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Ice Island
3rd PlaceIce Island
giantmike


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Challenge: Artificial Symmetry (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Date: Feb 16, 2013
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Feb 16, 2013

One weekend morning I went out like I normally do. My son in the back seat, as we find some places to go take photos. It was a very cold morning, so I decided we would not walk around, but rather find some places to drive which I haven't been before.

It had recently rained a lot, then snowed, which made for many ponds of ice in the local fields. A cool phenomenon that I was keeping my eyes on. As I was driving, I spotted this. I quickly stopped the car, and jumped out to take a number of photos of different compositions. This one, were everything was centered, kept pulling me in.

I loved the colors in the sky and the ice. I loved the barren feeling. And I really loved that the ice was making a reflection.

Editing for this was mostly simple, bringing out the colors in the scene. Then the expert part came in where I copied, pasted, and flipped half the image onto itself.

What fun this was! I ended up doing it to a number of photos because of the cool results :)

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Wow, thank you all. These are some wonderful comments to go along with a score that I didn't think would ribbon (there are some shots that I like more than this in the challenge). It's always a really pleasant surprise when you wake up to the red text on the left side of the screen!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 84
Avg (all users): 6.4228
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.4528
Avg (non-participants): 6.4000
Views since voting: 2386
Views during voting: 260
Votes: 123
Comments: 29
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/03/2013 04:54:04 AM
What pulled me in was how realistic it looks. In a strangely perfect way. Love it.
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03/02/2013 10:28:35 PM
I'm SO GLAD this ribboned.

It's made my week complete.

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03/02/2013 08:09:04 AM
For a "simple" image, there is really a lot to explore and enjoy here, Mike. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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03/02/2013 05:25:36 AM
Great,Congrats.
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03/01/2013 03:59:52 PM
I really like this image...it is so calming. Congrats on third.
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03/01/2013 09:14:08 AM
Congrats Mike on your Yellow. Love the simplicity of this!
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03/01/2013 08:57:49 AM
Stunning.
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03/01/2013 03:11:51 AM
I love this one... glad it ribboned!
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03/01/2013 02:48:24 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, very well done; this was one of my favs in the challenge
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03/01/2013 01:34:24 AM
congratulations!
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03/01/2013 12:58:32 AM
Congratulations!!! Stunning photo... ought to be in an art contest!!
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03/01/2013 12:57:11 AM
What amazes me is how quickly a normal image turns into a surreal shot, just by being symmetrical.

Well done.

Message edited by author 2013-03-01 00:57:36.
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03/01/2013 12:37:24 AM
Congratulations! Well done.
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03/01/2013 12:32:58 AM
gorgeous! \
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03/01/2013 12:12:51 AM
Congratulations! This image is beautiful!
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03/01/2013 12:09:56 AM
Surreal and wonderful
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03/01/2013 12:05:56 AM
Nice one Mike, very lovely work!
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03/01/2013 12:04:25 AM
Very nice work! Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2013 11:28:09 PM
The beauty in simplicity. Lovely image.
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02/28/2013 07:14:47 PM
Looks magic...
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02/27/2013 10:51:27 PM
lovely shot!
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02/27/2013 09:07:47 PM
A lot to like in this image - the pastel tones in contrast to the stark silhouette of the tree, the reflection, the patterns in the ice in the foreground - creepy, somehow - and the overall mood which I find both quieting and disquieting. Voted earlier.
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02/27/2013 02:26:39 PM
Oh! I love it! Brilliant!

10
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02/25/2013 04:06:37 PM
Rather simplistic and overly tall image. The sky doesn't go this image any favors as it is. An improvement might be to crop a 1/3rd off the bottom to give it some pop and detail. Removing the bottom 1/3rd makes it a much better image in my opinion.
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02/24/2013 10:54:03 AM
I like this image for its simpleness and nice bright colors.
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02/22/2013 06:26:18 PM
This could easily be the cover of a book about a some fantasy ice kingdom, or a motivational/self-help guide. :-)
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02/22/2013 03:16:57 PM
Great shot. The composition is just right - perfect balance of the elements.
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02/22/2013 12:41:42 PM
Stellar.
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02/22/2013 03:12:26 AM
Beautiful
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