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One Hundred Sixty Three
One Hundred Sixty Three

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Challenge: Retro (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Jul 16, 2013
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2013

I took a very similar photo one week before, as a potential entry for the light and shadows contest. But I liked my entry too much in that challenge to take it out, and thus a great photo goes unused.

Then this challenge came up, so I headed back to Hyde's Mill, at approximately the same time of day. Luckily the water was still flowing nicely, even though we haven't had a drop of rain in that time (I was definitely worried about this during the 40 minute drive).

I looked at my photo form the week before, and wondered how I could improve. Two things came to mind: getting some reflection in the water and maybe changing the angle slightly (aka, walking down the bridge further). The angle thing turned out to be a bust, but the reflection sure adds a lot. Not only does it complete the bottom half of the image, but it also allows the water some place to flow in the frame.

Taking this photo included 3 ND filters. First 2 filters, each 3 stops were added to make the water silky. Then a graduated filter (from 1 stop to 0) was added to help control the highlights caused by the sun filters through the trees.

I really like this end result, and then pulled it into Nik Color Efex Pro to add a recipe I created for a challenge a while back. I added a bit of bleach bypass, which does wonders with the soft filters I also had in place. Then added texture to every place but the water (the texture was an image of a rotting stump I took a few years ago). Finally, I added white vignette (but not heavy handed) to help complete the retro look.

It's been a while since I entered the mill into a challenge.
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Place: 6 out of 64
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07/31/2013 08:31:20 AM
Nice work. Thanks for explaining your shooting and processing technique. It really helps me learn. Wish more photogs would do that.
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07/28/2013 09:28:42 PM
Beautifully processed
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07/27/2013 11:54:21 AM
Top 3
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07/25/2013 12:17:27 PM
This is so serene looking. Life in a summer day.
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