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Challenge: Duotones III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: albany waterfront
Date: Nov 8, 2007
Aperture: 10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30 s
Galleries: Emotive, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2007

Kind of interesting, this was my first shot I took and was more of a test which is why the bottom of the pillar is cut off.

The bird didn't move for 30 secs really during the exposure, even though it was cold and windy.

Chose the "Sole Survivor" and less than 10 hours later there was an oil spill about 15 miles away in the bay.

Random

Editing:Exposed the image twice, once for the foreground and once for clouds. On the foreground I ran a levels adjustment to brighten everything and lighten the water. On the top I copied the layer on multiply and faded the effect. Did a special level for the thing in the bottom right. Flattened, and tonemapped but faded way back. Used a gradient map and selective color adjustment to make black and white. Flattened the image and background and set to 50% opacity and did the dodging and burning. Ran shadows/highlights on had it selecitviley effect different parts. Used two color balance layers one in color and one in Pin light with different opacities to give it the tone.

Post challenge:Thank you everyone for the kind votes and comments! I am very happy to have ribboned in this challenge with so many great shots.
My inspiration for this shot started with this image by 21_F.gif Germaine 609599.jpg. In this photo she had a link to David Burdeny's photography. Between these two I went out and tried to do something in that vein. Good call 21.gif Sarcoman :). Thanks again everyone!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 295
Avg (all users): 7.1975
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 7.2427
Avg (non-participants): 7.1186
Views since voting: 10353
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 162
Comments: 81
Favorites: 41 (view)


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12/02/2007 06:10:23 PM
Wow, you sure the bird wasn't frozen? lol...they can survive in cold, but only in spurts and then they have to retreat into a trunk or cave. The bird is blurry, but so small that it doesn't take away from the great scene. Very surreal.
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11/24/2007 01:58:24 PM
outstanding! I LOVE the contrast and texture, it's exceptionally beautiful. Great job!
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11/23/2007 01:44:32 AM
wow, i like this a lot
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11/21/2007 05:35:37 PM
Man your gettin GOOOOD !!!
Sweet shot very technical . Congrats on the ribbon.

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11/21/2007 06:32:48 AM
WOW Joe,
This is a terrific image.
Thanks! for beeing at 1rst page. You have deserve it soo.
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11/19/2007 10:53:08 PM
awesome
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11/19/2007 09:11:21 PM
monster shot, joe, monster shot
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11/19/2007 07:20:24 PM
Congratulations on the RR. Nice explanation of the post- work, too.
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11/19/2007 07:15:44 PM
wow, this picture is amazing. great shot, and obviously wonderful editing.
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11/19/2007 06:16:32 PM
As usual, Joe, exquisite work. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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11/19/2007 06:16:09 PM
lovely photo...very nicely processed.

an actual duotone would be cool to see, as this is just a b+w with a single tone. oh well.
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11/19/2007 06:10:47 PM
Congrats! This is one of your best. I love the silkiness and unreality of the whole thing.
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11/19/2007 03:29:40 PM
Congrats on the ribbon, nice long exposure.
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11/19/2007 01:49:20 PM
Really dig everything about this.. the mood is amazing and the title is parfait!! Congrats on a well deserved image and your ribbon :)
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11/19/2007 01:14:59 PM
Congrats Joe! Another well-deserved ribbon... love the comp! Feels like it's floating on clouds. :O)
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11/19/2007 12:59:51 PM
This image is such a delight to look at (I've been gazing at it on and off all day). It's truly beautiful and so deserved to ribbon. Great work, Joe.
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11/19/2007 12:25:34 PM
I love surreal, and you have defined it here. Excellent.
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11/19/2007 11:02:00 AM
Huge wow. Absolutely magnificent. Congrats on the fabulous finish.
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11/19/2007 10:50:26 AM
This is so incredibly beautiful. Haunting and fascinating. Perfect in duotones. Congratulations on a red ribbon for this amazing photo.

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11/19/2007 10:34:35 AM
really cool, great photo ... congratz!!!
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11/19/2007 09:32:54 AM
beautiful! amazing perspective!
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11/19/2007 09:27:06 AM
Very well done! Congratulations on your red ribbone.
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11/19/2007 09:20:57 AM
Helluva shot, helluva effect :-)
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11/19/2007 09:12:29 AM
Wow! I'm speechless. Really great!
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11/19/2007 09:09:06 AM
Great image, so glad this ribboned. Congrats again.
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11/19/2007 09:05:13 AM
YAY for you, Joe. Excellent
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11/19/2007 08:53:18 AM
Great image. Congrats!
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11/19/2007 08:45:36 AM
Such a beautiful and stunning image. Congrats!
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11/19/2007 07:49:03 AM
wooohoooo!
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11/19/2007 07:45:40 AM
nice work
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11/19/2007 06:49:38 AM
What a great shot. This looks like David Burdeny's style.

http://www.davidburdeny.com/
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11/19/2007 05:57:15 AM
great shot. So dreamy
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11/19/2007 04:27:03 AM
beautiful photo...well done/congrates
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11/19/2007 04:24:43 AM
Gave this a 10 Joe...deserved a ribbon, glad you got one! wll done...and you used my favourite lens!
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11/19/2007 04:14:07 AM
good red very well done mate
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11/19/2007 02:09:45 AM
Stunning result with this image as it is pure delight to the viewer and an amazing awesome scene with the subject matter and composition..... It was my pick for a ribbon.....

Message edited by author 2007-11-19 02:10:29.
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11/19/2007 01:38:45 AM
The effect of the time exposure on the water and sky really makes this picture. Thanks to the bird for holding the pose. Great shot!
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11/19/2007 01:38:09 AM
So out of this world. Congrats.
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11/19/2007 01:34:29 AM
Sensational! Well done, man! : )
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11/19/2007 01:25:14 AM
Congratulation!! Beautiful image. Such images really raise the standard of DPC.
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11/19/2007 01:18:36 AM
the little birdie does the trick
splendid image
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11/19/2007 01:15:16 AM
The mood of this image is perfect for the sepia tones. Congratulations on your Red Ribbon win. Cheers, Sandra.
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11/19/2007 12:57:25 AM
Beautiful use of slow exposure.
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11/19/2007 12:33:11 AM
Awesome Joe! It's a stunning image.
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11/19/2007 12:27:00 AM
fantastic photo Joe, congratulations!
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11/19/2007 12:23:39 AM
Congrats! :)
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11/19/2007 12:21:44 AM
oh wow, hati hati!!
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11/19/2007 12:20:19 AM
Awesome Joe! Congrats!
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11/19/2007 12:17:20 AM
Such a surreal and beautiful shot. Congratulations on the red.
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11/19/2007 12:10:48 AM
Congrats, Joe. You really have a way of seeing the extraordinary. The final result is gorgeous.
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11/19/2007 12:06:53 AM
WTG, Joe! Big congrats on your RED!
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11/19/2007 12:03:20 AM
Congrats Joe. Man that's milky smooth.
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11/19/2007 12:02:22 AM
Congrats on a beautiful shot!
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11/19/2007 12:02:16 AM
Sweet man! Great test shot! :-)

Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2007 10:31:33 PM
Beautiful shot, great tone, and just the right contrast. Also love the composition. Nice work.
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11/18/2007 09:35:44 PM
Worthy of a ribbon..... that for sure..... I love this one very much.....
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11/18/2007 07:17:52 PM
I give you 7 points for the bird.
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11/18/2007 04:46:06 PM
Beautiful and soft with great piece of concreate in the middle.
I love it
10
Kev
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11/18/2007 01:03:50 AM
I like the desolate feel of this image.
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11/17/2007 11:25:18 PM
Fantastic shot, it looks surreal.
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11/17/2007 10:53:08 PM
Very cool shot, seems mystic! i would love to know the shutter speed on this, nicely done!
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11/17/2007 10:31:45 PM
Great use of a wide angle.
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11/17/2007 09:18:41 PM
I'm not exactly sure what the title refers to? I like the mood of the image!
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11/16/2007 10:53:46 PM
8 - Nice image. Fairly minor, but looks like the horizon is out by a whisker. Undecided whether the image would be even stronger with the corner of that block in, but also 'minor'. Like your title/concept. Tonings work well.
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11/16/2007 03:32:12 PM
That is a very cool effect -- i like the softness of the majority of the photo and how it contrasts with the harshness of the structure.
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11/15/2007 03:06:05 PM
Mysterious image. I like it!
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11/14/2007 09:35:46 AM
I kinda like this one... The long exposure effect in the sky is nice, a little over the top in the sea IMHO but over all it is a nice picture... The bird there adds a contrast to the long exposure effect....
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11/14/2007 01:36:28 AM
this is one of my top picks, great display
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11/13/2007 07:50:50 PM
very good
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11/13/2007 06:44:10 PM
Very cool image. Love the sweeping sky and of course the sole survivor too. Clean pleasant tones. Back to bump you up to 10.
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11/12/2007 10:20:22 PM
Nice composition. The sky and the water look great. Nice in b&w.
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11/12/2007 09:42:29 PM
I love what you've done with this...very cool.
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11/12/2007 01:38:46 PM
Oh, my....that's still-life drama at its' finest.
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11/12/2007 01:24:29 PM
Wow! Amazing...the bird is so perfect in this dreamscape!
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11/12/2007 11:49:43 AM
love the long exposure!! the toning works very well for this image.
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11/12/2007 10:34:01 AM
I love the misty water and the clouds mimicking one another. Cool perspective.
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11/12/2007 09:20:29 AM
Very interesting image. Nice combination of smooth and texture and the bird is a nice treat.
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11/12/2007 07:12:37 AM
I think we may see this on the front page! : ) Excellent!
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11/12/2007 05:39:07 AM
Stunning.
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11/12/2007 02:31:03 AM
perfection...10
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11/12/2007 12:35:33 AM
wow
wow
wow
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