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Challenge: Landscape III (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: San Diego (Carlsbad flower fields)
Date: Apr 15, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2007

The best thing about DPC is it gets me out to do things I've never done before. I've lived in San Diego for 20 years, but this is the first time I'd ever gone to the flower fields and actually got out of the car and walked around. Amazing!

btw, the flowers are ranunculas.

Post challenge:

I'm amazed so many people commented that the horizon was tilted. It's actually a hillside, and if I'd straightened the horizon, the building and trees at the top of the hill would have been tilted strongly to the left, but whatever.

The only processing on the image was to darken the clouds a bit and clone out an outhouse. The flowers are straight out of the camera. It was taken at sunset on a cloudy day. The sun dropped below the clouds for a few minutes before the sun set, and there you have it.

btw, I agree with the DOF comments. I have other shots with a shorter lens and deeper DOF, but I entered this one because the colors were so spectacular. Bad choice on my part, probably.

Statistics
Place: 195 out of 308
Avg (all users): 5.3858
Avg (commenters): 4.7917
Avg (participants): 5.2198
Avg (non-participants): 5.4785
Views since voting: 618
Views during voting: 411
Votes: 254
Comments: 29
Favorites: 1 (view)


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09/09/2007 11:59:57 AM
I love the vast range of the colors and the way each strip of color layer is layered with different focuses. Beautiful image!
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04/25/2007 05:56:02 PM
Ranunculas are showy plants and it that number they are guaranteed to excite. Nice location.
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04/25/2007 05:52:17 PM
I guess if you were on a slope then taking it from a different perspective, or one without the buildings so that when "straightened" it would look normal.

The other thing after looking at it again is that it needs a lot more DOF, maybe a shorter lens too.

Still like the shot though. Nice work.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2007 08:49:24 PM
this is a little blurred
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04/24/2007 08:09:01 PM
The range of colors are beautiful, but none of the flowers are actually in focus - the whole image looks slightly blurred.
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04/24/2007 06:06:35 PM
Love the colors and pretty good play with DOF too, gave it a 7.
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04/24/2007 03:23:20 PM
Why not a straight horizon. This is falling of my screen... (and the background could be a little sharper).
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04/24/2007 08:56:43 AM
I think this could have benefitted from a greater DOF.
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04/24/2007 04:54:31 AM
The pshop blur on the background doesn't do it for me. Neither does the colour saturation or altering, something looks off. Otherwise a gorgeous location and shot.
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04/23/2007 11:52:16 PM
Great colors. Eye-catching composition, except that I don't see the point of the tilt for this shot. (don't mind me, I'm rather anti-tilt overall). Perhaps a wee bit overprocessed, but it IS expert editing, after all.
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04/23/2007 09:37:17 PM
Nice. But the building in the distance really takes away from the photo. 3
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04/22/2007 11:23:00 PM
Now that's what I call a field of flowers.
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04/22/2007 12:41:00 PM
oooh, wish the DOF were bigger. Great idea! I like that the center is in focus, just wish ALL the flowers were. Great colors.
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04/22/2007 11:42:29 AM
Check the tutorial to straighten horizons. I think it would make this look more better. Colorful flowers though.
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04/22/2007 10:20:58 AM
Great color but I think the focus is in the wrong place.
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04/22/2007 03:18:42 AM
very colorful but more depth of field might make it a stronger image.
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04/21/2007 07:22:12 PM
Good shot.
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04/21/2007 04:36:27 PM
Did you spill paint on this photo? 1
04/20/2007 07:52:16 PM
too shallow depth of field. Foreground and background are out of focus. I'd like to see the entire field in focus, or at least include the full foreground
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04/19/2007 11:44:58 PM
Why the tilted horizon?
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04/19/2007 06:05:22 PM
If this didn't appear so tilted to me it would be an 8 or 9.
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04/19/2007 04:55:00 PM
Must have been very windy. The horizon should be straight or very crooked, imho.
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04/19/2007 03:12:31 PM
Bad horizon line
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04/19/2007 02:38:26 PM
Lovely! The colors are absolutely perfect. A great perspective. I wonder where this is taken....
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04/19/2007 10:15:04 AM
Eye-catching. A nice alternate take might be to leave out the sky entirely.
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04/18/2007 06:17:21 PM
Lovely hillside of flowers. I find the soft focus not to my taste. The light seems rather flat, perhaps shooting at a different time of day (if possible) would have added more depth to the shot. Compositionally, to me, it seems out of balance with buildings on the left at the top of the slope and nothing but sky a a little tree on the right overemphasizing the slant of the hill.
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04/18/2007 01:40:44 PM
While the color is good, the limited DOF and tilted horizon really throw me off, sorry.
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04/18/2007 10:06:35 AM
Not sure about your choice of depth of field here. It just seems rather random to have some of the flowers in the center in focus, while everything else is blurred. The tilting doesn't really add to it either, I'm afraid.
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04/18/2007 12:17:01 AM
Very nice colour variation, and well emphasized by the monotone sky.
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