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  #137 "Panoramic-scapes"
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Railroad By The Sea       ©2014 Edward
Panasonic DMC-FZ200       3rd place, 198 points
1/20s, f5.6, ISO 125, 31mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Photo merge 2 photos using Photoshop CS5; cropped; increased saturation/vibrancy; added fill light; applied tone mapping contrast using Photomatix.       Extra Info: None
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Feb 9, 2014
    You keep following your creative heart. That is the only way to roll in my humble opinion. I really love the image as you have developed it. Nice work and a great finish!

Jan 29, 2014
    Thank you all for you votes and your comments. I really love how this image turned out. It seemed to reflect pretty much how my eyes saw the scene. It is really a beautiful spot, rather off the beaten path and only known by a few locals that live nearby, which I discovered pretty much by accident.

Jan 28, 2014
    Congratulations - your painter's eye achieved a beautiful effect.

Jade O.
Jan 28, 2014
    To thine own self be true! Good enough for a #3 ranking!

Jan 28, 2014
    Congrats on your bronze finish!

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Jan 27, 2014
    The train track leads the eye very nicely, great colour maybe just a little over saturated.

Jan 26, 2014
    I like the sweep of the rails, and the effect of the low level light on the tall grasses.

Jan 26, 2014
    Nice concept and composition, though a little too much tone-mapping for my taste.

Jan 25, 2014
    Jade: I understand and accept that you are not the only one who is turned off by the particular effect achieved with HDR and tone mapping. However, for me the details and color rendition that can be extracted from the highlights and shadows with HDR/tone mapping are nigh impossible in straight-out-of-camera shots (especially in late afternoon light like this one). As a former painter, I like the look and am trying to achieve it more. The reality seems to be that such images are appreciated by a much smaller audience of photographers - but that's OK with me because I feel I am being more true to my creative heart.

Jade O.
Jan 25, 2014
    Honestly, I'm turned off by the tone mapping and my thoughts are that your wonderful composition with that curving rail line and bridge that draws you into the scene, the height, the water, the backlit grasses, the distant hill -- you have everything you need here for the winning shot without the schmaltz. Hope you'll show the original in outtakes.

Jan 24, 2014
    What a lovely train ride this would be

Jan 24, 2014
    forkcandles: I sure wish I knew what you meant by: "this has a series of individual points across the whole."!

Jan 24, 2014
    this has a series of individual points across the whole .

Jan 23, 2014
    Stunning! I like how the rails draw the eye in, and the colours and light are wonderful. The only thing I might do is crop a bit off top and bottom to make it a bit more panoramic.
Edited on Jan 23, 2014
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By Edward

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