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Slow Ride
Slow Ride

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Oct 8, 2011
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2011

I wish the foliage challenge was earlier in the month, as I had some great shots that would have fit it, including this one. Oh well, guess I will have to use this as my free study entry. Luckily voting for the free study will be nearly complete when the foliage voting starts, so hopefully the voters won't be worn out on foliage.

This is a scene not far from my house, as you enter a park. The leaves were perfect, including being just brushed off the road by the light traffic. I included the speed limit sign as a part of the scene partly because it gives a starting point of reference, and partly because cloning it out would probably be a DQ for removal of a major element. We'll see how this plays with the voters, who have killed me before for including a sign in a scene like this.

Post Processing:
* Chromatic Aberration
* White Balance
* Decrease exposure
* Increase recovery
* Decrease black point
* Increase vibrancy
* Heavy highlights and shadows (I took three shots for an HDR, but that conversion wasn't working the way I wanted)
* Dodge and decrease saturation of the sign
* Topaz DeNoise
* Topaz Adjust
* Clone out two irrelevant signs
* Increase exposure and recovery
* Increase black point
* Increase contrast
* Increase saturation and vibrancy
* Increase definition of non sky areas
* S-curve
* Levels
* Increase red/yellow/orange saturation
* Increase sky blue saturation and luminance
* Dodge the sign
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Slight sharpen edges
* Save as JPEG

Wow, thank you all for the great comments. The most I have had during voting in a long time.

Place: 78 out of 311
Avg (all users): 6.1399
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.1091
Avg (non-participants): 6.2424
Views since voting: 478
Views during voting: 254
Votes: 143
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2011 11:32:15 PM
Lovely tones and the sign adds to the shot nicely!
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11/07/2011 08:09:23 PM
but a fabulous ride!
Love such lonely country roads across fall foliage. Beautiful! Not too keen on the speed limit board grabbing all the attention though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/07/2011 06:13:46 PM
Lovely scene. Great road! Beautiful.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/06/2011 10:01:46 AM
Looks like a pleasant place to take your time in.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/04/2011 09:58:42 PM
Beautiful colours and I knw wehere the photo is taking me
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/02/2011 11:19:07 PM
The standard lovely fall shot would require you to move forward a few feet and eliminate the sign. But shooting from where you chose, including the sign, gives the photo just a bit more "oomph" - that lovely slow lazy fall day - dictated by a sign.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/02/2011 05:47:11 AM
This is the reason why DPC has a foilage challenge. Excellent work here
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2011 05:55:09 PM
Would love to walk down this road, beautiful!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2011 01:11:06 PM
That depends on if you are in a car or on a bicycle. 15 is a nice clip for me. Lovely scene. Makes me want to go out and ride.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2011 10:30:31 AM
Nice one,front page for me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2011 07:19:18 AM
Beautiful color and great leading lines.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/01/2011 02:57:26 AM
Beautiful Colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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