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Frosted fall
Frosted fall

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Challenge: Foliage II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4.0D IF-ED
Location: Mer Bleue Bog, Ottawa
Date: Nov 6, 2011
Aperture: f.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2011

Ryan (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Magnumphotography) convinced me to roll out of bed at an ungodly hour in the hopes that we might be able to shoot some sandhill cranes staging in the Ottawa area, before carrying on to their final winter destination.

However while a few cranes did eventually turn up, they didn't stay and were miles away. Discouraged we drove around a bit, then decided to go further into Mer Bleue Bog. Never saw any while we were in there, but it was still early so there was plenty of frost around. I began shooting foliage and these leaves turned out nicely, so here they are!

PP: RAW-TIFF conversion, crop, minor cloning, shadows, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, resize, save for web


Post-challenge...a little disappointed that this didn't ribbon. It started very well at 7.5 the first night, and stayed at around 7.1 or just under until the last two fateful hours of voting :-/ Then it sank to 6.9xxx.

However, it did finally break 7, get me an HM and a new PB, so I can't really complain :-)

Oh yes, all those out there who think you need super-duper PS skillz to do well here....this image is Basic edited, the only *Advanced* thing I did was to clone out some tendrils on one side. Feel free to PM me for details.


Thanks everyone for all the faves and nice comments! The morning we shot this I was not a happy camper. I had worked very late the previous night, then had to drive into town to Ryan's place. And for some odd reason, he didn't believe me that it was the night that the clocks rolled back.

So when we staggered into the local Mac's for morning coffee before driving out to Mer Bleue, the clock there read a few minutes to 6...not a few minutes to 7!!! Then at the location, it took forever for the cranes to appear and they were far too far away to be shootable. But we did see them fly back towards the Bog. So hoping to catch them in there, we found a footpath and followed it. Not a damn crane in sight, it was pretty chilly, I was tired and just not feeling much like doing anything except sleeping. But the path was well shaded so even though it was now around 9ish, the light wasn't too hard just yet. We got some nice rainbow bokeh shots and I began focusing more and more on the leaves. I really liked the way that these leaves (sorry, don't know what they are) held their shape and weren't yet withered up, and the chevron pattern that the frost formed on them. I thought this image might get me a mid 6 or so, but things played out a lot differently!! :-)

Place: 5 out of 161
Avg (all users): 7.0000
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 7.0476
Avg (non-participants): 6.9508
Views since voting: 2922
Views during voting: 264
Votes: 124
Comments: 26
Favorites: 9 (view)

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05/16/2013 07:16:20 PM
Oh, yeah. this was (and is) exquisite! I was one of your '10's and proud to be able to brag about it.
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10/19/2012 02:13:35 PM
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09/06/2012 07:30:20 PM
You did very very well sue considering the 4th place had massive editing in it ..well done sorry i miss this ..Gord
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06/10/2012 02:08:31 AM
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12/16/2011 06:44:33 PM
Ribbon or no ribbon, you should be proud of this shot, this is simple stunning!! Love the details. :)
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11/15/2011 10:47:25 AM
Congrats on the HM! I love the play of light upon these frosty leaves. The level of detail in the leaves and the ice crystals made my teeth chatter from the chill.
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11/15/2011 08:53:10 AM
Congrats on your 7! A stunning image!
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11/14/2011 09:21:36 PM
Congrats on the 7 and the new PB, Susan!
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11/14/2011 07:28:22 PM
Fantastic! Such a beautiful image! Well worth rolling out early! ;~} Congrats on top 5!
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11/14/2011 02:26:22 PM
A wonderful capture in and *of* early morning light. Congratulations on your 7, your HM, and your new personal best.
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11/14/2011 01:31:36 PM
I am surprised this didn't ribbon! One of the first images that Kapowed my eyes in the thubnail and even more when I opened it! The frost detail, lighting is Perfection!! It looks like a sugar coated treat!! Congratulations Susan on an OUTSTANDING PHOTO!!!
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11/14/2011 12:42:25 AM
This is just lovely I thought this would Ribbon as well Nice work
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11/14/2011 12:08:40 AM
One of my few 10 votes - congratulations on your front page - thought it would ribbon however :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/13/2011 11:51:35 PM
Stunning, i can almost feel the frost revisiting this with 10 mins to go, bumping from 9 to a 10, heres seeing if it makes a difference.
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11/13/2011 10:51:26 PM
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11/13/2011 08:33:34 AM
gorgeous - as if dipped in sugar
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11/13/2011 04:53:07 AM
my favourite of the challenge :)
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11/12/2011 08:44:25 PM
Since the color of the leaves isn't really spectacular, I think this might have been a bit stronger as a contrasty b'n'w to focus on the texture of the frost.
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11/11/2011 09:54:03 PM
OOOOOO WWWWOOOWWW Love this love love love wow what GREAT focus and light
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11/11/2011 07:16:17 PM
various, marvelous edibles!
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11/09/2011 09:37:50 PM
LOVE that light! Beautitful texture from the frost.
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11/09/2011 02:15:51 PM
Very nicely photographed. I tried to do something like this, but never found this good of a subject.
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11/07/2011 09:45:03 PM
so pretty
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11/07/2011 09:36:01 PM
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11/07/2011 03:47:51 PM
How beautiful. I love frosty crystals.
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11/07/2011 03:07:50 PM
So nice and delicate. 7
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