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KarenNfld


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 7's
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Canon
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Date: Oct 29, 2008
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2008

[Nov. 7th, 2008 11:47:50 PM]

As of October 29th I had no "wow" photo for the free study. I went to the park that day and took over 300 photos, it was a beautiful warm autumn day. I processed this and liked how it turned out, so I re-processed it for the challenge.

The funny thing is, on October 25th I started this thread suggesting "One Leaf" as a challenge. I had no idea I would be entering a single leaf photo in the free study.

I've been thrilled and amazed with the score since voting started. The highest was somewhere around 7.4 at 20 votes. It dropped a bit and then started to rise again, never dipping below 7.0. Is it enough for a ribbon in a free study? Hard to say, but either way I am happy with the photo and the score. And of course the comments and favourites.

Editing:
-crop
-adjust brightness & colour
-sharpen
-clone out a few spots
-noise ninja on the water
-contrast
-saturation

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Post Challenge:
I don't believe it!!!!!! My first ribbon in a free study and a personal best!!!!!!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 394
Avg (all users): 7.2192
Avg (commenters): 8.7000
Avg (participants): 7.1443
Avg (non-participants): 7.3673
Views since voting: 8464
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 146
Comments: 83
Favorites: 48 (view)


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12/16/2012 03:48:40 AM
This is my all time fave pic from you, I've tried to emulate it with NO success, I tried I really did, but this is the best, so silky smooth!
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12/15/2012 12:57:37 PM
Perfect title for a most beautiful photo. Almost a lento, or even a grave. But adagio lets you imagine more, a bit more movement. Again, the sharpness/blur is perfect. The colour scheme is gorgeous, orange on blue is one of the most satisfying colour combinations ever.
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12/01/2009 03:21:06 PM
I love the simplicity, colours and clarity in this one. Would not hesitate to hang this on my walls :)
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09/02/2009 11:06:33 PM
Stunning shot! Definitely a favorite. :)
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07/19/2009 06:40:22 AM
So beautiful,simple and delicate. Deserved to be in the top 3.
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05/05/2009 03:29:29 PM
I really like this image of yours....I have always been envious of this picture.
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03/12/2009 01:34:41 AM
Love it! Reminds me of this one by the same name from Dragon Lady.

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01/10/2009 12:48:51 AM
You got my nomination. I absolutely love this photograph and come back to it often. Such peace. It's soothing to the soul! Can't believe I never put in my favorites.
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11/21/2008 09:41:48 AM
way to go Karen
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11/21/2008 08:34:09 AM
Great photo, Karen. Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/14/2008 05:10:57 PM
well done, it reminds me almost my yellow ribbon that was DSQL due to dust spot clean.
I took it milk and water...:)

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11/12/2008 10:10:35 AM
Hello Karen,

Nice shot. Congratulations on the ribbon.

Something for you to do next time. I looked at the other photo too. Maybe they are the way you want/wanted them to look. But, possibly you didn't see "how" they looked.

Let's use as an example a beautiful summer day, where the sky is so beautiful, a very beautiful BLUE. We have all seen days like that I would suppose.

Or looking at a lake like Crater Lake, Oregon, USA. The water in the lake is so pretty a BLUE that it looks FAKE. But it isn't. The water is over a thousand feet deep in Crater Lake.

IF we were to take a clear glass and dip out a glass of water from Crater Lake, it would be crystal CLEAR. Follow so far? If we were to dip out a clear 50 gallon barrel full, we could look right through the barrel because the water would be crystal clear.

When we look at the mountains in the distance, they sorta look blue sometimes, don't they? But when we drive down the road, we do NOT see BLUE between us and what we are looking at. Everything is CLEAR. The air is clear. (mostly) So is water.

IF your photo looks like you wanted it to look, then you did great.

IF your photo was supposed to look "real", then you didn't do good. It looks fake. Both of them do.

Caught my eye instantly.

Color in water or in the sky is caused by depth. The deeper the water, the bluer (or greener, etc) it gets.

With a photo like yours, we can imagine the water is a hundred feet deep and it IS that beautiful blue color. Makes for a very pretty photo.

But, where the water is only a mm or two deep, like over the tip on the right side and on the left side by the stem, it HAS to be clear to be real. Just like the glass of water from the lake, it is NOT blue, it is clear.

Where the water is over the bottom of the leaf there is just a faint blue tint, most wouldn't see it there.

So, try this: take another copy of your photo and mask the areas where the water is OVER the leaf, THEN do your saturation changes. The water showing OVER the leaf will be clear like it is supposed to be.

Something like that, "most of the time", doesn't get thought of. Even though I don't take photos worth a dang, most of mine are snapshots, I still know HOW a photo should look.

Please don't take what I said wrong. You are still learning, we ALL are. (hopefully)

And for the person who left the comment:"Will the idiot who voted this a "1" plese (sic) stand up! At least stop voting!"

The person who voted the "1" probably seen what I seen, they are someone who "knows" what a photo should look like to be "real".

Just because of that "blue tint" where it shouldn't be would have dropped it from a 9 from me to a 4 or 5 because it screams fake so loud.

Karen, you did a great job, the next time, make it perfect! Again, congratulations on the ribbon!

Regards,

Ken

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11/10/2008 05:51:19 PM
it would grace any wall - better than anything on offer in Ikea
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11/10/2008 05:35:54 PM
Simple, utterly viewable. Congrats Karen!
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11/10/2008 05:20:49 PM
Congratulations on this beautiful image & the ribbon !!!
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11/10/2008 02:01:12 AM
beautiful Karen congratulations :)
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11/09/2008 09:43:38 PM
Beautiful! Well done.
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11/09/2008 09:17:47 PM
As a fellow Newfoundlander, and someone who admires your work, I'd like to say cangratulations on your ribbon. I look for you all the time here on DPC.
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11/09/2008 08:57:55 PM
Congrats, Karen! Well done. You're really amassing the ribbons now! Good going. Happy for you!!! :)
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11/09/2008 08:49:28 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
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11/09/2008 11:03:30 AM
Beautiful, Karen! This got a 10 from me. I'm so glad it ribboned for you.
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11/09/2008 08:54:30 AM
What an amazing shot, so simple and beautifully done. Huge congrats on ribboning in a Free Study!
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11/09/2008 06:15:16 AM
Stunning with it's simplicity. Congrats on your PB and ribbon.
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11/09/2008 04:57:00 AM
Great shot. I thought it was beautiful. Congratulations
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11/09/2008 02:25:43 AM
Will the idiot who voted this a "1" plese stand up! At least stop voting!
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11/08/2008 09:54:49 PM
I'm so happy this did so well!! Congrats.
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11/08/2008 09:42:59 PM
Such a simple shot, so beautifully executed. Congratulations.
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11/08/2008 07:29:02 PM
Congrats again Karen on another ribbon. Beautiful picture.
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11/08/2008 07:27:26 PM
Oh Karen such a beautiful photo - well deserved ribbon and PB. Minimalist JP loves this photo :)

You have, and I've probably said this to you before and before and before, you have such a wonderful eye.
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11/08/2008 04:54:14 PM
So simplistic yet stunningly beautiful. A well earned ribbon!
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11/08/2008 02:03:51 PM
This is EXCELLENT, Karen!

Well done. Much deserved ribbon.

Stan
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11/08/2008 12:24:30 PM
Wow! Really lovely. I really like being able to see the detail of the leaf under the water. Congratulations!
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11/08/2008 11:49:11 AM
Karen,

Wow...beautiful shot. Inspires me to go out and try something similar. This is really done well and I'll be will print up to a spectacular photo. Great shot to get your ribbon and PB! Congratulations.
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11/08/2008 10:46:49 AM
Congratulations Karen, beautiful shot!
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11/08/2008 09:53:25 AM
A lesson in minimalism, negative space. Beautiful. Congrats!
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11/08/2008 09:49:33 AM
awesome image, well deserved, CONGRATS, this is beautiful!
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11/08/2008 07:49:32 AM
Flawless, simple and subtle. So glad this did well for you, Karen. Huge congrats on your ribbon.
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11/08/2008 07:40:52 AM
Congratulations. Beautiful composition.
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11/08/2008 07:34:56 AM
Congratulations on the Ribbon and PB with this beautiful image of autumn tranquility!
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11/08/2008 07:30:29 AM
Congratulations Karen on your first ribbon, simply beautiful!! :)
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11/08/2008 07:27:18 AM
Congrats Karen for the ribbon, a beautiful picture :)
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11/08/2008 07:00:23 AM
Congrats on your red. Well deserved. Lovely shot.
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11/08/2008 06:20:21 AM
So beautiful! Congrats Karen!
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11/08/2008 04:33:32 AM
simple but perfect. congrats. would sell like stock hotcakes
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11/08/2008 03:39:37 AM
Congratulations, Karen!!
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11/08/2008 03:27:44 AM
Congrats on the Red & the new PB, Karen!
Love the simplicity of this image, and good to see it rewarded with top marks in a FS :O)
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11/08/2008 03:11:55 AM
Karen, congrats on the PB and ribbon!!!
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11/08/2008 02:15:08 AM
Simple the BEST.....
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11/08/2008 01:16:15 AM
So pleased to see you ribbon with this one, and highlight your profile page!
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11/08/2008 01:05:04 AM
Hooray! Congrats, Karen!
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11/08/2008 12:56:16 AM
Yayy!!! Karen! CONGRATULATIONS! It was fun watching your score with you all week, wondering which one was yours! Your work is always so beautiful.

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11/08/2008 12:40:26 AM
Congratulations Karen! You deserve it, this is superb.
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11/08/2008 12:23:14 AM
AWESOME image and a well deserved ribbon w/a new PB to boot

WAY TO GO!!!
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11/08/2008 12:20:28 AM
well deserved, congrats
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11/08/2008 12:15:37 AM
Well done Karen. Beautiful.
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11/08/2008 12:14:02 AM
Congrats Karen !!!! Simple shot with a fantastic "WOW" factor.
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11/08/2008 12:12:19 AM
nice work, how can anyone give this a one?
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11/08/2008 12:12:15 AM
Congrats! This is wonderful :D
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11/08/2008 12:10:02 AM
I thought this was gorgeous. So glad to see it finished in 2nd! Congrats on the ribbon and your new PB!
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11/08/2008 12:06:47 AM
Grats on the Red Karen, very nice photo :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2008 09:08:56 PM
nice complementary color scheme, and wonderfully sharp, almost too much so in spots. I like the simplicity.
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11/07/2008 08:46:13 PM
Very lovely colours. Contrast is wonderful between the blues and oranges.
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11/07/2008 08:14:47 PM
This is beautiful, it really grabs me. 10
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11/07/2008 06:55:33 PM
simply effective. love the blue tones
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11/07/2008 01:41:03 PM
Very simple and elegant. I like this a lot.
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11/07/2008 09:14:13 AM
So close to perfection! I have a love affair for leaves, and this is lovely photograph. Well done. CC: composition could be stronger in my opinion by placing the leaf on the lower horizontal third. Still this is a top 10 for me.
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11/07/2008 06:23:51 AM
Soft and simple. Nice.
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11/06/2008 01:59:20 PM
Very nicely done! The colors are just great and the negative space makes wonders. This is one of my favorites in this challenge after voting 43%
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11/05/2008 02:13:31 AM
I have seen this done before but I still can't fault it.
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11/04/2008 11:35:48 PM
That is so beautiful. Simple, elegant and lovely. 10
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11/04/2008 11:14:27 PM
I simply love, love, love this. The colors are perfect, as is the clarity and rich tone. I have been trying for (no lie) 6 years to get a picture like this. Every so often I will see a challenge picture that makes me go, "Dang, I wish that was mine."

That is what I said when I saw this one.
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11/04/2008 05:34:32 PM
I like the simplicity of this. Nice detail and great color.
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11/04/2008 01:08:53 PM
Very crisp. Nice bright colors and composition.
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11/03/2008 11:20:48 PM
Great picture! Like the detail and sharpness of the leaf
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11/03/2008 01:02:19 PM
Stunning!
I love this simple, clean image. The colors and smooth long-exposed water are beautiful. 10
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11/03/2008 09:41:51 AM
Simply wonderful.
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11/02/2008 02:09:20 PM
very nice subtle tones
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11/02/2008 01:35:41 PM
I really like the colors on this one
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11/01/2008 06:30:37 PM
Love this shot. Really does give that feeling of fall.
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11/01/2008 09:20:52 AM
Simple yet beautiful shot. Very effective the detailed leaf with it's reflected shadow floating on that incredible blue.
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11/01/2008 08:35:46 AM
stunning! The leaf colour goes so well with the blue, 8 from me
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11/01/2008 12:31:10 AM
Beautiful focus. I love a single leaf.
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11/01/2008 12:18:46 AM
How can something so simplistic be so gorgeous? I love that rich blue against the firey orange, brilliant compliment. Great focus, I can see this one in the top 10.
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