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Reaching for the Sun
Reaching for the Sun
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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: mount scott, oklahoma
Date: Sep 2, 2005
Aperture: 16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 18 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.2730
Avg (commenters): 7.2593
Avg (participants): 6.0621
Avg (non-participants): 6.4797
Views since voting: 1766
Views during voting: 455
Votes: 293
Comments: 40
Favorites: 7 (view)


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12/01/2005 04:08:33 PM
this is just an awesome shot. the sun flare adds a great warmth to such a lonely looking place. well done! :)
10/17/2005 09:25:30 AM
I very much prefer you black and white version of this shot. The tree looks so wretched, it needs a cooler mood.
09/20/2005 10:55:33 PM
Like the distant feelings deep in us. Congratulations on your top twenty finish.
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09/16/2005 05:26:19 PM
This is beautiful. I think the sun flare really adds to the mood of the shot. Feels like I'm standing right there.
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09/14/2005 02:26:59 AM
i cannot believe this didn't ribbon!
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09/14/2005 01:18:45 AM
Beautiful!
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09/14/2005 12:06:19 AM
Great shot, the sun light really made this wonderful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 06:03:38 PM
Awesome! Could use some adjustments but with basic editing you can only do so much... I like it , I like it, I like it.
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09/13/2005 11:30:06 AM
would be great without the solar flare but since it is basic editing I guess you can't clone them out.
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09/13/2005 10:56:58 AM
awesome colors...very surreal 9
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09/13/2005 07:30:43 AM
I love the textures in this shot -- beautiful.
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09/12/2005 08:30:42 PM
Nice shot. I like the composition, color, and i love the lens flare. Really nice scenery. Good job!
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09/12/2005 01:15:26 PM
I have a feeling many people will object to the bright red sun artifacts running through the photo. I actually like it, it adds a kind of surreal element to the shot. However, I wouldn't mind if you could tone down the red a slight bit so it's not so obvious. Stunning location and depth of field. I like how the light is soft and the sky is white in the background. 9.
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09/10/2005 05:07:16 AM
Fantastic composition, light and colours. A great pic.
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09/10/2005 01:33:43 AM
Love the warmth in this shot...nice!
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09/10/2005 01:00:30 AM
Nice shot but the light refraction takes away from it.
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09/09/2005 03:22:35 PM
the colors are crazy-pretty, are they natural?
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09/09/2005 02:31:51 PM
love the look of the rocks and the tree...did you add a filtire for the sun reflection?
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09/09/2005 10:13:44 AM
I like the composition but find the sun 'circles' in the beam distracting. might bump up on another pass.
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09/08/2005 09:39:05 PM
Cool shot!
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09/08/2005 09:02:17 PM
Nice job! Good composition and dof. Love the lighting and the colors! Looks mythical. Definitely one of my top 5.
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09/08/2005 08:09:14 PM
How beautiful. I love this. Surely will score well.
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09/08/2005 05:59:24 PM
Very clever to put a photo of this tree in both challenges! It is a beautiful tree and location. I like this one better than the HC one, where the flare distracts. Here, the flare adds to the picture a lot! Nice job.
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09/08/2005 04:20:49 PM
This is one of my favs for this challenge. The colors are great and I love the light streaming through the tree.
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09/08/2005 01:48:57 PM
looks mystical!
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09/08/2005 04:56:14 AM
A stunning shot but it's more a tree composition than branch
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09/07/2005 11:15:13 PM
I know i would love this shot.. with out the sun flare spots.... they just seem too distracting to me ... sorry I'm sure in person this place would make my soul smile.

**Post edit months later** The more I think about this and come back to this picture the more I am liking the sun flare.. the direct lines of them and where they lead the eye. I still think the tree is lost to them a bit.. but I actually am diggin the spots too :)

Message edited by author 2005-10-30 20:36:17.
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09/07/2005 08:48:28 PM
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Message edited by author 2006-08-17 12:01:57.
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09/07/2005 07:57:10 PM
This picture is really interesting because of the sun and how it seems to cast a blood red ray over the tree. Very cool
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09/07/2005 07:36:21 PM
oh very neat with the light and the colors. 7
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09/07/2005 05:43:31 PM
Interesting shot, the the flares are adding some nice effects
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09/07/2005 12:46:02 PM
Really magnificent scene. Not crazy about the processing though. Somehow it seems to take away from the beautiful detail and rich tones, rather than augment them. Still strong entry.
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09/07/2005 10:40:33 AM
Love the sunbeams, nice overall affect.
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09/07/2005 08:39:26 AM
Flares can be used creatively to enhance and frame subjects. I like the flares around the tree branch, but as they get closer to the foreground they start to distract my eye. Since I am not sure how you could have angled the camera to get rid of some of the flares, I have no advice. It is definitely a shot worth doing over and over to perfect just the right amount of flare for the subject.
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09/07/2005 02:35:38 AM
i recognise this tree from high contrast. The lense flare really hurts this image (and the otherone also) Without it it would be perfect.
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09/07/2005 01:54:03 AM
wow.great view.i love the sun rays,the tree...everything,the colors...
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09/07/2005 01:51:26 AM
Congrats on this sure ribbon. 10 and favorite.
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09/07/2005 01:36:26 AM
The title makes the sun rays part of the image, but I have a feeling that you would have had a strong image if you could have managed a shot without the sun rays. JMHO.
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09/07/2005 01:32:29 AM
Gorgeous.
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09/07/2005 12:16:02 AM
Cool lens flare. I like the gnarled tree and roots.
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