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Calm
JustinM


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Rivers & Streams (Advanced Editing VI ("Time Lapse"))
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Nashwauk, Minnesota
Date: Jan 11, 2008
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 100
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2008

This is the same location as a few other entries I put on here. It's nestled down in the trees and especially during winter it is so calm and still, especially after a new snow. There is just enough current however that it remains unfrozen all winter. Even with sub-zero temperatures.

Processing:
-This is an HDRi made from 6 bracketed exposures, created and tonemapped in Photomatix. In Photoshop then I desaturated a bit to make it look more realistic. The snow didn't turn out white from photomatix so I pasted in one of the 6 photos where the snow was exposed for the white and masked it into the tonemapped image. The last step was to use levels to darken the blacks of the image. Then resize, USM, border, Save for web.

I don't really like the small amount of halos around the tops of the trees but I didn't quite know how to get rid of them. I also didn't want an "over-processed" look if I was to use an HDR method. In the end then I'm fairly pleased with this photograph.

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Place: 15 out of 208
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01/29/2008 02:36:34 PM
Your picture is definitely well done, of course the halos are a problem but get rid of those and it will be top notch!
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01/22/2008 06:16:57 PM
to get rid of halos in photoshop you can use the clone tool in darken mode so it will only effect the sky and not the branches. use a largeish brush at a low opacity and you can get a really good result very quickly. of course you could also clone it onto a new layer so its non destructive as well...
congrats on a beautiful image
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2008 11:13:46 PM
Coming back around to look at this photo again, I really like it. I think it would look nice if the snow were a bit darker.
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01/20/2008 03:54:04 PM
Cool blue
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01/20/2008 03:20:46 PM
Love the symmetry and reflections. beautiful image.
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01/20/2008 10:13:32 AM
Amazing, still reflection... well done!!!
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01/19/2008 03:38:37 PM
Very pretty. The details are barely distinguishable in the snow, but otherwise a very well done shot.
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01/19/2008 02:36:30 PM
Looks, or feels, like the horizon tilts to the right.
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01/18/2008 09:18:47 PM
Lovely glasslike water with very sharp reflections. Nicely composed with such a strong leading line.
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01/18/2008 09:14:43 PM
Stunning reflections. Blue tones are wondersul and I love the curves of the shoreline, covered in snow.
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01/18/2008 10:22:20 AM
Lovely tranquil scene. 7.
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01/17/2008 10:02:01 PM
Great reflections
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01/17/2008 02:54:23 PM
Very mellow and relaxing.
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01/16/2008 09:29:19 PM
Love the glass on the water.
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01/16/2008 03:52:53 AM
The sky and water look as though there was a nasty bit of burning done, resulting in some weird halos around the trees but otherwise I like it.
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01/15/2008 11:01:06 PM
Great reflections, the contrast between snow/water is also nice.
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01/15/2008 10:20:24 PM
Beautful
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01/14/2008 03:01:31 PM
Great winter shot. Love the reflections and the blues. Nice work.
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01/14/2008 12:00:02 PM
very nice 8
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01/14/2008 11:35:38 AM
The stillness really makes this shot. Good job.
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01/14/2008 10:33:32 AM
This is beautifully serene. Love it.
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01/14/2008 07:52:18 AM
The trees have a sort of halo, is this HDR?
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01/14/2008 02:56:20 AM
Very nice... and yes calm.
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