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Mt Hood
Mt Hood

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Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Oregon City, Oregon
Date: Dec 12, 2009
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2010

Adjusted curves to enhance contrast. Unsharp mask, added border, resized for web.

Place: 341 out of 445
Avg (all users): 5.3279
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 5.3005
Avg (non-participants): 5.4259
Views since voting: 867
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 247
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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01/30/2010 12:34:25 PM
Hi Steve, greetings from the Critique club!

First gut feeling:
The image seems to have an obtrusive element, that somehow gets in the way.

The scene is great, the levels of contrast from the closest plane to the mountain are very appealing, and the definition is very good, the focus is spot on.

Unfortunately, the tree on the leftright removes the notion that people associate with landscape to resemble a bit more like a window shot. The tree frames this shot, whereas one would like to have had a clear vision.

The border is a good idea, although if it was even the effect would be stronger.
For post processing, your tones are great, and you just need to remove the blue cast from the mountain. On way is to desaturate slightly the cyans and blues. You'll loose blue in the sky as well, but since it's advance editing you could mask it out.

Although it placed where it did, a 5,3 score is good, since this is not a comparative score, but an absolute.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Message edited by author 2010-02-01 04:09:24.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2010 10:18:21 PM
The cyan/blue tones seem overly strong on my screen. The perspective needs to a little more unique to appeal. 6
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01/27/2010 09:16:46 PM
Good color & lighting. I don't much like the tree on the right of the frame....6
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01/27/2010 07:42:17 PM
Very nice mountain shot. I think it would be better without the border. Nice job.
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01/27/2010 02:47:56 PM
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01/27/2010 12:49:01 PM
That is one spectacular looking mountain - I finally saw it in person last summer and was flaberagsted! You captured a fine view!
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01/27/2010 05:58:14 AM
very nice
a popular site to photograph i am sure
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01/26/2010 10:08:26 PM
what a beautiful picture...excellent colors and detail
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01/26/2010 09:51:13 PM
This is a good shot of that majestic mountain. Mt. Hood looms in the distance. There are some nice, rich, colors in the tree canopy but the picture suffers greatly for lack of color balance in the blue/white tones on the main subject itself. Getting a perfect balance of white snow with the correct color for shadows and highlights is difficult. The shadows on the mountain is saturated in blue tones - unrealistic blue tones. Post Processing and/or bumping up the saturation most likely turned the well balanced tones overly bluish. Playing around with RGB by only lowering the Blue Channel (not too much past -5 because then you will rob your sky of blue tones unless you do a selective edit) and also Highlights/Shadows/Midtones could get it to look more natural.
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01/26/2010 03:13:37 PM
Nice mountain. Bit overexposed on whites
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01/26/2010 03:06:40 PM
the tree on the right is distracting and the blue hue is a little off to me. beautiful scene though.
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01/25/2010 10:24:26 AM
The colors appear off, somehow. The black frame does nothing to enhance this photo.
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01/25/2010 09:21:32 AM
good overall...tree on right is a little distracting
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01/23/2010 10:15:29 PM
I know this place very well. You hit a dandy of a clear day. Very good and you even got some color in the trees. This is really very nice. Congrats. Good work.
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01/23/2010 02:59:52 AM
nice foreground color. white on the mtn is blown out and taken on the blue hue of the sky.
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01/22/2010 08:43:35 PM
So nice! A wonderful scene, nicely framed.
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