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The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep
The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep

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Challenge: Where's Waldo? III (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge Photos
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Rainbow Trail, Colorado
Date: Jun 24, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2007

This was taken near Bauman Reservoir, off the Rainbow Trail above Hillside, Colorado. This is at approximately 8500 feet altitude. The trail goes on up to 10,000 or 11,000 feet of altitude. "Waldo" is hiding behind a tree, but you can see his camera and his shoulder. I straightened the image, cropped, adjusted curves, hue/saturation, color balance, levels, sharpened, and saved for web.

Place: 129 out of 150
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07/05/2007 11:01:40 PM
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A little flat. I'd be curious what focal length was used here. With a wider shot it would give a more expansive feeling to this. Another approach would be to try to think in terms of layers for this type of shot. Get something in the foreground, mid-ground, and background to create depth. If you were to reposition the camera to create a visual line through the shot, either with the path or using the trees it would stronger as well.

From your description you mention that the trail keeps going up. Why not incorporate that feeling into the picture by getting a shot where the trail goes up a lot?


Tough lighting to shoot for. Quick, easiest and safest bet is to expose for the trees. Aiming for an area of trees with more consistent lighting would help as well. Generally with trees you underexpose by about -2/3 of a stop because vegetation tends to be fairly reflective. A circular polarizer of a graduated ND filter would also help get the sky exposed correctly while allowing you to expose the trees properly.

Color: Overall I'd say its pretty good. The colors are rich and well saturated with a fair bit of variety. (yes there's lots of green but lots of variations on green)

The challenge: For this challenge, Waldo is best to be in plain view but blended into the background. I like that you didn't place Waldo too far back in the scene however hiding him behind a tree just doesn't work for me. To be honest I wouldn't worry about that too much though. For this challenge a lot of shots included people in ways you would never want to do and would likely compose for or photoshop out after the fact.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/30/2007 05:20:45 PM
This feels tilted but there isn't anough perspective to tell if you were on a hill or had your camera tilted. Found Waldo, though.
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06/30/2007 03:10:15 AM
Behind the tree
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06/29/2007 01:46:52 PM
Behind the tree!
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06/29/2007 01:17:57 PM
I haven't found Waldo yet, but I'm sure he's there...a nice shot of the woods. Nice and sharp, good colors. The light is pretty harsh, though, and the focus point seems to be the bright patch of dirt in the lower center.
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06/29/2007 12:15:23 AM
I see you hiding behind the tree. But man the slant to the pic is throwing me off balance lol.
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06/28/2007 11:49:20 PM
Woods look kinda bright to me.
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06/28/2007 09:19:26 PM
Behind the tree :)
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06/27/2007 08:17:59 PM
Found him! Nice work, cool greens :)
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06/27/2007 04:16:01 PM
Interesting, and the harsh light and shadows help keep Waldo hidden. I would love to go for a walk through these woods (good title, by the way).
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06/27/2007 12:06:30 PM
very well hidden! The colors and the lighting are not very interesting though... It might have been neat either to see this in black and white, or possibly at a different time of day, when the shadows weren't quite as harsh... although the shadows do help camaflauge the Waldo better. GOod shot! :)
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06/27/2007 03:29:53 AM
Well any picture that quotes one of my favourite poems has got to be OK, although (a bit unfairly) I cant help thinking of the poems title which is stopping by woods on a SNOWY evening. One of a few very nice forest shots in the challenge and yes I did spot Waldo in their black and white wtriped top

Good shot
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06/26/2007 02:47:50 PM
See ya! I think altering the composition just a bit so that the 'bare' spot was more to the left (or right, just not centered) would make this a bit stronger, photographically. good work with a tricky exposure situation
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06/26/2007 10:05:03 AM
the white gives it away
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06/26/2007 09:55:56 AM
well it isn't that darl, this may ahve had more punch at sunset or sunrise :)
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06/25/2007 09:11:18 PM
person behind second large tree from the left.
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06/25/2007 09:32:32 AM
And I have miles to go and then I go blind. ;~D Good thing I have on reading glasses. LOL
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06/25/2007 08:09:20 AM
I see them!!
More of a snapshot type photo though
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