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Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Kinderdijk
Date: Oct 2, 2004
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Landscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2004

Wheeehee just outside the ribbon!

I want to thank everybody for voting go generous on my submission.
I especially want to thank the people that took the time to comment, I like all comments! There where some great comments that really helped me.

About this photo: It was taken almost accidentally. I just happened to be there with my brother in law who is visiting from Thailand.
I was just taking some crazy pictures and testing out my new Cockin filters when I saw the sun breaking true the clouds. I ran to get a reasonable good composition and had the time to take 2 photo’s handheld with my polarizer and sunset filter still on, before the light changed.

When I got home I selected the sky and upped the contrast in the lightness channel and it looked almost like this.
The halo that was commented about is from sharpening. Not that I did it on purpose, it was C1 that did it (still learning)

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 487
Avg (all users): 7.1922
Avg (commenters): 7.7838
Avg (participants): 7.1312
Avg (non-participants): 7.5882
Views since voting: 9504
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 255
Comments: 69
Favorites: 90 (view)


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AuthorThread
01/07/2006 03:18:41 PM
WOW - all I can say is WOW. Everything everybody else said - just WOW
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01/07/2006 03:15:55 PM
"A Magical Land"

I dream of a journey
to a magical land
where windmills dwell
as giants grand
I look beyond the grass
with astonished eyes
these giants are gentle
to my surprise
their blades were still
as though they slept
but spring to life
when the land is swept
swoosh, swoosh,
like a deep baritone
the blades come alive
as the wind is blown
the clouds stir
with a silent wake
they clear the way
for the sun to break
shining through
what a glorious light
amazing beauty
that thrills my sight
this is why I dream
for my mind to trace
and recall the scene
of the power and grace.
so each night I journey
to this magical land
to delight in the beauty
where the giants stand.

Jeff Sasek

Hope you like it Peter.
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11/11/2005 11:23:23 PM
So awesome! What in the world, would you change on this? I can see this in a story book I may write one for it.

Message edited by author 2006-01-03 19:20:39.
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09/18/2005 05:20:24 PM
brilliant shot ......11 points.....man you are the man.....no critics it is perfect , don't listen to anybody
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07/22/2005 03:11:48 PM
I love it. Maybe the grass is a little to green compared to the other colors. But very well executed.
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06/12/2005 12:21:07 AM
I love the way you manipulated this photo to create a perfect mood. Excellent work!!!
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06/01/2005 03:53:27 PM
wow
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05/31/2005 09:01:55 AM
Nice use of filters! The subject is really fascinating and the light creates a great mood to this wonderful shot! Very, very nice capture! :)
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11/30/2004 01:28:49 PM
is this really on earth??
you are brilliant man who takes brilliant photos.
it impressive one.
congrats.
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11/13/2004 11:14:26 AM
Hey there!
This is ericlimon from the Critique Club!

I just had to get this image huh?

As I commented before "It does looked heavily processed, but so what? do people really think Ansel Adams wasn't called the master of the darkroom for nothing? he worked his photos so much in the darkroom, that the originals are barely reconizable. He wrote the book (literally) on post processing."

I think this image is terrific, and don't have much critique for you. maybe a little less sharpening, and when you selected the sky, next time a small (1 pixle) feather will help to lessen the harsh lines around the straight edges.
That it.
It's a great shot, and I love it!

Eric

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11/09/2004 02:38:25 AM
This was my favorite out of all the ones I voted for I gave you a 10
I just love it.
So near and yet so far! A Beautiful image
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11/08/2004 07:59:21 PM
This is a masterpiece!!! Just brilliant!!!
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11/08/2004 05:35:01 PM
Congrats with the 4th place! Well deserved success for this beautiful shot. Too bad you just missed a ribbon =)
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11/08/2004 11:27:12 AM
It does looked heavily processed, but so what? do people really think Ansel Adams wasn't called the master of the darkroom for nothing? he worked his photos so much in the darkroom, that the originals are barely reconizable. He wrote the book (literally) on post processing.

Good job.
and you totally deserve 4th if not higher.
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11/08/2004 08:09:38 AM
Love this one. Congratulations on your 4th place.
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11/08/2004 06:09:39 AM
You were in this competition in every way -- wonderful shot and so many comments! I'm glad I left one for you. Congrats on your green ribbon and Happy Birthday.
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11/08/2004 04:02:54 AM
Woohoo ya did it!! Congrats on the greeny ribbon, proud of ya man :)
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11/08/2004 03:46:48 AM
Thanks everybody.
This 4th place is a great Birthday present for me (This comming friday(12))
and I feel like a winner, 4th of 488 is not bad!

Message edited by author 2004-11-08 06:45:26.
11/08/2004 01:15:37 AM
You know you have a winner and it is all that matters. This picture is really good. Short of a ribbon, a breath away from it...well, I had two before finally getting mine. It will come.

Manny
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11/08/2004 12:59:40 AM
:-( this should have been your first ribbon. Congrats on such a wonderful score. Coffee and cake next time?
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11/08/2004 12:57:39 AM
Ahhh I had looked at this pic and wanted to say much more than"great shot" But after my poor attempt at commenting on all the shots I had writers block.

Great photo and well deserving of its place!
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11/08/2004 12:44:08 AM
Congratulations on your 4th placing. Very good work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 11:30:02 PM
Wonderful! Almost looks like a painting.
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11/07/2004 09:53:45 PM
Very interesting play on light... the leaves in the foreground, for me, are just a little distracting (maybe if they were less highlighted it wouldn't matter). The rest, however, is gorgeous! Good luck in the challenge!
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11/07/2004 07:31:23 PM
One of my favorites in the challenge. 10
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11/07/2004 02:04:36 PM
the lighting here is surreal - you have achieved a "painting" effect. One of my favorites this challenge
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11/07/2004 11:54:42 AM
the sky looks very unnatural. The light on the mills and grass looks very different from the sky.
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11/07/2004 10:04:36 AM
would have been better w/o such heavy PS. Lovely shot.
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11/07/2004 09:20:32 AM
:) good job... should be Holland... The colors ane wonderful...it looks like 3D picture...
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11/07/2004 07:18:52 AM
Wow - really beautiful, dramatic photo. You did an excellent job with composition and focus, as well as with post-processing. Great job.
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11/07/2004 03:50:24 AM
very good 9
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11/06/2004 10:39:49 PM
Sun - Mills !
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11/06/2004 08:07:33 PM
Wow! I am wondering if this is The Netherlands? When I was in Amsterdam in May, the evening light was the most beautiful I have ever seen....looks like this. Of course the windmills are big clue too.
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11/06/2004 06:38:16 PM
very nice 8
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11/06/2004 05:37:00 PM
What a cracking photo.Can`t fault it. 10
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11/06/2004 12:30:26 AM
Very dramatic lighting and original composition!
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11/05/2004 10:18:09 PM
Magical photo with fairytale-like feeling. Great light - which makes this shot. Nice composition. I love the grass movement. It ads feeling of impending storm. Great photo.
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11/05/2004 09:12:54 PM
Very lovely! I love the colors and the light coming through the clouds really makes for a nice pic. Focus and clarity are excellent and lighting is what really makes this photo. Love the weeds in the forground as well. Guess I have nothing to complain about here. 10. ~Heather~
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11/05/2004 05:39:03 PM
Blatantly edited beyond necessity this has become digital art, which is unfortunate because it looks like a lovely scene. I wonder why it needed to be pushes so far? While the voters here go for the over-processed stuff some of the time, I think I'd have forsaken the quest for votes in favour of making this more appropriately 'special'.

Great compo and subject.
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11/05/2004 12:57:21 PM
Wow! 10!
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11/05/2004 12:46:20 PM
a bit over sharpened, but still a cool image
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11/04/2004 09:38:30 PM
Returning for comments.
A charming study whose perfection exists in its natural tones. as is it looks like an image with a backdrop. However, do not let this observation become so important because the image is still lovely to look at and many will love it. Bumping up.
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11/04/2004 06:51:22 PM
A lot of edge effects around windmills and leaves but still a brooding image. Nice capture
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11/04/2004 12:28:57 PM
Very good shot.
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11/04/2004 05:00:33 AM
I'm stunned!!!! This must be a ribbon!!! Without a doubt one of the best pictures i've seen in dpc. Looking forward to see the details. 10
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11/03/2004 09:31:38 PM
Is this digital art? I love it. 8
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11/03/2004 06:03:04 PM
Amazing my top pick 10
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11/03/2004 04:40:20 PM
I'm having a hard time figuring this photo out. The sky almost looks like it was selectively duotoned, but the grass looks so very green that it makes it look like two different photos layered together.The windmills and grasses appear oversharpened. I love the look of the sky, with the beautiful sun rays coming down, and I love the windmills, but the photo just doesn't look cohesive to me.
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11/03/2004 03:42:43 PM
I love the sky and the sun rays. I don't think the bushes in the foreground add anything to the photo but are more a distraction. The windmills are wonderful :)
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11/03/2004 01:51:43 PM
interesting shot. looks like you oversharpened a bit though, as I can see halos.
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11/03/2004 12:57:18 PM
This is a stunning image. The only reason I didn't score it higher is because it looks over-processed. It looks like there was so much USM used that white edges appeared around the mills, giving them a more ghostly effect. The effect in itself is cool, but the overall image gives the impression of animation, which, I feel, detracts in this case. (7)
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11/03/2004 06:19:44 AM
Very nice. A bit surrealistic...
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11/02/2004 09:37:16 PM
looks over sharpened.
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11/02/2004 08:40:43 PM
Gorgeous.
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11/02/2004 06:50:31 PM
Magnificent............................
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11/02/2004 05:41:15 PM
Good composition but seems overdone in post processing.
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11/02/2004 03:32:21 PM
looked at it for a long time to find the words to comment. Could only find one: Beautiful!
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11/02/2004 10:15:14 AM
a bit too processed for my tastes -- but a very beautiful photo
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11/02/2004 03:04:31 AM
Great photo, it seems a bit over sharpened.
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11/02/2004 02:02:47 AM
I love this
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11/01/2004 10:23:02 PM
This shot looks like a painting. It is all a bit overdune, but it works nicely here. I predict this will be in the top 10. My score 10.
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11/01/2004 10:22:40 PM
This is simply magical. 10
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11/01/2004 04:54:59 PM
I like the composition and dark brownish mood with the light falling into it.

On the editing technical side I feel that the photo is oversharpened. There is a clear bright halo around all sharp edges (the outline of the mills themselves and the threes), usually caused by to much unsharp mask. The result of this is also that it almost looks like the background does not belong to the foreground.
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11/01/2004 03:47:10 PM
I like the picture but don't care for the "halo" effect
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11/01/2004 11:30:54 AM
beautiful!! I love the eerie atmoshpere, the promise of either a beautiful day or the threat of a storm coming up.
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11/01/2004 10:44:10 AM
All I can say is WOW!
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11/01/2004 07:31:08 AM
My top pick! Colors are very good, composition is spot on and textures are very delicate. I will give you an 11 if I could.
10+++
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11/01/2004 12:49:48 AM
wow. Sky is amazing and I kind of like the motion blur of the weeds in front. Goes well since there are windmills.
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11/01/2004 12:35:30 AM
I gasped when I saw this shot. WOW
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