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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Location: Around the bend, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: Jan 25, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320s
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

Well, I must have driven and walked around for 6 hours to find a stupid tree that would work. The main problem was finding a suitable backdrop.

I was just about to give up, when I came upon this. I precariously pulled over to the side of the road on a hill and before a blind curve and shot out of the window, rolled forward a bit and shot again.

So just for sake of effort, I hope this does well. I processed it in color and it just wasn't right.

In the background are the Squaw Peak Mountains. There's an agave at the bottom of the photo - I hope I don't get slammed because it's *gasp* centered.

This was converted with Silver Efex - increase in structure and contrast, heavy on the red filter.

Place: 83 out of 209
Avg (all users): 5.7955
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.7237
Avg (non-participants): 5.8500
Views since voting: 693
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 176
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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03/18/2009 10:41:39 AM
lol this "stupid tree" works hehe. I gave it a 7. I really do love the sky and clouds. Also that you captured the shadows from the clouds too. Beautiful!
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02/02/2009 08:14:54 AM
oh, Alicia, this is so nicely done the image and the conversion...I gave this a 7

underrated IMO

i would love to see a mesquite tree up close, in its WARM environs!!
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02/02/2009 05:44:53 AM
Quite beautiful, Alicia. I didn't even notice the agave until you mentioned it. :)
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02/02/2009 12:47:43 AM
nice strong tone.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2009 05:55:21 PM
Very strong B&W image. I really like this. Tree is not stadting out completely, but still I like this one. Good Luck.
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01/31/2009 09:31:54 AM
Like the dramatic sky and the overall composition
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01/26/2009 08:40:34 PM
this could be an Ansel Adams...except for the fence in the background...nice capture
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