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2nd PlaceRiver of Mist
dsidwell


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Challenge: The Four Elements (Advanced Editing I)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Yellowstone National Park
Date: Feb 9, 2004
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 15, 2004

I am lucky enough to live in a place that is a few hours from some of the most spectacular places on earth. All Utah national parks, many Idaho and Colorado national parks, and Yellowstone are in this category. Thanks be to God for such wondrous places!

This photo was taken in Yellowstone National Park near sunset. The mist in the river is nearly always there due to the geothermal actions of the geyser basin. In fact, the water comes from such a hot pool/geyser.

I'm not sure why (but someday I'll figure it out), but this photo had considerable grain in it that was difficult to remove. I don't care for most grain removal software, so I had to do a great amount of spot editing to select an area, and apply blur or a dust & scratches filter. I also smudged the clouds at 15%, following their natural contours. There is still a great amount of grain in the snow, which proved too subtle to be blurred or manipulated. Were you to look at the large image (not the web version), it would be very easy to see. This image also required adding some contrast, and fiddling with levels a few dozen times. Enjoy! I'm sure I'll be enjoying yours!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 139
Avg (all users): 7.7378
Avg (commenters): 8.3226
Avg (participants): 7.3793
Avg (non-participants): 8.1429
Views since voting: 8286
Votes: 164
Comments: 60
Favorites: 36 (view)


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03/02/2007 05:41:18 AM
Great Composition and scene, Did you use some SMART BLUR filter on this shot?
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01/08/2007 12:55:01 PM
Incredibly beautiful!
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06/17/2005 12:21:42 PM
Terrific. Love the angle from which you shot it. Beautiful focus and contrast. The image couldn't be more perfect.
03/02/2004 04:25:05 AM
that's absolutely beautiful! Well done
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02/29/2004 01:18:16 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! That's a very nice photograph!!
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02/27/2004 03:52:52 AM
A beautiful image and almost looks as if someone has painted this
Well deserved ribbon
Congratulations!
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02/24/2004 10:44:09 PM
Dont be so hard on yourself! This photo is fantastic.
Greg
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02/24/2004 08:44:50 AM
Originally posted by dsidwell:

I'm not sure why (but someday I'll figure it out), but this photo had considerable grain in it that was difficult to remove.


Just curious if this has anything to do with the 1/320 shutter speed. f8 seems to have been large enough to let in light, I am wondering if 320 is too much. - Just a thought from someone who really doesn't know for sure. :)
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02/23/2004 08:01:01 PM
This was one of my favorites.
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02/23/2004 06:57:52 PM
You are the man.... great shot.... Congrats!!!
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02/23/2004 11:47:54 AM
Another incredible work of art!!
Congratulations on the win Dsidwell!!
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02/23/2004 11:40:54 AM
great photo David
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02/23/2004 10:09:33 AM
congrats. you have been on a roll, my man! : )
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02/23/2004 09:17:59 AM
Beautiful! I love the softness of this! Congratulations!
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02/23/2004 08:44:50 AM
Very very nice! This is beautiful and I hope to someday see this place. Thank you for sharing with us and congrats on a well deserved ribbon.
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02/23/2004 07:54:31 AM
congrats on yet another ribbon! Bit soft for my tastes but amazing scene!
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02/23/2004 06:45:29 AM
This is awesome. Beautiful shot and wonderful composition. Even if I live in the same place where you live and Ihave the same camera as ou do, I still wouldn't be able to capture a scene like this. You have an eye for beauty. Great shot!
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02/23/2004 06:27:37 AM
Hi, David,
I somehow missed this picture on the first time through. It's beautiful; congratulations on another ribbon.
Dave
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02/23/2004 06:24:07 AM
We just can`t dislodge you from that front page ! :-)

Magnificent piece of work that I felt was far superior to mine and deserved the blue.

Well done.
Gordon
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02/23/2004 06:14:57 AM
Another gem from the master.
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02/23/2004 05:14:48 AM
Congrats David.
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02/23/2004 04:09:24 AM
Congratulation again, David for another win...
Nice job!!! well deserved
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02/23/2004 12:55:32 AM
Originally posted by JasonPR:

Again David...come on, give everyone else a chance! :)
This is a great image. I'd be curious to see the original grainy image because I wasn't a big fan of some of the blurring on this. It looked a little too unnatural to me and I find myself becoming a fan of grain lately. Also, what's going on with the hints of green and red in the snow? Did you do that in post-processing. Well, I sound picky now...
I gave this a 10 and still would it's just interesting to see the choices people make in editing based on the original.
PS. Wish I lived where you live!


Yeah, it could be I'm hypersensitive to grain these days, but there is a place for it, and I've used it in other contexts. And there's hints of green and red in the snow? (I'm colorblind, you know!). This image mostly required the noise removal in the sky, and the dodging of the mist to make it stand out as much as it seemed to do when I was there. I do like the weird look to it though. The feeling I get from it is very much as I remember it.
02/23/2004 12:53:38 AM
Great shot,congratulations.
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02/23/2004 12:38:54 AM
Again David...come on, give everyone else a chance! :)
This is a great image. I'd be curious to see the original grainy image because I wasn't a big fan of some of the blurring on this. It looked a little too unnatural to me and I find myself becoming a fan of grain lately. Also, what's going on with the hints of green and red in the snow? Did you do that in post-processing. Well, I sound picky now...
I gave this a 10 and still would it's just interesting to see the choices people make in editing based on the original.
PS. Wish I lived where you live!
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02/23/2004 12:06:43 AM
congrats again david! fantastic image!
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02/23/2004 12:05:50 AM
Hey you're right! Those trees ARE crooked! I wonder why. That's a pool at the horizon level, so it is level. Hmmm. Thanks for the votes! Keep on inspiring me!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/22/2004 10:29:37 PM
IMHO this looks over neatimaged... Sorry if I'm wrong. Also, all your trees are growing to the right. Must be pretty windy here!
TC
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02/22/2004 08:31:55 PM
Almost a surreal quality to this. I think a smaller border would have made this perfect.
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02/22/2004 08:25:57 PM
Ooooh....makes me cold just looking at this. Nice job.
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02/22/2004 10:00:44 AM
Now that is beautiful. Great shot.
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02/21/2004 06:49:30 PM
Very nice exposure and focus. Composition is ok. Nice color. Good luck!
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02/20/2004 07:14:25 PM
Beautiful subject but the shot looks a little over-treated to me. The trees are unsually off-vertical which suggests that this is either a skewed shot of a slope or it's a very windy place?
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02/20/2004 06:39:18 PM
This is stunning! It makes me want to be standing right there taking it all in! Great color and focus! Wonderful!
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02/20/2004 05:48:28 PM
lovely photo 10
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02/20/2004 04:55:25 PM
:ooks like Ice cream,10 !
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02/20/2004 02:25:31 PM
Great photo!
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02/19/2004 05:12:31 PM
Exellent...
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02/19/2004 03:43:48 PM
my favourite image of this challenge, very sharp and great dof (10)
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02/18/2004 09:55:55 PM
Beautiful shot. Chilling, but beautiful!
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02/18/2004 06:21:25 PM
nicely exposed and executed!
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02/18/2004 04:20:31 PM
wow, seems so surreal. Nice capture, must be cold where you live!
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02/18/2004 02:24:43 AM
Beautiful Shot! I love the feel of the elements.
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02/17/2004 10:23:58 PM
I see 3 out of 4 here. Water, Earth and air. Great capture. I like the feeling of movement. 9
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02/17/2004 09:55:13 PM
Gorgeous!
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02/17/2004 09:04:41 PM
Beautiful shot. What a great photo. 9
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02/17/2004 05:20:47 PM
Very nice.
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02/17/2004 03:57:00 PM
Beautiful!! 10
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02/17/2004 09:51:33 AM
Beautiful image. Lighting and composition excellent. The fog and clouds adds much interest to the image. A curiosity is that the trees are not strait up and down when everything else in the image appears level.
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02/16/2004 11:51:08 PM
Outstanding. You have succeeded in making snow look appealing as well as pristine. 10
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02/16/2004 08:30:50 PM
I just love the feel of this photo. I'm eager to see what was done in the digital darkroom for this, if anything at all. Well done and good luck!
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02/16/2004 07:15:12 PM
Not crazy about the filters used. Love the contrast, good luck.
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02/16/2004 05:08:47 PM
Breathtaking shot!
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02/16/2004 10:49:34 AM
beautiful image!
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02/16/2004 10:37:23 AM
Superb composition...very well captured.
great work
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02/16/2004 06:13:10 AM
whatever tool that is (despeckle?), it works in this shot. i like the way the trees are looking..
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02/16/2004 03:08:16 AM
nice use of leading lines. great shot.
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02/16/2004 02:51:10 AM
A very beautiful photo. Good job.
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02/16/2004 01:07:12 AM
The mist effect is amazing, and the soft curves of the ice makes this an attractive image.
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02/16/2004 01:04:42 AM
dreamy and COLD!
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