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Crystal Ball
Crystal Ball

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Challenge: Black & White (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-2100UZ
Location: Northern DesPlaines River Illinois.
Date: May 29, 2002
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/10 sec.
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2002

Infrared pix of a DesPlaines River dam in northern Illinois.

Place: 4 out of 153
Avg (all users): 6.8449
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7982
Avg (non-participants): 6.8855
Views since voting: 2946
Votes: 245
Comments: 37
Favorites: 9 (view)

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06/10/2002 11:12:00 AM
I love this photo. My favorite. It seems so unreal. Good job! Sorry I didn't comment. Didn't have a lot of time.
06/10/2002 10:12:00 AM
I would like to thank everyone for voting so high on my first post. I used a Tiffen # 87 infrared filter. The filter was too small for my camera--so I had to use a series 6 adapter.That combination left the vignetting. Cropping eliminated too much of the pix. The angle of view came form my position on a jogging path bridge about 60ft. above the river.The sun was infront of me (about 11:00) and that litup the lower edge of the filter and holder,this gave it a rounded-globe look. Thanks again,Bill.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/09/2002 01:51:00 PM
I would have prefered this image without the vignette.
06/08/2002 08:49:00 AM
Top shot, very interesting. You either had great light or great skills with your photo program or both. Good job.
06/07/2002 11:30:00 PM
infrared? Interesting image anyway. I like it.
06/06/2002 08:29:00 PM
I really like this. Great B&W. I can't decide whether or not I like the halo effect. How was this achieved? I sort-of wish I could see the whole "globe".... still.. it does a great job at leading me into the river, which does a good job of leading me into the picture. I am between a 9 and a 10.... I think a 10....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/06/2002 01:45:00 PM
Beautiful scene - and I love the "globe" effect caused by the vignetting.
06/06/2002 06:43:00 AM
Nice IR, and works well with the fisheye to make an 'otherworldly' effect. I'd rotate it CW a little to straighten the horizon and crop out the vignetting. Interesting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/06/2002 02:23:00 AM
those trees look amazing.
06/06/2002 12:33:00 AM
No complaints here. This is one of my favorite photos. The exposure on the trees is very effective.
06/05/2002 10:56:00 AM
Nice. I like the way you used the vingetting to your advantage.
06/05/2002 10:55:00 AM
Absoloutely lovely, and a bit surreal :)
06/05/2002 09:53:00 AM
Not usually a fan of this type of photograph, but this one is well done. Did you use a green filter? I love the white on the trees and the stillness of the water changing to the texture of movement. The only thing I might have done differently is to straighten the whole thing within the frame.
06/05/2002 09:48:00 AM
Absolutely stunning. The composition is just wonderful with the trees framing either side... it leads the viewers eye right up the water. While there's nothing much you can do about it, it would be nice if there were just a tad bit more definition between the light trees and the sky. This is my favorite of all the submissions.
06/05/2002 04:31:00 AM
It's got me beat. But I like it.
06/04/2002 11:18:00 PM
This is a beautiful view... i think the crystal ball effect may not be offering a good enhancement to this photo though...
06/04/2002 10:42:00 PM
GREAT!! is this a neg? -----10
06/04/2002 10:19:00 PM
Beautiful. Sorry, I have nothing to offer this - I like it very much the way it is. Great job. A winner. :)
06/04/2002 09:58:00 PM
don't know how you did this but it's the best
06/04/2002 10:17:00 AM
very nice.
06/04/2002 01:51:00 AM
My monitor loses some highlight detail..otherwise looks great.
06/03/2002 11:34:00 PM
Very nice, I wish there is a little bit more contrast between the trees and the sky.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/03/2002 10:45:00 PM
This almost looks like a fairy tale land. Beautiful reflections and the trees are gorgeous.
06/03/2002 09:33:00 PM
beautiful picture without the distracting edges. why are they there?
06/03/2002 06:31:00 PM
This looks so pretty, I only wish it were in color. I think B&W here doesn't help the picture but detracts from its beauty. (Of course, I had no opportunity to see it in color...)
06/03/2002 05:43:00 PM
Really cool shot...
06/03/2002 03:58:00 PM
The leaves in the center strike me as a little too white, almost overexposed. Still, very good.
06/03/2002 03:37:00 PM
Outstanding tone, dof and composition. Nice job!!
06/03/2002 01:37:00 PM
great fantasty shot
06/03/2002 01:27:00 PM
This is a really good picture. It conveys so much mood and is one of my favorite photos this week. I get the Crystal Ball aspect, but it almost takes away from the image by having the corners cropped out. Still, it is powerful.
06/03/2002 12:47:00 PM
Wow, where do you find a place like this? It looks absolutely beautiful.
06/03/2002 11:37:00 AM
Oh my god this is a perfect shot! Why did u do that crystal thing to it?!
06/03/2002 11:35:00 AM
Beautiful show, but I do not like the vignetting.
06/03/2002 11:20:00 AM
Very nice!!
06/03/2002 09:55:00 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!! What a gorgious image....I wish I was right there, forever.
06/03/2002 08:45:00 AM
Amazing photo. I would love to be sitting on the bank with my feet in the water. I can't wait to read the details on this one:)
06/03/2002 12:52:00 AM
Beautiful picture. The vignetting takes away from the image rather than add to it.

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