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Challenge: Take Two (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: New Braunfels, TX
Date: Jun 3, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2006

My second entry to DPC was for the Bridges II challenge. I actually still like the shot, but can see where it could have used a bit more post-processing. Like sharpening, for instance.

Rather than shoot that same angle (which I couldn't figure out again anyway), I took a different approach. Lots of different approaches. And decided that bridges may not be my forte as far as subjects. But since I got my socks and shoes covered in those little prickly seed-burrs, I had to go with something.

And since I do like to try to do something new each challenge, in addition to a new view on an old bridge, I tried the "gothic glow" action, having just learned this weekend what "actions" are. It looks too post-processed to me, but in this case, I like it better this way than the way I normally processed it. For the record, I tried re-creating the "gothic glow" action on my own, and got pretty close.

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Place: 79 out of 161
Avg (all users): 5.8727
Avg (commenters): 6.7000
Avg (participants): 5.6818
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 674
Views during voting: 212
Votes: 165
Comments: 19
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07/02/2006 07:43:12 AM
Trading Post.

This is much better than your original bridge shot, with much more going on in this photo. The postprocessing really makes this photo IMHO. I was out of town and could not vote in this challenge. But I would have given it a 7, possible 8. I'm a sucker for soft postprocessing.
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06/25/2006 07:24:52 AM
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wow, much nicer than your previous shot, composition is great, lighting is good and even the background is beautiful :)

should have scored higher though, many bad images above yours in the challenge..
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06/16/2006 09:24:49 PM
Trading post...
I love the editing but I'm not really too crazy about the subject. I'm kind of trying to see around the bridge to see what's behind it. Maybe that's what makes it interesting, I'm not really sure. Actually in scrolling back and forth to look at it and comment I noticed that if I crop if off below that star it takes a completely different look and I really like it that way.
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06/16/2006 02:34:36 PM
Trading Post -

I will start with the fact that I prefer this much better than your original. I like that there is alot of different stuff to see as you look over this shot - the branches up top, the reflection, the trees under the arches. A much more pleasant picture overall. Maybe a tad soft as a whole but you can see a wonderful array of textures throughout. The bright white spot on the right i nthe gap on the bridge is a shame as it is a bit distracting. The pieces of tree in the others work well to soften those areas. I do like the postprocessingf on this. It gives it a funky feel but the light greens may be a bit too yellow from these actions (I dont have actions that I know of on Elements so I am jealous). Good shot and great improvement.
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06/16/2006 06:40:00 AM
Slightly different format for Take Two...

Main critiques on original
sharpening, better in B&W?
my own, due to lack of comments - maybe a touch too bright in bottom left

What you've improved
Much more life to it, more wow/creative element. More interest overall.
I love the effect of the gothic glow giving a real vibrance to the bg behind the bridge. The greens of the vegetation seem to shroud it, peeking out behind and from above. You've captured a sense of the place much more than was in your original, which was more an architectural study without giving context of the surroundings.

What I prefer about the original
More structured composition, lighting on the bridge was much more dynamic. Focus on the star, echoing the blue sky... you've kinda neglected the star in this retake, and changed focus, so its just a different perspective, not a bad thing.

Overall, imho
Lovely dreamy shot. I love the lighting (evening?) on the background, but would like a touch more lighting on the bridge (not sure if the two are reconcilable)
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06/15/2006 09:56:28 AM
==Trading Post==

It does look processed, and it does look soft, but I LOVE this use of Gothic glow. It makes for a foggy look, to me, which is nice when combined with a river and a bridge. I also like the green that results. This is a great improvement, IMHO, over the original, but it's so different that it doesn't seem anything like it. Well done.
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06/15/2006 12:24:18 AM
hello again,

i like this shot a lot. the only thing..... for some reason the background looks to be more sharp than the bridge. i am unsure that is truly the case just that is how it appears here.

i like the colors and the angles of the bridge..... one other really cool thing in the photo that works to your advantage really well is that little blue star. that thing holds me in this image.

nicely done.
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06/14/2006 05:15:26 PM
I think there's more to this shot than in the original, which makes it somehow "better". The composition shows off the structure of the bridge very well, and I like the way it thrusts up into the last third of the frame. Very pleasing. The star almost adds a bit of whimsey, but also seems like a focal point, and is an interesting, formalized contrast to the rest of the image, in terms of structure and colour. My only small quibble is with the post-processing, which seems a tad heavy-handed (saturation? contrast? noise reduction?). Otherwise a lovely image well executed.
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06/13/2006 11:02:10 PM
I LOVE this photo! 5.87 is not a bad score. . .but it should have been way up there in the 6's.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2006 09:59:38 PM
Fine job on your composition choices. Appropriate processing as well.
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06/11/2006 11:14:12 PM
Beautiful shot. Taken at just the right time of day too. 8
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06/10/2006 12:17:12 AM
I like the dreamy velvia effect here.
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06/09/2006 05:22:16 PM
the blue fringing on this is very unfortunate. otherwise a lovely shot! I wonder if you might have been able to select all but the star & desaturated the blue hues away?
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06/08/2006 06:57:38 PM
Nice blur and light. Well composed. Peaceful.
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06/06/2006 02:34:15 PM
I'm not gonna say "soft focus" or at least detract from a nice photograph because of it.... 5
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06/06/2006 09:43:00 AM
a little too much noise reduction; ?neatimge...but a lot of people seem to prefer this look.
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06/06/2006 09:42:31 AM
Very nice lighting and exposure on this photo. The composition is also very good. Well done!
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06/06/2006 07:45:12 AM
This is so beautiful! The contrast between that huge old bridge to that beautiful pastoral scene is so striking. The reflection in that water is like a mirror! This is really great!!!
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06/06/2006 07:41:16 AM
a bit too dark to me
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