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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2007
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Iraq
Date: Aug 19, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2007

This is taken at the lake I walk around some mornings. It's lovely when the sun comes up, though by the time we get here and the sun gets to the point it's at, the bats have long since gone back to wherever it is they hang out during the day.

Post challenge - Wow! I'll admit this came as a bit of a surprise. I thought it too "plain" for this crowd. I'm glad it did well, though. It shows that the place you see on the news (when they're not preoccupied with alcoholic starlets and foot-tapping politicians) can be rather beautiful if you just look. Thanks!
No expert editing at all. Some advanced editing - removed a shadow in the water. The rest is mostly levels, curves, a bit of a hue shift from yellow to a richer orangish color, and the usual sharpening, resize, border bits.

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 503
Avg (all users): 7.0533
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 7.1273
Avg (non-participants): 6.8500
Views since voting: 3532
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 150
Comments: 65
Favorites: 11 (view)


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08/19/2011 10:57:55 PM
This is gorgeous, and I love the peaceful simplicity of it. Also, the warm orange tone...THE specific hue of orange is absolutely perfect.

Dave
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11/21/2010 12:01:12 PM
So very pretty
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11/16/2010 02:47:48 PM
Gallery photo #2
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01/03/2010 09:24:00 AM
I love this!! This is the type of shot that gave me the guts to enter the shot that I did in the Paul Simon challenge. (however, mine is not nearly as good, so it will probably get hit very hard.) But it's shots like this that helps me learn to appreciate and, better yet, helps me see, the simple things in life. People should be required to look at this once a week and remember that photos don't have to flashy to be spectacular.
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10/16/2009 07:38:09 PM
This is one of my favorite photos! Love it.
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03/06/2009 07:43:10 AM
I still love this!!
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03/05/2009 03:59:06 PM
This is such a beautiful shot. Must be wonderful to be able to see this image in real life everyday if you wanted to!
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08/08/2008 03:54:33 AM
Wow - a truly beautiful shot Deb.
Congrats on a great score :-)
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07/02/2008 04:21:51 AM
so simple & so beautiful! Beautiful work.
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06/10/2008 01:44:45 AM
Your tones and detail are nothing short of stunning! I love the stillness and beauty of this image.
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05/19/2008 03:48:26 AM
Absolutely beautiful in its simplicity....
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03/31/2008 08:52:09 PM
This is soothing for me to look at. Those hues are beautiful and relaxing.

Scoring 11 in an open study is darn good, is it not?
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03/27/2008 08:14:14 PM
What a peaceful picture, just lovely....
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03/27/2008 05:47:27 PM
What an amazing photo... You really got robbed on this one. 7+ with no ribbon is just wrong. I think what may have hit you hard was the border. That is honestly the only thing I don't care for but everything else is amazing and very pretty. It looks like some where I would like to be right now. Still though, 11 out of 500 is an accomplishment all it's own. I still worship people like you, I can't wait until the day I get this close.
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03/11/2008 02:24:03 AM
What a wonderful image - compositionally sound, lucid scene. The colors and scenery invoke a peaceful resonance. A little over-sharpening, perhaps, on the buildings and plant in the foreground, but don't detract much from an otherwise beautiful capture. Also noticed some slight color banding in the sky. I would have scored this an 8. Lighting is wonderous, and moody.
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01/08/2008 04:40:47 AM
Never really noticed this had a 7+ score without even finishing top 10. Dang!
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12/07/2007 01:33:00 AM
i really like the border choice here, amongst other things
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11/08/2007 07:44:39 AM
Gorgeous! tonally (is that a real word??) is so soothing
compostion is fabulous too
11th place with a sunset!

go girl!
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09/30/2007 09:04:11 AM
11th place in a FREE STUDY!!!! And a 7 score to boot!! Awesome! Brilliant colors & textures in this shot. Congratulations.
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09/21/2007 08:21:30 AM
You should offer a print , Deb- this is just stunning !
Peaceful, zen like...I love it
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09/16/2007 04:10:28 PM
Another great shot from you, Deb, congrats on a fantastic score and placement. Such a simple shot, with such great impact.
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09/12/2007 07:59:57 AM
This is so beautiful! Congrats on the great score!!
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09/10/2007 05:33:33 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhmy!!!!! What can I say! This is freaking spectacular! They reeeeally need to hire you as their PR photographer. Some of the photos you have posted here make me want to go there on vacation!!!!!

Congratulations Deb. It's quite rare for a 7+ score to end up in 11th place, but what an honor to be among the greats in such a high scoring challenge!

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09/10/2007 10:26:07 AM
Well lookee here. I go away for a couple of weeks and I come back to see you have yet another 7+ score. Well done Deb! Excellent image. Calm and tranquil, simple and uncluttered, well balanced and the perfect color tones. Very very nice! Congrats!
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09/10/2007 09:21:06 AM
Deb, well-deserved congratulations! Wonderfully composed. Peaceful, and elegant.
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09/09/2007 01:12:40 AM
Congrats on the score and placement! Two 7s, that is pretty impressive, though I do like your B&W a tad better. This is still an excellent shot and field was so competitive.
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09/08/2007 05:30:11 PM
What a wonderful picture - I would never have guessed this was yours or that you could find such a scene where you are. Congrats on a great score :)
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09/08/2007 05:05:14 PM
Simply a beautiful, peaceful, serene image that can take the days stresses away with just one gaze. Ahhhh... sigh. :) Congrats on your high finish!
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09/08/2007 02:03:34 PM
Congrats on the high finish and PB! Beautiful color, so peaceful, just lovely!
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09/08/2007 01:06:16 PM
Congratulations, Deb. A 7 in FS is awesome. Actually, a 7 in any challenge is awesome. This is so beautiful. I notice that the far shore is rather industrial looking, but that is barely discernible the way you have processed this shot. It's great to see there is still beauty in Iraq. I hope someday soon, the people of Iraq will be secure enough to again enjoy these sights you have been showing us.
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09/08/2007 09:04:03 AM
Beautiful job Deb. Awesome score and incredible placement for a free study! I love the serenity and peacefulness of the moment. Considering where you probably took this, that certainly gives you something to think about.
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09/08/2007 08:43:13 AM
wtg deb!!! This is an excellent photo - congrats on 11!!!!
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09/08/2007 08:07:39 AM
Congratulations, Deb!!! You've been on a huge roll lately. A plus 7 score, especially in a contest like this one, is a major accomplishment. Wonderful.
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09/08/2007 06:38:40 AM
Simple and effective and 11 out of 500...awesome, congrats Deb
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09/08/2007 06:05:44 AM
Great photo with a great result, congratulations Deb.

Message edited by author 2007-09-08 06:06:21.
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09/08/2007 05:42:44 AM
congratulations deb on an awesome photograph and a fantastic finish in a free study .. WOW on both counts .. :)
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09/08/2007 05:12:44 AM
wow, congratulations ... 11th is better than 12th place :-) LOL

great photo, great colors and composition ... i love the title!

peace,
goran
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09/08/2007 03:37:03 AM
wow impressive finish deb!!! congrats!
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09/08/2007 03:16:03 AM
really sweet! As a denizen of marshes and other tidal areas, I've got to love it.
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09/08/2007 02:56:37 AM
Wow Deb. You got a 10 from me.
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09/08/2007 02:05:04 AM
Wow! Awesome pic Deb! Congrats!
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09/08/2007 01:21:27 AM
tres elegant!
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09/08/2007 12:21:22 AM
Congratulations on 11th place Deb, and a great score too. I really liked your other image so much, I gave you the wrong advice! I'm glad you didn't listen! It's a very beautiful image, and the reeds add so much depth. Nice work!
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09/08/2007 12:12:57 AM
OOOOHHHH YEEEEAAAHHHHH! Yahoo teammate x 2! :) Congrats on the gorgeous shot and your new personal best!
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09/08/2007 12:09:40 AM
Absolutely stunning, Deb! Congratulations on a truly noteworthy shot!
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09/08/2007 12:06:31 AM
Deb congrats on a new PB. this shot desirved a great score. its good to see that you are able to get out with your camera and enjoy taking cool shots like this. I sure am enjoying looking at all the shots you post from over there.
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09/08/2007 12:06:08 AM
So close to top 10! Grats, you can make anywhere beautiful!
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09/08/2007 12:05:24 AM
This is just stunning, and what a score for you, with this one.....

CONGRATULATIONS Deb, as it is so worth it.....
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2007 08:58:40 PM
Exquisitely simple. The rippled and smooth waters are what make this photo work so well. 9.
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09/07/2007 07:36:12 AM
Congenial title for a beautiful image.
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09/06/2007 10:02:40 AM
I really like this. The tones are wonderful. Well done
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09/06/2007 09:29:31 AM
Love the warm golds and oranges in this photograph. It really captures the feel and mood of an early morning with that the nice warm glow. The reeds bend to a gentle breeze as the sun casts is warm golden orange rays upon the water. Minimilistic in the composition but beautifully and elegantly captured. Well done. My only critique is that I think it would be better to have an either plain white, black or thin line white with predominant black border to compliment the shot. The yellow-orange one here I think detracts some attention away from those lovely golds & orange tones within your picture.
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09/05/2007 11:10:11 PM
Stunning, I love the simplicity and colours, a very beautiful and soothing image! 10
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09/05/2007 07:33:28 PM
Beautiful! The simplicity here is great, and the colors are nice. Well done.
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09/04/2007 09:56:09 PM
excellent work - there's awesome balance in the shot & the colors are absolutely sublime << 8 >>
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09/04/2007 08:36:14 PM
Oh my... this is such a nice shot.
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09/04/2007 01:40:17 PM
Very calming. Lovely photo.
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09/03/2007 07:09:59 AM
Great shot. I love the subtle detail especially how the sun's reflection drips like wet paint.
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09/02/2007 11:05:19 PM
I like the placement of the sun and the grasses. Subtle and classic.
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09/02/2007 12:55:20 PM
Great image - really like the composition.

I'd like to have seen the silhouetted skyline completely black (perhaps through a levels adjustment), the detail that shows through distracts from the rest of the image.
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09/02/2007 07:01:43 AM
great colors, love the mood in this
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09/02/2007 04:52:15 AM
Nice shot - Like the tones - and composition but it's just a tad too simple and the border doesn't add any interest.
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09/01/2007 09:40:36 PM
splendid sunrise - so warm and inviting
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09/01/2007 12:06:31 PM
beautiful, I can hear the silence
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09/01/2007 08:41:30 AM
Deb - it shows really, really well. I'd give this and 8 while passing through if I could vote. Sorry I can't :-)
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