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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Sony DSC-U30
Location: Tahaa, French Polynesia
Date: Jun 2, 2004
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

This was taken on Bruno's outrigger motu tour of Tahaa (//tahaa.net). They served us lunch mid-tour in this building. Special thanks for ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music for giving me lots of help improving this shot in PS CS3.

Straightened
Created duplicate layer.
Did Feievel's Gothic Glow action general glow mode, copied to new layer.
Resize to 720.
Made copy of GG layer and did Topaz Adjust "Photo Pop" (I think), reduced detail strength, increased sharpness some.
Faded opacity on GG (70%) and TA layers (28%).
Did Lighting Effect - Soft overall on top TA layer.
Flatten all layers.
Feathered selection of light areas (Ctrl-Alt-Tilde) and invert.
Duplicate layer and change layer to Screen mode. Decreased opacity to 25% on new layer.
Increase saturation of background layer a little.
Flatten layers.
Topaz Adjust Photo Pop with a little sharpening.
Select dark trees and roof on left edge and brighten slightly.
Save for web 200KB.

Statistics
Place: 325 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.9006
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.8719
Avg (non-participants): 6.0658
Views since voting: 803
Views during voting: 680
Votes: 513
Comments: 79
Favorites: 3 (view)


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03/19/2009 12:04:55 AM
I am so surprised.. I loved this, was a 10 from me all the way.
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03/18/2009 10:00:41 AM
What a beautiful place to visit, Boyd! I love the processing, gives this a dreamy/surreal effect. That is what I'd be feeling if I were standing in a place like that, says the girl living in a flat town surrounded by browness and cornfields lol. Congrats on a great score for this challenge!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:18:49 PM
Sign me up. My wife would love this.
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03/17/2009 04:28:50 PM
This looks sooo nice, I want to take a book out and lay in the sun for a while. Great colors and great location.
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03/17/2009 03:55:13 PM
that's a great location
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03/17/2009 03:49:38 PM
Like the tones and colours
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03/17/2009 03:22:58 PM
The colors are great and the trees make for a nice scene.
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03/17/2009 01:23:48 PM
Great tropical shot and nice colorful processing.
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03/17/2009 01:00:45 PM
very cool
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03/17/2009 11:35:06 AM
Dreamy ptrocessing.
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03/16/2009 09:19:54 PM
Beautiful shot.
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03/16/2009 08:04:10 PM
Like a forgotten island.

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 03:25:48 PM
boy, oh boy, you got that...really like your colors and tones...did you use a gradient on the hut?...if so...it seems a little dark in that corner...but I love the colors in your shot...so very soothing
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03/16/2009 03:03:21 PM
As soon as this popped up I said "oohh". What I love.. the color, the composition, the softness of the light...

It has a similar look to when you turn on CSI Miami. And I love that look! This is my first 10 of the challenge.
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03/16/2009 01:01:53 PM
Love the blue tones and the glow. The lines of the trees really add to the comp too.
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03/16/2009 03:53:58 AM
Awesome capture and presentation. Gorgeous.
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03/16/2009 03:47:18 AM
cool capture
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03/16/2009 02:09:56 AM
just beautiful
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03/15/2009 09:16:56 PM
I would like to visit that place. Excellent colors and processing.
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03/15/2009 09:04:24 PM
I like the spindly look of all the tree trunks and the colors are very nice
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03/15/2009 08:59:19 PM
Love the soft dreamy look. Nice!
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03/15/2009 07:27:26 PM
Love the color and location. Nice shot.
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03/15/2009 05:08:44 PM
Great shot, excellent color and post processing. I wish I was there!!
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03/15/2009 04:04:51 PM
Yep, location is good.
Great looking place, I want to be there.
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03/15/2009 03:56:21 PM
Lucky you to have be able to visit this place. Looks so serene and calm. I love the post processing you have achieved. Dreamy image, makes me want to be there.
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03/15/2009 02:36:35 PM
The curving trunks of the trees add a nice softness.
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03/15/2009 01:29:24 PM
Nice colors and softness.
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03/15/2009 12:05:34 PM
love the mood of this shot. light is just right, nicely done
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03/15/2009 11:59:58 AM
Nice colours here.I wish it were just a little sharper.
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03/15/2009 10:46:55 AM
oh how I want to be there right now... you even made the trees dance!!
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03/15/2009 10:03:50 AM
So warm looking and peaceful, your added glow makes it seem even more inviting.
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03/15/2009 07:07:21 AM
Great PP job - love the tone - keeep up the good work and good luck in this challenge
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03/15/2009 05:25:59 AM
nice pleace a bit blue though
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03/14/2009 11:58:13 PM
I like the pastel like colors in this..perfect for an island location...7
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03/14/2009 08:19:48 PM
From my dreams and onto my screen. What a fantasy....
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03/14/2009 06:49:39 PM
Location looks inviting.
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03/14/2009 01:58:28 PM
Great postcard material. Wonderful selective saturation. A bit too much HDR, but wonderful shadows and depth. Top 100
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03/14/2009 01:23:19 PM
Yes, I could live there! Love the blues.
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03/14/2009 12:00:24 PM
a very dreamlike feel to this image. If this was the intention , then you did a great job, 7
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03/14/2009 10:28:28 AM
Makes me wish I was there.
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03/14/2009 07:44:15 AM
Great place - nice holiday image, HD?
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03/14/2009 03:49:34 AM
I wish I was voting on these shots there rather than here on a rainy day! Love the shot
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03/13/2009 11:34:13 PM
looks like a bit of soft focus giving it the dreamy look
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03/13/2009 11:07:11 PM
I would sell my soul to the devil to be there right now. Beautiful image, beautiful location.
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03/13/2009 10:12:30 PM
Very beautiful, makes me want to go there
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03/13/2009 07:23:31 PM
and what a location it is, looks lovely
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03/13/2009 04:09:30 PM
Location Location Location.... where I wish I was right now. Nice photo :D
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03/13/2009 03:40:34 PM
Yeh, the location is beautiful, although I think they should repaint the building. Wonderful palm trees and I love the sea view.
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03/13/2009 12:12:05 PM
I like the dreamy softness of this image, the hut sits a little strangely in the frame and there is a considerable amount of noise.
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03/13/2009 07:23:25 AM
paradise, I like all the curved palm trees
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03/13/2009 12:34:27 AM
Absolutely beautiful!
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03/12/2009 11:55:32 PM
wish I was there to enjoy that location! Great colors and the shapes of the trunks - just amazing - an iguana or two would make it perfect :)
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03/12/2009 07:40:51 PM
I like the colors you were able to capture, but the building, being in the foreground and acting at least partially as a subject, could use better lighting and exposure. Also, the incoming surf along with the angle of the building gives this one a tilted horizon feeling to me. Even still, beautiful scene.
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03/12/2009 06:51:49 PM
A little over processed for met. Would like to see more detail but I love the colors and the subject!
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03/12/2009 04:13:13 PM
Seeing this really makes me want to go take a tropical beach vacation. Love the calm colors and relaxed atmosphere.
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03/12/2009 04:11:05 PM
Nice shot. The palm trees look like they are ready to start swaying.
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03/12/2009 02:29:56 PM
How much to rent it for a week? Good shot.
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03/12/2009 01:35:19 PM
i like the dreamy processing. it fits the scene well
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03/12/2009 07:14:58 AM
Lovely blues. Where do I go to put down a deposit on this gem?
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03/11/2009 10:48:18 PM
The processing seems to have softened the image. It gives it a different feel for me than I would expect a scene like this to offer.
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03/11/2009 09:35:42 PM
Love the glow! 7
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03/11/2009 08:34:36 PM
One man's paradise..... is it available?
Captured a wonderful 50's postcard feeling.
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03/11/2009 08:29:14 PM
And what a great location it is. I'll have some coconut juice, and a martini for the lady.
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03/11/2009 08:03:36 PM
Wow I wish I was there right now. Great shot. I like the nice smooth glow.
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03/11/2009 05:31:31 PM
well composed and very dreamy shot
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03/11/2009 03:54:20 PM
Thank you for the trip to the beach, I had a lovely time..
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03/11/2009 03:48:51 PM
great shot... blue hut makes it... great crisp colors.
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03/11/2009 03:47:01 PM
Ah, yes, it would be a wonderfu location for a nice grass thatched vacation home! Quite relaxing and a perfect day!
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03/11/2009 03:43:32 PM
Quintessential tropics. I love the slight curve of the trees against the little thatched building. The colors are beautiful. This would make a terrific vacation postcard.
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03/11/2009 03:25:52 PM
Little piece of heaven. Great colors.
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03/11/2009 01:28:19 PM
Nicely taken however the cabin walls are standing up too much.
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03/11/2009 01:11:53 PM
Simply beautiful! 9
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03/11/2009 12:09:02 PM
I agree with your title and this looks like a great location, nice capture
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03/11/2009 10:27:09 AM
feels like Costa Rica, and man I wish I was there now!! :)
I love the image and the cool relaxing feel you provoke with your composition and PP
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03/11/2009 09:40:04 AM
nice colors
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03/11/2009 08:45:50 AM
Awesome photo - Great color and location! 9
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03/11/2009 06:58:26 AM
too much softening makes this look unreal. No sale today.
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03/11/2009 03:14:23 AM
nice location!!!!
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03/11/2009 12:51:34 AM
Looks Surreal! great work.
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