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Week 3: Canon G2 CRW3290 r720 Edited.jpg
Week 3: Canon G2 CRW3290 r720 Edited.jpg

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Collection: Archive PAW 2009
Date: Jan 18, 2003
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

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Comments: 14
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Sat down and tried some edits of this shot taken five years ago with my Canon G2:

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This is what I came up with. I do miss some of the landscape on the left, but I think the square format fits the "fence frame" better, and I've been into square crops lately. I originally tried to take this into a more white balanced color, but then at the end of editing, I added a selective color layer and brought it back towards a colder, blue/purple tone instead, just cause I liked it. Let me know what you think. The framing is because it's set to be printed 11x14, mounted with border, and then cropped to 10x10 square.

Critical comments welcome! Let me know what you think, and what you would have done differently! Note that you can click view full sized images for a bigger view (though not really full size!)

This is one of my favorite places in my town, the view from the Niskayuna bike path.

This shot: CRW_3290-Edit-3a1000x1000midcolor.jpg

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02/12/2009 11:02:53 PM
I like the edit, Neil, and it's very pleasing to look at. Amazing this was taken with a G2. I like the detail in the woodgrain, but wonder if the bottom part could benefit from a bit more brightness to even things out.
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02/05/2009 06:40:31 PM
What is that weird formation in the background?! I like the edit and in particular the sky colours
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02/02/2009 10:41:52 PM
I really like the perspective you chose on this, as well as your processing. The texture on the fence is really good, and the colours much stronger. The leading lines are very effective too.

Not a fan of the border though... though thats entirely a personal thing (and judging from my own portfolio, I havent been consistent with abandoning the borders myself).
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02/01/2009 02:26:10 PM
The square crop is just great, somehow increases the power of the fence lines. The additional vibrancy is wonderful as well.
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02/01/2009 01:08:58 PM
I do somewhat miss the trees on the far right but that's only because I know they're there from your original. In this case, I agree that the square crop works quite well. I might take just a touch of purple out of the snow but keep the blue, if that makes sense.
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01/31/2009 02:13:49 PM
I'm a fan of square crops, and I think it works fine here. I like the contrast between the chilly foreground elements and the warm glow on the horizon.

Interestingly, from this perspective, the fence rails follow the same lines as a freeway ramp or aquaduct -- more noticible in the thumbnail view. Squint your eyes (to defocus) and imagine a bridge over still waters ... I wonder what a healthy dose of Gaussian Blur would do ... :-)
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01/29/2009 06:42:40 PM
I love what you have achieved with the wood grain. This crop is good too imo. I think orange sky has given the image a lift and if you take the saturation down again don't take it back too far.
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01/29/2009 06:32:07 AM
maybe only the orange tone is a little too saturated, the rest, composition and sharpness, for me go very well...

i like it.
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01/29/2009 05:35:49 AM
I think you've done a pretty good job with this Neil. The detail in the post and rails , the snow and the trees mid ground are much better than the original IMHO. I think I'd prefer the orange in the sky toned down a touch or perhaps bring in a small amount of magenta to soften it a bit. Maybe a selected ninja to reduce the noise in the snow just behind the fence. And yes! What is the cloud type formation in the centre left of the image. I also agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' roz with regard to the crop - I like the original in this regard with the fence turning back on itself.
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01/27/2009 01:26:16 PM
Love the crop, but I think I prefer the more pink/orangey muted tones of the sky in the original. Love the fence in the edited version.
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01/26/2009 09:44:32 PM
I really like this crop and I like where the fence ends. It feels like the fence goes on forever. The grain of the wood is fantastic and the colors are great. I am not too hot about the noise, especially in the snow in the foreground. Such a beautiful place though.
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01/26/2009 03:58:36 PM
hey neil .. i love the colours you've chosen .. the yellow in the sky is stunning ..
i also love how the grain is so much more obvious in the wood in the fence ..
the crop is great and gives more drama ..
it is quite grainy but that isnt always a bad thing .. it makes me think that there are very very small particles of snow still present in the air ..
wot confuses me is that cloud that looks more like a small twister, only the wrong shape .. !!!
it looks almost like the snow is rearing up .. a very weird effect ..
i can totally understand why this is one of your favourite places .. it would change each day and give you so many different photographic opportunities .. i'd be watching out for the weird snow tho .. it might be coming to get you .. lol ..
i'm usually a bit careful making any critical comments coz i'm so aware that its just my opinion .. but i cant think of any 'improvements' to this .. 'improvements' being something that often just comes down to a personal opinion when regarding art of this calibre .. :)

just had another look before posting ..
& i've thought of something .. !!
i would'v liked to have seen where the fence finishes on the right hand side of the photograph rather than how you've cropped it out .. just so you can see how it curves around out'v sight .. its just the tiniest bit less crop that i'm suggesting .. :)
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01/25/2009 09:06:31 PM
Love the textures in the fence. I like the crop, really emphasizes the wood. Colors are good too.
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01/25/2009 07:29:23 PM
Definately a good choice on the crop. The increased saturation really brings the skyline out. Unfortunately, in doing so, the noise was increased. If you removed the noise, you probably wouldn't lose too much detail as the texture of the fence will stand out.

Also, what about a gradual mid range upwards curve adjustment to add a little depth to the landscape?
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