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Challenge: Desolation II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3000
Location: Kalapana, Hawaii
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: auto
ISO: auto
Shutter: auto
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

Yay, first challenge photo of the summer :-D So glad I could find the time to do this. It took me some smooth negotions to get driven all the way out here, but in the end, we enjoyed the day out. Here's the background story of the lava fields, if you're interested.

"In 1990, volcanic eruptions entered their most destructive phase when flows flooded the village of Kalapana. Over 100 homes were destroyed in a 9-month period. Kalapana, a once lush, thriving beach side community, is now reduced to a barren landscape of black and gray, crumbling lava rock as far as the eye can see. Only now has life begun to replenish itself. Throughout the years, a few of the original residents moved back to their properties, and built houses. One is just a large metal container with a door and satelite dish. There are half sunken car skeletons being eaten by plant life, and newly planted palm trees. Only residents and property owners are allowed in, but that doesn't stop the tourists, that come occasionally to see the active lava flow. Entering Kalapana takes lots of driving over rough, rocky terrain. Getting to where the fresh flows enter the ocean takes hours of hiking as well, though we've made the trip a couple times."

POST CHALLENGE:
Wow, yay. Thanks for the votes and comments and favs everyone! Means a lot!

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 197
Avg (all users): 6.8802
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.7727
Avg (non-participants): 6.9712
Views since voting: 3548
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 192
Comments: 45
Favorites: 11 (view)


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12/21/2006 07:56:28 PM
Annah, this is just awesome! You really nailed this one! I was just there last year. I hiked out to check out the flow. It was pretty amazing. It was certainly sad to see the destruction left behind by the flows. It's amazing the force of nature.

Keep up your excellent work!

-Jeremy
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07/17/2006 08:24:18 PM
This is great! Not something you see everyday!
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06/29/2006 02:56:05 AM
Beautiful foto, color and face expression slightly detract from them, evokes some other emotion/
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06/27/2006 01:55:42 AM
Originally posted by sanx:

Good job, Annah! A worthy tribute.

And yay, I went there!

:)


Awsome! :-D
06/27/2006 12:33:56 AM
Good job, Annah! A worthy tribute.

And yay, I went there!

:)
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06/26/2006 11:04:03 PM
WOW, a great photo and the emotions of the girls really add to it's grip, well done!
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06/26/2006 05:43:39 PM
Major Congrats!!!!!!! Love the shot, and yah look great ;-)
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06/26/2006 02:09:06 PM
Congratulations on the 6th place! Very good shot!
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06/26/2006 09:40:10 AM
Way to go Annah! I was just wondering the other day where you've been!
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06/26/2006 08:26:12 AM
One of my favs. Congrats on 6th place.
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06/26/2006 03:12:01 AM
Great job, Annah. Congratulations!
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06/26/2006 02:51:55 AM
Thanks so much everybody!
06/26/2006 02:33:17 AM
Wow. Yet another high-scoring shot I didn't see. Great composition!
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06/26/2006 01:25:08 AM
Congrats on 6th place - should have ribboned IMHO. This is just a wonderful shot and sentiment. Beautiful work.
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06/26/2006 01:18:10 AM
This is a wonder photo Anna. Congratulations on the top ten placing!
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06/26/2006 12:33:09 AM
Anna: the 15 year old wonder! What a lovely study. Congratulations on your 6th place finish.
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06/26/2006 12:22:48 AM
Where you been? Welcome back. Good job as usual!
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06/26/2006 12:15:59 AM
NICE finish, annah! Congrats!
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06/26/2006 12:09:01 AM
Congrats on top ten! This was a very powerful shot, and after reading your description, it's even more fitting. Such a sad story.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 11:19:00 PM
good composition
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06/25/2006 10:30:53 PM
I love everything about this one. The sort-of blown-out sky, the dark but contrasty rocks, and the faint coloring on the girl. Her posture's perfect... The details are lovely. Perfect for the challenge.
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06/25/2006 09:36:23 AM
Fantastic emotional image
focus and colour is spot on
10

good luck

Kev
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06/25/2006 07:28:07 AM
This really does look barren..... Well done.....
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06/24/2006 02:33:08 PM
i can relate to this girl.
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06/24/2006 01:37:36 PM
nice the red of her hair just puts the perfect amount of color against the background
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06/23/2006 08:53:33 PM
Absolutly wonderful. 10.
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06/23/2006 06:01:46 AM
Wonderful capture of a very emotional scene.
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06/23/2006 02:32:07 AM
This image just expresses so much! (10)
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06/22/2006 01:03:35 AM
I like the model's red hair and the contrast it provides against the predominant grayish color. Hope this does well...
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06/21/2006 11:13:40 PM
Very good. Good luck.
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06/21/2006 03:49:50 AM
Very sound composition. Great processing. Image just looks really good. Nice technicals. Awesome location. Nice job!
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06/20/2006 07:12:01 PM
Extremely fascinating terrain and photograph. Very, very nice!
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06/20/2006 06:49:40 PM
Love the rocks
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06/20/2006 12:38:12 PM
Really like the selective color here - her hair really stands out well against the desolate bg. 9
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06/20/2006 12:11:55 AM
amazing image, i have an idea of who this is. not to sure though..9
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06/19/2006 11:59:09 PM
the tones make this work
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06/19/2006 06:50:13 PM
nice shot. Point taken :)
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06/19/2006 03:04:31 PM
Wow!! Really Love it! Amazing shot, and your model is amazing, she really makes the shot, along with her placing!!! The only thing i would have done is boost the contrast in the sky a little bit more, jsut a simple fix, but i'm sure you just overlooked it ;-) Love it!
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06/19/2006 02:21:06 PM
A bit on the arty side - meaning not really gritty and dirty desolation. But it does fit the bill.
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06/19/2006 12:37:02 PM
Only a few photos actually captured Desolation in my opinion and this is one of them. I really get the feeling that you were trying to express in this image. Out of all the hands to the face shots this one was actually believable. Great Job, cool location.
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06/19/2006 03:12:27 AM
very nice. excellent landscape choice - lovely rocks! the colours are my favourite aspect, the muted shades / partial desatuation work well. personally i feel the head in hands posture of the girl is a little overused / cliched nowadays and takes away some of the creativeness of the picture. she could also just be playing hide and seek... that's my only negative criticism though - the rest of it (composition, light, depth of field, obvious effort, meeting challenge, overall sparkle) is well up there. 8.
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06/19/2006 01:13:54 AM
Great desaturation without too much. Love the red hair. The curve of the rocks with the straight lines of her jeans really has nice juxtaposition. Bravissimo!
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06/19/2006 12:37:29 AM
Great environmental portrait and use of selective desaturation.
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06/19/2006 12:30:29 AM
Super composition, and an interesting subject. 9
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06/19/2006 12:16:16 AM
Really excellent shot. Love the subtle color and shapes of the rocks.
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