 'shoehorn'. I didn't use expert editing so the score suffered. 'Not Voting' comments don't deserve to be 'helpful'....imho...just leave it out. Thankyou for all the nice comments...Blackbox

Place: 19 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.2735
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.4507
Views since voting: 938
Views during voting: 236
Votes: 117
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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06/24/2011 12:34:35 AM
Got an 8 from me. A nice high average, though I actually expected this to make the top 10. There was another entry with a motor home in it, I thought it was one of your Clark shots.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2011 02:04:32 PM
Fantastic use of negative space.
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06/20/2011 11:56:59 AM
One of my favorite songs by my favorite artist! Nice shot, but I'm not sure the portrait orientation works for me, nor the border. Great colors and I do like the mountains at the very bottom. Not voting.
06/19/2011 12:19:03 PM
This would look great huge! awesome color scale/
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06/17/2011 12:16:06 PM
Amazing, looks like a post card.
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06/17/2011 08:06:29 AM
Beautifully simple. Great colors too. :)
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06/17/2011 01:39:23 AM
Beautiful scene. I love the way the vertical crop with that brilliant sky accentuates the mountains, even while they occupy such a small amount of the image.
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06/17/2011 12:08:23 AM
I was actually going to do this song title as well but didn't get around to it. Nice shot and good taste in music. :)
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