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POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:14 pm

Just to accommodate the outpouring of responses I better start a thread for the results :lol:

this is a thread for the noted challenge in viewtopic.php?f=32&t=43771&start=452535#p452535

Given that i did instigate the idea its only fair that i do do participate.

I did not have access to any rolling hills, and as such i made do with our pre- annual coffee sunrise session to try and capture something that is inspired by Fay Goodwin, here is my attempt and I look forward to others.

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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby ozimax on Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:27 pm

Very interesting image Gerry. I like it, but I do find the bit of water directly behind the lighthouse a bit distracting. From the look of the angle though, I'm not sure if you could have got any lower to take the shot.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby Matt. K on Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:26 pm

Gerry, that is masterful. A fine art image. Needs to be printed at about 500cm x 500cm on high quality matte paper and sympathetically framed. Get it into a gallery. :up:
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby Sylvia on Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:48 pm

Gerry I love it. A fine composition and I love the processing. Well done.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:29 pm

ozimax wrote:Very interesting image Gerry. I like it, but I do find the bit of water directly behind the lighthouse a bit distracting. From the look of the angle though, I'm not sure if you could have got any lower to take the shot.


there's a thought ozi, i could have gotten lower actually, i did not consider getting the nav-aid any higher in the frame, but now that i think of it, that cold have been quite nice.! :up:

Matt. K wrote:Gerry, that is masterful. A fine art image. Needs to be printed at about 500cm x 500cm on high quality matte paper and sympathetically framed. Get it into a gallery. :up:
Just wonderful to look at. :up:


cheers Matt, to be honest, will never be printed and will never be in a gallery :)

on the framing side of things what do you mean by '"sympathetically framed" ?

Sylvia wrote:Gerry I love it. A fine composition and I love the processing. Well done.

thanks for lookign and commenting. :up:
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:13 pm

Hey Gerry, I thought I'd dig one up from good ol film days.... Sorry about the awesome location though.

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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:01 pm

surenj wrote: by surenj » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:13 pm
Hey Gerry, I thought I'd dig one up from good ol film days.... Sorry about the awesome location though.


goddamn...that there are some rolling hills. :bowdown:

i like your quirky addition (tree branches) to the frame :up:
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby Remorhaz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:57 am

surenj wrote:Hey Gerry, I thought I'd dig one up from good ol film days.... Sorry about the awesome location though


He's alive!!! :)

Definitely rolling hills...

OK - I'm inspired - how about this...

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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:17 pm

nice one Rodney, rolling clouds too

this one actually works very well in BW, much better than the colour version (from memory)

Remorhaz wrote:He's alive!!!


he found his computer :lol:
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:15 pm

biggerry wrote:
surenj wrote: by surenj » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:13 pm
Hey Gerry, I thought I'd dig one up from good ol film days.... Sorry about the awesome location though.


goddamn...that there are some rolling hills. :bowdown:

i like your quirky addition (tree branches) to the frame :up:
 LOL yes, I did deliberately include the branches. I loved using this pano format (in portrait orientation) in-camera with my APS system back then. Resolution was terrible though as it was just a crop and enlarge.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:16 pm

biggerry wrote:nice one Rodney, rolling clouds too

this one actually works very well in BW, much better than the colour version (from memory)

Remorhaz wrote:He's alive!!!


he found his computer :lol:


I had forgotten the URL of the forum! and my password.... ;)
I did clean up my room though.... although for an ulterior motive....pics to follow.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:18 pm

Gerry your picture is very eye catching and I think I like the compo. Nice work removing the power lines. I did notice the discrepancy in lighting though. If there are lots of lights coming from the left, it seems unnatural that it's so dark. Just saying.

Rodney, nice one. I like the side lighting of the trees which are accentuated by Nik Silver Efex.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:48 pm

surenj wrote: Nice work removing the power lines.


what power lines :?: :roll:
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:59 pm

biggerry wrote:
surenj wrote: Nice work removing the power lines.


what power lines :?: :roll:

that's what "content aware fill" said.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:01 pm

surenj wrote:
biggerry wrote:
surenj wrote: Nice work removing the power lines.


what power lines :?: :roll:

that's what "content aware fill" said.


on that note content aware fill for smooth skies and water often be unpredictable, particularly when there are very subtle tonal changes, there was no content aware filling in this picture :) just some quality clonage.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:05 pm

Nice, I guess the simple tools are often best. I haven't used content aware for a long time now. I remember using it to extend skies though.
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POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby Remorhaz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:43 pm

surenj wrote:Rodney, nice one. I like the side lighting of the trees which are accentuated by Nik Silver Efex.


Thanks Suren - and this one is all Lightroom :)
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby Geoff M on Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:37 pm

Here is my attempt.

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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:01 pm

Geoff M wrote:Here is my attempt.


Nice one Geoff, great hills there too, i can see some inspiration from the old Fay in there :) I do like teh little details within teh frame too, nicely done.

surenj wrote:Nice, I guess the simple tools are often best. I haven't used content aware for a long time now. I remember using it to extend skies though.


it does work well, but subtle tonal changes is where I find it struggles, you end up with blotchy crap...
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:14 am

Nice one Geoff, nice location and definition of the cloud. I'd clone that white bit on the bottom right though.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:14 am

Remorhaz wrote:
surenj wrote:Rodney, nice one. I like the side lighting of the trees which are accentuated by Nik Silver Efex.


Thanks Suren - and this one is all Lightroom :)


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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby the foto fanatic on Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:52 am

This photo was taken from a helicopter during a flight over Kauai, one of the Hawaiian islands.

We are looking at one of the wettest places on earth - Mount Waialeale receives over 11,000 mm of rain annually. That's over 450 inches.

No wonder it is usually covered in cloud.

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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:02 am

the foto fanatic wrote:Mount Waialeale receives over 11,000 mm of rain annually. That's over 450 inches.


:shock:

nice shot Trevor, I can see a very tidy pano crop in there also - I like the colour but I think you could also go BW, the texture in the foliage and the clouds could really look good.

but for the really important questions, what big fan were you flying in ?
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby the foto fanatic on Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:36 pm

biggerry wrote:
but for the really important questions, what big fan were you flying in ?


Gerry - it was an American Eurocopter ECO-Star from Blue Hawaiian Heli Tours. It was a seven seater and as the heaviest person on the flight I had to sit in the middle of the back row - not ideal for photography.
Another firm has "doors off" flights and I think I would try that next time.
It was heaps of fun, actually, and the missus enjoyed it too.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby biggerry on Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:12 pm

the foto fanatic wrote:Gerry - it was an American Eurocopter ECO-Star from Blue Hawaiian Heli Tours. It was a seven seater and as the heaviest person on the flight I had to sit in the middle of the back row - not ideal for photography.
Another firm has "doors off" flights and I think I would try that next time.
It was heaps of fun, actually, and the missus enjoyed it too.


EC130-B4 nice bit of kit, made by the frogs, thankfully (or maybe not) the yanks have nothing to do with it :)

I definitely recommend going with a doors off option if possible, a bit breezy but much better for the photography. I would love to do a tour over there in Hawaii, I never realised how many amazings locations they actually have!
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby the foto fanatic on Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:31 am

The company uses the word American in its description of the beast:
Treat yourself to a first-class ECO Adventure over the Garden Isle of Kauai in the incredible new American Eurocopter ECO-Star.


I think that means that the machine was modified for the US market. They shifted the pilot's seat to provide more room for paying customers.

One of the highlights is the complete video on DVD of our actual flight, including the pilot's tour guide narration and comments from the passengers.
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby surenj on Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:10 pm

Trevor, what a view! Those are some lush greens indeed!

Did you fly over any volcanoes?
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Re: POTW 30th July Challenge

Postby the foto fanatic on Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:06 am

surenj wrote:Trevor, what a view! Those are some lush greens indeed!

Did you fly over any volcanoes?


Yep, the helicopter views of the island were great. As I pointed out, this is a very high rainfall area and that makes for the lush vegetation. Wonderful contrast with the red/brown volcanic earth.

All the islands were formed from volcanic action, but the only currently active volcano is on the Big Island of Hawaii. My friends spent time there while we were on Kauai and their photos show red molten lava pouring into the sea with the resultant steam etc.

I'll head to that island next time I go there.
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