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"Down in the Gully"

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Copyright: Linda Unger (shelbeesmom) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-01
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 24-105 mm F4 L IS USM, Hoya PL-CIR 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-12 5:56
Viewed: 1140
Points: 18
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There is a beautiful place that I like to visit often, it's in the hills of central Texas. And there is a sharp hairpin turn in this area and I've always wanted to climb down it and see what was back in there. So I did...it was a pretty steep climb, but at the bottom was a drainage area. I liked the textures here, the little bit of water coming out one side, but not the other? Anyways I did an HDR treatment of this, from a single image. I did NOT have my tripod or I would have taken a slower shutter speed shot. At first I didn't think I could climb OUT! haha! it's easier getting down there, but coming back up was a trick with the camera in one hand!
Shelby had 14" of snow yesterday at her college and she was so excited! She has been sending some fantastic photos! My son also came back from Trinidad with a few shots that I would have given my eye teeth to have shot! One in particular was TL worthy....
Hope you all have a great day!~

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What a great photo with such a mundane subject - a view I would walk right past I have to say.. The HDR is great, in fact this is a subject that begs to be HDRd or tonemapped.. Nice work with this one Linda..


Trinidad - yup, sounds great!!!

Boa tarde Linda
I like very much the light and contrast of this photo. You worked in a very great mood. You make it very interesting.
Have a good We with your dear family and friends.
Um abraço

Hello Linda,
You should be happy it was not raining, pouring or flooding somewhere near thios location as it appears the runoff from flooding goes through the viaducts here. The textures are excellent here, quite a discovery for an interesting image not seen by many people ever.
Have a great weekend...

you have turned this area into something beautiful. i would have discarded this scene preferring to look for a more 'interesting' subject.
it pays to look beyond what our eyes see and use our imagination.
well spotted.

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2010-02-12 12:11]

Like the PP effect
Great details and comp

Hi Linda,
It's a kind of mysterious and interesting picture. The two rectangles look like evil eyes. The contrast and brightness are great showing the little shadows without UE, fine tones and textures, in short a great post my dear.

Hi Linda, as Rew commented on your last pose, you have a wide range of shots and you´re not 'straightjacketed' by a pattern or style.

Your common sense is always on; For each subject or situation, you compose a clever shot and a right way to capture it... understanding how to get the best from it.

The lack of direct harsh sunlight here helped you bringing out the true textures of these humid materials.

Good one :)


Hi, Linda -
Great eye to find and capture this image. The twin rectangular openings with their rigid shapes are a wonderful contrast to the extremely organic materials flowing out of them. Great work with HDR (as always); the exposure is perfect throughout. Very sharp with warm tones. Excellent.

I love this shot Linda and I admire the effort you went to so you could show it to us.

All the moss and lichen and gunge comes up well with your HDR treatment and all the details are great. Love it. This is my kinda shot.

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