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Challenge: Wine (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Meridian Idaho
Date: Sep 18, 2011
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2011


Place: 88 out of 128
Avg (all users): 5.2661
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 5.2909
Avg (non-participants): 5.2464
Views since voting: 328
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 124
Comments: 4
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/24/2011 08:07:50 AM
The processing on this one looks strange. I love the shadow on the hills.
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09/23/2011 05:37:23 PM
Nice vineyard. The contrast of the spring green with the dried up hills and soil is amazing! The clouds are amazing as well, but the sky treatment is very artificial and doesn't gel with the rest of the picture.
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09/23/2011 08:08:46 AM
Nice idea and really nice composition, but this seems to have some exposure and contrast issues that don't really add to the photo in my opinion. I think some local contrast in the grass and stakes/vines in the foreground would add a sense of depth here, which is already apparent but could really be used to much better advantage, and should, as it's a great aspect of this photo.

That said, the sky actually looks over-contrasty and over-processed, and not to very good effect. (The hills look great, though).

If I were to take a stab at editing this (WARNING: I over-edit and ruin everything) I'd start with some recovery adjustments in RAW, trying to recover some of the blown highlights in the clouds. Maybe a shadows/highlights adjustment in whatever else you use, and definitely a levels adjustment to bring up the blacks and mids and get a wider tonal range in the image.

Then curves and/or sharpen mask tricks to boost local contrast to get a bit of pop. Maybe a bit of burn on the burnt-out grass to add texture.

Composition-wise I really like it, though it looks like there's a really nice white fence off to the right that could have been included more to provide a nice leading line and provide a bit of a natural frame to the photo.

All the ingredients are here for an awesome image, and with a few tweaks it would be on another level.

I hope you don't mind the critique and me rambling on. I pointed out the technical things I'd work on personally as it's a landscape, which to be honest aren't typically loaded with emotion or personal attachment, and therefore the technical delivery matters more. Not voting, just rambling.
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09/19/2011 11:23:19 AM
i like the POV and composition. i'm also a fan of HDR but the sky in this shot is a bit to contrasted for me - note the whited out areas and the deep blue area.
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