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Lake Superior in December
Lake Superior in December

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Challenge: Harsh Environments (Expert Editing)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Pentax
Location: Straits of Mackinac, MI
Date: Dec 23, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Architecture, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2006

I had no intention of entering this challenge! I had taken all these shots of the Mackinac Bridge for the December Free Study & suddenly right before submissions closed for Harsh Environments I had the thought that any one of the ones I had prepped would actually meet the challenge, so I grabbed one & loaded it up right before it was too late.

This was my first shoot with my newest lens. For those who don't think this shoreline is a harsh environment, I dare you to stand where I did to get this photo at the same time of year.

It was about 28 degrees (Fahrenheit) which is actually very warm for December, but the wind was gusting to about 40mph - made handhelds like this quite difficult & also made for quite a windchill on this morning.

Waiting for someone to call me on the mistake I made...

Here's my alternate, which I kinda regret not entering:

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And here's a poster I made from another shot with info about this bridge:

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Place: 24 out of 116
Avg (all users): 6.2130
Avg (commenters): 6.5385
Avg (participants): 6.0333
Avg (non-participants): 6.2821
Views since voting: 1311
Views during voting: 400
Votes: 216
Comments: 17
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04/04/2007 01:24:22 PM
<-- Makes the call: Gitchee Gumee is about 50 miles north!

Great photo :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2007 05:25:29 PM
Beautiful shot, nice use of the border. Colors and contrast are great. Nice work.
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01/03/2007 05:12:58 PM
really off-putting sharpening or processing halo across the top and legs of the bridge. something looks overworked in that area
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01/02/2007 10:31:58 AM
Not crazy about the border but I love the coloring and perspective you give!
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01/02/2007 07:40:13 AM
Nice shot, like the colors and contrast in this one. Would have fixed the strong halo around the pier and horizon though if I were editing this but nothing that is really bothering me. 7
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01/01/2007 04:34:03 AM
nice colors
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12/31/2006 08:52:04 PM
Looks like an overly enthusiastic use of a new tool... Too saturated to appear realistic.
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12/30/2006 07:09:47 PM
Nice view "8"
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12/30/2006 04:43:52 PM
I do like the kinda pastel effect the sky has, and also i like what the composition nearly is. Meaning if the bridge towers were a little more prominent and the rock to the bottom left a little clearer. I'm also not a fan of the orange line in the border.
None of that takes away from the fact that this is a great shot though.
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12/30/2006 01:41:19 AM
This is glorious in the tone department. I don't sense a harshness, but it's lovely with the portrait orientation. I'd kill the orange border. Great perspective. The sky is wonderful.
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12/30/2006 12:46:45 AM
Really great shot: love the wide angle and depth that's been created. I personally would have not included the border which detracts..would have rather let the picture merge gradually into into black outer limits...but then that's just my opinion and preference (doesn't factor into my scoring for this one).
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12/29/2006 09:51:07 PM
Well..I like the contrasting colors.
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12/29/2006 02:00:46 PM
Happy New Year! - 10
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12/29/2006 01:18:13 PM
I can't see the 'harshness' in this photo, but it's a beautiful shot nonetheless!
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12/29/2006 06:59:01 AM
Love the DOF.....great sky and bridge contrast. Very nice overall.
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12/29/2006 01:39:26 AM
stunning colours, great wide angle image
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12/29/2006 12:49:52 AM
This is a great image, but doesn't scream 'harsh environment' to me... JMO.
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