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Standing By The Pond
Standing By The Pond

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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Dundowran Hervey Bay Australia.
Date: Jan 22, 2009
Aperture: 14.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2009

When going out to see some friends just out of town I looked over towards the coast and saw these amazing heavy white clouds saying to myself what a backdrop for a single tree shoot. arriving at an intersection there was this tree with the clouds behind them, the distance between the tree and the clouds would have to be about 10klm, with the slope of the paddocks behind the tree this worked well for me.Hope you think so as well.

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Commenters said I had a problem with the horizon, IMHO voters need to look at the subject if the horizon is straightened.

Place: 82 out of 209
Avg (all users): 5.8083
Avg (commenters): 6.6154
Avg (participants): 5.7045
Avg (non-participants): 5.8952
Views since voting: 665
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 193
Comments: 15
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02/03/2009 04:15:39 PM
Your horizon is just fine - the land slopes that way, your tree grows straight. :-) I LOVE the colors in this and the sky is amazing - that line of low clouds with the light is hitting them is wonderful, especially that wee bit reflected in the pond. Really nice work with this one, Brian, from seeing it in the first place to the capture through the processing.
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02/02/2009 08:58:07 PM
I agree with you about the bottom of the clouds being the true horizontal indicator. Therefore I would rotate the image just slightly counterclockwise to get that line straight. The color is spectacular and I love the bright white trunk of the tree. Very pretty image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2009 11:52:33 PM
love your horizen. yeh fight the man! lol. beautiful scene
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01/30/2009 10:06:21 PM
Excellent colors here. Tilted tree, or horizon?
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01/30/2009 09:24:58 PM
I like the tree, I like the sky and clouds, but the colors are so overdone. I would have like it much better more natural.
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01/29/2009 08:30:43 PM
This should do well for sure!
I would have tried to keep a little more green out of the branches of the tree during post processing (Unless that's moss...then I shutup) Your colors are unbelievable though!
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01/28/2009 03:21:10 PM
love the clouds in the background.
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01/27/2009 09:29:15 AM
this has a wonderful 3-D effect-just gorgeous ! TEN
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01/26/2009 07:59:06 PM
Neat scene. I guess the choice was to tilt the tree or the horizon. The tree looks a little overprocessed to me, almost like an illustration that has been pasted in.
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01/26/2009 01:26:29 PM
the tree is straight, but the horizon is crooked. that is a bit unsettling. :P
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01/26/2009 11:55:27 AM
Great scene, feels a little over PP w/ the bark so green.
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01/26/2009 06:36:21 AM
This is excellent. I understand that you wanted to make the tree look vertically squared to the frame, but you tilted the image to accomplish the look. (at least that's my reaction) Now, I would have accepted the horizon sliding downhill to the right, but it's the water which betrays. What a wonderful sky and exposure. Magnificent colors and amazing dof. The clipped branches on the right side are a minor distraction. Should be a ribbon winner, but I can't say for sure how many will be distracted by the minor landscape issues. 9
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01/26/2009 01:45:56 AM
Nice lighting of the tree - the horizon is distracting (i know it's a hillside, but it's amazing on DPC how focussed you become on straight horizons: sorry!!!!). 6.
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01/26/2009 12:49:52 AM
The colors on this are gorgeous.
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01/26/2009 12:45:31 AM
This comment could be a bit of a personnel taste but this looks a little over=processed. The trunk of the ghost gum looks a little too green for me. That being said I love the composition and sublect choice. I think you'll receive some comments regarding the horizon even though I'm sure this is a hillside. Good luck 7
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