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paul58


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Challenge: From the Ground Up II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5100
Location: Upsala, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sep 26, 2005
Aperture: F/6.3
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/25 sec.
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 27, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 326
Avg (all users): 7.0317
Avg (commenters): 8.1905
Avg (participants): 6.8776
Avg (non-participants): 7.1545
Views since voting: 9486
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 221
Comments: 52
Favorites: 40 (view)


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10/11/2005 05:24:16 PM
Awesome! Simply great. Congrats Paul.
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10/11/2005 04:19:52 PM
...Super shot!
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10/11/2005 02:58:38 PM
Originally posted by neomd:

Paul,

Great shot! I added it to my favorites.

I was reading your description of the image- pre- intra- and post-exposure and was wondering what the "unsharp mask" function does? How does it alter the image? (I also have PSP8.)

Thanks, in advance, for the tip.

Danny


Hi Danny,
Glad you liked it & thanks for your note.
Unsharp mask is a function similar to sharpening. I believe the main differences are (a) the unsharp mask command has 3 separate parameters which can be finely adjusted to get just the right amount of sharpness, whereas the sharpen command has no fine adjustments, and (b) unsharp mask may have less tendancy to accentuate any noise already present.
I'm not exactly sure why it is called "unsharp mask", but I think it is generally to be prefered rather than the sharpen command. It is worth fooling around with to get to know how to use. Paint Shop Pro has a help file which will probably explain the basic adjustments better than I can, but feel free to ask more questions if you like & I'll help all I can (or someone else here surely can).

Paint Shop Pro has a number of "automatic" commands, such as sharpen, auto-contrast, auto-saturation enhance, etc., but as I have gotten deeper into photo editing, I find that I generally prefer the tools which offer more room for fine tuning things to give a more controlled effect.

Paul
10/11/2005 11:25:31 AM
Paul,

Great shot! I added it to my favorites.

I was reading your description of the image- pre- intra- and post-exposure and was wondering what the "unsharp mask" function does? How does it alter the image? (I also have PSP8.)

Thanks, in advance, for the tip.

Danny
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10/09/2005 03:44:59 AM
Reminds me of: ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/47/thumb/9663.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/47/thumb/9663.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ... Both are brilliant. Nice work.
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10/08/2005 07:13:28 AM
simply exquisite. i really don't mind seeing this one ahead of me.
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10/07/2005 10:21:48 AM
Congratulations on your blue! Beautiful shot.
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10/06/2005 06:49:51 PM
Wow! A blue ribbon after only 5 challenges! And your other entries are very nice, too. I have a feeling we're going to be seeing more ribbons with your name on them!
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10/06/2005 01:04:05 AM
Well done!
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10/05/2005 09:06:18 PM
What a winner of an image. The silhoutte helps center the gaze to appreciate that glorious burning sky. Congratulations on your BLUE.
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10/05/2005 08:52:59 PM
Great shot and congrats!
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10/05/2005 11:22:00 AM
Nice Paul! Those plants seem like a 'family gathering'. Congrates!
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10/05/2005 10:50:05 AM
How perfect and simply beautiful. I have such a problem with ideas, what to photo, etc. I must remember to just keep it simple. Thank you.
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10/05/2005 10:23:29 AM
Congratulations on your Blue and a beautiful image! A well deserved first ribbon!
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10/05/2005 09:39:46 AM
Originally posted by KiwiPix:

So come on Paul, don't rip us off. How about a bit of a story about the shot and the process of getting it. Taht's the least you owe the voters :)


OK! OK! I know that its nice to tell all about how about you did your entry. I just didn't really feel like I did anything particularly innovative to get this, but here goes:

It was late Monday afternoon & I still had no really good entry for either open challenge. But lately we've been having some quite pretty sunrises and sunsets. (This time of year is good for this in Northwestern Ontario, partly because of the length of the day. In late June, for instance, to capture a sunrise, one might have to rise at 4:00 or so in the morning, and it's still light at 11:00 PM).

Anyhow, as it got into early evening and it looked as if we could get a nice sunset, I started thinking about how to prepare, just in case. My wife had the car, so I didn't have the option of driving to some "perfect" spot. But we do have a pond on the property with cattails growing. The only problem is, it's down at the base of a hill in a less than optimum spot for capturing sunsets. So I ran down there (by now the sun was setting, and I wasn't yet set up!) found a spot where I could get some cattails without drowning, broke off an armfull of them (carefully chosen for form and character, of course), and ran up the hill to our back field, where the sun was now setting. Realizing that I needed some way to stand them up, I (now getting desperate) sprinted back down to my house to look for something (anything!) to use for a "flower pot". I quickly located a chunk of hollow poplar log from my firewood pile, and hightailed it back up to where my cattails were. After strategically arranging them in their "pot", I set up my camera as low as my tripod will allow and proceeded to capture this "tranquil" scene. (I had to lay on the ground to shoot - and (puff,puff...) boy, did I need the break! The sky that evening really was spectacular, and it was (and always is) great to be there to enjoy it! It didn't take take an awful lot of tweaking on the computer to end up with what you see here. In Paint Shop Pro 8, I used the histogram adjustment for contrast, both for luminance and for colors. Then upped the saturation a little, resized, applied unsharp mask.

And thanks again for all the comments & votes. Hope to learn (and share) lots more in the days to come!

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10/05/2005 08:39:22 AM
Very nice work! Congratulations!
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10/05/2005 08:18:45 AM
Wow, fifth challenge entered and BANG! Congrats, Paul! I looked at your profile a few days ago and marvelled at how consistently high your first entries scored.
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10/05/2005 07:23:24 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, and a pretty blue one at that. Beautiful shot.
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10/05/2005 04:59:54 AM
as a knife maker you sure 'cut' your way to this ribbon.. you have a very good eye sir well done
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10/05/2005 04:21:51 AM
So come on Paul, don't rip us off. How about a bit of a story about the shot and the process of getting it. Taht's the least you owe the voters :)
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10/05/2005 03:06:07 AM
Wow - Congrats on your first and a ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' to boot Paul!
Superb sunset shot!
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10/05/2005 01:34:36 AM
Congratulations!!!! Lovely picture and well deserved ribbon.
S5100 rocks!!
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10/05/2005 01:09:58 AM
Loved this one......gave it a 9. Very nice indeed.

Ray
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10/05/2005 01:09:26 AM
Thanks all! As I was watching my score, I thought I had a good chance of making the top ten, but didn't expect a ribbon, particularly a blue!
10/05/2005 12:47:40 AM
LOvely! Missed this one in voting. Well done!
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10/05/2005 12:31:38 AM
Gorgeous colors and great sillouettes. Congratulations!
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10/05/2005 12:22:43 AM
Gorgeous sky against the cattail silhouette, Paul! Big congrats on your first ribbon and the blue!
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10/05/2005 12:13:55 AM
Fantastic! Very well done and well deserved ribbon! Congrats!
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10/05/2005 12:05:09 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon from a fello Canuk and S5100 usser!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/04/2005 11:51:59 PM
Lovely silhouette against the rich deep colored sky. I like the minimal approach of this shot. It is effective and soothing. That touch of blue at the top of the photo is wonderful.
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10/04/2005 05:02:58 PM
Beautiful image, the sky is sensational! Nicely done!
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10/04/2005 01:02:06 PM
wow!!! breathtaking!!! very very nice... i love the sihouette! 8
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10/04/2005 12:28:57 PM
Very nice colors and silhoutte
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10/04/2005 06:29:44 AM
Nice shot. Upgraded score on 2nd pass.
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10/03/2005 07:53:21 AM
Those colors are wonderful. Great shot!!!...10
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10/02/2005 05:19:15 PM
amazing sky, great picture 10
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10/02/2005 02:47:40 PM
Good composition. Great background - 8
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10/02/2005 09:50:02 AM
amazing.
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10/01/2005 11:22:26 AM
just love the colors, that sky is amazing.
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09/30/2005 06:28:22 PM
One of my favourites. Phantastic!
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09/30/2005 05:21:42 PM
great image
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09/30/2005 10:19:48 AM
Very beautiful and serene.
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09/29/2005 09:00:21 PM
So far this is my favorite for sure--everything works very well here; color, lighting, contrast and composition--10
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09/29/2005 07:09:09 PM
Nice
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09/29/2005 12:59:24 PM
Nice colors, good framing and use of light. Appears noisy on my screen.
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09/29/2005 10:12:17 AM
Soft and Lovely. Great time of day for the shot. 10.
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09/29/2005 05:29:17 AM
This is a beautiful capture, the sky coloring and silhouettes and very impressive-10
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09/29/2005 02:25:17 AM
great shot to depict our upcoming season..nice subject and sky 7
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09/28/2005 11:20:34 PM
nice shot.
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09/28/2005 07:42:24 PM
m natures best
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09/28/2005 04:40:29 AM
Gorgeous colors and use of silhouette.
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09/28/2005 02:09:14 AM
Very nice. Good place to be with at camera ;) Nice framing and colors.
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