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Arctic Road
Arctic Road

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Challenge: Road (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A60
Location: Near the Pirttivaara, Salla, Finland
Date: Jan 12, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125s (+1.33 EV)
Galleries: Landscape, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2006

By far not the best Husky photo from my Finland trip, but it shows a road. The best one I would have to fit into the challenge with the title.

This is shot on our way back to their home, the Poropuisto Reindeerpark. It is situated near Salla, some 20 to 30 miles above the Arctic Circle and 20km from the Russian border. Today it wasn't so cold, between -6 and -10 degrees Celcius. No cars here, just snowscooters, dogs and reindeer.

These are my dogs, well I do not own them but they pulled my sleigh for two hours. Sasu on the left and Riki on the right in front, Nilla in the middle and Wilma and Ile at the back. One of the most fun things to do, hope to do some longer runs one day.

Surely I'll get some comments about brightness and it is on the edge of acceptable in the snowy bits. But the Canon A60 that I used for the 'on the road' shots (Nikon D70 with 50mm f/1.4 in my backpack) isn't that good in getting the exposure right in these conditions and has very little dynamic range to play with. :( And I already had is set to +1.33EV, the origal is still underexposed and has the wrong WB.
Time for an upgrade.

Editing (Photoshop 6)
- FM Chroma Noise Reduction
- Rotate Horizon
- Crop the good part out of the rotation
- Curves black point
- Curves white point
- Curves grey point
- Channel mixer for color enhancement
- Curves for tone balance
- Contrast +5
- Contrast USM
- Resize
- USM 110% 0.3px
- save for the web

Camera: Canon PowerShot A60
Date: 12.01.2006 at 12:00:07
Zoom: 35 mm KB (5,4 mm Real)
Exposure Mode II: Programmed auto
Subject Distance II: 0,054 m / 0,54 m
Image Number: 108-0810

Place: 15 out of 230
Avg (all users): 6.2920
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.8133
Avg (non-participants): 6.4724
Views since voting: 1308
Views during voting: 402
Votes: 274
Comments: 13
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01/30/2006 09:34:19 AM
Should have placed much higher. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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01/25/2006 03:11:59 PM
Top 20 - not too shabby!!!! Congrats.
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01/25/2006 09:36:26 AM
Hope you had fun in Finland. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2006 11:48:41 PM
Nice job using a creative take on the challenge. I am just learning to Mush this winter, and I am going to be in Alaska for the Iditarod. cheers.
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01/23/2006 12:45:51 PM
Beautiful shot.
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01/22/2006 09:26:53 PM
Very nice!! Thanks for sharing this.
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01/21/2006 11:18:22 PM
Creative! I like the unique idea behind this one. Love how everyone is just taking a break, and you can see the road going on ahead of them. Well done!
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01/20/2006 11:19:27 PM
Wowee, what a setting. Mush.
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01/19/2006 11:31:18 PM
This is awesome! One of the top photos in this challenge for sure!
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01/18/2006 10:14:27 PM
MUSH!!! I like the red against the white of the snow. Nice movement of the dogs too. Great leading line. Bumping up.
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01/18/2006 11:01:56 AM
i see that all the time on discovery channel........
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01/18/2006 09:57:56 AM
Very nice!
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01/18/2006 03:38:21 AM
nice, but looks a little oversharpened
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