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Shenandoah Valley
Shenandoah Valley

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-01 (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Nature & Views
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway, VA
Date: Jan 6, 2007
Aperture: 1:14.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400 second
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2007

Taken from the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA.

Shot in RAW. Created HDR image from multiple exposures of same original file. Additional PP included selective layers of levels/curves, NI, dodge/burn brush, sharpen, save for Web.

Place: 337 out of 559
Avg (all users): 5.4384
Avg (commenters): 5.8000
Avg (participants): 5.4310
Avg (non-participants): 5.4667
Views since voting: 647
Views during voting: 196
Votes: 146
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/08/2007 04:37:39 PM
It is indeed a gorgeous part of the country. The lower valley may have a tad too much yellow to it for my taste - I find that's an issue with HDR/tone-mapping using Photomatix, and haven't yet found a way to get around it. I do like the view!
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02/08/2007 12:56:40 PM
Ok. . .I HAVE to visit there now. This is beautiful! What beautiful tonal range! No scenery deprivation where you live! You lucky!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2007 11:04:21 PM
I think you are going to get this quite a bit in the comments, so I just point out the bad in a quick list. Too much staturation, centered horizon, too much contrast, and the staturation doesn't not seem to be even across the frame (blue on one side green on the other).

Now I will expound on the good points:
Very nice dynamic clouds going on here, they fill the top of the frame nicely.
This looks liek a great study on color, just tone it down a bit and it would really sing.
I like the lines and patterns with the mountains, farmland, and forests. It gives a good texture. The rolling hills and distance clouds also give good depth to the photo.

I'm curious what the original looked like. Still not a bad landscape just a bit over processed.
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02/07/2007 06:22:48 PM
Hey... I live around here! Great image... curious to see where it is!
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02/03/2007 04:43:30 PM
Nice sky and the vally is very colorful.
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02/03/2007 02:22:19 PM
IMO possibly the colours have been pushed a little too hard but this said, great looking landscape picture
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02/01/2007 06:28:03 PM
This looks overly processed.
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