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Challenge: Beauty (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Gilbert, Arizona USA
Date: May 28, 2005
Aperture: f/2.4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640th
Galleries: Landscape, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2005

Sunrise at Freestone Park. Freestone is a city park in Gilbert, Arizona USA. The lake is man-made and lights of the softball field were cloned out. High tension electrical towers are nearby. The disturbance in the water above the ducks is from recirculation pumping of water to slow algae growth. Fish kills sometimes happen at this lake:

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Takes some of the beauty out of it, doesn't it?

1-Remove softball field light
2-NeatImage for noise reduction
3-RGB Levels adjustment
4-Selective color: reduce black in neutral colors and increase black in black and increase red in red.
5-50% greyscale layer: Enhance blue in lake, enhance both lavender and gold in sky and lake.
6-crop, resize for web.

Place: 18 out of 255
Avg (all users): 6.4264
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.1985
Avg (non-participants): 6.6803
Views since voting: 1380
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 258
Comments: 17
Favorites: 5 (view)

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06/08/2005 12:18:07 AM
Lovely. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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06/06/2005 05:54:16 PM
Hey! What's with the 20 votes below 5? How can anyone not find this beautiful? Heathens! ;-)
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06/06/2005 09:48:44 AM
Congrats on a top 20 challenge. This is a gorgeous photo. Where did you take it?
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06/06/2005 09:45:30 AM
Wow Steve! You just keep coming up with the great images. I'm surprised this one didn't get a ribbon. For me, the blue in the water makes the shot. Did you use a filter?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/04/2005 03:37:41 PM
superb sky, but why did you put in those ducks? The sky and the silhouettes of the trees make a picture that's worth at least a 9, now it's kinda ruined..
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06/03/2005 11:32:59 PM
Freakin' awesome. Should be in the top 10 easily. With a little more detail in the shadows, a ribbon would be a foregone conclusion. 10
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06/02/2005 11:18:20 PM
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06/02/2005 12:04:33 PM
Love the silhouettes and the very striking colors. Wonderful job.
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06/01/2005 02:25:26 PM
I'd like to see it with some of the water cropped out at the bottom, focusing more on the sky, its reflection, and the trees
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05/31/2005 11:54:35 PM
Beauty is a subjective thing, I know. In my scoring and comments I'm trying to score based on NOT whether or not I would think a particular subject beautiful, but on whether the photographer has succeeded in creating a beautiful photo. I look for the elements of color, lines, focus and dof interest, lighting, and a certain element of grace and lovlieness. I'm looking for a unique and creative appeal for the highest scorers. The description says to create a photo that makes the viewer think "that's beautiful", so it will undoubtedly be very subjective. (This is what I'm putting at the start of all of my comments, and I hope it is helpful.)

That being said, this has a few really nice elements: the sky of course, the sillohuettes of the trees, the reflections and the water and the ducks in the foreground. I don't see this as a particularly unique or creative photo, but the view is certainly well above average!
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05/31/2005 09:40:21 PM
this is truly beautiful...please let me know where this is ...i must go there soon
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05/31/2005 06:58:06 PM
real picture postcard stuff.......
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05/31/2005 02:36:03 PM
very nice I love this one
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05/31/2005 09:36:51 AM
There is so much (implied) detail in that sky!! I would of loved to see this without the water. This is beautiful!
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05/31/2005 08:04:18 AM
Wow! One of the best sunsets in the challenge. Especially love the silhouettes on the birds on the water and the silhouettes of the palm trees. Makes me want to be there :)
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05/30/2005 06:49:53 PM
This is one of the reasons people own cameras. 9.
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05/30/2005 02:25:10 PM
Oh wow, I wanna be there now!!
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