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Challenge: Take Two II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX Aspherical DG HSM for Nikon
Location: Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Date: Jun 23, 2011
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2011

[Jun. 28th, 2011 05:27:11 PM]

Thank you very much for the nice comments.

As you can see this really isn't all that different from the original [thumb]923123[/thumb], but I wanted to get something cleaner and crisper (and it's a five-minute walk from home during what's been a ridiculously busy spring).

For Revecca: It's a blend of four exposures with photomatix, geared toward the dark side of exposure values. I hate how often I turn to HDR, but I love clouds, and this is the way to get them the way I like them.
In Photomatix: jacked up the micro contrast, lowered the luminosity, desaturated to 42% to try to get rid of cartoonish colors, reduced micro smoothing to 0, played with smoothing and overall percentage slider a bit.

Then in PS: the standard levels and curves to get some pop, some burning for more pop, multiply layer for, um, pop, and then an overlay for you can guess what. Then an unsharpen mask on the luminosity channel.

I don't know what I'm doing so it's a hodgepodge of a workflow, but I do really like this photo. (The new gravel they laid down helps as well.)

Place: 9 out of 74
Avg (all users): 6.8374
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.5750
Avg (non-participants): 6.9639
Views since voting: 2006
Views during voting: 249
Votes: 123
Comments: 12
Favorites: 6 (view)

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07/06/2011 12:58:26 AM
Excellent shot and a big improvment over the original.
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07/01/2011 05:15:20 AM
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Oh, well, wrong guess, but I knew I had seen it before.

Wasn't that the point? ;)
07/01/2011 12:28:23 AM
Thank you for sharing the info on your image. Congrats on a Top 10 finish. The image is incredibly gorgeous. Seriously. :D
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07/01/2011 12:09:45 AM
Oh, well, wrong guess, but I knew I had seen it before.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/30/2011 10:14:43 PM
I bet it's twice as beautiful here than in real life. Good job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2011 11:03:22 PM
A little heavy on the tonemapping, but it works for this scene. Guessing this is the entry from NiallOTuama.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2011 08:21:29 PM
I really like this...

I may or may not be voting, so please do not equate my comment with any score.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2011 11:40:13 PM
A captivating image of what could be an otherwise boring scenery. You just got it nicely, with an excellent HDR production... Well done!
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06/26/2011 06:59:22 PM
love the sky and tones in this one
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06/26/2011 06:13:16 PM
This is incredible. I absolutely love EVERYTHING about it.. the way the clouds look so menacing.. yet we see a glimmer of light coming from the other side..
I hope you ribbon, because this one is my favorite!
I hope you share your technique with us, too.

  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2011 05:21:04 PM
Absolutely beautiful. The processing of this is simply spectacular. It seems to transport me to another time.
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06/24/2011 11:58:42 AM
Excellent use of HDR and wide angle photography.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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