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Nature's Kaleidoscope
Nature's Kaleidoscope

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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Good - Average
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Westport, CT
Date: Nov 2, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2005

This is a variation of a concept that I shot for last year's October Free Study. I went with a different entry last time and was disappointed with myself for not sticking with the game plan.

The goal was to shoot brilliantly backlit leaves, with enough separation between foreground and background that the overhead canopy is all color and bokeh. Unfortunately, I don't think this one is quite as good as last year's, but we had a lot of rain around peak color so my shooting time was limited. This tree was literally right outside my office, so it was either laziness or luck.

Shot in RAW to keep it as clean as possible. Boosted the saturation (obviously), levels, slight curves, a little cloning to smooth out imperfections, USM on the leaves and Noise Ninja on the background, burned in the leaf on the right to help separate it from the background.

Place: 75 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.2182
Avg (commenters): 7.4375
Avg (participants): 6.1902
Avg (non-participants): 6.3000
Views since voting: 1143
Views during voting: 428
Votes: 275
Comments: 21
Favorites: 7 (view)

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12/08/2005 12:58:12 PM
I suspect that "someone" peeked. ;-)
12/08/2005 12:26:11 PM
I have to confess after a second look I didn't score this as high as I should have. I am really bad about not taking a second look when it's a subject I have seen a bunch recently and you have to admit there have been many leave picture through this falls challenges. The background color and DOF adds so much to this shot. The colors are so brilliant. Still a great finish in a challenge with so many great shots. I would have never pegged it as being yours as I noticed someone did.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 09:40:57 PM
Beautiful kaleidoscope of colors. Love it and into my faves :) 10
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12/07/2005 06:30:47 PM
LOVING the bokeh, only wish the leaves in front were somehow more interesting. 6
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12/06/2005 09:09:18 AM
wonderful colours here. and composition. The only small critism is the shadow throws my eye off. IMHO. good luck though
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12/05/2005 11:27:06 PM
great color, absolutely blasing!
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12/05/2005 06:10:12 PM
Beautiful shot. The colors, textures, and layers in this photo make it very interesting. Focus and DOF is nice...... 8
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12/05/2005 12:00:55 PM
Very vibrant without being overpowering..the background is perfect with the little touches of blue just to break things up.
Very nicely done.
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12/04/2005 10:07:42 AM
Very nice photo, I like the clarity in it and the blurred background. The missing tip of the leaf at the bottom is the only thing that I can drag it down for. But otherwise this is very good.
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12/04/2005 12:57:27 AM
Great colors. The DOF is extremely beautiful, almost rainbow like in deep rich colors. Maybe a few less forground leaves or have them not so prominent in the frame. They are well shot and have good detail, but they are getting in way of the GREAT background.
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12/04/2005 12:13:16 AM
Great rich colors! Wonderful lighting. Nice capture and strong border.
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12/02/2005 08:28:48 PM
The colors are almost too good to be true, but this is very lovely; the little bits of blue are great. Good looking bokeh, nice sharp foreground. The chunky border bothers me :-( 8
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12/02/2005 04:22:37 PM
A colorful study. Good luck
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12/02/2005 09:42:58 AM
This is the superlative image of fall foliage. The brightness and crisp detail amidst the blurred background - WOW. Perfect DOF. I like that there are hints of blue and green in the background to help showcase the reds and golds of the leaves. The lighting is spot on as well. This is pure visual eye candy for me. BRAVO
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12/01/2005 06:52:19 PM
good saturation....
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12/01/2005 12:16:00 PM
Very nice, awsome DOF. The blue is interesting...didn't expect that.
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12/01/2005 11:58:24 AM
I saw this one last night, and thought, "WOW!!!!" Love it. I also thought right away, that looks like an "scalvert". He, he, he, I hope it is :)
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12/01/2005 08:28:40 AM
autumn image with super colors and shadows.
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12/01/2005 02:47:09 AM
Beautiful color and DOF!
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12/01/2005 12:29:35 AM
Wonderful colors.
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12/01/2005 12:17:16 AM
Attractive with seductive colors that captivate the viewer in its beauty of transition. 7 on first pass.
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