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Dream Retirement Location
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Challenge: Destinations (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Milpitas CA
Date: Sep 18, 2005
Aperture: 1/30s
ISO: 100
Shutter: f/2.8
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2005

Wow! This was a surprise finish.
I drove up the hills looking to photograph a 'dream house on the hills'. Didnt find a good location - on my way back found a good vantage point to photograph this quiet little lake. It was getting dark.

Post processing:
- USM to clear out the haze
- Selectively darkened the sky a bit
- Forgot to dodge the fields.. sigh.
- Left the power line as-is intentionally.

Place: 40 out of 191
Avg (all users): 6.0749
Avg (commenters): 6.2222
Avg (participants): 5.8356
Avg (non-participants): 6.2281
Views since voting: 1021
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 187
Comments: 12
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09/27/2005 12:36:59 PM
by karmat

So, I have studied and looked, and looked and studied this shot. It is absolutely fabulous. The composition is great in that the lake leads the eyes into the shot, but not out of it. There are enough "layers" that it is interesting (land, water, mountains, sky), and they are not all strictly horizontal, so that makes it even stronger and interesting to me.

I, for one, like the power line in it because it adds a touch of "reality" to the scene.

Just a couple of little things that "might" make the shot stronger (I can state with certainty, because I didn't try it).

There is a slight halo on the hills in the background. Perhaps from your selection, or perhaps from the usm. It is neither bad nor good, imo, just noticeable.

The sky is still a little pale. I don't know if you could have darkened it more or not, but while it adds a nice contrast to the green, it is still a bit light. Maybe cropping the top 1/8 off or so would help?

And maybe if the foreground was bit lighter so the details were a bit more visible. On my monitor at work (horrendous) the foreground was almost black, and here at home, the monitor (pretty good) still shows it as being just a tad dark.

Overall, this is an awesome shot, and a very peaceful, serene one at that. Wish I was there at times!!!

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09/26/2005 12:36:42 AM
Congratulations on your steady progress. Well done :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2005 06:26:54 PM
Beautiful landscape. In this challenge, the rules would have allowed you to clone out the power line.
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09/23/2005 12:08:28 AM
This looks like Kamloops Lake in BC. Nice pic.
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09/22/2005 07:50:52 PM
Looks like Northern California. Paso Robles area. You should have cloned out the power tower. Beautiful shot.
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09/22/2005 06:21:27 AM
Beautiful exposure with lovely spread of tones! You should have removed the power lines.
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09/20/2005 09:23:07 AM
I would believe the title if the tower wasn't there. Man always finds a way to ruin the most beautiful places. :) Lighting, DOF, POV all excellent. Colors a little washed but I beleive it works with the image of restful retirement. 7
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09/19/2005 09:13:00 PM
The whole picture appears to be somewhat fuzzy. Shutter speed too slow, maybe?
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09/19/2005 09:45:19 AM
Very pretty. I think I'd clone out the power scaffold in the lower right
I wish there were more intensity to the color - maybe it's due to the time of day. The composition is nice but it needs some POW in the color department, or maybe a black and white. Maybe the lighting is dim so shoot it at a different time of day perhaps?
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09/19/2005 09:22:31 AM
Wow - what a nice spot. I hope your dream comes true...just have them move that power line tower :-)
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09/19/2005 08:07:44 AM
Simply lovely!
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09/19/2005 04:24:08 AM
Wow this is a beautiful landscape shot. Excellent work and a great capture!!
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