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The Old Birch Tree
The Old Birch Tree

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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: Noden Reed Park, Windsor Locks CT
Date: Jan 25, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1600 sec
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

This is an old birch tree at Noden Reed Park in Windsor Locks CT. It has been a subject of mine many times for college class, and now it makes an appearance on DPC. I wished all week it would snow for this shot, but it didn't so I dealt with it. I did however buy a new pp tool for editing this week, Topaz Adjust. I don't know how they get it to do what it does, but if not overdone, it can really help add pop to an otherwise less than stellar pic...i diid try to duplicate the results with just photoshop and got close, but it took forever.

PP was convert from RAW, topaz adjust (photo pop preset), curves, black and white @ 40% opacity, dodge and burn, cloned out the sun glare in the trees, duplicate layer, usm (it sharpened the branches of the background trees too, so I masked that part out), save for web.

Shot @ 10mm standing 6 ft away from the subject. Oh how that wide angle comes in handy. It helped that the clouds were very interesting to I think...

Place: 60 out of 209
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Views since voting: 1076
Views during voting: 298
Votes: 175
Comments: 3
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2009 08:43:44 AM
Good framing and light.
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01/30/2009 02:23:21 PM
A wonderfully shaped tree and a perfect sky to accentuate it's reaching arms.
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01/26/2009 04:21:52 AM
nice shot!...
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