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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
Location: New Brighton, MN
Date: Jan 23, 2009
Aperture: f6.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

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Statistics
Place: 16 out of 209
Avg (all users): 6.4153
Avg (commenters): 7.0833
Avg (participants): 6.3214
Avg (non-participants): 6.4949
Views since voting: 1846
Views during voting: 352
Votes: 183
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0


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02/02/2009 09:37:02 AM
I'm very glad you left the companion tree - to me that was a big part of the story! Congrats on your new personal best!
02/02/2009 08:25:21 AM
Originally posted by Ja-9:

ok...really curious how you got the "red" leaves...wonderful...


I'm a relative beginner with Photoshop. So I applied adjustment layers - selective color and hue/saturation. In fact not much remedy was necessary, as the leaves started out quite red.

While oak trees tend to drop their leaves in the spring, this specimen held on to 95% of its leaves until now, and they always were quite red.

Message edited by author 2009-02-02 08:27:26.
02/02/2009 08:21:50 AM
Originally posted by colorcarnival:

Must be nice to see the red popping out of the cold and dreary winter scene. Did you do some kind of cloning on the right hill? It seems a little smudged, but I guess that could be windblown snow too. :)


We were in the middle of one more artic cold front when I took the photo. I scaled the snow/ice ridge left by the snow plow and managed to take two exposures before my hands froze up. On the right side of the picture there is a park walkway which meanders along. In order to not include it in the photo, I kneeled in the snow. Then, however, I was closer to the surface of the snow which was blowing along in a fine cloud. I think that is what you are seeing.
02/02/2009 12:25:21 AM
Thank you for your votes and comments. This is my personal best!

This young oak tree lives along my puppy's and my walking path. It has been very tenacious in holding on to its leaves which turned a bright red in the fall. I was suprised how little 'photoshopping' was required to restore nearly original fall color.

I considered cloning out the second ('companion') tree - which a number of you suggested - but the little red tree appeared lonely and I convinced myself (wrongly perhaps?) that the companion tree is consistent with the title.

Thank you again...

Message edited by author 2009-02-02 08:11:25.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2009 10:36:14 PM
Must be nice to see the red popping out of the cold and dreary winter scene. Did you do some kind of cloning on the right hill? It seems a little smudged, but I guess that could be windblown snow too. :)
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01/31/2009 05:08:33 PM
WOW, beautiful red colors with everything else almost white. I am not sure if you can clone it the tree in the BG in advance challenge or not.
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01/30/2009 03:54:53 PM
There seems to be a bit of a quiet love affair going on here, based on your title and those "why are they still there" lovely red leaves.
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01/26/2009 08:37:04 PM
ok...really curious how you got the "red" leaves...wonderful...
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01/26/2009 06:49:22 PM
Very nice splash of color - I would like it better with the other tree cloned out.
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01/26/2009 06:25:57 PM
Very crisp, very nice!
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01/26/2009 01:36:56 PM
Oh, my goodness, we have a winner! A good, solid 10.
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01/26/2009 01:13:08 PM
Love the bright red leaves against the muted tones of the sky and snow. Wish the other tree wasn't in the background though.
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01/26/2009 08:58:45 AM
Honestly, what really works for me here is your title. I love it.
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01/26/2009 04:42:01 AM
Nice picture. I think it would have been nice to clone out the tree in the background
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01/26/2009 01:06:59 AM
Beautiful capture, love the red of the trees leaves against the white sky. Good luck 8
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01/26/2009 12:09:36 AM
Nice contrast of the red with the bright white snow. I'm not sure if the second tree in the background is part of what the title is referencing or not.
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