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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunday Morning II by shiftedreality
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Sunday Morning II

December 18th, 2007

Taken on a cold December morning in Northern Germany. Enjoy!

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: immortal.sage from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
This is hands down the best picture I have ever seen on this site. Absolutely fantastic work. Clearly there was some editing done, but I don't think I could have dreamed an image so vibrant and serene without having seen this first. Without rival in my book, thank you, it will be the background on my 30" display for quite some time.
Posted By: timo432 from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
This is a stunning picture, going to be using this one for a while. The shot setup is very similar to "Sunset at the bay" from the 15th :-)
Posted By: fprieur from mac.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Très belle photo et belle lumière, bravo!
Posted By: johovey from aircanopy.net
about 6 years, 8 months ago
I love the aura around the tree and the eveness of tone in this pic. Makes it easy for wallpaper that won't detract, yet will stand on its own. This will get comments on my puter, I'm sure.
Posted By: TheReal7
about 6 years, 8 months ago
I agree. I really like this one and works nice as my new desktop. Keep up the great work.
Posted By: gito_ster from yahoo.fr
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Unrealistic and absolutely ugly. Is seems like a painting or worse like a "vue d'esprit" image. Too much yellow and red slide bar addition in photoshop i am afraid. This is not a "cold December morning in Northern Germany". This is a hot-hot August afternoon in central Africa (with a river, ok). The reflection in the water (even without light source beyond!!!) is totally blown. The "illuminating" holy(?) tree is ridiculous.
No others and real photos, lately, Interface Lift?

This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: McLovin
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Wow thanks once again interfacelift for picking this one out.............NOT!
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: Joel Antunes
about 6 years, 8 months ago
bad use of HDR :S
Posted By: f8pcpaul from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Ok, first off, the image has decent framing and good colors. However, here are some suggestions:

1.) Don't cut off the top of the main tree. The top branches are cut off. Use a wider lens or back up some.
2.) The sky has VERY noticable compression artefacts and posterization. It might be caused by your post processing. Make sure you check for that when editting.
3.) The image is very soft. Sharpen it (not too much) or get a better camera or lens.
4.) Too much noise reduction-VERY noticeable on the tree top (Is that NeatImage?) Get an SLR or use a tripod and lower ISO.
Posted By: shiftedreality
about 6 years, 8 months ago
"Unrealistic and absolutely ugly"... OK, no problem for me if anyone does't like it. I do though. Unrealistic? Yeah, why not. Ugly? Depends on personal taste. Nevertheless I thank everybody for your comments, positive or negative. Constructive criticism is always welcome. I just thought that "absolutely ugly" is not really constructive.
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: dosdan from internode.on.net
about 6 years, 8 months ago
shiftedreality, what were camera and processing details?
Posted By: BenDiAnna
about 6 years, 8 months ago
gito_ster really sounds like he doesn't know shit about photography. You sound like a dumb ass.

I think the picture looks fine, although f8pcpaul brings up some good points; and good tips on what to do next time.
Posted By: funpoleece from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
This is very poor use of HDR. It is definatley overdone. The colours are pretty bland. I agree with gito_ster and f8pcpaul.
Posted By: ddbbj from comcast.net
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Shifted has had more photos accepted than most around here, and in my opinion for good reason! I truly enjoy the slightly "unrealistic" or fantasy feel of his wallpapers and I love the atmosphere he creates. I also love his use of color. I am NOT a professional photographer or even a wanna-be professional. I could also care less about the nasty little comments some of the so-called pros love to toss around. Its all opinion, and theirs matters no more than anyone else's.

Keep up the good work Shifted, I am a fan and appreciate your efforts :) Looking forward to seeing more!

~Denise

Posted By: f8pcpaul from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
"I am NOT a professional photographer or even a wanna-be professional. I could also care less about the nasty little comments some of the so-called pros love to toss around. Its all opinion, and theirs matters no more than anyone else's."
-Denise

Well, it doesn't matter if you are a professional photographer, you are taking pictures and if you submit to InterfaceLift, then you are going to be critiqued. I try to give constructive criticism to help others improve but your rather egotistical, ignorant attitude doesn't help anyone, does it? These "so-called pros" toss comments around to help others get better. They are obviously more experienced than you and are giving useful information that would be wise to listen to. And, yes, the opinions of professionals are more important than others because they know what they are talking about when it comes to quality images.
Posted By: teeklee
about 6 years, 8 months ago
I like the overall lines of the image. Good intersecting angles. A question that springs to mind, though, did you crop the image? If you did, you cut a bit off the top of the tree. If not, remember that you should either cut a subject evenly in your composition, or try and keep the subject completely in the frame. And whatever color adjustments you did gave the tree a bit of an aura. Otherwise, a fine image.

Posted By: fraz337 from yahoo.it
about 6 years, 8 months ago
unfortunately, half of the comments these days are just trolls who say nothing but "it blows" and then gripe about 'ye good ole days' on interfacelift when supposedly every single chosen submission rivaled David di Michelangelo in beauty and caliber. I think Denise's comment was directed more towards the McLovin's and gito_ster's of the web.
Posted By: iamnearl from hotmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
I agree with fraz337. Other than the cropped tree and aura about the tree, it is a fine composition. I really like the dark tone; it goes well with the theme of my OS.

Other than that, maybe the only other thing that could possibly be improved is tone down the HDR a little. The grass on the left bank by the tree looks a little bit unrealistic and "painted" to me, but that just might be personal preference.

Good work!
Posted By: GoinCrazy
about 6 years, 8 months ago
With all due respect f8pcpaul: (1) Even constructive criticism is just one person's opinion of another person's work. (2) People saying something is ugly/ridiculous, etc. is not constructive (3) My attitude is not egotistical or ignorant simply because I am someone who appreciates art, but am not an artist myself. (4) Whether the artist would be wise to heed advice given him by professionals is a matter of opinion, yet again. (5) The opinions of professionals are only more important if the original artist wants to change his style and approach. (6) My comments have value because the artist is now aware his work touches some of us "ignorant" types out here.

I will remain happy there is variety on this site and thankful not everyone bows to the overlords and their edicts on what should and should not be allowed.

~Denise
Posted By: immortal.sage from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Well said Denise and I agree completely. f8pcpaul, I suspect that the original comment wasn't even directed at you in the first place, so there's no reason to get in a huff about it. fraz337, I definitely agree on that one; McLovin just doesn't have anything good or original to say about anything which amuses me because his stuff on deviant art pales in comparison to almost anything available on this site.
Posted By: gito_ster from yahoo.fr
about 6 years, 8 months ago
To the artist: (1)"Unrealistic? Why not" Because Real is the essence of photography. Not painting nor a 3dmax thing. PHOTOGRAPHY!!! (for a text about art: Roland Barthes, "Camera Lucida") (2)""absolutely ugly" is not constructive". I agree. Do you think though that "a stunning picture..." is constructive? I bet, cause you don't seem to have a problem with that one (3)"Fine composition" What composition? A child could compose a tree and a river like that (without cropping the tree btw) (4)"Professional photographer" I don't care! Isn't a real photograph anyway. This is an image of a crappy photoshop school brochure. Too easy and boring to do. (Find this kind by thousands in flickr searching for tag: photosForBadTastePeople...). And my last "constructive" comment: Don't do it, again. We have eyes!!! (Exciouz mi inglich)
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: f8pcpaul from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Denise, I respect what you say and I apologize for calling you egotistical. I see what you mean by "The opinions of professionals are only more important if the original artist wants to change his style and approach." and agree with that. However, some of my constructive criticism deals less with style and more with image quality. See #2 and #4. I highly doubt that poor noise reduction and posterization are part of anyone's style.
Posted By: shiftedreality
about 6 years, 8 months ago
to gito_ster:
first of all I'd like to say that I don't like your rude kind of commenting. "Real is the essence of photography"? Aha. That's your opinion, not mine. If I like my photos to look "unrealistic", they will look unrealistic. If you don't like it, well, that's OK. But you sound like you've found the holy grale of photography. Your comments are offensive, smart-aleck, non-constructive, not helpful and narcistic. As I stated before, I have absolutely no problem with negative/critical comments, but I don't like people like you who obviously enjoy to offend other people with their exaggerated unkindliness.
to all: thanks for your comments, they are appreciated. Merry Xmas everybody.
Posted By: gito_ster from yahoo.fr
about 6 years, 8 months ago
to the artist:
So, you don't like my manners, I don't like your "photos". We are even, then. Or not?
Think again: Where are we? In a "savoir vivre" site? Or in a photography related site? Here, in your opinion, what is worse? Bad manners, or bad pictures?
Merry Xmas!

Posted By: shiftedreality
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Bad manners :-) But, hey, I really don't want to start a flame war about this. So we are even, ok. Let's calm down and enjoy our holidays :-) No offense anymore, I'm off.
Posted By: shiftedreality
about 6 years, 8 months ago
P.S.: I don't think interfacelift is a photography site. it's a wallpaper site, and that's a difference in my opinion. Bye
Posted By: gito_ster from yahoo.fr
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Bye, then.
Posted By: REPENT_OF_SIN
about 6 years, 8 months ago
Merry Christ mas!
Posted By: BenDiAnna
about 6 years, 8 months ago
There's too much bitching on this site.
Posted By: tremperj from gmail.com
about 6 years, 8 months ago
someone had to say it:

Gito, stop proving stereotypes of whiny frenchmen.
The rest of your country doesn't appreciate it,
so stop now.

Thank you.
Posted By: digitalblasphemy
about 6 years, 8 months ago
f8pcpaul = good critique
gito_ster = garbage

I think you are a great artist Juergen (I've been following your work for the past five years). I still like to see more 3D work though...
Posted By: shiftedreality
about 6 years, 8 months ago
@digitalblasphemy: Ryan, thanks for your comment! I'm workin on new 3D stuff at the moment, I just took a break from 3D for some time.
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about 5 years, 8 months ago
I love it!!! Thanks!
Posted By: ctp72
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Awesome!! Thanks a lot.
Posted By: Sk8_rDude_CR
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Hello

I have an account at deviantART.com and a member over there released this wallpaper as a print.. the person ' jakubblaz ' said you were their friend and that he had permission to use this. I felt it was rather suspicious and I felt you needed to know. You can find this here

http://jakubblaz.deviantart.com/art/Sunday-Morning-121773936

Please let me know if you know about this and actually gave him the permission to use it, other wise I feel its right to report him as stealing artwork.

Thanks.
Posted By: shankru85
about 4 years, 7 months ago
I enjoy wallpapers. I am not an artist and this one is one of the best wallpapers i have had on my desktop. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: s_e_brown
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I don't care what people say about it. I know what I like. If that makes me weird so be it.
Posted By: amibutia
about 3 years, 2 months ago
The Best Picture i have ever seen on this site..
AWEsome.............

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Posted By: adonnen
about 9 months ago
absolutely marvelous colors and atmosphere. could you please be more specific about location? I also live in Germany and I'd like to visit the place.. thanks!
Posted By: adonnen
about 9 months ago
absolutely marvelous colors and atmosphere! could you please be more specific about location? I also live in Germany and I'd like to visit the place.. thanks!

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