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2nd PlaceFog

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Challenge: Free Study 2014-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Camecuaro, Michoacan , Mexico
Date: Dec 22, 2014
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/40
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2014


Place: 2 out of 130
Avg (all users): 6.9773
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.8814
Avg (non-participants): 7.1724
Views since voting: 1532
Views during voting: 188
Votes: 88
Comments: 21
Favorites: 6 (view)

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01/08/2015 03:39:03 PM
So beautiful. Congrats
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01/08/2015 01:11:59 PM
Congratulations on the red.
And thanks for detailing the processing.
Several nights ago, when I had trouble falling asleep, your serene image came to mind... and it helped.
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01/08/2015 11:54:52 AM
Thanks again !

The trees are called "Sabino"

How far from the original ? you mean how much editing ? Light was extreme, so it was a good candidate for HDR, although I processed a single RAW, the SOOC is way to dark as I picked the one where the highlights were manageable.

LR gave decent results with highlights -100, exposure +1 , shadows +100
gradient filter on the bottom to add clarity and a bit more exposure
gradient on top to add contrast and saturation

wish I had used a speed of 1/125 to freeze the ducks, I think I had a 3 stop ND and ISO 50 , so there was more than enough light to do it ...

The lake is quite pretty to visit when there is no one around, like 6AM :) around lunch time it gets crowded, there are boat rides, food vendors, music, a 180 degree turn from the mood shown here. There is a hotel that looks decent right outside the park.
01/08/2015 11:14:42 AM
You made me google this amazing place. How far from the original is this shot? What are these trees?
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01/08/2015 10:51:48 AM
good for you!!! I don't think I'll ever get a FS ribbon!!! It's become the Holy Grail for me...lol
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01/08/2015 09:42:26 AM
This is beautiful and one of my top picks. I love fog . . . and mist :) Congratulations!
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01/08/2015 09:11:39 AM

Thank you for the comments, votes and favorites

Tough competition in this challenge, there are many images I really like, and that people may have gone though considerable effort to make them, I'm quite humbled

This lake has given me two ribbons

Thanks Bear for the clarification , earlier in the day, before dawn, it was denser fog, the sky was not visible, then when the sun came out it was certainly mist.
01/08/2015 09:04:36 AM
Extraordinary photograph, congratulations on your ribbon!
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01/08/2015 07:51:31 AM
Just stunning, this was my favorite, although I didn't comment - congrats!
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01/08/2015 02:01:27 AM
Very nice indeed. Congrats. And an added bonus with the info from Robert on the difference between fog and mist - I have always thought fog and mist were the same thing.
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01/08/2015 12:08:52 AM
I had a feeling I recognised this place, gorgeous, knew it would ribbon as soon as I saw it!
And now Bear taught you a thing also!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2015 08:33:00 PM
Beautiful light and composition. A fav.
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01/07/2015 06:46:17 PM
Lovely scene. The light is beautiful.
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01/06/2015 09:56:40 PM
The perfect light.
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01/05/2015 03:04:28 PM
Gorgeous misty look.
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01/05/2015 01:00:39 PM
01/05/2015 12:02:41 PM
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01/04/2015 04:42:32 PM
Wonderful light, atmosphere, colors, grouping of trees and, of course, ducks. A magical moment. And a fine argument for cameras.
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01/03/2015 12:20:48 PM
Just beautiful, love the golden tones. 10
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01/01/2015 10:04:29 AM
Stunning light!!!

This is a real treat to look at, and you know it!!! It's the stuff dreams are made of, all the best!
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01/01/2015 12:11:22 AM
Very nice, gave ya a 7 for now. But for the record, that's not fog, it's MIST. Mist rises from water like this, it's water droplets suspended in warmer air. Fog is a cloud that is touching the sur
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