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Challenge: Foliage (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Redding, CT
Date: Oct 25, 2009
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2009

I was all set for this challenge: peak color, a couple days of perfect weather, and lots of free time. I did a scouting run to a nearby waterfall, but the sun was already behind a tall hill, so the lighting was terrible and it was starting to get cloudy anyway. I took a different road on the way back and spotted this scene about 5 miles from my house. I barreled through the brush along the roadside (lots of thorns), and set up a tripod hanging over a boulder in the stream. I took dozens of shots to test different angles, and got a handful with the sun breaking through the clouds. This was going to be my spot for the week!

…and then I got called back into work long enough for a strong storm to come through and strip the leaves. There was nothing left when I went back. :-(

So I settled for the test shots. I did add some vibrance, but only a little. The color was already pretty intense. I was disappointed at the loss of detail in the reds, but there wasn't much I could do with it at this size. The original is quite sharp (f/14 on a tripod).

Processing: Convert multiple files from a single RAW frame with different exposure settings for a darker sky and lighter foreground, USM, Vibrance, Levels, Curves for contrast, a warming Photo Filter, lots of Dodge & Burn, and a little spot saturation and Noise Ninja on the water.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 245
Avg (all users): 6.9091
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8621
Avg (non-participants): 6.9821
Views since voting: 5437
Views during voting: 1702
Votes: 143
Comments: 34
Favorites: 16 (view)


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06/18/2011 09:18:14 PM
Great photo Shannon - but I think this one is grounds for DQ because this scene was created by Mother Nature.
06/18/2011 09:16:38 PM
WOW! Beautiful
11/18/2009 02:48:01 AM
Nice work Shannon. Congrats!
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11/17/2009 09:50:21 PM
Wow, that's intense! Love the contrast between the foliage and the dark water. Congrats!
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11/17/2009 06:01:48 PM
Beautiful colors and competition
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11/17/2009 12:38:03 PM
Well deserved ribbon. This is beautiful! Wish the leaves here turned more than brown!
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11/17/2009 09:27:34 AM
Beautiful, Congrats!!
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11/17/2009 09:16:46 AM
Bravo !!!
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11/16/2009 06:36:56 PM
Lovely photo Shannon. Congrats.
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11/16/2009 05:59:24 PM
Congrats w/red Scalvert. The dark creek gives good contrast to the reddish colors. Great looking image.
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11/16/2009 05:32:23 PM
Pretty darn good I'd say!!
Congratulations!!!!!!!!
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11/16/2009 03:51:14 PM
Beautiful photo...congrats
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11/16/2009 02:34:57 PM
Congratulations on your placing Shannon, beautiful spot for a Photo.
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11/16/2009 01:15:52 PM
Way to go on the landscape Shannon. A great shot!
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11/16/2009 12:15:19 PM
Congrats on your red. The first ribbon for someone using the new 7D. I can't wait to get mine!
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11/16/2009 11:17:46 AM
Great perspective and lovely color - congrats on your red ribbon!
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11/16/2009 11:08:32 AM
Congrats on the red ribbon!!!

Raj
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11/16/2009 10:46:26 AM
Auugh! How beautiful. I'm so envious of people who get to experience autumn like this! Congratulations on 2nd place!
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11/16/2009 10:44:36 AM
Love the delicate look and the wonderful colors. Beautiful shot. Congratulations on the ribbon, Shannon.
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11/16/2009 10:38:36 AM
Congrats, Shannon! What a beautiful spot you've captured for your ribbon!
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11/16/2009 10:23:09 AM
One of my favs. Congrats!!!
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11/16/2009 10:03:58 AM
LOL! Not bad for a test shot! :-)
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11/16/2009 08:28:41 AM
Beautiful photo, Shannon. Congratulations on doing so well in a tough field.
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11/16/2009 08:18:37 AM
Gorgeous... nice work.
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11/16/2009 08:04:54 AM
Congrats!!! fantastic...
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11/16/2009 07:12:08 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Beautiful
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11/16/2009 07:06:14 AM
Beauriful photo! All around great job. Congrats on the red!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/15/2009 02:45:08 PM
Wonderful composition. I love the reds of the foliage and the dark water of the stream gushing over the rocks in the foreground.
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11/12/2009 09:12:47 PM
The contrasts of the extreme red complementing the darker black & white of the nicely flowing creek are absolutely gorgeous in this photograph. I like how the stones on the right side of the creek echo the waterflow & enhance it.
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11/10/2009 05:39:04 PM
Outstanding!!
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11/10/2009 12:14:20 PM
expansive yet intimate
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11/09/2009 03:50:34 PM
border detracts from a stunning image. 8
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11/09/2009 09:28:46 AM
Wonderful. I love the composition and wide depth of field. What colors!! 9
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11/09/2009 06:37:29 AM
very very attractive shot... maybe i would not have included the little portion of the sky, but is a good photograph.
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