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hotpasta


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Planes, Trains and Automobiles II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Landing in Melbourne after a trip to Philippines
Date: Mar 19, 2010
Aperture: F10
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Travel, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Mar 21, 2010

The Image: Took this as we were about to land in melbourne after a trip to the Philippines. Love the rays.

The Edit: Topaz adjust for exposure and detail, some USM and Noise Reduction

The Prediction: Because it's not really a plane, but part of a plane could mean it loses votes, also middle horizon and blown out highlights...so high 5's???

[Mar. 27th, 2010 07:12:23 AM]

I am totally blown away by the score of almost 7.3!

I love the image and wish it was Advanced Editing to fix the blown highlights etc, but at the end of the day, it's not. Wow, thanks everyone for the votes and comments

POST: Woohoo! You little beauty!!!

Folks, i honestly thought this year would be a dog of a year for my photography as I have been so busy at church and I have been doing so much video editing (D300S) it's been taking me away from still images. So, to win this ribbon with a decent score on an image that had a validation request on it is a sweet thing!

Thanks for all the votes. I really love the dpc family!

It is also an image from our return trip from the Philippines whcih means a lot to me. Thanks. Two blues so far this year...I'm loving it!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 90
Avg (all users): 7.1790
Avg (commenters): 8.4737
Avg (participants): 6.8000
Avg (non-participants): 7.2593
Views since voting: 7989
Views during voting: 482
Votes: 229
Comments: 57
Favorites: 23 (view)


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04/06/2010 08:17:41 AM
what a beautiful view to the world!! how was your trip??
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04/05/2010 11:50:43 AM
congrats, it looks wonderful!
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04/03/2010 04:31:05 AM
Beautiful light!! Congrats on your well deserved blue!
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04/01/2010 11:53:07 PM
Beautiful in every way. Congrats on another blue Enzo.
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04/01/2010 01:57:32 PM
I didn't make it back in to comment before voting ended. Colors were stunning, and the light breaking through the clouds really made the overall image for me. Great shot.
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04/01/2010 01:21:56 PM
Congrats on your Blue. Beautiful capture.
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04/01/2010 12:18:38 PM
Wow! How very cool! I have always tried to do this, and all I get is washed out bleh. Way to go, Enzo!
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04/01/2010 11:58:40 AM
Congats on the Blue and this wonderful image!
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04/01/2010 01:33:48 AM
Grats Enzo!
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03/31/2010 11:37:38 PM
Well done my friend, keep it up!
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03/31/2010 11:32:33 PM
Congats Enzo! Great image!
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03/31/2010 06:22:58 PM
i'm guessing you dont gamble much :)

congrats, stunning shot through THICK glass.

Originally posted by hotpasta:

The Prediction: Because it's not really a plane, but part of a plane could mean it loses votes, also middle horizon and blown out highlights...so high 5's???
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03/31/2010 04:07:06 PM
Great shot Enzo. Never seen blown highlights look so good :)
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03/31/2010 03:58:18 PM
He's ba-ack! Way to go, Enzo!! Gorgeous capture and well deserving of the blue ribbon!!!
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03/31/2010 01:07:14 PM
Cool, Enzo! Congrats on your ribbon!
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03/31/2010 09:29:56 AM
Excellent Work, Sir!

How appropriate on this week especially!

"HE is Risen!" Let ALL Creation Proclaim! :)
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03/31/2010 08:32:40 AM
Way to go, Enzo. You never disappoint me. :) Congrats.
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03/31/2010 08:04:08 AM
Gorgeous shot Enzo. 9 from me.
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03/31/2010 07:39:47 AM
Beautiful shot Enzo!! Congrats on your ribbon, well deserved!
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03/31/2010 06:37:21 AM
Hey...congratulations on your ribbons. Aussies are hitting the ribbons hard this year...wahooooooooooooooo!!!!
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03/31/2010 03:18:36 AM
Well done Enzo. It's a real stand out shot mate.
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03/31/2010 03:11:12 AM
Congratulations. This was also my favorite for the blue ribbon. Its the only shot in the challenge I gave a 10.
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03/31/2010 03:10:34 AM
Congrats on your win, Enzo, marvellous image!
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03/31/2010 02:54:17 AM
Congrats Enzo...wonderful view
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03/31/2010 02:28:26 AM
Enzo what an awesome inspiational shot
congrats mate well deserved blue yet again
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03/31/2010 02:21:13 AM
This image stopped me in my tracks during voting. Glad to see it take the blue.

[ edit ] On a side note, I get really disappointed when people don't allow themselves to enjoy an image because they are too busy searching for technical flaws or violation of compositional conventions. I honestly didn't even notice the blown out clouds until I read your description and struggle even now to figure out how they diminish the visual impact of this image. I do not typically think of the cabin of a commercial airliner as an enviable photographic destination!

Message edited by author 2010-03-31 02:31:26.
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03/31/2010 02:04:48 AM
Crikey! Way to go, EnzOH! :) Congrats!
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03/31/2010 12:56:43 AM
Congratulations on your big well deserved winning
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03/31/2010 12:23:23 AM
Congratulations Enzo! A beautiful image, sky is blown, but the rays are amazing....
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03/31/2010 12:16:17 AM
Oh OK, that must be a recent change, huh?

Originally posted by hotpasta:

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03/31/2010 12:13:40 AM
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03/31/2010 12:08:05 AM
I really liked the bottom half of this, but if I were voting I would have voted it quite a bit lower than I would want to due to the sky being so blown out. I figured it would place decent, but never would have guessed a blue ribbon. Voters were very forgiving on this. Very, very forgiving...
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03/31/2010 12:07:50 AM
Congratulations Enzo. Beautiful image... I should have recognised that as Melbourne. Well done.
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03/31/2010 12:05:47 AM
SUPER!!!!! Big Congrats Enzo!!
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03/31/2010 12:05:26 AM
Uh oh, Topaz Adjust...I hope I'm wrong but I have a feeling that this plugin isn't allowed in basic editing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2010 06:54:09 PM
Great shot, love the rays and colors....10
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03/30/2010 12:55:27 PM
I will love to see your editing steps under Basic, amazing processing!!
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03/29/2010 10:19:33 PM
I love the lighting...Overly good shot
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03/29/2010 12:20:27 PM
Great vibrancy in color.
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03/28/2010 01:36:52 PM
Wow. Wonderful colors and contrast. Well done. 10
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03/28/2010 08:42:06 AM
That's awesome. Don't you love looking out of the window as you descend and take off? Even though the highlights are blown out, this has a perfect division of horizontal thirds. The cloud pink gray section, the blue (I like how the horizon cuts the image in half which is another way of looking at it) and the lower green part. They gradate into one another so beautifully. Nicely done.
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03/27/2010 08:12:36 PM
Great colours. So hard to get a good out of a plane shot. One issue is the over exposure around the clouds is distracting. 8
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03/27/2010 02:22:00 PM
Now here's a big fat *10*
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03/27/2010 12:33:51 PM
This is giving me inspiration to get the window seat the next time I fly
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03/27/2010 02:23:21 AM
I like this - what could have been an ordinary shot has turned out something special - the colours, sunlight, clouds - all well captured and atmospheric. Cool
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03/26/2010 05:08:56 PM
Very nice photograph, love the light and color
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03/26/2010 11:33:00 AM
Gorgeous but overprocessed to my eye.
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03/25/2010 03:57:47 PM
This is my call for top in challenge, 10 from me.
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03/24/2010 10:00:40 PM
Absolutely beautiful. The colors, shadows and light are awesome. One of my two favorites.
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03/24/2010 08:02:11 PM
Fantastic light!
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03/24/2010 07:48:27 PM
This is a beautiful shot. The sun rays provide a great effect.
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03/24/2010 04:05:20 PM
The wing is a distraction.. but it has to be there for the challenge, grin. very nicely captured.. 8
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03/24/2010 03:25:39 PM
Most airplane out the window shots all just end up looking the same. But Wow, I really like this one. Great light, a bit blown out at the sun but for me that isn't a problem considering the shot.
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03/24/2010 08:20:24 AM
Great shot and PP for Basic. Nicely taken.
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03/24/2010 03:11:33 AM
at the clouds it got a touch too bright otherwise awesome picture...8
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03/24/2010 01:03:26 AM
This is a pretty cool shot. Probably going to get alot of comments about the sky being too blown out in the center though. I have taken alot of shots from Airplane windows, In fact I will be doing it tomorrow morning so I know that it is not easy to get a nice shot especially when those windows are usually quite dirty. i am not voting on this challenge but if I were I would give this a 7
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03/24/2010 12:34:17 AM
wow! excellent!
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