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The sun behind an old tree
The sun behind an old tree
samanwar


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Backlighting II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Natick, MA
Date: Jan 10, 2006
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2006

This was taken on my way to work today, I was already late, but I haven't submitted for any challenges for couple of weeks now and I really wanted to get back into the game.

I was driving on that old bridge when the sun hit my eyes and I immediately thought of the backlight challenge, I parked the car and snapped few shots and this was the best I came up with.

Edited using Photoshop CS2:
Shadow/Highlights
Channel Mixer
Unsharp Mask
Surface Blur
Unsharp Mask (again)
Resize
Border


Statistics
Place: 17 out of 324
Avg (all users): 6.3300
Avg (commenters): 7.2778
Avg (participants): 5.8818
Avg (non-participants): 6.5895
Views since voting: 1370
Views during voting: 461
Votes: 300
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 11:52:20 PM
Great contrast for B&W!
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01/17/2006 11:45:36 PM
impressive--but tree is getting silhouetted
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01/17/2006 07:28:36 PM
I can just barely make some detail on the trunk. Good thing too, cuz I would have deducted one point for being a silhouette.
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01/17/2006 01:21:01 PM
Very stimulating. Direct shadow shot. BW is good. DOF is good.
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01/15/2006 10:49:35 PM
Great work! 8
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01/15/2006 06:32:49 PM
Great photo. I don't know much, but I think this is just about perfect.
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01/15/2006 02:26:25 PM
This is fantastic, good work
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01/15/2006 08:14:09 AM
great b&w,the perspective is really nice, but could it be that you burned the upper branches
nice work
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01/15/2006 01:07:25 AM
well done
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01/15/2006 12:32:33 AM
Really like this in the black and white
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01/14/2006 10:31:45 PM
this is real "enhancing". Good photo.
I just didn't like the lower right part, could've been cropped out, it's kind of a distracting
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01/14/2006 02:54:01 AM
There is drama in this picture. I love the contrast and I am surprised how well the B & W works. 9.
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01/13/2006 10:14:51 PM
Another one that I nearly missed. The image is quite magical with the light from the sun behind the tree.....
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01/13/2006 08:35:27 PM
Lovely portrait of this tree. The halo of lighting that follows the major branches makes this all the better.
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01/13/2006 08:07:54 PM
Nice!
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01/13/2006 10:54:21 AM
good shot
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01/12/2006 09:19:25 PM
With advanced editing you could darken the sky even more - but this has a nice impact as is. I like the composition witht eh path in the corner and the silvery clouds on the thirds line.
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01/12/2006 07:40:20 PM
maybe a little too much burn on the top part.
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01/12/2006 05:34:33 PM
Nice feeling reminiscent of Ansel Adams. Less central composition would be better.
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01/12/2006 03:54:31 PM
love the B&W!!!!
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01/12/2006 09:12:04 AM
Great pic. But are we to believe that no advance editing was involved in that halo around the tree. Actually, even admitting this, the dodging could be less obvious. For these reasons - 6.
01/12/2006 03:22:40 AM
This is one of the best in the challenge, if a bit oversharpened.
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01/11/2006 07:20:58 AM
beautiful shot and great in b & w
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01/11/2006 01:18:20 AM
DNMC
the subject must not become a silhouette because of the backlighting.


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