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Challenge: Post-Apocalyptic (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2012 Challenge shots
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Oct 4, 2012
Date Uploaded: Oct 4, 2012



[Oct. 11th, 2012 07:26:22 AM]

This is so not what I had planned!!

There's a little swampy area out by the ball fields with lots of tree stumps. I wanted a shot of tree stumps in water going out to infinity. I wasn't sure whether it was going to be just greys, or fire in the sky reflected in the water.

There's a naval base near here. I even though of putting a battleship, burnt and cracked in the background.

I gave up that idea pretty quickly, because it's far beyond my abilities. But it would have been cool!! :)

The there were going to be some bright, very large butterflies on some of the stumps. I kept thinking of the huge dragonflies of the late Paleozoic period -- with wing spans of 2.5 ft. I had the idea of beauty returning (I guess I wasn't the only one with that idea!! :)

Well -- I went to the swamp, walked down the embankment into the muck and started taking shots. It's a great swamp, but there was no way it was going to work!! The swamp was ringed by very large trees, and they all reflected in the water!! I'm not good enough at expert editing to fix the water, and the large tree reflections didn't fit in with the theme.

Next, I went to find butterflies, hoping for some large swallowtail types.

Nope.

Little painted ladies. And they wouldn't let me get very close.

I did get one pretty cool butterfly shot, though!

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But it wasn't right for the challenge.

There was an awesome sky that morning, though:

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So I came home hoping that everything was salvageable.

Nope.

It was as bad as I thought.

The only thing I liked was the sky.

So I played with the sky in color efex and voila! The fire was born. And with it the final idea. Completely and totally different than anything I had imagined. And of course, all done on the last day.

I really need to stop procrastinating.

Ah well, enough of this -- pet rock is due tonight, so I should probably go figure out something to do!

Thanks for the comments and votes!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 41
Avg (all users): 6.7040
Avg (commenters): 8.5556
Avg (participants): 6.2917
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Views since voting: 2797
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 125
Comments: 22
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10/14/2012 07:15:31 PM
I think this was my favorite of the challenge. Congrats on the ribbon :)
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10/14/2012 12:01:33 AM
Go, Wendy!! I love this!
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10/12/2012 08:09:03 PM
Congratulations, Wendy. Beautiful image, great choice of sky colour.
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10/12/2012 12:27:44 PM
Simple, effective and apocalyptic. Nice job, Wendy.
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10/12/2012 11:47:22 AM
Incredibly cool, Wendy!
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10/12/2012 11:18:05 AM
excellent work!
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10/12/2012 11:07:28 AM
yep,Congrats.
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10/12/2012 10:50:44 AM
Unsettling and beautiful at once - and fits the challenge perfectly. Congratulations on the ribbon, Wendy.
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10/12/2012 10:24:28 AM
Outstanding, Wendy!!! Congratulations!!
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10/12/2012 09:15:22 AM
This was doin it for me. i gave it a ten. nicely done
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10/12/2012 12:07:48 AM
Well done, Wendy!
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10/12/2012 12:02:56 AM
Good one Wendy, similar to something I would of done, another ribbon good for you!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/11/2012 10:46:28 PM
I love this. Top 5
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10/11/2012 10:15:28 PM
I like the stylized vision. 7
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10/11/2012 09:10:01 PM
beautiful creation 9
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10/11/2012 06:53:35 PM
sad
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10/11/2012 01:35:23 PM
Geometry and chaos, beautiful work.
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10/11/2012 11:11:30 AM
Beautiful graphic art
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10/11/2012 08:49:45 AM
Nice, simple, effective image. Nicely executed.
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10/08/2012 10:48:10 PM
Simple and beautiful.
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10/08/2012 01:36:40 PM
Like this image very much, I can see the world being changed into a huge destructive fire, causing the animals and the birds to flee. VWD! [voted earlier]
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10/05/2012 11:29:00 AM
Nice image.
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