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Challenge: Dreams (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: St-Eustache, Quebec
Date: May 3, 2005
Aperture: F/9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 5, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 114
Avg (all users): 6.7103
Avg (commenters): 7.5357
Avg (participants): 6.1707
Avg (non-participants): 7.0455
Views since voting: 8207
Views during voting: 422
Votes: 214
Comments: 59
Favorites: 16 (view)


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05/19/2005 01:53:20 PM
*Critique Club*

This Beautiful photo has very little wrong with it. The vignetting in my humble opinion is the only thing that kept this from being a Blue ribbon. If it had been a litte darker, or a little finer I beleive you would have had your first of what i see as many Blue ribbons.

The composition is supurb.

Congratulations on you Red ribbon!!
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05/17/2005 09:18:27 AM
This is a blue ribbon shot. Hands down the winner in my book. Congrats on your Red Ribbon.
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05/17/2005 08:30:41 AM
A joy to view. Very nicely done. Congratulations.
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05/17/2005 01:11:35 AM
I think this is more art than photography. I like it alot too! I would like to trade prints with you.

Tim
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05/16/2005 12:18:39 PM
well done dude! just seen it, great photo!
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05/16/2005 08:29:05 AM
I'd prefer to leave the photo without the blur halo in the corners, but I love this photo. compliments
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05/13/2005 06:39:16 PM
Félicitations Simon! Superbe photo.
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05/13/2005 03:39:33 PM
I am so happy you won a ribbon with this!! Congratulations. It's an awesome picture!!! I hope it's the first of many for you.

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05/13/2005 03:18:54 PM
Hey Simon....congrats on your first ribbon. Beautiful image and well deserved! =D
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05/13/2005 11:54:25 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. This was a beautiful and dramatic shot!
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05/13/2005 10:57:50 AM
this is beautiful! congrats!
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05/13/2005 10:57:02 AM
The clouds look 3-D in this shot. Great tones and composition. Congrats!!
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05/13/2005 08:31:39 AM
Congrats!!!!! What a well-deserved ribbon! Great job! Now you can add some color to your dreams =)
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05/13/2005 08:06:02 AM
Wooohoho!
It's about time you got a ribbon, eh?
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05/13/2005 07:43:21 AM
Good work...congratulations! I like this shot!!!
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05/13/2005 06:44:15 AM
Congratulations!
...love your bio also!

Message edited by author 2005-05-13 06:46:47.
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05/13/2005 04:45:41 AM
Congrats on the first ribbon, beautiful pic!
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05/13/2005 04:13:47 AM
So serene, so peacefull. Great capture, congratulations on your ribbon !
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05/13/2005 03:28:40 AM
Congrats!!

Way to go Simon! this is awesome :)
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05/13/2005 01:27:19 AM
Wow!!!!! Congratulations Simon!!! Great job. Well deserved ribbon!!
Did you notice this is the first entry for your camera? And a ribbon no less!!!

Message edited by author 2005-05-13 02:32:17.
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05/13/2005 12:57:29 AM
well done, gorgeous shot
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05/13/2005 12:40:41 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon with a very fine image!
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05/13/2005 12:29:55 AM
Congratulations on your red. There is nothing more beautiful than this image in this challenge. Kudos.
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05/13/2005 12:29:25 AM
Originally posted by vfwlkr:

Congratulations! How did you apply the blurring at the edges?


Select with the elipse tool with a large feather, invert selection and apply gaussian blur. A lot of people tought it was overdone (wich I think they were right). I'm just happy it didn't kill it more !

Thanks everybody! For the votes and the heartwarming comments !
05/13/2005 12:25:45 AM
Congratulations! How did you apply the blurring at the edges?

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05/13/2005 12:20:27 AM
congradulations on the ribbon. I read its your 1st. Awesome, you've broke the mold now. Terrific image too
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05/13/2005 12:16:33 AM
LONG OVERDUE RIBBON... WOOOOOHOOOOOOO way to go dude
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05/13/2005 12:15:19 AM
Oh, that more people would learn this deeper life way of serenity under chaos. Lovely dream B/W entry. Congrats!
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05/13/2005 12:11:58 AM
Beautiful shot, good choice of B&W. Congrats on your first ribbon, of many...
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05/13/2005 12:05:02 AM
Many congrats on your first ribbon, Simon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/12/2005 05:01:28 PM
The gradation of the vignetting is a bit hard, but the simpleness of the scene is pleasing. Great sky. I know the topic is dreams, but I am sure I prefer it without the vignetting.
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05/12/2005 12:17:22 PM
beautiful image, I know its a dream but I would like to see this image without the vignetting.....still gave it a ...10
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05/11/2005 11:23:07 AM
This is really excellent. I could imagine that just about anything could happen in this dreamscape. I love the corners. I've done some experimentation with that style myself and I really like it. Except of course my pictures look like crap compared to this lovely peice of work! I won't be surprised to see this ribbon.

I particularly like the starkness of the clouds in the center and the softness of the clouds as they approach the edges.
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05/10/2005 02:36:12 AM
I really like this shot. It looks simple at first glance, but the more I look at it, the more I love it. Definitely a top favorite for me! The clouds are beautiful, the lighting is fantastic. The tree.....the tree is just perfect. I know where I'm going to visit when I sleep tonight!
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05/09/2005 03:23:05 PM
I like the composition and the clarity. I understand that the haziness around the corners is to give it a dream-like quality, but I feel that it may be a little overdone.
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05/08/2005 09:49:25 PM
Nice in B&W
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05/08/2005 01:57:04 PM
I enjoy this image, except the feathering. The clouds and tree are beautiful and dramatic and the landscape, at this size maybe a little dark... it works well though except the feathering. Even the frame is a plus.
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05/08/2005 07:05:45 AM
i am not sure i am a fan of the fading grey WITH the black border. They seem to contradict eachother. I think i would like it with one or the other but not both. otherwise nice image with good blacks and whites.
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05/07/2005 12:25:10 PM
Nice overall effect with the b/w, lonely sort of dream I guess
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05/06/2005 10:21:27 PM
This is my second go-around =) - I love the picture and composition, however, the grey corners/edges are really really distracting! I think that it really takes away from the photo. I scored it a 7, if the edges were not grey then I would have given it a 9 or 10.
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05/06/2005 04:46:17 PM

Ah, I have dreams of this nature! More regarding politics than personal life, but either way this photo really resonates with me. Aside from any statement or challenge, this is hands down a beautiful photograph. Congratulations on making such a lovely photo.

If I were to offer any advice for improvement (which is really unnecessary and possibly impossible! heh) I would rethink the faded corners (what's the name of that technique? heh). I think it only adds to this photo as it's for a Dream challenge.

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05/06/2005 01:35:49 PM
beautiful sky, I don't really care for the soft focus corners, but I realize you did this to create the drim effect. Nice image.
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05/06/2005 12:28:14 PM
Absolutely stunning! 10 (and I usually don't like b&w!!!)
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05/06/2005 12:01:56 PM
My top pick. Ilike the composition and tones. Even though I usually favor borders - I think the black on this one is a bit too thick!!!
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05/06/2005 11:41:10 AM
The detail in the clouds is very dramatic. You've got great contrast between the tree and the sky. A lower horizon may make the image even more dramatic.
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05/06/2005 10:23:22 AM
This is great! That tree is perfect for a shot like this. And the sky is amazing!!!!
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05/06/2005 09:41:38 AM
interesting concept for theme
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05/06/2005 08:40:56 AM
V.nice, love that tree. 8
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05/06/2005 08:23:47 AM
The cloudy fades in the bottom corners could have been more delicately done. This is a great image but they (the dreamy fades)seem to act as a bit of a distraction. Nice job otherwise and I like the border.
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05/06/2005 08:22:39 AM
Awsome
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05/06/2005 08:17:37 AM
great photo, love the frame and the overall quality. 10 from me!
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05/06/2005 07:59:07 AM
love this image. Would have preferred you not use the edge treatment you did (right and left). Would love to see this image without it. I know, dreams challenge. :) 9 from me. Good luck!
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05/06/2005 06:03:37 AM
great composition. black and white really works for this
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05/06/2005 05:01:16 AM
I like the B&W and couldn't help wonder what his would look like inverted. Well done.
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05/06/2005 03:10:51 AM
A lovely image
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05/06/2005 01:43:04 AM
very nice
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05/06/2005 01:39:26 AM
I like it. I like it a lot.The blurred edges work well for the challenge.
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05/06/2005 01:37:26 AM
Excellent contrast. Not sure about the vignetting. 8
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05/06/2005 12:20:59 AM
the image itself is fabulous...what downgrades it for me is the borders and obvious gray added to corners..you didn't need it 5
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