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Hangin' On For One More Day
1st PlaceHangin' On For One More Day
JakeKurdsjuk


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shallow DOF VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Location: Upper Black Eddy, PA
Date: Oct 18, 2014
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2014

Lightroom crop and rotate
PSCC level adjust and artifact removal
Viveza 2 color adjust
Color Efex Pro 4 Detail Extraction
Lightroom selective light adjust
Export
PSCC Sharpen

So thankful, and more than a little surprised, that this did so well - but I was hopeful. Was expecting top 5 but not a blue. Very much a serendipitous shot while out walking with the wife. Have one without the sun flare as well, but it just makes the image pop.

As for the sharpening comments, I expected them, and while I sharpened, I did it very limitedly, and masked it at the leaf. The haloing around the various branches is, as many guessed, in the original and from the sun. I guess it didn't hurt too much.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 91
Avg (all users): 6.8690
Avg (commenters): 8.5385
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7027
Views since voting: 2161
Views during voting: 182
Votes: 84
Comments: 36
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/29/2014 05:39:29 PM
I need to post a comment thanking the Committee for not DQing me over some very ancillary branches I cloned out. I half-expected one going in, and was prepared for it. Then, when I actually won the challenge, I was thinking, "Yep, I finally win, and I get my first DQ!!", so from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being reasonable. I promise to hold back my next 1 1/2 complaints.

:)
10/29/2014 08:13:46 AM
Congrats! Beautiful... My favorite.
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10/28/2014 07:45:58 AM
Excellent work and first ribbon. WTG!
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10/27/2014 06:43:45 PM
Well done. Congratulations on the blue.
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10/27/2014 06:11:07 PM
Congrats.
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10/27/2014 04:41:59 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon - and blue to boot! Great shot.
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10/27/2014 04:11:19 PM
Nice job.
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10/27/2014 11:04:59 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Jake!
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10/27/2014 10:45:47 AM
Well done Jake, so glad your time with The Number Two's finally pays out ;-) Without kidding, great shot and a well deserved BLUE!. Congratulations.
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10/27/2014 08:21:35 AM
The trifecta...PB, first ribbon, first blue...and well deserved. Congrats.
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10/27/2014 07:00:12 AM
Beautiful shot and congrats on on your new PB!
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10/27/2014 06:11:35 AM
Congrats on the blue. Great shot!
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10/27/2014 05:59:11 AM
Thanks, everyone. This was quite a surprise this morning. Was hoping for a ribbon but wasn't close to expecting blue.
10/27/2014 04:55:35 AM
Sweet! A fine picture. Congrats on your first ribbon...and it's a blue, too!
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10/27/2014 03:32:18 AM
Well done on winning your first of many ribbons
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10/27/2014 01:47:50 AM
Congratulation coach Jack for your ribbon.
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10/27/2014 12:52:24 AM
Congratulations on your first blue and new PB. Beautiful work.
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10/27/2014 12:47:18 AM
yeahhh first blue!! Congrats! Nice work Jake!
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10/27/2014 12:12:19 AM
Aghh yes, very nice photo.

And your first ribbon is a blue, fancy that, WD!
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10/27/2014 12:07:28 AM
Nice to share the podium with such a beautiful image. Congrats on the blue.
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10/27/2014 12:06:41 AM
There ya go :)
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10/27/2014 12:03:56 AM
Fabulous work, Jake! Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2014 11:17:15 PM
I love it when I see a shot that makes me say "wish I shot that". The bokeh and the flare sing it to me.
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10/26/2014 10:10:08 PM
Spectacular in every way!!

Top stuff for me.
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10/26/2014 10:01:05 PM
Beautiful! Awesome bokeh.
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10/26/2014 09:07:12 PM
brilliant(!) composition. lots to groove on.
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10/26/2014 08:43:35 PM
A 9 from me... that sunflare and the lone leaf... priceless.
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10/26/2014 08:42:41 PM
Beautiful bokeh.
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10/26/2014 08:30:18 PM
The winner in my book! Just love this!
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10/26/2014 07:35:52 PM
so dreamy 8
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10/26/2014 09:23:47 AM
I think the lens flare makes this lovely image really stand out.
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10/24/2014 09:59:37 AM
Nice composition, but much too sharp.
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10/23/2014 08:21:47 AM
Good heavens, the bokeh, the gorgeous sunburst, that perfectly textured leaf ... love this! Maybe a tad of haloing but I think that's more backlighting than sharpening artifacts. My kind of beauty :-)
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10/23/2014 01:31:27 AM
Up there in my top 3.
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10/22/2014 03:25:16 PM
Very nice. I like the lens flare, it brings some funkiness into this peaceful autumn scene.
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10/20/2014 09:35:35 AM
wonderful!!!!
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