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Challenge: Chaos (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Satu Mare, Romania
Date: Apr 3, 2004
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.00625
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2004

This tree is a landmark in my city. It's a verry old tree and people are continously amazed of it's chaotic shape it's supose to be a normal weeping willow. These things usualy don't grow so chaotic. Not much editing just made it sepia and a bit of curves.

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Place: 1 out of 85
Avg (all users): 6.7095
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.2982
Avg (non-participants): 6.9016
Views since voting: 7539
Votes: 179
Comments: 38
Favorites: 8 (view)


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04/17/2004 10:48:55 AM
Thank you Michael it's not any roots or brush or anything, it's a tree as I mentioned in the descrption, and it's a huge one so I really had no other background option than the verry bright sky that whas available that day. It's beyound me why it grew like this, I'm not sure if everyone knows, but it's supose to be a normal weeping willow, that's why people here are continously amazed with it, and it became sort of a landmark in my city. I made it sepia because as spring starts to show up it had some green branches, that were looking a bit distracting, other than that overall it is not verry different from the original, the brown colors are 99% the same, and I really can't see any difference between the cloudless and too bright sky here and in the original.

Message edited by author 2004-04-17 10:52:22.
04/16/2004 10:35:50 AM
[Critique Club]

Although I am not sure exactly what this object is, it appears to be the roots of a tree or bush. The more solid masses on the left, top, and right side combine to form an arched shape framing the sparser, more finely divided branches in the center and creating a nice composition.

To me, the shapes and colors of the image convey a somewhat somber feeling, which could have been enhanced with a slightly darker background. The brightness of the background is a bit over exposed and causes the finer root structures in the center of the photo to loose definition. The dark shadowed areas at the top and the variations of light striking the roots provide a nice range of tones. I think this image was a good choice for conversion to sepiaa technique much overused on this site and one I normally do not like. However, in this particular photo it seems to complement the subject nicely. Although, I still wonder how the photo looked in its original colors.

Overall, this is a very good photo that does a superb job of meeting the difficult criteria for the Chaos challenge. I offer you my congratulations for winning the blue ribbon. It was well deserved.

Regards,
Mick

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04/15/2004 05:29:28 PM
Congrats on the bluey :)
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04/13/2004 09:20:54 AM
I did not vote on this challenge but I certainly would have given it a 10. It is nice to see a natural chaos instead of a created one. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!
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04/13/2004 07:05:58 AM
Bravo! Excellent fit to the Competition Subject. Congratulations! Michael
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04/13/2004 06:08:43 AM
Christos a Inviat !!! Congrats for your first blue ribbon !!!
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04/12/2004 01:08:58 PM
Wow thank you all, I really didn't expect this :) I whas out shooting in nature today, I just returned home, I did hope to be in top10 but ribbon?? blue???? wow wow!!! Congratulations Tiberius you did a good job too, amazonea and maciupiciu you should both enter this. We romanians rule in chaos :) That's what I said when I saw the challenge "chaos" that I must win. Chaos is mostly what being a Romanian means :) Thanks thakns everyone for all the comments and votes, this is indeed an easter present for me and I hope for all Romanians here!!! Let's open those beers :) I have to also thank my girlfriend because I whas going to submit another, and she whas the one who said in the last moment "hey how about that tree in the city that's verry chaotic isn't it?" Thank you mom, thank you SONY for my new F717. Ill be back for more!!!!!
04/12/2004 07:34:37 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. This was one of my highest votes. It reminded of a shot I took once but had no way of re-creating for the challenge. I knew when I first saw it that it would do well.
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04/12/2004 07:03:50 AM
Congrats on ur ribbon...i gave it high marks :)!
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04/12/2004 06:00:51 AM
I add myself to list of the proud romanian on DPchallenge :)
Carry on with the great job! congratulation!
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04/12/2004 04:49:18 AM
Chaos... that's something that we, romanians were always good at. Maybe I should have entered one myself. :):):) Congratulations, Cristi. That's a nice Easter present for the romanian DPCers. Way to go!
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04/12/2004 02:02:47 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. Interesting subject and you captured it very well!
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04/12/2004 01:58:57 AM
Wow. I am so proud of you. Your first ribbon in such a short time on DPC!!! And the first Romanian Ribbon!
Well done!
PS Also 2 Romanians in first 10 this challenge!
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04/12/2004 12:42:22 AM
Congratulations on this excellent image and your Blue Ribbon
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04/12/2004 12:17:29 AM
My top pick of the week, glad others thought so too. great job.. van
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04/12/2004 12:06:18 AM
So glad this won. Congratulations.
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04/12/2004 12:03:18 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, very chaotic tree indeed. I gave it a 9

Good luck and keep it up...
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04/12/2004 12:01:20 AM
Interesting work, Christi! Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2004 08:26:36 PM
Reminiscent of M. Beguin ... not only in the treatment of tone and contrast, but in the slightly unorthodox but yet effective composition. Oh to have this kind of eye ...
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04/10/2004 05:57:21 PM
Wonderful!
Great composition.
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04/09/2004 10:36:40 AM
You have a good eye. Natural chaos well photographed.
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04/08/2004 08:37:31 PM
This looks good Amazing tree and you captured it well the brightness on the bottom of the photo bugs me a little, other than that good job, I like the brown color - 8
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04/08/2004 07:33:39 PM
Nice seeing. The white sky detracts a bit for me..
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04/08/2004 12:39:36 PM
Very cool, nice work.
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04/08/2004 07:23:45 AM
I see the Chaos, Nice shot.
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04/08/2004 12:20:30 AM
as i look through these photos, the nature ones seem EXTREMELY ordered to me...at a shallow reading, maybe you can squint you eyes to some chaos, but i usually end up seeing a very orderly system...this reminds me more of fractals than does the cloud shot a few pics back.
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04/07/2004 11:22:13 AM
Great composition and tones. Very interesting.
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04/07/2004 04:45:17 AM
Nice chaotic tree.
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04/06/2004 10:14:18 AM
Interesting view; very nice texture and pattern.
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04/05/2004 08:27:34 PM
What an odd looking thing! I can see how this would fit the challenge. It's not something I come back to look at though...no real interest.
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04/05/2004 07:02:51 PM
Excellent photograph. Hope it does well. 9
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04/05/2004 06:50:43 PM
interesting photo....the mass of roots and limbs could be considered chaotic
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04/05/2004 12:21:48 PM
Winner! Little bit of detail loss at the top but it's a great subject.
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04/05/2004 07:17:31 AM
Well captured..a good illustration of natural chaos.
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04/05/2004 03:10:35 AM
Interesting shot - bit hard to tell from this, but I wonder if you could have used a directional flash to brighten up the shadows at the top of the photo. It's just a bit dark compared to the rest of it. Good luck in the challenge
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04/05/2004 02:16:10 AM
This tree is great! Excellent photo!
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04/05/2004 01:06:10 AM
one of 2 10's I gave in the challenge. Hope this ribbons. Great work.
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04/05/2004 12:19:35 AM
Impressive selection for "Chaos" The lights, darks and mid tones all compliment each other nicely. Great angle, high marks for a difficult challenge.
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