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Ghosts of Emptiness
Ghosts of Emptiness
Dennisheckman


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: All Things Being Equal: Three (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Near Louisville, CO
Date: Apr 2, 2010
Aperture: f16
ISO: 100
Shutter: various
Date Uploaded: Apr 4, 2010

Thank you to everyone for the great comments and votes in this challenge! Since a few folks were wondering about the pp steps, I will post them in a day or two as I need to get some sleep tonight! (: Very happy with coming in 4th with this image.

Processing steps: (I think there are some more minor steps but these are the important steps)

converted 6 images to TIF files in Lightroom 2
Exported from Lightroom 2 to Photomatix Pro
Tone mapped into HDR using details enhancer
opened in PS CS4 raw editing window
adjusted temperature
adjusted exposure (very little)
adjusted black levels
adjusted fill light and recovery
adjusted brightness and contrast slightly
decreased green hue saturation
decreased blue hue saturation
increased red hue saturation very slightly
decreased red chromatic aberration
Opened in PS CS4
Cropped image
copied background layer
applied Noiseware Pro to entire image for sharpness and some slight noise reduction and soften the clouds
adjusted levels for contrast and brightness
applied effect difference clouds to entire image at 30%
burned the clouds a bit to darken the undersides
decreased blue hue
decreased green hue
USM
cloned out some lens dust that occurred because it was windy and I was laying on the ground stirring up dust particles
reduced to 800 pixels
saved for the web



Statistics
Place: 4 out of 92
Avg (all users): 6.7987
Avg (commenters): 8.3889
Avg (participants): 6.6531
Avg (non-participants): 6.8636
Views since voting: 2509
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 159
Comments: 27
Favorites: 7 (view)


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04/12/2010 04:30:24 PM
NICE
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04/12/2010 03:21:38 PM
Great Job!!!! Congrats on 4th!!
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04/12/2010 02:29:44 PM
Congratulations on your HM. This photo was one of my favorites of the challenge. Well done.
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04/12/2010 02:19:20 PM
Superb in all respects! Way to go, Dennis!
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04/12/2010 01:01:39 PM
Wow, what a sky and what a terrific image - congratulations on your HM!
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04/12/2010 02:47:58 AM
Congratulations on finishing in the top five with this great entry.
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04/12/2010 12:45:19 AM
xtraordinary image. I never finished voting and never saw it, would have given it a 10 for sure. Brooding, powerful, almost surreal. 'Grats on top-5.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/11/2010 05:48:25 PM
Wonderful, almost alien, scene. My pick for the Blue. 10.
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04/11/2010 05:36:19 PM
One of my faves so far. I'd like to know what you used to get this look. Other than having great light.
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04/11/2010 04:59:25 PM
This is one of my favorite photos of the whole challenge. The colors and pp are just amazing. 10
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04/11/2010 04:44:52 PM
Very nice.. A much more moody and interesting shot than my Yucca seed pod.. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_842436.jpg
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04/10/2010 03:08:05 AM
There's just something about this, usually I'd just think those shells were boring but I like the way they look lighted and the sky in the back is great
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04/09/2010 07:27:35 PM
great texture. great focus on the whole length of the stalk.
I prob would have ripped out the smaller corn plant thing just to the left of the main one. But its still a great image
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04/09/2010 03:20:50 AM
My favorite image so far for this challenge! Stunning! Added to favorites.
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04/09/2010 12:28:52 AM
Sooo moody! I love it.
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04/08/2010 06:55:31 PM
Very dynamic! Great pic! My only complaint is it looks like you dragged the center of the levels to far to one side causing some flattened colors in the sky and background grass.
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04/07/2010 06:03:20 PM
VIVID and BOLD! And I like it. I have a weak spot for these type of shots and this one is nice.
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04/07/2010 05:03:23 PM
very surreal
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04/07/2010 01:32:14 PM
love the topaz of this....great processing
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04/06/2010 02:26:55 PM
Not a fan of overprocessing, but his works extremely well. Love the detail and the composition. Would love to know your processing steps!
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04/06/2010 01:16:43 PM
I am intrigued by the lighting here. The bright plants contrast really nicely with the dark cloudy sky.
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04/06/2010 11:04:35 AM
way cool 9
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04/05/2010 11:28:32 PM
Perfect.
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04/05/2010 10:01:24 PM
I like the "three" composition and idea.
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04/05/2010 11:34:32 AM
I love this. Stunning.
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04/05/2010 05:35:21 AM
wow,,,,,, this i like,,,,,,feel,,,,, love,,,,, 9,,,,,, top 5 ,,,,
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04/05/2010 12:21:32 AM
Love this. I don't know what those things are, but they make GREAT subjects. Surreal sky, really wonderful processing and lighting. Front page.
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