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Challenge: Boats (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Blackford Pond, Edinburgh
Date: May 23, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Abstract, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2008

Not really much to say about this one, conceptually. Mainly a purely aesthetic project, exploring textures and tones of the water; the relationship of the bright, almost shadowless, certainly high-key paper boat with clean lines and flat sides to the rough, greeny-brown, organic water textured in an inconsistent yet smooth way. Shot at the tail end of golden hour so the sunlight was only just still hitting the trees in the background, which give the water its particular sheen. A lot of not-entirely satisfactory outtakes on this one, and even as i'm typing this i've not entirely decided which shot to submit. All of them suffer from slightly blown-out highlights on the boats, but this is unavoidable considering what a high-contrast scene this was; it was them or the water, and the water in my opinion was more interesting.

Editing was pretty much the same on all versions: crop, clone out dust specks and bits of rubbish on the water, raise gamma and drop bottom end of the contrast curve to balance it out, selectively pull back the contrast on the boats themselves to avoid blown out highlights.

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Place: 107 out of 162
Avg (all users): 5.2389
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.0145
Avg (non-participants): 5.3784
Views since voting: 707
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 180
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/30/2008 01:42:24 AM
Blown highlights on a paper boat?
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05/30/2008 01:20:02 AM
Highlights blown out on upper portion of boat. Interesting water color & texture.
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05/30/2008 12:15:14 AM
Simple but very elegant composition - obvious rule of thirds applied
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05/29/2008 06:22:25 PM
The water is bizarre - like a Monet oil painting. Nice focus too: 10
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05/29/2008 05:45:43 PM
Simple and good composition..
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05/29/2008 01:30:58 PM
Simple, elegant, effective. Nicely done.
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05/28/2008 02:28:01 PM
Wonderful rich green color in the water - looks almost like an oil painting. The boat kinda looks like a folded paper cup more than a boat, though.
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05/27/2008 01:15:51 AM
I thought about it as well, but finally didn't enter. The details inside the boat are blown out. I like the negative space and green colour of water. Maybe if you tried longer exposure, the details wouldl stay. Very nice entry.
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05/26/2008 11:08:24 PM
Nicely done. Evoking emotion wiht a folded piece of paper. Bravo!
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05/26/2008 10:31:10 PM
crisp white on a green background, nice
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05/26/2008 09:03:38 PM
One of many paper boat shots. Nice greens.
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05/26/2008 08:15:55 PM
Good capture of the reflection, but the little boat is a little blown out.
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05/26/2008 01:00:07 PM
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05/26/2008 10:48:50 AM
Love the green hue to the water and the simple composition! Bravo!
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