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Challenge: Where's Waldo? III (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Places
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, VA
Date: Jun 20, 2007
Aperture: 1:5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125 second
Galleries: Rural, Water
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2007

I took a detour on my way home from speaking at the Highlands Regional Photo Club in Abingdon, VA and drove back on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a beautiful drive and I got some decent shots. I had visited Mabry Mill as a child, but hadn't been back in forever. It's such a pretty spot. I didn't even have to ask anyone to poke their head out the window - there was a constant parade of people, so I just snapped away specifically for this challenge. And then silently cursed everybody for getting in the way of the clean (unpopulated) shots I wanted! HA!

Created HDR image from single original. Straightened the horizon. Gothic Glow filter. Separate layer for the water and worked on the color. A little dodge/burn. Levels. Selective/Replace color on lilies to increase saturation and then sponge brush on stones (overflow from increased saturation). Resize, sharpen, & save for Web.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 150
Avg (all users): 6.8782
Avg (commenters): 7.5152
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 7.0360
Views since voting: 2481
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 197
Comments: 51
Favorites: 5 (view)


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07/21/2008 08:15:54 PM
I put this on my favorites because we found a large framed photo of the mill when we were going throught Clint's mom's stuff - it was taken in 1969 and it was his dad's favorite picture. Its all faded and brown now. I see you put it as your Places photo.
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08/20/2007 10:48:07 PM
Jimmy, I can't believe I didn't notice this one before. Those greens are simply intense! I need to try the gothic glow plug in. This is a gorgeous piece in and out of the contest.
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07/04/2007 02:52:48 PM
Had to go back to find Waldo in this lovely and restful image. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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07/02/2007 06:42:34 PM
Sweet post processing! good placing!
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07/02/2007 02:22:26 PM
Awesome job Jimmy! Many Congratulations on your top 10!
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07/02/2007 02:03:56 PM
Beautiful! Straight out of a fairy tale. Big congrats on 6th place.
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07/02/2007 01:50:08 PM
What a beautiful place! I really like what you have done to it! Great work!
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07/02/2007 07:54:57 AM
beautiful.
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07/02/2007 06:13:27 AM
Jimmy, this photo is wonderful!!! Congrats dude!!
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07/02/2007 04:56:08 AM
A spectacular image, Jimmmy! Congrats on 6th!
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07/02/2007 01:02:13 AM
Congtratulations on the top 10 finish and a beautiful image, man!
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07/02/2007 12:59:53 AM
Jimmy!!! Wow! Mega Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/01/2007 11:56:08 PM
Verdant! Nice! :)
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07/01/2007 08:26:43 AM
Nice image
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06/30/2007 09:08:55 PM
Great colors
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06/30/2007 08:51:58 PM
very lovely, there seems to be something missing.. but none the less a beautiful photo
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06/30/2007 05:31:26 PM
Lovely, lovely scene. Perhaps a bit TOO saturated on the green, but it looks like a great place to spend a peaceful summer afternoon.
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06/30/2007 09:36:14 AM
I love the vibrant greens... your post-processing is amazing! Superb image.
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06/30/2007 03:13:30 AM
In the mill window
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06/29/2007 11:27:40 AM
Very good of Waldo and the scene, nice colors.
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06/29/2007 12:36:52 AM
One of the most photogenic places around!
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06/29/2007 12:12:16 AM
That's cool - it's like you are blending in with the wood. Interesting processing. Looks like a vibrant water color painting.
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06/28/2007 07:06:24 PM
Beautiful photo! Gorgeous colors! Adding to my faves.
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06/28/2007 01:48:33 PM
beautiful green!
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06/28/2007 01:17:20 AM
Oh how pretty. This is beautifully composed and the colors are so vibrant. A couple of extremely nitpicky things I think would make this better for me... (and these aren't anything you could have done I know) is if those swans there were more toward the middle of that water and if the wheel was spinning with water going. Like I said those aren't things that were under your control so I'm not docking you for it I just think it would've been cool. Oh... Waldo is in the window btw. 10 and a fave...
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06/27/2007 08:45:39 PM
It is so mesmerizing I forgot to looks for Waldo! 9
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06/27/2007 07:13:28 PM
Love the saturated greens. Nice work!
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06/27/2007 01:31:11 PM
Very nice crisp clean image (I can almost taste the fresh air) I can see Waldo but glad that he (or is it a she) is nicely integrated into the shot rather than being a hidden add-on
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06/26/2007 10:02:37 PM
I have a painting that looks almost exactly like this; except, your photo is far better than the painting I picked up for a few bucks with a bunch of other paintings at an auction. Anyway, I like your photo and its nicely done.
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06/26/2007 03:22:01 PM
Wow, very saturated greens. I like how you hid Waldo too.
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06/26/2007 03:13:24 PM
The greens are way too bright, I think, and detract from the overal effective of the shot because they distract away from the mill.
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06/26/2007 01:46:46 PM
I loved the colors in this when I first saw it; it's a wonderful shot, with great greys in the building, reds on the wheel, and greens dominating the rest of the image (blue green in the water, plant greens everywhere else). Waldo was easily found, but that means little to me when the image is as strong as this one is.
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06/26/2007 01:23:39 PM
wow this is beautiful...how did you make it look like that?!
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06/26/2007 12:07:31 PM
beautiful scenery! the green is a tad too powerful, IMO.
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06/26/2007 09:33:25 AM
is that a person looking out the left window?
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06/26/2007 07:15:38 AM
Beautiful composition, and nicely sited 'Wally/Waldo', but for me let down a little by the ultra heavily saturated greens.
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06/25/2007 08:29:48 PM
Stunning photograph and it took me about 2.5 minutes to find your Waldo (I may be a bit blind). For those reasons you get a 10.
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06/25/2007 08:00:07 PM
very pretty vibrant colors! might have been nice if your waldo had on a splash of color amongst all the green.
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06/25/2007 06:08:36 PM
What a beautiful, serene image. I just love the colors and stillness of the water. Great job with "Waldo" peeking out.
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06/25/2007 05:56:22 PM
Fantastic! Besides meeting challenge well, you make it look as if I'm looking through a window instead of a picture. Well done and a favorite.
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06/25/2007 05:36:33 PM
right in my 7 pile
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06/25/2007 03:05:10 PM
nice shot the color is great
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06/25/2007 01:07:31 PM
What a wonderful location ! the shot is a little over processed for my personal tastes, but a great looking place and nice crop.
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06/25/2007 10:22:50 AM
beautiful photo,8
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06/25/2007 09:18:24 AM
This looks just like a postcard. Man - what a beautiful spot. Heh - I see the guy with the hat. ;~D
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06/25/2007 09:10:06 AM
Lovely shot. Just the right amount of color and saturation. Composition is right on the money also. Nice work.
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06/25/2007 08:29:39 AM
Love this shot. Unreal.
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06/25/2007 08:21:24 AM
Beautiful..
Minus the person and it would make a good pstcard 9
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06/25/2007 04:23:26 AM
nice mood here, though the greens are oversaturated and you got slight pixelation in trees and bushes
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06/25/2007 01:18:54 AM
very nice shot! Great composition
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06/25/2007 12:07:12 AM
a lovely setting, buta little oversaturated for me. i do like saturation, but this looks a little plastic...6
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