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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Cal 1 by Stross Arts
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Cal 1

April 19th, 2008

3 shot HDR on the coast of california near ragged point.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: chickenwire
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Overall I really like this. Nice composition and general mood. Beautiful scenery. I think you did a good job with the HDR merge and tone mapping (colors aren't ridiculous, etc) but I do see some editing artifacts in the upper right hand corner where the sky meets the mountains. Would love to see an updated version where this issue is corrected. other than that, great photo!
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Posted By: Beans
about 6 years, 4 months ago
pretty cool, makes a nice desktop
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Posted By: bdwilcox
about 6 years, 4 months ago
There are a few technical blemishes, but overall a nice job. Stylistically, there are some shortcomings. First, there is really no focus, so the eye wanders around the picture. There are actually three parts to this picture (the sky and distant gray mountains, the sea, and the colorful angled mountains) but with no unifying element and no place for the eye to rest. The road, with its "S" curve is a bit of a resting point, but it's broken and obscured in the photo.

The grass of the mountains could have used more saturation to contrast with the steely gray of the rest of the photo and the drainage pipe in the lower right-hand corner should have been either cropped or 'shopped.

Overall, a nice try, but needs a little work in Photoshop.
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Posted By: brizkit
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Nice work! I actually really like the contrasting background and foreground, both in color and focus. In my opinion, the lower saturation on the mountains does this one some good. The scene is soothing and well framed as well.
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Posted By: atlantis4 from smtp.ru
about 6 years, 4 months ago
About "a place for eye to rest" - I see here several places, thats why I loved this photo. I can look at it for long time and still find new details, just like standing there. Nice HDR work!
Posted By: rewind from gmx.at
about 6 years, 4 months ago
worst pic on IFL so far. sorry, quality is horrible.
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Posted By: karan
about 6 years, 4 months ago
good picture. Thanks
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Posted By: Stross Arts
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Thank you all for the constructive critisim.
Se7en: I actual noticed the artifact right after I uploaded it. Will correct ASAP.
bdwilcox: I understand where you are coming from about lack of a focal point but are wall desktop back grounds supposed to have a focal point? I'll mess with it a bit and post a link to a "fixed" version.
brizkit: Thanks I really apprecate it.
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Posted By: bdwilcox
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Stross Arts said: "I understand where you are coming from about lack of a focal point but are wall desktop back grounds supposed to have a focal point?"

I think a better question would be, "Are all pictures supposed to have a focal point?" The answer to that would be no, but most should. There are photos, like color or pattern studies, that don't have a "true" focal point, instead the color or pattern being the focal point that encourages the viewers eye to scan the picture. But most photos should have a composition that leads the viewers eye into the photo and gives their eye someplace to come back to as it wanders around the picture.
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Posted By: bdwilcox
about 6 years, 4 months ago
There is an old joke that the three most important things for a successful business are location, location, and location. Likewise, the three most important things to a successful photo are composition, composition, and composition.

There is a reason that the masters like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eliot Porter and John Sexton excel(led) at their art. Their composition is near perfect. This was most likely due to their use of view cameras which invert and reverse the image on the ground glass, making composition the primary concern in setting up a shot. It's an interesting way to view the world and a fun experiment if you can get your hands on a view camera.
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Posted By: bdwilcox
about 6 years, 4 months ago
If you're interested, the best book on photo composition is, hands down, Michael Freeman's "Image-Designing Effective Pictures". Of course, it's out of print, so you'll need to find it at a library, used book store, or auction website. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Posted By: cyreus
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Very lovely wallpaper!
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Posted By: Stross Arts
about 6 years, 4 months ago
bdwilcox: thanks of the recommendation. I just ordered a copy for amazon. I'm alway looking to improve my image quality.

I have uploaded a artifact/fixed version of this.
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Posted By: derek1980
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Thanks, looks great on my desktop. I especially like the colors and level of detail from the HDR.

rewind: What was the point of your comment?
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Posted By: PatrickBateman
about 6 years, 4 months ago
I've seen better HDRs...but nice approach.
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Posted By: Barney Gumble
about 6 years, 4 months ago
What I dislike are the piles of mud on the hill in the foreground, and the already mentioned drain pipe. it kills the picturesqueness. also it seems a bit undersaturated in a way that what should have been a gray background takes over the whole picture. also would have been a lot better had the watter been blue. this way it melts with the background.

seems like a lot of critique, but overall i still like it. composition-wise it's a great shot.
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Posted By: the vSaL
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Yeah I'd agree equally with Se7en and Barney. If you fixed that mix-up in the upper right hand corner I'd really like it. But like I said I do have some of the critiques that Barney has such as the drain pipe and grayness.

Other than that, as a whole I really like it.
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Posted By: bristol9 from mail.com
about 6 years, 4 months ago
"There is an old joke that the three most important things for a successful business are location, location, and location." -- bdwilcox

I don't get the joke...?
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Posted By: sean from sm2designs.com
about 6 years, 4 months ago
I'm a fan of the subtle use of HDR in this photo. Good work, and I look forward to seeing more of your future submissions.
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Posted By: Stross Arts
about 6 years, 4 months ago
You can download this fixed version here until the IFL file is updated.

http://alexstross.com/photography/temp/cal1-1.jpg

non-hdr version

http://alexstross.com/photography/temp/cal1n-1.jpg
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Posted By: InterfaceLIFT
about 6 years, 4 months ago
The wallpaper has been replaced with Stross Arts's fixed version.
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Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 6 years, 4 months ago
I really like the fixed version. Especially the great contrast and the nice textures! Good work!
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Posted By: sean from sm2designs.com
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Thanks again for the updated version. This desktop is one of my favorites to show up here at IFL in a bit.

Thanks for sharing.

-Sean
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Posted By: Stross Arts
about 6 years, 4 months ago
Thanks y'all. I'm always trying to improve my work. All of your comments are appreciated.

Alex
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Posted By: Tim H.
about 5 years, 11 months ago
Forget all negative comments. This is an excellent submission. It's just yet another addition to my Wallpaper Master rotation. But it's definitely one of the many that I take extra time to look at. I love it.

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