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Challenge: Trees (Minimal Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Concord Ca
Date: Feb 20, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Rural, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2007

sharpen. resize. sharpen.
Setup: I used a graduated ND upside down hand held to darken the foreground as there is a road with streetlights, and I set the white balance to tungsten and focused on the moon and left the lens open at 2.8.
I had too many options, I hope this was the best...
Post Challenge: WooHoo!! A ribbon and a PB!!!! I am ecstatic!! Thanks for all the comments, I have some outtakes up on my profile :). The bright "star" by the horizon is actually Venus. I may now return to my normal life as this is my highest finishing week on DPC! :D

As a side note to my two shots this week, one is a self portrait, and this shot is a few minutes from my house. I never would have taken either of these shots if I hadn't participated in the 30 Day Where I Live and Self Portrait challenges. IMO I learned more about my equipment and lighting and PP doing these then I do in challenges and most forum posts. I recommend doing these 30 Days atleast once, you won't regret it.

This photo was selected as the Kodak Picture of the Day for April 13, 2007 :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 287
Avg (all users): 7.5638
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 7.3396
Avg (non-participants): 7.8537
Views since voting: 14160
Views during voting: 448
Votes: 188
Comments: 72
Favorites: 30 (view)


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07/08/2007 03:47:01 PM
Perhaps because of its simplicity, the way it has so beautifully pared the landscape down,this photo is one that has stayed with me in my mind. Occasionally when I am travelling at dusk I find myself looking to see if I can find my own version of it!
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03/08/2007 10:10:16 AM
Congrats, Joe! My personal best is almost as old as yours was, so I can well appreciate how nice it must be to top it. And a ribbon to boot. :)

I couldn't agree more with you about the Where You Live challenge, too.
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03/06/2007 10:53:44 PM
I loved this shot immediately, well deserved ribbon. Congratulaions!
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03/06/2007 10:15:21 PM
Every time I see the front page this pictures just stands out to me. This spring I will be getting an SLR and can't wait to try out night photography for myself. Great Insiration!
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03/06/2007 12:54:23 AM
VERY nice shot.
i dont know how to submit photo. please help me if ypu know.
thanks.
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03/06/2007 12:41:22 AM
Woo hoo.. yet another ribbon... and well deserved in this one too, the lighting is pretty cool.. (i havent figured out how to get stars yet..but tis a goal)

congratulations on a beautiful shot :)
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03/05/2007 12:45:47 AM
you made the right choice picking this one.
congrats!
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03/02/2007 08:43:36 PM
Congrats on the red ribbon! Excellent image!!
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03/02/2007 02:15:47 PM
Well done, congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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03/02/2007 12:21:03 PM
You make us proud! Congrats on the red. I agree about the 30 day challenge - I've learned a ton from all you guys as well as from my own experimentations. This is a beautiful shot - I gave it a 10.
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03/02/2007 10:46:13 AM
Well done, JOe. Congratulations on your personal best and your bright, shiny new ribbon.
Alice
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03/02/2007 09:00:33 AM
Very nice image, I really like the outline of the hill and how you frame the photo with the trees at the right with the background light coming into the image from the right. The little bright spot just above the hill line to the left is a bit distracting but otherwise the photo couldn't be better imo. Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/02/2007 08:52:05 AM
Awesome job Joe! Congratulations on the Ribbon.
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03/02/2007 08:27:53 AM
Congratulations!!! It's a brilliant shot! :)

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03/02/2007 06:55:24 AM
Nice shot. Congrats!
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03/02/2007 06:47:02 AM
great shot, Joe!
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03/02/2007 06:36:32 AM
amazing photograph and an excellent score ... congratulations on your PB .. totally agree about the 30 day project ... its been a blast and i've learnt heaps too ...
there's a minimal editing challenge starting on the 9th ... which i'm sure will be a great way to learn more about my camera ... great contact with other dpc ppl as well .....
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03/02/2007 05:04:27 AM
stunning photo! this was so going to be a ribbon. Great title too.
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03/02/2007 04:15:07 AM
Spectacular! Congrats Joe.
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03/02/2007 03:59:49 AM
Great work, Joe! Congrats on the red! I agree about the 30 day challenges too!
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03/02/2007 03:51:25 AM
you guys are good, trees are a very difficult subject, i shot for about 3 days in previous tree challenge and came up with zilch.
congrats, great photo.
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03/02/2007 03:25:40 AM
Congrats on your red, Joe, great work!
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03/02/2007 03:02:33 AM
Congrats for the red, Joe!
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03/02/2007 02:00:24 AM
Originally posted by hotpasta:

a contender for a ribbon in my view...HAS to be...superb, a 9 from me


gald you won a red...well done, superb image
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03/02/2007 01:53:47 AM
Congrat's for the ribbon.great shot
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03/02/2007 01:23:24 AM
NIce work JOe. Congrats on your PB and a throughly delightful image.
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03/02/2007 01:19:41 AM
Fantastic shot Joe. Congrats on the ribbon.
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03/02/2007 12:55:47 AM
WAY TO GO JOE!!!!
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03/02/2007 12:41:41 AM
Congrats!! This is beautiful! :o)
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03/02/2007 12:35:52 AM
Oh boy someone just snapped out of their funk and is starting to streak. Where do you people find such serene scenes? I swear you planted those. :P
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03/02/2007 12:29:00 AM
A challenge like this shows your real skills. Huge congratulations on an excellent image.
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03/02/2007 12:19:33 AM
Wonderfully captured. I like the variations in your portfolio as well, especially The Stargazers8.
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03/02/2007 12:12:49 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon! I liked this image a lot! :)
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03/02/2007 12:10:10 AM
Congrats, Joe! Very well deserved!
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03/02/2007 12:08:55 AM
Nice one Joe!!!

Congrats on the ribbon !
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03/02/2007 12:07:17 AM
you dog, i knew this was a ribboner!
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03/02/2007 12:07:12 AM
Joe! This is FABULOUS!!!!! Wow! MEGA CONGRATULATIONS!! That is AMAZING for minimal editing! You totally rock!

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03/02/2007 12:04:42 AM
Congrats, Joe!
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03/02/2007 12:04:20 AM
Great shot, Joe! Congrats on your Ribbon!
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03/02/2007 12:03:23 AM
You chose good Joe. This is outstanding!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2007 11:43:39 PM
Ten from me.
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03/01/2007 08:06:41 PM
Beautiful shot. Great idea, love the trees on the horizon and your title puts it all together. Sky is beautiful and composition is right on. Nice work.
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03/01/2007 03:05:53 AM
Very nice and simple composition
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02/28/2007 10:02:26 PM
This is really superb for straight from camera. Sure, it would be nice to fix the blown celestial object on the left, but you are getting a great score from me for the beautiful stars, motion in the curve of the hill, and great composition with the trees. I also like that you took a risk with 4 trees instead of the magical 3 that is supposed to be used for everything, LOL.
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02/28/2007 11:34:50 AM
Love the right tree. looks like it's reaching out to the others. great composition
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02/27/2007 11:18:27 PM
Very cool shot.
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02/27/2007 01:59:52 PM
Very pretty!
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02/27/2007 08:50:08 AM
Lovely composition - the curve of the silhouetted hill and the not quite even spacing of the four trees and the way they balance with the placement of the moon - all work really well together. Love the colour and detail in the sky too.
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02/26/2007 11:30:13 PM
awesome capture............8
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02/26/2007 07:43:46 PM
Very nice rendition of the night sky with some oaks. Not sure how I feel about the moon but its an awesome pic regardless. Good luck. Strongest entry in the challenge.
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02/25/2007 08:10:20 PM
Lovely scene. The early evening light is so nice.
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02/25/2007 12:34:00 PM
beautiful scenery, nice moody colors
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02/24/2007 10:06:41 PM
Very Very Nice Photograph.
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02/24/2007 05:26:24 PM
Beautiful Beautiful Image!
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02/24/2007 03:25:53 PM
love it
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02/24/2007 12:44:21 PM
Now this is GREAT! Something from a fairytale, Nice Job!
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02/24/2007 11:42:05 AM
Nice colors and composition
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02/24/2007 09:26:38 AM
RIBBON for sure. Wonderful composition. star, moon , and the landscape. Wow
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02/24/2007 03:30:39 AM
Just wonderful!
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02/23/2007 11:58:53 PM
very nice
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02/23/2007 06:44:31 PM
Gorgeous shot and so well composed, great work
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02/23/2007 05:16:22 PM
Wonderful lighting, color and composition!
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02/23/2007 03:51:06 PM
great shot! love the curving lines of the horizon.
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02/23/2007 02:58:10 PM
I wonder is this Joe Dannels' photo? Sure looks like his amazing style. Beautiful!
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02/23/2007 10:04:36 AM
WOW. Love this. Certainly not going to offer any kind of critique on it - I could not have done as well. Very nicely done though, I just like everything about it. It has "mood".
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02/23/2007 09:58:27 AM
woooowww
fantastic shot.
*add to fav*
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02/23/2007 07:50:48 AM
Elegant curve and simple colouring make this stand out. 8.
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02/23/2007 04:45:18 AM
Well done by going the extra step - I appreciate it and I hope it shows in your final score - Hope this ribbons. Very well done on minimal editing too - 10
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02/23/2007 01:17:51 AM
Lovely and simple. The slope of the hill adds a nice bit of curvature.
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02/23/2007 12:54:59 AM
Amazing! 10
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02/23/2007 12:51:27 AM
a contender for a ribbon in my view...HAS to be...superb, a 9 from me
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02/23/2007 12:47:29 AM
Beautiful sky!
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