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red skies at night
red skies at night
Rikki


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 30 Seconds or More (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Palo Alto, California
Date: Jun 20, 2006
Aperture: f16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2006

Challenge Entry No. 142

This was a bit tricky to take as there was still enough ambient lighting around to gain a 30 second exposure. I shot this last night at 8:45pm at a bayside park that happens to close at 9pm. With 15 minutes in hand, I stacked filters up the kazoo. What you see here is a filter combination that consists of:

1. CPL mounted on the lens filter ring
2. ND8 Cokin (P)
3. Gradiated ND 4 Cokin (P)
4. Gradiated Sunset Cokin (P)

Not certain if folks would see the 30 second exposure here but since it's grounds for DQ, I hope they give this image the benefit of the doubt.

I set the mode to Av and started shooting. This is one of only 5 shots I was able to take. Two hours of waiting and only 5 shots to show :(

Post processing involved adjusting hue and saturation to create more magentas in the skies. Used levels and curves to gain the saturation.

This my friends is a great example of the trademarked Hyper-Saturation™. Jejejeje™

Ran through NI a couple of times due to those damn sensor dust. Cropped and saved for web with a 1 pixel stroke.

The Fixx
Red Skies

Red skies at night, red skies at night
Wo oh, wo oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Red skies at night, red skies at night
Wo oh, wo oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

Should have taken warning
It's just, people mourning, running, hiding, lost
You can't find, find a place to go
So it's red skies at night, red skies at night
Wo oh, wo oh oh oh oh

Should have taken warning
It's just, people mourning, running, hiding, lost
You can't find, find a place to go
So it's red skies at night, red skies at night
Wo oh, wo oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Red skies at night, red skies at night
Wo oh, wo oh oh

Someone's taking over
And it looks like they're aiming right at you
Someone says, "We'll be dead by morning"
Someone cries, leaving

Red eyes at night, red eyes at night
Oh, wo oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

Red skies at night, red skies at night, red skies at night

Red skies at night, red skies at night
Wo oh, wo oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Red skies at night, red skies at night
Wo oh, wo oh oh oh oh oh

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Post Challenge
Thanks all for the great comments! 52 comments for one challenge. Yikes! The views were staggering as well. That has got to be a record for me :)

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Disqualification Details
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Views since voting: 11251
Views during voting: 1012
Comments: 100
Favorites: 23 (view)


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07/10/2006 03:57:28 AM
Few images pop off the page as this one does - wow!
Congrats on the ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib2.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib2.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Ribbon Rikki - Red for Red.
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07/03/2006 08:11:29 PM
Rikki, this is incredible. Every time I turn around, you're on the front page again. The picture is great, the technical setup is impressive, and the processing is characteristically bold and elegant. Congratulations!
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06/30/2006 05:08:43 AM
Originally posted by Rikki:

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Yep. I think this will be a yellow my friend :)

Congrats on Yellow my friend :)


You called it, never doubt Rikki!
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06/29/2006 09:51:38 PM
Congrats on this image!
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06/29/2006 06:37:56 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon! Stunning Shot!
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06/29/2006 03:13:35 PM
I see awesome somewhere in the comments and that is what I say..awesome, well done.
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06/29/2006 05:08:18 AM
Wonderful shot! Congrats on your ribbon!
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06/29/2006 02:41:04 AM
Man, get your monitor fixed. Aparently it can only display a couple of colors. :P
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06/29/2006 02:29:17 AM
Sorry I have seen your other pictures (really good), but I don't get this one. Must be missing something. Sorry. Anyway congrats.

Message edited by author 2006-06-29 02:33:29.
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06/28/2006 06:52:31 PM
You must make been drooling sitting there looking at that awesome sky. :)

Wonderful shot Rikki !
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06/28/2006 06:48:04 PM
Congratulations on yet another ribbon. You are the champ.
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06/28/2006 06:38:03 PM
Way to go Rikki, hey, I'll be in SF next month around the 9th, maybe I'll bump into you.
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06/28/2006 04:56:02 PM
Good work on the post processing. You really made something out of it.
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06/28/2006 03:42:21 PM
One word- Masterpiece! Congratulation!
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06/28/2006 02:19:54 PM
Very talented, just beautiful and congrats to you!!
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06/28/2006 02:04:26 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Excellent shot!
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06/28/2006 11:02:00 AM
Love the red sky great pic
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06/28/2006 10:51:47 AM
good work rikki, i like it very much !
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06/28/2006 10:37:39 AM
I should have recognized that sky as being your work! Beautiful as always. Congrast on 2nd place!
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06/28/2006 08:45:07 AM
ANOTHER RIBBON! Congrats, Rikki. Another awesome shot!
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06/28/2006 08:35:24 AM
Hi Rikki, congrats on your ribbon. Someday maybe even I will get one.

What I loved about this was the red sky, violet water and the green grass. I thought that looked wonderful. I think you could have done it with a few less filters. I shot at dawn once and it was really really a red sky and I called it "Sailor be Warned" you can see it here:' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/40819/thumb/245629.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/40819/thumb/245629.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

I love when we can capture with our cameras what most people miss in day to day life. You did real good here.
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06/28/2006 07:52:45 AM
God I love this photograph. I am just learning about photography but this is Amazing. Nice work and congrats on the red ribbon!
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06/28/2006 07:33:03 AM
Super work, Rikki! I love the filtered colors; they make for an amazing scene!
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06/28/2006 07:07:20 AM
Originally posted by alfresco:

Rikki? Got a ribbon? Huh?!?!

Very nicely executed sir - congrats!! :)


One more red ribbon for his collection ! One less for the triple triplet ...
Congrats Rikki ! Tricky Rikki ! (tricky = very clever and creative with the use of the different filters)
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06/28/2006 06:08:12 AM
Rikki? Got a ribbon? Huh?!?!

Very nicely executed sir - congrats!! :)
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06/28/2006 05:12:52 AM
LOL! Jason was so intent of catching up to us in the ribbon race so I just thought it was SO funny seeing your name on the front page at the same time as his. Congrats dude, I gotta say I didn´t like this as much as the majority of the voters, gave it a 6 but fortunately different people have different tastes and still a 6 from me means better than average. Now I really got to put my foot down on the gas petal, it simply will not fly you having more ribbons than me :)
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06/28/2006 02:22:35 AM
Congrats on 2nd place Rikki...I love the colour.
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06/28/2006 02:04:35 AM
wow, you're long winded! hehe congrats man, awesome shot.
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06/28/2006 01:36:23 AM
c O n G r A t S ! ...or "Congo Rats", whichever you prefer. :) Nice job as usual, bro. :)
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06/28/2006 01:33:14 AM
Beautiful colors, Rikki! I'm amazed that you were able to accomplish all of this in basic editing. With some creative filtering and limited time, you were able to pull off a masterpiece. Well done!
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06/28/2006 01:31:48 AM
I was one of the 49 "10's", as this is just an "AWESOME" image in my book.....
CONGRATULATIONS Rikki, as you deserved this ribbon.....

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 01:34:06.
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06/28/2006 01:21:42 AM
-Thanks for the comment, I just might have that ribbon, it looks like 3rd place spot edited. But for you another great shot, well done. I Hope to give you another run for the money soon.

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 01:35:03.
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06/28/2006 01:06:27 AM
WoW!! Congratulations! A fav for sure!
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06/28/2006 12:44:19 AM
congratulations on the beautiful shot. I will have to take a close look at the filters you used to get this-very clever.
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06/28/2006 12:34:26 AM
Thanks for all your good comments on my ribbon...now let me congratulate you for yours!

Great to be on the front page with you Rikki...let's enjoy it.

This is spectacular my friend and well deserved
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06/28/2006 12:29:38 AM
WOW! Going straight to my faves... Congrats on the well-deserved ribbon!
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06/28/2006 12:28:47 AM
Congrats! Another notch! :-P
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06/28/2006 12:28:36 AM
Way to go, Rikki! I love the way that you use color!
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06/28/2006 12:28:24 AM
Hey Rikki! Looks just like "glass"! LOL.....

Good going!
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06/28/2006 12:27:03 AM
Hey - I hate you! I mean that in the most kind and loving way. :) Gorgeous processing, I hate you :P
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06/28/2006 12:25:21 AM
Lovely shot Rikki. The colours and clarity are great. Another 7+ and another ribbon for the bag. Well done.
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06/28/2006 12:20:44 AM
WOW...This is just gorgeous..Well done on the red!
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06/28/2006 12:19:29 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

I'm sorry this doesn't convey 30 seconds to me. At least Bear's shot showed that. DNMC! :P


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Priceless!
06/28/2006 12:17:33 AM
Another ribbon! YOU DA MAN! Congrats!
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06/28/2006 12:17:19 AM
I'm sorry this doesn't convey 30 seconds to me. At least Bear's shot showed that. DNMC! :P
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06/28/2006 12:12:26 AM
Congratualtions on yet another ribbon, Rikki - which matches the photo very well ;>)
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06/28/2006 12:12:05 AM
Awesome Rikki!!! Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 11:34:19 PM
Beautiful indeed. Nice work.
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06/27/2006 09:25:06 PM
Spectacular color.
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06/27/2006 11:41:20 AM
Very surreal! How much of the color is post-processing?
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06/27/2006 12:35:14 AM
I love the colours I this shot.
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06/26/2006 09:50:19 PM
i feel that the colours are way to intense and unreal nice composition though.
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06/26/2006 09:08:36 PM
wow...this is spectacular as soon as it comes on the screen! Love this shot and I hope you have great success with it...9
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06/26/2006 12:54:27 PM
excellent colors, love the gradient from pink to purple in the water. 8.
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06/25/2006 06:25:40 PM
The reds are a bit dramatic but pretty cool shot nonetheless.
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06/25/2006 04:44:34 PM
Wow - impressive. I'm assuming the colors are from a filter - I think I would prefer it in dark blue.
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06/25/2006 12:35:14 PM
This is a great picture without the artificial looking color manipulation.
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06/24/2006 11:00:22 PM
Stunning, just stunning, and definately has the "WOW" factor as well..... I absolutely "LOVE" this and hope it ribbons..... A "10" from me.....
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06/24/2006 01:00:10 PM
great colors! 10
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06/24/2006 02:37:14 AM
Love the hue
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06/23/2006 11:41:03 PM
nice job capturing some very interesting conditions and taking care in the composition as well.
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06/23/2006 09:28:02 PM
this is so surreal! the colors are amazing!
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06/23/2006 09:09:00 PM
Wow! Absolutely love the colors!
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06/23/2006 07:29:56 PM
Very.... eee - pink :o) Nice picture..
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06/23/2006 07:16:51 PM
Incredible spectrum of colors! Would have been nice to have a breath more of wind to give it that "ethereal" appearance. That being said though, excellent! 9
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06/23/2006 07:01:41 PM
Simply amazing the colors are stunning..if you stare at it long enough it looks like its changing colors..look at the grass for a while then look at the sky it will start to change or maybe its just me? Love it!
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06/23/2006 06:18:29 PM
very nice
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06/23/2006 05:09:51 PM
Wow. Amazing colors.
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06/23/2006 01:43:11 PM
This I like!
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06/23/2006 01:22:42 PM
One of my favorites to win this challenge. The color tones are pleasing in a surreal kind of way. The composition is beautiful with so much negative space for us to wander up into. The horizon seems a tad oversharpened. Overall, very pleasing to the eye. Thanks for a great entry!
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06/23/2006 12:36:47 PM
Meets Challenge:2
Aesthetics:1
Technical:1
Wow:0
Originality:1
Total Score: 5
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06/23/2006 11:47:25 AM
That looks so surreal...so very pretty!
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06/23/2006 10:49:52 AM
wow puts a whole other view on the night sky! great texture of the grass and brilliant lake/sky colours.
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06/23/2006 07:47:15 AM
I am sure the intention was to leave a lot of negative space on the top of the frame. IMO, it is too much. I like the many different layers of the shot from the green grass, the blue water, the tan/orange hillside to the left, to the redish sky. Overall a pretty good image.
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06/23/2006 07:44:05 AM
WoW!!! Wonderful coloring! Red filter? 10
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06/23/2006 02:32:23 AM
WHOA!!! What color!!
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06/22/2006 10:43:33 PM
stunning display of light and color.
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06/22/2006 10:10:05 PM
Very graphic art-like landscape with the colors, the polished lake surface and reflections are great. Great job!
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06/22/2006 08:50:18 PM
Beautiful colors! Truly, this is not something you could get in the day time, the atmosphere looks as if it was a different planet. Great job!
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06/22/2006 10:30:37 AM
Interesting idea, but I think you've manipulated it too much. I can see banding in the sky colours, particularly toward the top left corner. The red in the centre of the frame is a bit too overpowering.
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06/22/2006 07:25:04 AM
Beautiful colors here and I like the sense of movement the grass gives.
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06/22/2006 04:44:37 AM
This is with no doubt a ribbon winner. I congratulate already for a brilliant picture 10
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06/22/2006 03:53:36 AM
What this image needs is just a bit more color. :P
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06/22/2006 03:02:22 AM
“Red Skies at Night” – I loved The Fixx! Great ‘80’s band! This image has a surreal appeal to it, very cool! The grass in the foreground provides some nice textures in contrast to the glassy water. Nice image – good luck!
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06/21/2006 09:43:01 PM
How you managed to get the sky red and maintain the green of the grass is beyond me. Good photo but I have my doubts about the editing.
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06/21/2006 09:37:25 PM
gorgeous
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06/21/2006 09:19:00 PM
unreal image! this is one of my faves in this challenge.
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06/21/2006 08:18:42 PM
My favourite of the challenge. 10.
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06/21/2006 07:36:47 PM
Absolutely beautiful and I hope to see this in the top 3!!
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06/21/2006 05:36:29 PM
These colors are impressive.
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06/21/2006 05:29:16 PM
Nice composition, beautiful photo, but the colours just look too unnatural to me.
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06/21/2006 04:25:06 PM
That HOT, red hot.
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06/21/2006 04:19:50 PM
Sweet color!
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06/21/2006 02:16:49 PM
Beautiful, I love the textures.
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06/21/2006 11:42:54 AM
WOW! This is spectacular! 10
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06/21/2006 11:24:27 AM
Looks like one of my marshes :-)
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06/21/2006 11:09:49 AM
Incredible use of colour. And a nice bold composition.
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06/21/2006 10:58:59 AM
Cool. This is obviously pushed just a hair, but you did a really nice job of keeping most of the color of the grass... Well done...
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06/21/2006 10:42:58 AM
Very, very nice! Colours look beautiful and the grass looks pretty good
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06/21/2006 01:44:12 AM
Love the colors, did it look like this when you shot it? if so where was this shot I need to move there. -8
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