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Roads Go Ever Ever On

By BenD
July 7th, 2010

"Roads go ever ever on" ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Poway CA.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40L, Panasaurus, PTGui, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Topaz Labs Adjust.

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Posted By: Euphytose
about 13 years, 5 months ago
I don't know whether there is some kind of filter but the plants look really, realy strange.
Posted By: ElectrikLizard
about 13 years, 5 months ago
I have to agree with you Euphytose ...
Extremely Grainy ....

Nice Pic though ...
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Fantastic place you have captured here! I do agree with the above posters that there is some flaws visible in the foreground. I am not sure if it's over-sharpening or something that didn't go too well with PTGui? Like I said amazing place though.
Posted By: bmndibbb
about 13 years, 5 months ago
I was going to say the same thing. The flowers on the left don't quite look right, but it's a nice scene.
Posted By: frozenskyscraper
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Am curious how you got a nice blue sky on such a bright day, BenD. Could you share more info about the settings/filter?
Posted By: BenD
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Thanks for the comments everyone! It's interesting everybody focused on those flowers and plants haha. They do stand out in some particular way I agree, though I don't find it displeasing. I did run a very light filter and sharpener on it in PS. The plants are very detailed and intricate in themselves and I think I made that detail stand out a lot in post; perhapses slightly over-processed? Thanks! Critics are welcome : )

No physical filters, just the beauty of working with RAW and Photoshop, and a clear sky : )
I don't remember my exact settings but I imagine I was at f/16, a low iso like 100 and a fairly fast shutter speed.

Also this was originally 4 or 5 vertical shots put together in PTGui as a pano. I uploaded a duel monitor version but I guess IFL didn't like it : /
Posted By: Frostmint
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Well, in my personal opinion, this photograph is far from perfect, but I have to say I have never seen one quite like it. The image has qualities of both a photograph and a painting. I actually like it and will use it as a desktop :)
Posted By: face2
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Just wanted to say I really love this photo. I had voted for it so I got to download it a few weeks ago from the loupe downloads section. I don't know if it's browser settings or what, but that one was a bit darker and more saturated; so, I didn't even notice the graininess.

It's just one of those shots that exudes California.
Posted By: BenD
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Everyone is saying the photo looks grainy yet at my end I see little to no grain. Very strange... maybe my monitor is lying to me or we have different definitions of grainy. Can somebody describe exactly what they mean by grainy? I want to make sure it's not a problem I'm not able to see.
Posted By: Euphytose
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Well, English isn't my native language so I'll try to explain it simply.

The grass looks like it's a photo that you have photographed again and put on the picture.
Posted By: bmndibbb
about 13 years, 5 months ago
It somehow looks oversharpened but blurry at the same time.
Posted By: glaxotesm
about 13 years, 5 months ago
the shot is great. regarding sharpness, maybe a bit smaller unsharp mask radius would work better, like 0.3-0.4 px? just ihmo..
Posted By: Naphtali14
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Were you using a tripod when you took it?
Posted By: BenD
about 13 years, 5 months ago

I just got a new monitor today and the picture looks a lot different. I was working off my cruddy old laptop screen instead of the nice screen I usually use at school.
Posted By: only4now
about 13 years, 5 months ago
looks quiet and peaceful... far away from the world. nice capture on the mood.
Posted By: Simonobi
about 13 years, 5 months ago
Hello, I have a question. I noticed something today after setting this proto as my wallpaper. Look in the upper right corner, and then left a bit, just above the horizon. What is that line? If you look very careful you can see another one, smaller than the first. Is that dust on the lens?
Posted By: Simonobi
about 13 years, 5 months ago
...or something else?
Posted By: Southport
about 13 years, 4 months ago
The Hills have Eyes! Damn you for reminding me of that scary movie!

I'm suprised someone hasn't mentioned this alreayd, but If you look VERY closely on the 1920 size, in the middle of the horizon, you can see a city with buildings on the crest of the hills. I would hate to walk that distance with no water and barefoot.

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