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The Heartbeat of Trees
The Heartbeat of Trees
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Challenge: Personification II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Ontario
Date: Jan 30, 2007
Aperture: f11.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2007

This is not a reflection..it is trees standing in the snow. These trees looked amazing in the snow...I had to do a big uturn in not such great weather.
I really thought I was keeping this one in colour...then the black and whites jumped me, and I couldn't go back...

Cropped, curves, , dupl. soft light, calculations soft, grayscale, rgb, cloned a tiny bit, smart sharpen, added border.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 218
Avg (all users): 6.7663
Avg (commenters): 8.1750
Avg (participants): 6.3571
Avg (non-participants): 7.1100
Views since voting: 5329
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 184
Comments: 92
Favorites: 101 (view)


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02/11/2012 01:37:46 AM
This is fantastic! Beautifully seen!
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11/29/2011 08:24:01 PM
That's crazy, even after reading the notes it took me 20-30 seconds before I worked out what I was looking at, amazing.
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07/09/2010 04:11:45 PM
This is such an amazing photo - you really need to read your description before you realize how excellent a find this was. Brilliant to turn it into B&W. I never visited your portfolio before and am so glad I did today.
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02/02/2010 07:11:14 AM
This is awesome.
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11/28/2009 04:45:18 PM
of course i thought the trees were a reflection at first ... even after reading your comment i couldnt see that they werent .. how wonderful this image is .. i can see why you did a that u-turn ..
i particularly love things that arent immediately obvious .. things that either come gradually into your consciousness or are like a sudden bolt of recognition .. even after i know what this is i still have difficulty finding the reality .. how excellent .. !!
i love your title .. :)
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12/17/2008 03:29:18 AM
hmm, i just discovered that it was not in my favorites list... i stand corrected :)
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12/14/2008 05:01:13 AM
Just checking out previous 'Personification' entries to make sure I don't inadvertently duplicate a shot. This one stopped me in my tracks - utterly brilliant.
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09/01/2008 09:57:35 PM
Wow this is phenomenal, i love artwork that mess with your eyes like this, lovely tones, just found your portfolio, and all i can say is that you have an absolutely phenomenal eye, very well done, added to faves.
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07/25/2008 03:13:10 PM
i really thought this was reflection, until further reading and staring. beautiful work, i love b/w
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01/22/2008 10:33:38 PM
Wow, I really like this and the interplay of the title and the thumb image... really cool!!
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10/25/2007 10:50:39 PM
simply beautiful
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09/03/2007 07:46:44 PM
Wow!
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08/18/2007 03:32:55 PM
Wow, what vision to take a shot like this. Absolutely superb.
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07/23/2007 06:59:41 PM
Excellent rythm; perfect perspective.
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06/19/2007 02:18:09 PM
Oh, this is brilliant!
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06/01/2007 01:43:49 PM
How fantastic to have caught this in passing, and had the presence of mind to trust your gut and turn back! Magnificent.
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02/17/2007 03:02:40 PM
love this, perfect title. life patterns, rise and fall, do follow heartbeats. well captured.
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02/14/2007 12:12:36 PM
Great ,,EEG''!!!
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02/14/2007 03:31:38 AM
Anybody familiar with Sound Forge or any other wave editor? ^^ This could be a screenshot!

Simply awesome, how did this not get a ribbon??! Even after I read that it isn't a reflection, it still took me a while to figure out. I love the cropping too, it adds further to the deception, making the image look even more like a sheet of paper straight out of the heart monitor.
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02/13/2007 10:28:45 PM
As well as this photo did. IMHO I believe you were robbed. You had my top vote and I really believe you should have taken a big old blue for this amazing shot! LOVE IT.
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02/13/2007 09:50:19 PM
This may be black and white but it should definitely be done in 'blue'! imho

A photograph is neither taken nor seized by force.
It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Your photograph is a wonderful example of what Cartier-Bresson spoke.

Message edited by author 2007-02-18 19:44:06.
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02/13/2007 04:34:20 PM
Nicely imagined and well conveyed. Really great use fo the subject.
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02/13/2007 03:07:14 AM
maybe the wrong challenge but a wonderful image! I am taking a cardiopulmonary class right now and will share this image with my class. Well done.
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02/13/2007 12:09:55 AM
Amazing this isn't a reflection ... and an outstanding image in general. I didn't score it terribly well (5) since it didn't emote 'personification' to me (I still don't see the tie-in; an EKG-like image doesn't = human emotion or form IMO) but it is a captivating shot and deserves kudos for being captured. Congrats on the Top 10 placing.
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02/12/2007 09:16:24 PM
I have been trying to express myself in regards to this, but I don't have anything useful to say. 'I like it very much' will simply have to do. Cheers!
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02/12/2007 08:20:29 PM
Congrats on your top ten from one of your 6 voters. Just didn't have enough personification for me but it is a very appealing photo in it's own right I gotta say.
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02/12/2007 07:49:53 PM
Nice find. Congrats on the top 10.
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02/12/2007 05:43:05 PM
Simply magnificent.
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02/12/2007 05:22:50 PM
This is crazy! It took me a few times before I actually saw the trees in the snow! Great eye for see this! Congratulations on the top 10! Add to fav
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02/12/2007 04:08:40 PM
Wow. Great job seeing this. Even knowing it wasn't a reflection, it took me some time to get what I was looking at. Congrats on top 10!
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02/12/2007 02:09:33 PM
WOW ! When I first looked at this photo I thought it was an EKG print out... Great shot and the name matches it perfectly. Wish I could get a copy!! Nice JOB !!!!
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02/12/2007 12:52:38 PM
this is just freaking fantastic. no more words. just freaking fantastic.
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02/12/2007 08:43:33 AM
I need to do more U-turns. You got more 10s than the blue ribbon winner. You blew my mind when you said this wasn't a reflection. If I'da known that, I'da given you an 11.
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02/12/2007 07:08:59 AM
This is stunning! Keep it up.
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02/12/2007 07:04:55 AM
Seismic image. Beautiful.
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02/12/2007 05:49:20 AM
Not a reflection is the astonishing part. Really interesting image.
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02/12/2007 03:57:18 AM
MARVELOUS!!
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02/12/2007 03:51:45 AM
what a nice surprise for you to find this morning ;-)
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02/12/2007 02:34:42 AM
this is awesome, straight into favs. I thought this would ribbon too.
congrats on your top ten. this is one special image.
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02/12/2007 01:49:36 AM
should have ribboned
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02/12/2007 01:30:55 AM
By far my fav from the challenge... great eye for seeing this and relating it to this challenge.. Nicely done and congrats on the awesome placement :)
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02/12/2007 01:23:36 AM
Wow! Well seen, very well seen.
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02/12/2007 01:21:58 AM
geez you were not kidding when you said you had an image in this. You neglected to tell me it was a masterpiece.
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02/12/2007 12:54:03 AM
Fantastic job putting this together - congrats on the top ten finish.
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02/12/2007 12:34:14 AM
congrats....I love this one
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02/12/2007 12:17:36 AM
Great image. Simple, clean. Looks more like EEG (brain beat) rather than heart beat though. Love the border too!
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02/12/2007 12:16:22 AM
um...WOW! i'm glad to see this finish so high. if it was up to me, it would have ribboned. definitely my favorite shot in the challenge and not surprising that it comes from one of my favorite photographers on the site.
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02/12/2007 12:11:51 AM
Glad to see this in the top 10 as well.
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02/12/2007 12:11:18 AM
YAY!! Glad this did well. Just amazingly creative.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/11/2007 06:03:56 PM
this is such a wonderful shot....looks almost like a seismograph...what adds to it is how you framed it, by leaving the sides off...it is one of my favs
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02/11/2007 05:57:45 PM
This is my blue ribbon for the challenge. A very creative interpretation of the challenge, perfectly executed. 10
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02/11/2007 05:39:52 PM
Interesting idea, though to me it looks more like an audio waveform than an EKG tracing. This is one occasion when the asymmetrical border has an effective purpose.
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02/11/2007 04:34:45 PM
Excellent - 10
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02/11/2007 03:55:09 PM
Beautiful
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02/11/2007 12:56:37 PM
This is a fresh look at the subject. I like it!
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02/11/2007 08:32:30 AM
Unique interpretation of how to show personal qualitites. I like this one though!
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02/10/2007 08:44:50 PM
Now there's a truly original concept! Not fond of the thick borders, but the image itself is excellent, both in concept and technical execution - 9
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02/10/2007 06:23:49 PM
Very original
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02/10/2007 06:21:09 PM
very creative!
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02/10/2007 03:12:11 PM
clever idea and well done, but the border is a bit big for me.
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02/10/2007 02:57:30 PM
I think this is my favorite out of all of them. Pretty nice eye.
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02/09/2007 06:58:15 PM
Nice interpretation
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02/09/2007 01:50:21 PM
Can't wait to see if people comment on the border. I like this a lot - great interpretation.
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02/08/2007 03:54:46 PM
This is very smart! Hope that people get the idea :) 8
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02/08/2007 09:40:10 AM
Absolutely brilliant.
I wasn't going to vote or comment in this challenge, but i guess i have to now, thanks to you.
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02/07/2007 10:18:06 PM
The title helps it alot but at the same time from far away it could almost be mistaken for a signal graph!
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02/06/2007 10:51:31 PM
very, very cool!
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02/06/2007 04:46:55 PM
nice idea
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02/06/2007 02:43:12 PM
Amazing, I love this, hope it does well.
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02/06/2007 01:11:49 PM
beautifull
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02/06/2007 12:46:52 AM
This is so beautiful: I find the border a bit too heavy, but am not marking down for that...Superb minimalism shot too :-)9
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02/05/2007 11:24:05 PM
Very interesting. Could be like DNA also.
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02/05/2007 09:27:34 PM
Out of the box. I like this image very much. Hope you are not being trashed with DNMC...
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02/05/2007 06:18:32 PM
very interesting take on the subject
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02/05/2007 05:46:44 PM
Stared at this one for a while. Different. Simple. Yet complex. Love it. 9.
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02/05/2007 05:45:47 PM
This is my favorite - it stands alone as an interesting image and for the challenge, it's freakin' brilliant. Brilliant. I love your treatment of it too. Big hairy kudos and hats off and faved. 10
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02/05/2007 04:02:45 PM
Oh wow! Whilst this photo might not work in the challenge without the title to explain it, with the title it is amazing! It would also stand in its own right outside of the challenge. My congratulations for a really original concept executed so well.
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02/05/2007 03:37:47 PM
Wow, one of my favorites of this challenge. May get some DNMC, but I really like this - it certainly held my attention a lot longer than many of the other shots competing. The longer I look at this, the more I like it. Excellent, 10 for me and adding to my favorites.
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02/05/2007 02:25:27 PM
border is a little much
02/05/2007 11:53:06 AM
Absolutely stunning! Wonderful find, and a great eye to see this. Bravo!
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02/05/2007 11:37:29 AM
wow wow wow!!! this is so stunning....... this is a very unique take on the challenge theme, and in its simplicity and sparsity becomes an attractive and eye-catching subject. well done! i hope youse a winner, so here's a 10!
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02/05/2007 09:52:58 AM
I have to say that this is one of the most creative images and amazing fits to a challenge I have seen. May our minds be as fertile as yours.
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02/05/2007 09:32:51 AM
OH WOW - that is sooooo artfully thought out. Great idea.
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02/05/2007 09:09:59 AM
That's very cool.
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02/05/2007 08:19:45 AM
excellent.
*came back to make a fave:)*
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02/05/2007 04:34:34 AM
wow, im just more and more impressed as i look through this challenge, and yours is one of my favorites
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02/05/2007 01:54:13 AM
this is kinda cool actually, you should have dodged the sky more to give it a more pure white color but the overall feel does look like a heart beat. Well composed. 9
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02/05/2007 01:21:28 AM
This is a very clever interpretation of this challenge. 9
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02/05/2007 12:43:33 AM
woah, very cool!
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02/05/2007 12:41:16 AM
excellent image and title
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02/05/2007 12:33:33 AM
This is completely amazing.
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02/05/2007 12:18:18 AM
i like this a lot!!! at first glance, i thought it was tracing of sound waves in an audio recording. then i thought it was a reflection of trees on some absolutely still water... this is great!
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