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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: blue ridge parkway, virginia
Date: Jan 24, 2009
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

ravens roost overlook on the blue ridge parkway. i got some great pics out there a few days before this challenge was announced, and i like some elements of those ones better than this submission (they're on flickr), but hopefully this will do ok.

on my first attempt at processing, i did an hdr-tonemapped b+w conversion, but there were distracting blown out highlights in the sky. i tossed that aside and did a regular b+w conversion in ps-cs3, bumped the contrast, scaled, usm, border, saved for web. funny how the regular processing saved more highlights than the tonemapping. this version has a little less texture on the rocks, but overall i like it better...

hopefully nobody will comment that the mountains in the background also have trees on them. yes, there are trees there. i admit it. there is no way around it. however, i still think this picture conveys the appropriate feelings to represent a single tree as the main subject.

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 209
Avg (all users): 6.4693
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3750
Avg (non-participants): 6.5455
Views since voting: 1556
Views during voting: 318
Votes: 179
Comments: 7
Favorites: 2 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2009 09:32:50 AM
Nice balance in the b&w
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01/30/2009 09:26:13 PM
What a catch! The huge void then this single tree. Great capture.
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01/28/2009 12:44:45 AM
Lovely B/W.
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01/26/2009 01:11:32 PM
Beautiful view. Too bad the clouds weren't to the left more to balance out the sky instead of hiding behind the branches.
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01/26/2009 12:40:07 PM
My favorite so far, likely going to be in my top 5. I like the contrast of the rocks that the tree is on with the forest below. Beautiful exposure, really exudes a feeling of a sentinel looking over the valley below.
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01/26/2009 09:13:59 AM
WOW - very Ansel Adams. I like the composition. If it were mine, I might've done a bit of burn on the rocks, to distinguish some of the tonal variances of them. :~)
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01/26/2009 06:26:43 AM
Great scene. Very well composed. Amazing tonal range. AA style. Superb b&w conversion. My pick for top ribbon in this challenge. 10
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