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Out to Pasture

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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: A Prints Pending
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Thatcher Park, NY
Date: Sep 7, 2006
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2006

I liked the softness of the light combined with the grit of the old barn and tree here. However, there were telephone wires through the scene as I wanted to capture it. I went ahead and captured it but it took a lot of editing to get rid of the unsightly wires (and there\'s a pole behind the tree!).

Place: 25 out of 615
Avg (all users): 6.6429
Avg (commenters): 7.4211
Avg (participants): 6.6284
Avg (non-participants): 6.6875
Views since voting: 2057
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 196
Comments: 29
Favorites: 6 (view)

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02/17/2010 11:52:21 PM
Thats a really cool photo.
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01/07/2009 12:35:26 AM
Really great.
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01/23/2007 11:10:04 PM
I can't get over how spectacular your landscape photos are -- All of your photos -- but since my first love is nature -- its your landscapes that totally take my breath away! Every one is better than the last, until I look at the last one again, and its best again :)

This haunting beauty is so captivating! Everything about it is just plain flawless!!!!

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10/19/2006 01:53:04 AM
another beautiful image. Id like to take a walk here, it has such...feeling...to it.
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10/12/2006 07:17:56 PM
ex officio Critique Club

An almost defiantly DPC image - and, as seems the general case, that guarantees you a strong finish, without quite breaking the higher echelons. What it is about those images that the site takes to it's heart still mystifies me completely.

I could take few guesses at the reasons for this one's missing the ribbons, but they'd be just that - guesswork, and you've been here long enough not to need my guidance in that, Neil.

Nice - the word used advisedly - landscape work seems to me a combination of factors: in the main, research, fortune, and patience. Research (and, obviously, an eye) to find the location, to know how the light might strike it, to see a composition; the fortune to be able to return to it at the right time, and to be granted the right weather, and the patience to wait for those opportunities. But really good photography should surely show us more than that - to my mind, should allow us a wondow on a world we hadn't quite considered, that hadn't struck us, that, most simply, we hadn't seen before...

Now, that's not a request for outrageous originality from every single photograph. Well, actually, it is - but not in the way that this place seems to understand originality, which is best summed up as 'new tricks for new dogs'. I absolutely believe that each one of us experiences our world in a different way, that the sum of our experiences make each and every one of us fundamentally different people, and that therefore what we percieve as worthy of record varies from each to the other. Therefore, any truly committed photograph should be a work of staggering originality, as no-one else would have thought it worth the press of the shutter.

And my problem with this shot, and this presentation and processing of this shot, is precisely that - that I've seen it before. Maybe not quite so dark as this one, and maybe with a better balance of foreground tree and building, and maybe with with less plain dodge and burn work, and maybe with the house less enveloped in the horizon line, but fundametally the same thing. It seems only to be a technical exercise - not any kind of expressive endeavour - and a technical exercise carries the expectation not only of the existence of an assessment of success, but actually of the necessity of that assessment. It is as though there are boxes to be ticked, and once those have been implacably completed, then surely we must have a perfect image, no?

But what if the intent showed through - somewhere in the tiniest details of composition, of scenic assessment, in the choices made in post-processing? What if there's really a little tell-tale sign that this isn't a work of the heart, but of the head?

I don't know where this goes. I don't know that I'm right to say there must be a heartfelt committment to one's subject, that these burnt images only pander to the masses here, that I'm right in seeing landscape photography simply as crowd-pleasing (and I wouldn't knock that) - pleasing the crowd is something we all resort to.

But you asked for a critique).
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10/10/2006 11:19:02 PM
A delight to any portfolio.
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10/08/2006 10:46:41 PM
Really geat shot.... love the look of this!!!!!!
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10/08/2006 12:43:44 AM
This deserved a ribbon. My fav!!!
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10/08/2006 12:15:21 AM
Great job neil!
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10/08/2006 12:08:28 AM
Awesome picture Neil! Congratulations on a great score and a good finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 06:11:00 PM
great technique really draws me into your composition
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10/06/2006 10:36:19 PM
Love the colors and the darker feel, really adds to the abandoned feeling of the house. Great capture - 10
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10/05/2006 11:13:09 PM
a bit dark but nice.. 6
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10/05/2006 07:10:31 PM
Beautiful sky, like the composition.
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10/04/2006 11:48:16 PM
very nice PP work on this
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10/04/2006 10:43:26 PM
Great tonal range. I really like the character this image produces.
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10/04/2006 11:58:26 AM
Very sullen and moody...love it!
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10/04/2006 02:07:41 AM
Great editing. Surreal
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10/03/2006 04:50:16 PM
like the lighting, well done
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10/03/2006 08:07:11 AM
Nicely captured. I vote an 8.
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10/02/2006 04:06:42 PM
Very moody and dramatic scene. Nicely composed and PP for a great photo.
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10/02/2006 03:48:09 PM
I love the post processing!
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10/01/2006 10:05:02 PM
this is such a great photo.. So desolate and peaceful. The only thing wrong is that you should of burned it some more, especially the building . Or you could of even tried a slower shutter speed. 6
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10/01/2006 09:06:41 PM
Very dramatic photo. The selection of the house is great. The detial of the grass came through good also which is often lost in post process through over saturation. (9)
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10/01/2006 07:32:54 PM
Fairly dramatic.
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10/01/2006 02:39:55 PM
WOW! What a mood you have captured here. the desolation and lighting are fantastic. Top 10 for sure!
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10/01/2006 12:40:47 PM
excellent lighting
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10/01/2006 11:17:57 AM
Very good detail and sharpness in the foreground, impressive sky.
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10/01/2006 12:50:40 AM
Stellar. Love everything about it. I love the dark tones. Great sky. MAN! 10+
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