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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Collection: Challenge Photos
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: From a freeway ramp off I94 at the WI-IL border
Date: Sep 30, 2004
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.0 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2004

Shot with Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS @ 85mm, on tripod. Remote release.
Held hand over sky for part of the exposure to imitate a graduated ND filter.

Edits:
- Cropped to square
- Shadow/highlight
- Reduced sky brightness some more (selective curves)
- Dodged road, burned lower right corner
- Sharpened
- Resized, resharpened
- Gaussian blur, faded to 20%
- Final tweak to curves & levels
- Save for web

Statistics
Place: 28 out of 69
Avg (all users): 6.9373
Avg (commenters): 7.2121
Avg (participants): 6.7586
Avg (non-participants): 6.9677
Views since voting: 2272
Views during voting: 852
Votes: 399
Comments: 70
Favorites: 10 (view)


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10/09/2004 05:29:02 PM
Thanks for sharing this image with me in the 'mist' thread - you've managed to bring to life many of the words contained within the poem there. Your capture of the mist between the trees on this photo is brilliant. There is a lovely mood within the shot and your sky is a perfect complimentary colour.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:29:26 PM
This one is nice, but it doesn't wow me. Still, the fog in the trees is very interesting.
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10/07/2004 11:23:28 PM
Great capture of the fog. The colors of the sky really catch my attention, too.
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10/07/2004 11:18:30 PM
The morning haze really comes to life or it could be night fall. The picture looks a little to soft to me. Still it is nice work. Good Luck! 5
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10/07/2004 10:47:33 PM
Absolutely stunning shot. One of my favorites this round
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10/07/2004 01:38:21 PM
It pays to go out early! Lovely colors captured here. It's amazing how fast and how much the sky changes in the morning, isn't it? The mist is great, and I like the extra sky you included.
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10/07/2004 12:42:01 PM
Cool atmosphere here. Is missing some focus point but still a wonderfull image. 7
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10/07/2004 10:31:42 AM
sweet! you have really captured the moment. i'll be it was nothing like this 10 minutes before or 10 minutes after. thanks for being there and sharing this. love the lines and colors. good luck!
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10/07/2004 07:32:10 AM
Great capture, my top rated landscape in the challenge. The graduation in the top half between the yellow and the blue is a bit crude. This photograph reminds me of the works of Mark Rothko -8
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10/07/2004 03:32:15 AM
I like the atmospheric conditions you have illustrated so very well here yet I find the rock outcrop somewhat distracting. Perhaps a crop of about 515x640 may have worked ? Perhaps slightly less sharpening.
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10/06/2004 10:55:25 PM
I've been trying (without much success) to capture some low-lying fog like that.
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10/06/2004 07:19:37 PM
Better without the bottom fifth of the image.
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10/06/2004 03:19:14 PM
Without the lower part of the image (the path) the picture would've been pure magic :) You captured morning mist perfectly!
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10/06/2004 03:19:13 PM
Stunning image captured here.
Calm, serene. One of my top 5 favorites in this challenge.
Bumping up another notch ((9))
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10/06/2004 02:57:12 PM
Maybe move the horizon up, significantly, to get the focus on the mist shrouded trees? All that negative space seems to drag the viewer away.
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10/06/2004 10:53:52 AM
I think this would have been much much better if the road was cropped out right up to the fog. Otherwise, great shot with lovely tones and the color of the sky is impressive. 7
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10/06/2004 04:44:09 AM
The fog gives this picture great atmosphere.
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10/06/2004 01:05:15 AM
nice, love the contrast between the dynamic sky and the tranquil mist
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10/05/2004 10:04:09 PM
I don't like the fog in this picture, it seems to cut the trees 7
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10/05/2004 09:52:55 PM
got to love mist! fantastically great yellow blue grey green. The size of the shot is distracting, but the adventurous path is established.
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10/04/2004 11:55:03 PM
I love the ethereal feeling of this image, as well as the colors and composition. I've tried and tried to capture that misty phenomenon without this sort of success. Good luck in the challenge.
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10/04/2004 11:54:37 PM
What an awesome photograph! What can you say to something this good? 10
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10/04/2004 11:40:19 PM
nice pic
little to flat
7
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10/04/2004 11:34:38 PM
Horizon line is in the center of the photo -- would have had more drama if it had been higher or lower.
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10/04/2004 07:37:43 PM
nice capture of a beautiful scene.
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10/04/2004 06:45:47 PM
This is a beautiful ladscape photo! I think a top crop of about an inch would have greater visual impact for my linking but other than that it's an awsome shot!
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10/04/2004 03:58:53 PM
This is great with great opposite color strength. I find the foreground fog a bit too strong to make a top notch study but the overall effect does win my attention and this is the object of any shot. Bumping to 6
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10/04/2004 03:40:34 PM
Strong points: The layering of color is one of ny favorite ways to compose nature shots. You've done it very well. Perfect exposure, excellent composition.
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10/04/2004 02:08:46 PM
Nice landscape... the fog introduces an interesting element to the land. I think this photo is missing something... Maybe its a simple focal point. This is one area where I see landscape photos 'falling down'. I think every landscape photo needs at least one strong point of focus, and this one doesn't have that. The fog is offering some interest, but it doesn't really support any particular theme or subject.
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10/04/2004 11:44:09 AM
Simply gorgeous! The fog looks amzing and spooky at the same time, and DOF is fantastic! My 4-yr-old sister likes it too!
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10/04/2004 10:56:51 AM
Really good shot here, just trying to work out if I would have liked it more if it was cropped tighter from either the top or cutting out part of the pathway at the bottom.

I love the mist here, leaves an eerie look to the shot, the colours in the sky are brilliant too! 8
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10/04/2004 07:57:50 AM
Beautiful sunrise shot. Seems like a nice quiet place to take a morning stroll. I really like the low defined fog hanging withing the trees.
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10/03/2004 10:14:12 PM
Those that snooze lose, and this is proof. all that I would hope for was that the sky were less. Not cropped, just less. Witn no control over that, it is wonderful. 10
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10/03/2004 08:21:53 PM
Beautiful. I like how the path pulls you in.
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10/03/2004 04:55:03 PM
Oooh, is this in the Smokey Mountains? Very nice shot...though when I scroll up a tad and basically cut off the bottom (grass and trail) and make like the misty trees and sunsoaked sky is all that's shown in the photo...well, I like it better! So, my only suggestion would be to crop... I enjoyed, though, thanks!
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10/03/2004 04:30:19 PM
Beautiful scene but maybe I would have cropped the bottom sixth?
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10/03/2004 11:39:09 AM
Nice shot. In a normal competition, this would be tops. I hope you do well in the voting, but there are some really great landscapes competing.
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10/03/2004 10:18:47 AM
Very pretty sunrise. I like how you shot from above the trees.
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10/03/2004 07:50:58 AM
Mystical and a little enchanting. I might have cropped off more of the foreground.
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10/03/2004 07:20:13 AM
I have gotten up many morning s at 5:00am to find a scen like this and have never managed to catch it. Rolling hill fog is a photographers dream and you have ca[ptured it very well. My only beefs are the format doesn't work to me (square) and if possible I would have gotten higher to look down on the fog.

Still a uniqe and well timed photo.
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10/03/2004 06:43:57 AM
Breathtaking... I wish I was an early person so I at least had a chance of ever capturing a photo like this. Not quite sure why you went for an almost square crop... I'd have preferred the traditional dimensions. 8
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10/03/2004 03:44:53 AM
is that a long exposure? if not, you found some freaky fog. very cool. You might try dodging the highlights a bit in the foreground to bring out a bit more detail. i like it.

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10/03/2004 03:34:54 AM
Nice job capturing the morning mist.
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10/02/2004 08:59:22 PM
Too much foreground, cropping 1/2 an inch off of the bottom would make this a superb photo
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10/02/2004 05:34:07 PM
Beautiful colors you've captured, the fog is what makes this shot. Nice, very atmospheric...

Another good idea is to have the path as a major element in the composition.
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10/02/2004 04:15:05 PM
Dismissed first time round with a six...just another misty sunrise! Back again and again due to the intriguing foreground. Well executed, sky is a bit washed, shame there wasn't more cloud to add emphasis. 6 first, upped to 8
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10/02/2004 12:43:41 PM
i love the top 70% of this photo. the foreground detracts a bit for me and I dont like the metal pole sticking out of the ground.
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10/02/2004 12:22:58 PM
I always like these sunrise or sunset pictures and the title is always very important
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10/02/2004 05:28:54 AM
Wow ! I really love this one ! The contrast between orange tones usually warm and the coldest blues....Great !
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10/01/2004 11:12:13 PM
I like many of the elements in this shot - the wisps of fog with the trees showng through, the path in the foreground and the colors of the morning sky. The framing seems odd to me though - I think you gave too much room to the sky at the expense of the foreground features. A square crop is interesting and can work well sometimes, but here it is distracting and actually works against the shot. It looked more like a portrait aspect ratio to me and I had to actually check the image properties to see thyat it was, in fact, square.
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10/01/2004 09:53:45 PM
lovely fog/mist, this is one of the things on my to-do list to capture so nicely like you have
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10/01/2004 07:34:13 PM
I love the fog, however it seems it's a bit off in the immediate foreground. Also, the sky is a little too yellow for my tastes. 6
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10/01/2004 07:08:58 PM
i might have dead centered the horizon, or moved more towards the thirds.
cropping some of the bottom part out. maybe right to the lower fog - shrub edge.
i'm not fond of the square crop, in most cases.

a killer shot no doubt ; }
good luck
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10/01/2004 05:44:25 PM
I love these misty ethereal looking pictures. Colors are great. It has a nice feel to it. I gave it a 7.
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10/01/2004 03:51:03 PM
very pretty photograph....I like the surreal look of the fog and the vibrant colors
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10/01/2004 03:44:46 PM
right place, right time, good job (I know it's not luck) - beautiful capture of a vivid sunrise scene
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10/01/2004 03:20:32 PM
Very nice, the fog is wonderful. Contrast is good with a tough task of showing the front shadows against that sky.
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10/01/2004 03:10:30 PM
Tough shot to catch... the bright light of the sunrise can really overpower the image and make the foreground underexposed, but you manage a good compromise here. The color reflected in the fog is a neat effect. Gradient density filters can really help with shots like this, allowing you to get a bit more exposure and detail in the foreground without washing out the sky colors.
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10/01/2004 02:54:51 PM
I think you could have gone with a standard aspect ratio on this... The sky isn't dramatic on the top 1/3, but there is much mystery and detail in the lower 2/3.
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10/01/2004 01:38:14 PM
Another fine example that it is worth it getting up early. Great early morning atmosphere, the first warm light above the cold morning mist. Lovely soft colors. I would have cropped away more of the front, not only is this part darker and attracts attention, it also contains this nasty little iron pole on the left. Just cropping it straight above the pole makes it better, in my opinion.
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10/01/2004 12:41:48 PM
Lovely shot. I would have cropped all of the sky above the cloud to put more emphasis on the mist. 7.
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10/01/2004 12:20:59 PM
Lovely colors and a beautiful moment. The composition doesn't do much for me though, sorry. 4
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10/01/2004 12:11:59 PM
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Message edited by author 2005-07-12 08:16:21.
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10/01/2004 11:52:29 AM
This shots looks really good, but what would make it a winner would be some kind of a subject.
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10/01/2004 11:44:56 AM
I love mornings like this. Taking into account the angle of the sunlight, the fog and the landscape .... you've exposed wonderfully here. No overexposed areas, and dark areas have detail.
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10/01/2004 09:59:43 AM
possibly look at cropping a rather large section of the blue sky to the top of the photo, IMHO i dont believe it adds much to this photo overall and its absence i believe could improve it as it would provide alot more focus to the mist and contrast to the sunrise/ sunset a soft border could possibly also add alot to this photo however overall this is a fabulous photo and deffinitely deserves to be one of the top contenders
~ hope the comment helps ~ Tatjana
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10/01/2004 06:49:10 AM
This photo just begs for a contrast boost in post-processing in my opinion. It's a great shot but I feel it just needs some proper blacks in there, not the dark greys which are there currently. I think some of the sky should be cropped out too, probably all of the blue bit down to just above the dark cloud. 6
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10/01/2004 04:18:49 AM
Simply beautiful.
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10/01/2004 02:08:43 AM
Very nice soft warm colors... good luck
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10/01/2004 01:17:00 AM
The mist, the colors, just wow. Absolutely beautiful.
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